Even better news: Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.
Wynwood Walls. The Walls are arguably the selfie capital of North America, but they're still one of the finest outdoor museums around. And this Wynwood institution always bring the goods when it comes time to update its murals and sculptures for Miami Art Week. This year, the debut of a dozen installations by artists hailing from France, Norway, Amsterdam, Portugal, and the States will coincide with Art Basel's opening day. They'll work off the theme "humankind," a utopian ideal needed now more than ever. Opens Thursday, December 7, at 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami.
Patrick Dougherty's Stickwork. Dougherty, an Oklahoma-born, North Carolina-raised artist, makes enormous structures not from steel or stone, but tree saplings. Folding them into fantastical shapes, he constructs buildings that look like something out of The Elder Scrolls. Walking amid them is like visiting a mind-warping alien planet. A 100-strong group of local volunteers helped erect his latest pieces in Pinecrest Gardens for the installation Stickwork, and soon you’ll be able to wander into the sapling village like a traveler in a foreign land. Opens Thursday, November 30, at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest.
Fantisch & Young's "Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo." Fine leather shoes with human teeth on the soles and a headdress with spinal bones in the center — these are the kinds of vicious vestments Björk would wear if she were making a concept album about a serial killer. In truth, they’re the latest pieces by artist duo Mariana Fantisch and Dominic Young, and they’re meant to critique the inhumane criminality of the ultrarich in free-market capitalism. Who says consumerism can't be killer? Wednesday, December 6, through Sunday, December 10, at 221 NW 23rd St., Miami.
museumoficecream.com. Tickets cost $38 via museumoficecream.com/miami. The museum will be open Wednesday through Monday.
Meeting Bowls. Did your grandparents' house have one of those nifty conversation pits with couches sunk into the floor, forcing everybody to face one another and interact? Well, the public art project Meetings Bowls is kind of the same thing, but for strangers outside. Created by the Spanish group Mmmm..., the hemispherical, five-foot-tall furniture pieces will stimulate conversation among people hanging out in the Design District. Through December 20 between 39th and 40th Streets in the Design District, Miami.
Read more about Miami Art Week's fairs, museums, galleries, public art, parties, plus more about the new ICA Miami and art by people of color, in this week's issue of New Times.