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Artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez has toiled mightily on her ambitious project "Giants in the City" to prepare for this year's Art Basel, which runs from December 4 through 7. For months, she and nine others have been designing and constructing 30-foot-tall inflatable sculptures that will be lighted after dark, creating a whimsical display in Bayfront Park to counterpoint Miami's glorious skyline.
"We have been laboring furiously since last February to raise funds for this ourselves," sighs Simmons-Jimenez, a member of Wynwood's Artformz Alternative. "This has been a grassroots effort and done for the benefit of the community alone. We had to raise nearly $65,000 for it. At times it's been very depressing, but we were unwilling to quit. We told each other that we would do this if we had to blow these things up and celebrate with a cooler of beer by ourselves."
The giants will include a whale sprouting from the earth by José Bedia, a gargantuan bottle of dish soap with "Joy" emblazoned across it by Michelle Weinberg, and a hot-pink lighthouse by Gustavo Acosta.
Simmons-Jimenez and her cohorts will switch on the lights at 7 p.m. next Tuesday. "We are having a concert on the green with local bands and inviting people to bring their picnic baskets and blankets to celebrate the affair."
America might be mired in recession and gloom, but this year's Art Basel celebration will be bigger and more diverse than ever. Organizers of the Pulse, NADA, and Scope fairs, three of the largest events at Baselpalooza, all cite an increase in participant galleries. And the main event at the Miami Beach Convention Center will boast more than 220 elite galleries and upward of 2,000 artists from across the globe, a 10 percent upswing from 2007. Names such as Mark Rothko, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince, as well as stellar emerging talent, will be on display.
Now in its seventh year, Art Basel Miami Beach has become the Western Hemisphere's largest commercial art event and has far outstripped its Swiss progenitor in scope and size. Nearly a thousand visiting dealers will add to the frenetic four-day extravaganza at 20-plus fairs scattered throughout Wynwood and Miami Beach. (Details for some of the biggest events appear at the end of this story and at miaminewtimes.com.)
"The public and media attention this year has been better than ever," says Bob Goodman, South Florida spokesman for Basel. "We are going to have a free opening-night concert December 3 near Art Positions on the Beach. We will also be offering movie screenings, artists' talks, public art projects, and many, many activities the public can ... enjoy for free."
Outside the convention center, there will be several bleeding-edge activities, such as the Video Art Lounge at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The beachside Art Positions "container village" at Collins Park between 21st and 22nd streets will house 20 top-drawer upstart galleries, as well as daily performances including Christian Jankowski in "Above All, I'm an Artlover" Friday, December 5, at 8 p.m., which will be something like an art market Home Shopping Network. The next day, artist Yoshua Okon will weigh in with "Art-Wrestling," during which the public can compete in a contest to win work from Art Positions galleries. The slogan: "Transform your muscle power into acquisition power."
Inside the convention center, there will be a mind-numbing arsenal of work by artists ranging from veritable newcomers such as Anj Smith and Tomasz Kowalski to historical figures such as Meret Oppenheim, Francis Picabia, Robert Smithson, and Marcel Duchamp. The Art Nova sector of the fair will include creations from more than 60 young galleries. In a gathering that sponsors call the Art Salon, there will be hourly artists' talks, book signings, and roundtable discussions.
Eighteen galleries will participate in something termed Art Kabinett (sort of a curio spotlighting an individual). Each will cordon off a section in a booth, allowing visitors to explore an extended body of work from a specific artist. New York's Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, for instance, will feature among the most complete collections of legendary Dadaist Duchamp (1887-1968). Among the offerings will be an edition of his famous Boîte-en-valise — a suitcase that contains small-scale reproductions of his work — and an example of the historic Green Box (1934). On the surrounding walls will hang a selection of posters that Duchamp designed and produced.
Gallery Lelong (New York/Paris/Zurich) will show Yoko Ono's touch me III (2008), the third in a suite of sculptural works. Laid out across a long table will be a female body created in silicone and separated into sections that are presented inside open compartments resembling specimen boxes. At the table's head will be a bowl filled with water and the following instructions: "Wet your index and middle fingers to touch the body parts." The gallery informs that Ono hopes to help the viewer connect with the female experience.
