Art's Public Agenda

Appreciating art means slowing down long enough to look

In the cases of Bailly's and Vizcaíno's exhibitions, the disappointing gallery settings are worse than mundane. They are downright shabby and make it difficult to concentrate on the aesthetic experience. Admittedly, the Frances Wolfson Gallery is Miami Dade College's second-string venue, and it's obvious The Art Gallery at Government Center is not attempting to become a major player in the art world. However, it would behoove the city's public institutions to put more effort and greater resources into their programs, to commit to showing dynamic and cutting-edge visual art, and not to be stingy with the presentation. Perhaps then Joe Q and Jane Public might very well stop and take notice.

John Bailly's Formwork for Concrete (2004)
John Bailly's Formwork for Concrete (2004)


Through July 13. The Art Gallery at Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1st St, Miami; 305-375-4634. Open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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