Miami in Transition
Miami in Transition
Miami Artists Illuminate the Spectacle of a City in Flux

Miami in Transition

Tapping the dynamic energy of a changing city, Miami in Transition features 21 Miami artists whose work responds to the city’s rapid, dramatic transformation in light of trends in the current real estate market. The exhibition, curated by MAM Assistant Director for Special Projects/Curator Lorie Mertes and Curatorial Research Assistant René Morales, will be on view from April 27 to October 29.

The exhibition features more than 50 works that range from focused responses to construction and demolition to more general meditations on art and life amid an environment in flux. While some works mourn the loss of cherished sites, others deal with the city’s future. The media employed by the artists on view are as varied as their responses to the building boom. In addition to drawing, installation, painting, photography and sculpture, the exhibition includes everything from a zoetrope to the latest in digital technology.

Artists represented in Miami in Transition are: Daniel Arsham, Natalia Benedetti, Vicenta Casañ, Xavier Cortada, Patricio Cuello, Andrés Ferrandis, Mark Handforth, William Keddell, Leila A. Leder-Kremer, Nicolas D. Lobo, Michael Loveland, Glexis Novoa, Martin Oppel, Placemaker, Tao Rey, Leyden Rodríguez-Casanova, George Sánchez-Calderon, Tina Spiro, Ivan Toth DePeña, Thomas Brian Virgin and Purvis Young. Miami in Transition is the first Miami Art Museum exhibition dedicated entirely to Miami artists since the highly successful, year-long New Work series in 2001.

“Artists and developers helped spark the Miami cultural renaissance, sometimes symbiotically” Mertes said. “Miami in Transition is intended to expand upon the ongoing dialogue concerning the current transitions Miami is undergoing and its close ties to Miami’s growing art scene.”

Some of the artists in the exhibition, including Daniel Arsham, Natalia Beneditti, Martin Oppel and Tao Rey were affiliated with “The House,” which served as both residence and exhibition space for many emerging Miami artists in the 90s. “The House” was demolished when the community in which it was located was redeveloped. Miami art critic Alfredo Triff, author of the recently released book Miami Arts Explosion -- described as “a rare chronicle of the making of a formidable scene”-- will lead a panel discussion with Arsham, Benedetti and Oppel, as well as Mark Handforth and Leila A. Leder-Kremer, as part of the exhibition’s opening reception on April 26 from 6 to 8 pm. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

“Artists’ communities often arise in underdeveloped areas because of affordable housing and studio space. Many artists have thus found themselves physically positioned to serve as witnesses to, for and against development booms,” Morales added. “By channeling these experiences into their work, they clarify the tumultuous social forces at play in urban transformation.”

Miami in Transition features three commissions created especially for the exhibition:
• Michael Loveland will create an installation centered on discarded advertising signage;
• Glexis Novoa will contribute ephemeral drawings which will appear throughout the exhibition space; and
• Leyden Rodríguez-Casanova will install a spiked metal fence that recalls traditional elements of local domestic houses.

The exhibition is organized by the Miami Art Museum and is supported by MAM’s Annual Exhibition Fund.

Photo Credits:

George Sánchez-Calderón
George’s Annual Downtown Barbeque 2006
3 Digital prints, architectural model
Courtesy of the artist

Leila A. Leder-Kremer
Untitled from the Everglades Building series 2005
Color photograph
Image courtesy the artist

Vicenta Casañ
Castles in the Air #5 2005
Digital photograph
Courtesy the artist and Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami

MAM is located at:
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130

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