The last time we saw Santiago Porter’s provocative pictures of public buildings in Buenos Aires, they featured the eerie sites where Argentine society was submitted to unspeakable political violence behind elegant classical architectural façades.
Now his arresting work returns to Pan American Art Projects (2450 NW Second Ave., Miami) in a group show boasting five other Argentine shutterbugs whose work is on view as part of this month’s steamy Second Saturday Art Walk, beginning at 6 p.m. in Wynwood.
This time, Porter plans to get your cranial gearbox churning with fresh images of the shaky financial institutions representing the economic implosion of his country, while Gian Paolo Minelli weighs in with his own stark views of an empty penitentiary, implying the stories of people who passed through there included the crooked business types who profited from the crisis.
In addition, Pan American’s Project Room is showcasing conceptually freighted photos by Brazil’s Vik Muniz, including works from his acclaimed Diamonds and Chocolate. For those series, he created portraits of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas using the precious gems and reinterpreted a famous crucifixion scene from a Caravaggio painting by employing the sweet syrup Bosco. Call 305-573-2400 or visit panamericanart.com.
At Dot Fiftyone Gallery (187 NW 27th St., Miami), Venezuela’s Pepe Lopez opens a solo show titled “Stairway to Heaven,” featuring a series of tapestries he created from sundry tape strips and his Rhipsalis sculptures crafted from broken umbrellas collected from the streets of Caracas. Call 305-573-9994 or visit dotfiftyone.com.
Sat., June 8, 6-10 p.m., 2013