South Florida’s leading cultural institutions put their best foot forward for Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Art Week and into the new year. Here’s your roadmap to 12 top museum shows happening now throughout Miami-Dade and Broward:
1. Lowe Art Museum at UM
Captivated by humanity’s need to arrange, Michele Oka Doner looks for order in everything, from twigs to pebbles to remnants of what might once have been important to someone. Michele Oka Doner: Into the Mysterium, which is up through mid-January, includes 55 large-format photographs and a four-channel video installation.
1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables; 305-284-3535; miami.edu/lowe.
2. The Bass
Mika Rottenberg’s self-titled exhibition includes the U.S. debut of several works, including a video and sculpture installation of a partially fictional group of Chinese laborers harvesting pearls. Newly reopened after a two-year rehab, The Bass hosts a private showing of Rottenberg’s exhibit for members and Art Basel VIPs on December 6, followed by its public opening on December 7.
2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; thebass.org.
3. Frost Art Museum at FIU
Three socially charged exhibits continue through Art Basel. The newest is Continental Abstraction, which tackles Latin American social and cultural issues like migration and poverty. Serigraphs, paintings and mixed media works from 40 artists compose Reflections of the Americas. And Lewis Hine documents social justice and child labor from one of the most influential documentary photographers of the past century.
10975 Southwest 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890; thefrost.fiu.edu.
4. Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
The museum opens its new, 37,500-square-foot Design District home on December 1. On display will be The Everywhere Studio, exploring how the concept of an artist’s studio has been defined through 100 works by 50 artists. There’s also a site-specific installation from Charles Gaines and new paintings from Chris Ofili and Tomm El-Saieh.
61 Northeast 41st Street, Miami; 305-901-5272; icamiami.org.
For the sixth year, HistoryMiami will host the Miami Street Photography Festival, featuring emerging documentary work and street photography from 60 countries. The show will also include a series capturing South Florida life and the works of Constantine Manos of Hollywood.
6. Jewish Museum of Florida
The southeastern U.S. premiere of Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist features more than 60 photos and gelatin prints, plus personal letters, telegrams and printed magazines documenting the artist’s life. Gruber photographed the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s, Jewish refugees of 1947, and Ethiopian Jews in the Ethiopian civil war in the 1980s.
301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-672-5044; jmof.fiu.edu.
7. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Peer into 3D images, duck around sculptures, and use virtual-reality goggles to enter the works of Swedish photographer Jacob Felländer in How to Unlock a Portal. Join the artist for a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on December 6. The show opens the next day.
770 Northeast 125th Street, North Miami; 305-893-6211; mocanomi.org.
8. Pérez Art Museum Miami
Spread between six rooms on two floors, Within Genres tackles five genres of art from the museum’s permanent collection. Sculptures and paintings in John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night show the intimate style of one of Jamaica’s most important historical artists. On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection shatters the traditional notion of art from the island with multiple depictions of the horizon as a symbol of longing and desire.
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 305-375-3000; pamm.org.
9. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
For the first time, Vizcaya has commissioned original art. Works by four artists from across the globe will be on display through early April as part of Overload. Opening night is December 5.
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami; 305-860-8451; vizcaya.org.
10. The Wolfsonian
Graphic design and how it has influenced art is the focal point of the Wolfsonian during Miami Art Week. In the lobby, Vienna-based design studio Seite Zwei transformed the space with abstract forms and typefaces in a show called Double Vision. In the gallery, Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age traces the work of graphic designer Klinger, who transformed modern advertising.
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-531-1001; wolfsonian.org.
11. Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
Change Agents: Six South Florida Artists Making Things Happen celebrates the 10th anniversary of Fort Lauderdale Girls’ Club, which exhibits contemporary works from women. The show features site-specific works from six local artists. At 10 a.m. on December 7, the museum hosts an Art Basel Brunch as part of the show.
1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood; 954-921-3274; artandculturecenter.org.
12. NSU Art Museum
To celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary, nearly the entire 28,000 square feet of exhibition space is dedicated to Frank Stella: Experiment and Change, which runs through July 8. More than 300 paintings, sculptures and drawings by Stella trace his development from minimalism to maximalism. The starting point is a 45-foot canvas shaped like a thoroughbred racetrack.
One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500; nsuartmuseum.org.