In addition to designer fashion, Miami Design District is one of the best places in the city to experience art. From the Fly’s Eye Dome to Studio Proba’s joyful and zany sculptures — even a parking garage that doubles as public art — the creative neighborhood has an art scene that is not to be missed.
With Miami Art Week around the corner (Nov. 29 – Dec. 4), the Design District’s legacy continues, with interactive installations, art exhibitions, pop-ups and more set to be unveiled this month. Check them out:
1. Germane Barnes’ “Rock | Roll”
The neighborhood is getting a vibrant new makeover with “Rock | Roll,” a multi-scale installation that will debut this month. Behind it is Miami-based architect and designer Germane Barnes, who was recently named as the winner of the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Neighborhood Commission. Pulling influence from Miami’s vibrant history with Carnival and the contributions of BIPOC communities, you can expect a series of whimsical capsules that rock back-and-forth when activated by users and a free-floating dome reminiscent of a giant disco ball. With a nod to steel drums and Soca music, Barnes also designed brightly-hued wind chimes, hundreds of which will be hung in the neighborhood’s trees.
When: Mid-November through 2023
Where: Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St.
The Prizm Art Fair is back for its 10th anniversary, and it will be presenting Vernacular À la Mode, with presentations of select galleries and artists exploring how vernacular modes of artmaking originating in global African contexts have influenced the cultivation of fine art practice worldwide. There’s four sections: Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview, and, of course, Prizm Art Fair at large, exhibiting international artists from Africa and the global African Diaspora.
When: November 30 – December 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 4220 N Miami Ave.
3. Belmond’s “Fotografia Maroma”
Maroma, a Belmont Hotel, is set to open in the heart of the Riviera Maya in May 2023. In partnership with curators Fariba Farshad and Patricia Conde, the hotel will spotlight local creatives in a photography series named “Fotografia Maroma,” in the Miami Design District. Both established and emerging Mexican photographers will capture the unique spirit of the Riviera Maya through their distinctive lenses and perspectives. The challenge to each of them is the same: to create a set of entrancing images that will engage audiences throughout the world.
When: December 1 – onward
Where: Apollo, 40 NE 40th St.
4. Criola’s “Interdimensional Portal”
Brazilian artist Criola has a monumental mural in Jungle Plaza, titled “Interdimensional Portal.” It’s actually her largest work to date. With its vibrant colors and highly stylized figures, it features Black women and is completed with snake plants, hummingbirds, and serpents; all of which are popular elements in the Afro-Brazilian syncretic Candomblé religion.
Where: 3801 NE 1st Ave.
Comprising a sculptural resin floor and 400 chairs, Bottega Veneta will present an installation that follows an unprecedented commission by its creative director Matthieu Blazy who called on Gaetano Pesce to design the space of Bottega Veneta’s Summer ’23 show in Milan. A selection of chairs will be on display and available for purchase during the 18th edition of Design Miami/.
When: November 30 – December 4, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: 153 NE 40th St.
6. Craig Robins Collection: “Two of The Same Kind”
The Craig Robins Collection consists of contemporary art and innovative design, displaying within the DACRA headquarters and rotating on a bi-annual basis. This year, “Two of The Same Kind” highlights the work of Marlene Dumas and Jana Euler, two artists whose painting and drawing practices are broadly represented in the Collection holdings. The theme of dualism threads through two portraits by pop icon Andy Warhol, both commissioned decades ago by Craig Robin’s mother and Jackie Soffer’s mother separately, acting as a spectacular coincidence. There are more than a hundred works on view including pieces by Sasha Gordon, Zaha Hadid, Jean Prouvé, Marc Newson and Marteen Bass.
When: November 30 – onward, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: DACRA Headquarters, 3841 NE 2nd Ave.
Ares House is a real-life metaverse experience that stitches together the physical and digital worlds, seamlessly interlacing 3D projection mapping to showcase a digitally-enhanced IRL version of Ares House, a monumental digital structure that looks like it might have existed in an ancient, otherworldly civilization. Along with presenting sponsors Jayaram, Everyrealm, Future Galerie, and Mona additional sponsors will include: Miami Design District, Delta, LATAM Airlines, Samsung, Laneta Tequila, and Saratoga Spring Water.
When: December 1 – 3, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 3925 North Miami Avenue
8. “I Don’t Need It, But I Want It” The OFFICE. x F2T Gallery
‘I DON’T NEED IT, BUT I WANT IT,’ a group exhibition presented by THE OFFICE. Gallery and Milan-based F2T Gallery, will feature artists Callum Eaton, Eduardo Sarabia, Jonathan Casella, Kristopher Raos, Saj Issa, Sam Keller, Stephanie H. Shih and Tim Irani. The artists will bring forth a collective body of work highlighting the global culture crisis of mass production and capitalism, emphasizing the cliche or kitschy elements of our cultures, through the use of irony and pop art elements.
When: Opening Night (open to the public) – November 27 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.; November 28 – January 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 3930 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 202
This month, Saatchi Yates Miami will temporarily open a solo exhibition of new work by Ethiopian Contemporary artist Tesfaye Urgessa to coincide with his presentation at the Rubell Museum, opening December 2022. Born in 1983 in Ethiopia, Tesfaye studied under master Tadesse Mesfin at Staatlichen Akademie in Stuttgart, and later emigrated to work in Germany. Through these experiences, Ugressa connected Ethiopian iconography and a deep fascination with traditional figurative painting to create a unique and striking language which portrays race and the politics of identity.
When: November 21 – December 21, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: 35 NE 40 St.
10. Abby Pucker & Zoe Lukov’s “Boil, Toil + Trouble”
“Boil, Toil + Trouble” brings together contemporary painting, sculpture, video, installation, and performance by more than 20 contemporary artists whose works speak to the mundane, magical, and mythical aspects of water. The exhibition seeks to catalyze interdisciplinary creation and conversations that reframe Miami’s relationship with water, historically, spiritually, and in the face of the current climate crisis. It’s curated by Zoe Lukov and organized by Art in Common, a nonprofit founded by Abby Pucker and Lukov.
When: November 29 – December 4, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: 50 NE 40th St.
11. Fendi Casa
Coinciding with the start of DesignMiami/, Fendi Casa has chosen Miami for its first flagship store in the U.S. The new boutique spans 591 square meters within a concrete building enhanced by large windows on two levels, whose architecture is inspired by the Modern Movement.
When: November 30 – onward
Where: 4120 NE 2nd Ave.
12. Gagosian and Jeffery Deitch’s “100 Years”
100 Years, organized by Gagosian in collaboration with Jeffrey Deitch, will be on view at the historic Buick Building. The exhibition explores the interplay of past, present, and future through works by contemporary artists who are in dialogue with the sweeping cultural and environmental changes of the past century—as well as those who anticipate future possibilities. Contributors to 100 Years include Refik Anadol, Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, Urs Fischer, Tom Friedman, Austin Lee, Jamian Juliano Villani, Rick Lowe, Keiichi Tanaami, and Taryn Simon, among others.
When: November 28 – December 4
Where: Buick Building NE 2nd Ave