Even more unconventional will be new work by Peruvian artist William Cordova, who has strong Miami ties and tinkers with found materials and discarded consumer goods. The Arndt & Partner gallery (Berlin/Zurich) will debut Cordova's installation Moby Dick (Tracy) (after ishmael, chico de cano y carl hampton), which presents a jalopy the artist sawed in half and converted into living room furniture. A couch, book racks, drawings, and a heater are all part of his ramshackle environment.
"More and more, fairs are moving toward a curatorial environment," observes Nina Johnson, director of Wynwood's edgy Gallery Diet. "You are going to see more galleries at fairs focusing on one- or two-person shows rather than putting out all the stock from their spaces. People will be able to appreciate a cohesive body of work rather than the way they did it years past, when everyone seemed to be rushing through in 30 seconds and thinking, What can I buy to take home?" Johnson adds.
The Wynwood Fairs
The art fairs located miles from Miami Beach, mostly in Wynwood, have become the beating heart of Basel. While tickets to Art Basel cost a whopping $35, other shows in Wynwood go for less: Entry to Design Miami is $20; Art Miami is $15. Scope and a new fair called Art Asia go for only $20 for a one-day pass to both. And you can sashay into the NADA Art Fair for absolutely, well, nada.
"We are definitely trying to create more of a home-cooked-meal energy and work within the community to demystify Art Basel," says Alexis Hubshman, director of Scope, known for featuring wallet-friendly work. "We are not about the chilly, austere feeling people have come to associate with the white box façades at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We're striving to make this all about a warmer experience for spectators," he says.
"People are definitely hurting. We are having a free barbecue brunch for the community on Sunday afternoon. All the fairs in Wynwood have joined together to offer free shuttle service to and from the Beach as well."
Scope and its new sister fair, Art Asia, present some of the greatest change this year. Hubshman has moved the event from Roberto Clemente Park in Wynwood to a new 120,000-square-foot space in midtown Miami (2951 NE First Ave.). Art Asia will add a new dimension to Basel by featuring work from more than 60 of the world's leading galleries specializing in contemporary Asian art.
"Together, both fairs will include more than 135 galleries from 36 countries," Hubshman crows. "And Art Asia is a new initiative featuring the best of a hot market right now."
He says that although only three galleries slated to participate in Scope this year dropped out after the stock market crash, many are bracing for the worst. "I know that with many of the other fairs, that's been a concern. We were in London for the Frieze Fair last month, and there was a 15 to 20 percent drop in attendance overall. We were fortunate that we experienced our best sales at Frieze in two years and saw works up to the $100,000 range sell. So we are hopeful."
Hubshman believes the average price of art exhibited at Scope — $5,000 to $10,000 — will remain a draw for young collectors. But he is no optimist. "We are expecting up to a 20 percent drop in attendance because of the economy. Some galleries will no longer be bringing an entourage or paying for artists to come down here to party and do coke all week," he says.
He notes that dealers are becoming shrewder and packing drawings in their suitcases or teaming up with other galleries in their communities to consolidate shipping costs. "A few New York galleries I'm working with are joining together to share crates. I'll even be bringing some of those crates in the back of my truck when I drive down for the fair."
Hubshman has invited Miami's conceptual tag team Friends with You to spruce up Scope's VIP lounge. "We have been on the everlasting gob-hopper hustle," chuckles Sam Borkson, half of the daffy duo, which also includes Arturo Sandoval III. "We are creating this huge bounce house for adults and kids who love art. The economy is impacting Basel hugely, and I hear a lot of major galleries might stay away. We want to create this crazy fun-house environment that's fully immersive and will include a restaurant, a bar, and a place to chill. In the past, Basel here has been about overconsuming, but we don't plan to make any money out of this."
His project will include a funky bodega offering T-shirts and small watercolor drawings and sculptures for sale. "Our church is about feeling art and not consumer dogma," Borkson says. "We want people to have a jubilant art adventure." The big money that infects much of the rest of Art Basel will not dominate here.
