For Miami Art Museum honchos, the dream of a gilded Xanadu on the bay can be daunting. Imagine having to go around hat-in-hand after potential donors in this imploded economy. Then imagine having to swallow your pride and sell the museum's naming rights to a real estate developer, and bearing the resulting backlash. It's enough to give a person panic attacks.
So we're not surprised museum leaders have cut loose with their new exhibit, "Restless: Recent Acquisitions From the MAM Collection," after receiving a $1 million grant from the Helena Rubinstein Philanthropic Fund.
"'Restless' reflects the diverse range of collecting strategies currently being pursued by MAM," the museum's chief curator, Tobias Ostrander, says. "It includes historical works gifted to us by individuals and foundations, such as the Morris Louis paintings, donated through his estate; contemporary works by such artists as Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Robin Rhode, acquired through MAM's Collectors Council; [and] new commissions sponsored by the museum, such as Dara Friedman's Dancer."
Friedman's video installation, coproduced by MAM, features 60 hoofers kicking up their heels everywhere from busy local streets to downtown rooftops, reflecting the museum's elation over the contributions.
"The title of the show, 'Restless,' taken from two pieces on view by Iran do Espírito Santo, evokes the dynamic energy and continually changing nature of our collection," Ostrander explains.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 21. Continues through May 15, 2012