Post-Basel, There is Still Art to See



Locust installation "Soul Manufacturing Corporation" by Theaster Gates on view at Locust Projects
Image by Richard Patterson
Art Basel Miami Beach may have passed but not everyone has packed up and gone home. In the Miami Design District there are still plenty of places to visit and see what may have been missed during the first week of December.

A must see in the Design District is the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space. This private contemporary art collection re-hangs the entire three-story collection building with a fresh perspective and fresh eye. Highlights of this year’s presentation are Adam McEwen’s solid graphite sculptures and Alex Israel’s optically charged paintings that shift as one walks past.

While on North Miami Avenue, head to Locust Projects for their latest exhibition, “Soul Manufacturing Corporation”, a solo-show by Chicago-based artist Theaters Gates. This unique exhibition features the production of an onsite ceramic factory populated with makers, DJs, and a yoga instructor.

After Locust Projects, stop for lunch either at Harry’s Pizzeria just a few doors north of Locust Projects, or at the newly opened MC Kitchen at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue.

The 4141 Building houses three very different gallery spaces. Visit Primary Projects, a newer gallery, to see RaneyTown, a multi-media installation by artist Rebecca Raney. Adamar Fine Arts, a long-time Design District gallery under the direction of Tamar Erdberg, is presenting a stellar exhibit of work by the master of Pop Art, Andy Warhol. This is an amazing viewing opportunity for Miamians.

The Haitian Heritage Museum, the only museum in Miami dedicated to exhibiting works by artists from the Caribbean diaspora, is showing a selection of contemporary Haitian artists entitled, “Les Jacmeliens”.

With such a vast array of exhibition spaces and galleries, the Miami Design District is a perfect place to spend the day, and of course, get a little holiday shopping done at one of the many new retailers that have moved into the neighborhood. A day in the Miami Design District will bring out ones creative side, as well as inspire visitors to learn more about the place where creativity is the norm.

Tiffany Chestler