Fritz Haeg, Salon Colada: Miami HQ, 2009, mixed media installation.
"Convention": Through September 13. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211; mocanomi.org. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 1 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Around the corner, visitors might likely overlook Corey McCorkle's Orthopedic Pathway for a Motivational Speaker, which appears to be a few folding chairs left against a wall of the museum after a lecture. The artist has slyly hinted at the ubiquitous trappings of convention meetings that take place daily in halls across America. He created the folding chairs by hand and leaned them haphazardly in a spot where spectators might easily trip over them.
Meanwhile, Miami's Jim Drain focuses on Art Basel-style fair displays with an installation of painted columns and a video of the interior of the Miami Beach Convention Center. On one of the columns, Drain has oddly propped a gold spray-painted carrot on its end. While a slide projection loops imagery taken from the Julia Tuttle Causeway, Drain's erect taproot reminds us that weird art is often the likeliest to spark debate. After all, this show begs the question: Isn't that why people gather?