For many culture vultures on a green-stamp budget, NADA (1400 N. Miami Ave.) is a perennial crowd favorite because it waives a cover charge. The fair, known for a heady mix of contemporary art talent and free daily performances, will house 88 emerging galleries from 19 countries. It's an inviting oasis in the midst of the unrelenting Basel hoopla. "I would say that NADA is a great option as we are free and open to the public during the fair hours," director Heather Hubbs says. "We have a beautiful outdoor garden area with hammocks to relax in and a great café restaurant that also offers seated table service. "
Basel will also have more eco-friendly work. The Design Miami Fair (NE 39th Street and First Court) includes an eco-friendly project exploring the theme of the natural world, titled "Beyond Organic: Design in the State of Nature." And a new arrival is the Green Art Fair (3100 NW Midtown Blvd.), introducing environmentally sensitive artists, curators, designers, and galleries to local audiences while presenting artworks and designs that bring new ideas for green living. "It's for artists who use recycled materials in their work," explains Miami artist Pablo Cano, known for his eye-popping conceptual puppets created from trash. "I will be performing a musical marionette piece and exhibiting three canvases created with debris from Hurricane Floyd. This year, it's definitely all about art as entertainment and hoping the market won't have too large an impact. I guess some artists will end up pounding the pavement and looking for jobs," Cano rues.
Local museums are hardballing the hustling invaders who seek to turn our city into a shopping mall for art. The Miami Art Museum's "Objects of Value" tackles how contemporary artists approach dollars-and-cents issues. It features work by artists such as Cory Arcangel, Walead Beshty, Dario Escobar, Jac Leirner, Josiah McElheny, Wangechi Mutu, Seth Price, Wilfredo Prieto, Santiago Sierra, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Carey Young. Part of the show critiques the market for luxury goods (including art). Some of it highlights anxieties about the global economic meltdown. Still other aspects poke fun at the amorphous lines between luxury and decadence, and greed and good taste.
The ritzy digs are the first stop on a national tour for "Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," and they represent a homecoming for five pieces donated by Miami's Patricia and Phillip Frost to the Smithsonian in 1986, including works by Hans Hofmann and Joseph Albers.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami ratchets up the intrigue with the premiere of "Anri Sala: Purchase Not by Moonlight," featuring seven of Sala's films from the late Nineties to the present. One of them is a new film titled Answer Me, in which a Berlin couple tries to communicate via drumbeat. There will also be photographs and sculptures related to space and time. The exhibit marks the first major U.S. museum show of the Albanian artist's work.
The Wolfsonian-FIU is partnering with the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Smart Car for a mobile art project titled "Smart: Thoughts on Democracy," promising to deliver a dose of whiplash to pedestrians on Miami Beach streets. It complements the Wolf's other exhibit, "Thoughts on Democracy," in which more than 60 artists and designers created original works inspired by Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms posters.
The cars will zip around during Basel, showcasing slogans such as "Democracy: There is no alternative," courtesy of architect Michael Graves; "Democracy gives us liberty, freedom, and hope," from architect Zaha Hadid; and "Freedom is like Zen. It questions everything," by James Rosenquist, among others.
But perhaps the most interesting museum-quality show isn't at an indoor venue. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) unveils Mark di Suvero's enormous steel sculptures among flowering trees and a swirling butterfly garden. The exhibition features five massive, twisting steel sculptures, including Olompali, which soars 30 feet into the sky. The three-story-tall sculpture makes its international debut at Fairchild before being shipped to China, where it will be permanently located at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
She, a 30-year-old interactive piece measuring 52 feet wide, is another striking piece. With its wooden swinging bed, it is an example of di Suvero's desire to make touchable and accessible art. He created each sculpture to engage observers via changing dimensions as they approach it and move through it. "We are thrilled to bring his work to South Florida," says Bruce Greer, Fairchild's board of trustees president. "Fairchild's unique landscape will provide the perfect backdrop to truly reveal these massive structures' complexity and scale."
