What's Happening at MAM

Enrique Martinez Celaya, Debbie Hoffman,
Rob and Terry Schechter

Enrique Martinez Celaya “Primavera”

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Rina Carvajal,
Terence Riley, George Bures Miller

“Work in Progress: Herzog & de Meuron's Miami Art Museum”

<%'Interior model shot of the new Miami Art Museum scheduled to open in 2011, designed by Herzog & de Meuron
Two of the three exhibitions that the Miami Art Museum are scheduled to showcase recently opened at MAM.

Since the early 1990s, Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have been working together using sound and voice as raw material to create memorable spatial environments.

“Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: The Killing Machine and Other Stories,” the first MAC@MAM exhibition held at MAM, presents 11 installations that weave together independent but complimentary experiences. MAM is the only US venue for this internationally-traveling exhibition.

So expansive that it occupies both MAM and the first floor of Freedom Tower, “The Killing Machine and Other Stories,” on view through January 20, freely mixes opera, rock-n-roll, European cinema and B-movies, providing a setting that reflects the vitality of MAC@MAM's always inventive programs. Each piece imposes its own time and rhythm, uniting live theater and film, producing stories that live side-by-side in time.

The work of Cuban-born artist Enrique Martínez Celaya is also on view at MAM through January 13. Martínez Celaya is perhaps best known for his large-scale paintings made from tar and other materials. The paintings he produced for MAM's presentation of “Enrique Martínez Celaya: Nomad” represent a significant departure from these dark tar paintings. Using a mix of oil and wax, Martínez Celaya employed a new, brighter, more colorful palette achieving a sense of lush beauty unprecedented in his work.

“Work in Progress: Herzog & de Meuron’s Miami Art Museum,” the third of the three exhibitions at MAM during Art Basel, is set to open December 1 and runs through April 6. The exhibition will present the people of Miami Dade with an opportunity to review the new museum’s design concept as a work-in-progress, showing the step-by-step progression of Museum Park with more than 20 drawings and models.

Programs associated with the exhibition will give the public opportunities to hear the architects explain the project in detail and to engage the project staff in a dialogue. One of the first programs, “Art, Architecture and the City: Jacques Herzog and Terry Riley with Doug Aitken” will review plans for the Museum’s new home in Museum Park. Doug Aitken will join them to discuss his work with the architects in presenting sleepwalkers at MAM’s new building. It will be held Friday, December 7, 8:30-10pm, at the Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.