Miami is a convention town, the junket heaven of the Southeast. Essentially identity-less, well put on whatever mask your industry requires. Porn? No problem. Electronic music? Easy. Boating? Challenge us, please. Weve also somehow become the art fair capital of the world, with more little tent shows congregating beneath the dragons wing of Art Basel Miami Beach than either New Yorks Armory Show or Switzerlands original Basel. So now that MoCA assistant curator Ruba Katrib has put together a four-month exhibition examining the culture of conventions, it seems so obvious. Why didnt we think of that? (In our defense, we were probably distracted by all the electronic music we were listening to while sailing to our porn shoot.)
This Wednesday is your first chance to experience Katribs vision, and though we dont want to spoil too much, lets just say it involves an open dance floor, high jinks by artists Bert Rodriguez and Dave McKenzie, and a Coral Gables couples living room relocated courtesy of artist Fritz Heag.
The Opening reception for Conventionbegins at 7 p.m. at MoCA.
Wed., May 20, 7 p.m., 2009