In the past, Fairchild has organized major art events featuring large-scale exhibitions by artists such as Fernando Botero, Roy Lichtenstein, and Dale Chihuly during the fair. "Historically, art and nature have always been linked, and people who enjoy one generally enjoy the other," Greer adds. "Our goal is to provide visitors with a complete cultural experience in which they enjoy world-class art and one of the world's greatest living collections of tropical plants, while learning about the importance of plant conservation."
There's Art Everywhere
South Beach hotels, Wynwood's private collections, and a rash of new galleries are also bursting with provocative exhibits and a cautious optimism despite the economy. Highlights of Wynwood's private collections include the following:
• Inside its sprawling 45,000-square-foot space, the Rubell Family Collection (95 NW 29th St.) presents "30 Americans," a blockbuster exhibit of more than 200 works by 30 artists displayed across the space's 27 galleries.
• CiFo (1018 N. Miami Ave.) takes a knockout look at the ways artists respond to the exercise of power in contemporary life. "The Prisoner's Dilemma: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection" confronts and examines issues of powerlessness, exclusion, subversion, escapism, transcendence, warfare, protest, and resistance in a world spiraling out of control.
Many South Beach hotels will host quirky art events that open up guest rooms for exhibits. The Bridge Art Fair at the Catalina and Maxine hotels (1732-1756 Collins Ave.) promises an indie vibe; more than 80 rooms will be decked out in the freshest offerings of the boho tribe.
Downwind at the swank Sagamore Hotel (1671 Collins Ave.), where rooms cost between $715 and $1,295 a night, there will be not only original art in every room but also a suite of photographs by local artist Lee Materazzi from her Head In series. The photos are located in the hotel's public areas, which also feature an art bar, an art lounge, and a video garden to include some of the hottest names in the contemporary art world.
One of Materazzi's shots depicts a woman with her noggin stuck in her purse. It is the perfect metaphor for the thousands of dealers swooping into town to chase big bucks.
For her part, Materazzi says that in the past she has found Basel to be overwhelming and the artwork difficult to appreciate. It will be different this time around. "I think for artists and viewers, a less chaotic affair will be more enjoyable," she says.
In a new project by Swiss artist Olaf Breuning, the Sagamore will offer a contemporary take on Miami Beach sand sculpture. A 150-ton sphinx looms over a stretch of beach directly behind the hotel. The artist is also transforming the lobby using an absurdist wall mural.
Back on the mainland, Eric Charest-Weinberg is among many new dealers planting their flags in Wynwood during Basel. The 24-year-old hopes to defy economic gravity by featuring a stable of edgy artists that he's banking collectors will take a risk on.
He is popping the cork on his eponymous gallery (250 NW 23rd St., #408) with a sprawling solo show by Canadian provocateur Marc Seguin. The artist's fierce paintings fuse images of human beings with taxidermied roadkill to convey a sense of existential anomie.
"I think the works speak for themselves," Charest-Weinberg muses. "This is a very interesting time. To me it's all about wholeheartedly supporting these artists."
Basel spokesman Bob Goodman dismisses notions that attendance will fall off this year. "We have discount prices for groups of 10 and seniors and students," he says. "We are also having free film events, lectures, and public art projects people can look up on our website. We are expecting major celebrities like Steve Martin and Tony Bennett to return this year, and we will be featuring more than 200 of the world's finest galleries again.
"All the museums from Miami to Palm Beach are putting up special shows. I haven't seen any indication of a letdown or that the goose won't lay a golden egg."
ART BASEL EVENT LISTINGS
Aqua Art Miami: 44 galleries with a strong representation of West Coast dealers. Dec. 4-7. 206-399-5506. Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-538-4361. In Wynwood, 50 more galleries will exhibit contemporary art Dec. 3-7. 42 NE 25th St., Miami, 206-245-8598.
Art Asia: Miami's first international Asian contemporary art fair will make its debut, bringing together more than 60 leading international galleries. Dec. 3-7, noon-6 p.m. Art Asia Pavilion, 3000 NE 1st Ave, Miami, 212-268-6148.
Bridge Miami Wynwood: Building on three successful years in Miami Beach, Bridge will host this event Dec. 3-7. 3401 NE 1st Ave, Miami, 312-421-2227.
Art Miami: More than 115 contemporary art galleries present a selection of art, special exhibitions, outdoor sculptures, and video installations. Dec. 3-7. $15 one-day pass, $20 multiday pass, $10 students and seniors. NE 1st Avenue between NE 32nd and 31st streets, Miami, 888-772-8926.
ArtCenter/South Florida: Kaiju Monster Invasion Miami Beach 2008: An exhibition featuring Japanese monster-inspired interpretations, curated by Harold Golen. Wed., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 305-674- 8278. ArtCenter/South Florida Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-674-8278.
ArtSouth: Enjoy artwork by resident artists, refreshments, and live music while you browse four galleries and open artist studios. Children are welcome. 3 to 7 p.m. Mon., Dec. 8. ArtSouth Sanctuary, 240 N Krome Ave, Homestead, 305-247-9406.
Bass Museum Reception: Hosted by Arte al Dia International magazine. Dec. 3, 8-10 p.m. 2121 Park Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-7530.
Bayfront Park. Giants in the City: 30-foot-tall giant inflatable sculptures descend on Bayfront Park. Dec. 2-7. 301 N Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-572-0040, 305-358-7550.
Miami Beach between 17th Street and Lincoln Road. Olaf Breuning's Sculpture: Untitled shows a huge bikini girl with a Klee-inspired face. Starting Dec. 3. Daily.
Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. Bridge Miami Beach: Browse nearly 80 rooms of the freshest and most innovative works in international emerging and contemporary art. Dec. 4-7. 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-1160.
The Cavalier Hotel. Full House Pool Art Fair: The show will comprise young contemporary art dealers, artist agents, emerging galleries, artists' collectives, and nonprofit organizations. Dec. 5-7. $10 suggested donation. 1320 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, 305-531-3555.
Charcoal Studios. Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair: Booths featuring emerging and renowned artists and their installations. Dec. 4-7. 2135 NW 1st Ave, Miami, 305-695-8200.
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Visit and Breakfast @ CiFo: Concerts, performances, and panel discussions. Dec. 3-7, 9 a.m.-noon. 1018 N Miami Ave, Miami, 305-455-3338
Colony Theater. Art Loves Film: presenting the new film Herb and Dorothy by Megumi Sasaki. Fri., Dec. 5, 8:30-11 p.m. 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, 305-674-1292.
Design Miami: A forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating design. Includes galleries, exhibitions, talks, and the Designer of the Year Award. Dec. 3-6. $20. Miami Design District, NE Second Avenue and 39th Street.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Brunch: See Mark di Suvero's monumental sculpture garden. Sun., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, 305-667-1651.
Fountain Miami 2008: A guerrilla-style art event dubbed the "Anti Art Fair" for its brash, off-the-wall offerings. Dec. 3-7. Suggested donation of $5. 2505 N Miami Ave, Miami, 917-650-3760.
Fratelli Lyon. White & Black Truffle Celebration for Art Basel Season: A five-course, $325 tasting menu featuring both white and black truffles. Wine pairings available for an additional $100. Dec. 3-6. 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-572-2901.
Frost Art Museum. Breakfast in the Park: Featuring an informal lecture by sculptor Joel Shapiro. Free public access. Guided tours of the sculpture park and the new FIU museum. Sun., Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m.-noon. SW 107th Avenue and 8th Street, 305-348-0401.
GEISAI Miami: Six years since the inception of GEISAI in Japan, this is the second year in Miami. Hosted by Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. Dec. 3-7. $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. 2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami.
Green Art Fair Miami: Introducing eco-friendly artists, curators, sustainable designers, and galleries. Dec. 2-7. 3101 Midtown Blvd, Miami.
Ice Palace. NADA Art Fair Miami 2008: With 88 emerging art galleries from 18 countries, this fair is renowned for its unique atmosphere of vast sound stages and gardens. Dec. 3-7. 1400 N Miami Ave, Miami, 305-672-5117.
Lowe Art Museum-UM. Brunch: "Charles Biederman: An American Idealist": Inaugural exhibition of the Sheldon and Myrna Palley Pavilion of Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts. Sun., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. 1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables, 305-284 6981.
Lummus Park. Houseago Presents: A new, large-scale figure in silver and aluminum. Dec. 3-7. Ocean Drive and 10th Street, Miami Beach.
Crowd: Involves a tour guide, played by a male actor who explains to the audience the work of an artist without works, which can therefore be presented only through a guided tour about nothing. Dec. 3-7. Between 6th and 12th streets, Miami Beach.
Miami Design District. Art Tours: Artist studio visits. Tour groups meet at 3841 NE 2nd Ave, ground floor, Miami. Fri., Dec. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 305-531-8700.
Miami Science Museum. Arte del Barrio Art Show: Arte del Barrio is a multimedia show featuring local painters, photographers, sculptors, video-filmmakers, musicians, DJs, and theater/film actors. 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29. 3280 S. Miami Ave, Miami, 305-646-4200, 305-642-4200.
Museum of Contemporary Art. Reception. Opening of Anri Sala's latest show. Hosted by Bonnie Clearwater, executive director and chief curator, MoCA, Dec. 2. 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, 305-893-6211.
Photo Miami: This is primarily a contemporary photography art fair, showing photo-based art, video, and new media. More than 60 new and established galleries will present works. Dec. 3-7. $15. North Miami Avenue and 31st Street, Miami, 323-937-4659.
Ponce Circle Park. Art in the Park: Features Santamorena, Big Brooklyn Red, Brendan O'Hara, and Locos por Juana in concert, as well as exhibits by local artists and art lessons for children, Dec. 5. 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, 305-644-8888.
Pulse Miami: Featuring new exhibitors from 23 countries in special programs, installations, and events in Wynwood. Dec. 3-7. 2136 NW 1st Ave, Miami.
Punk Rock Bourgeoisie: A maze of rooms that allows you to walk into one of Blair Butterfield's decadent and abstract paintings. Dec. 3-7. 2405 NW 2nd Ave, Miami. 904-505-4131.
Red Dot Fair: A sophisticated, friendly fair in the Design District. Dec. 3-7. 36th Street and NE 1st Avenue, Miami, 917-273-8621.
Rubell Family Collection. Private View: Hosted by Jennifer Rubell and Domino magazine. 95 NW 29th St, Miami, 305-573-6090.
Scope Miami: The original emerging art fair returns for it is seventh year, expanded in size and global reach, with 85 exhibitors from 28 countries, and a new 60,000-square-foot pavilion. Dec. 3-7. 2951 NE 1st Ave, Miami, 212.268.1522.
Sculpt Miami: The fair exhibits an outstanding sculpture collection by prominent modern artists from around the world. Dec. 3-7. $5 general admission, seniors half-price, students free. 46 NW 36 St, Miami, 305-448-2060.
Sea Fair: SeaFair presents "Rock the Boat," a luxury showcase of the world's exclusive haute, fine, and vintage jewelers, plus contemporary art and design. Nov. 29-Dec. 7. Miami Beach, 239-949-5411.
Shelborne Hotel. The Artist Fair: Created to allow professional artists to exhibit without gallery representation. Dec. 4-7. 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-1271.
South Seas Hotel. Art Now Fair: Encourages participation from new and emerging galleries as well as established galleries new to the art fair scene. Dec. 4-7. 1751 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-538-1411.
Wolfgang Roth & Partners. "Arne Quinze: Sculptures" and "David LaChapelle: Jesus Is My Homeboy": A parody of the way people live, and a reminder Jesus was an advocate for the downtrodden. Dec. 2-Jan. 10. 201 NE 39th St, Miami, 305-531-8241.
The Wolfsonian-FIU. Reception: "Napoleon's Throne from Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris." Fri., Dec. 5, 8-11 p.m. 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-1001.
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