View more photos from "The Record" at Miami Art Museum here.
The Miami Art Museum's new exhibit "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" opened Saturday night, drawing a bright mix of artists, art enthusiasts, and collectors to its mixed media group show exploring the intersection between visual art and music in a unique auditory and visual experience.
In tune with the theme, DJ Le Spam was spinning vinyl, and the Smirnoff girls served cocktails on record trays.
The panel discussion featured MAM curator Rene Morales, exhibition
artist Xaviera Simmons, and Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary
art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The panel explored
the meaning and history of the record and detailed some of the work
featured in the exhibition, which comprises 99 works by 41 artists.
group exhibit includes work by both rising stars and established artists in contemporary art, including names like William Cordova, Ed Ruscha, and
Carrie Mae Weems. Showing in a US museum for the first time in their
careers are Jeroen Diepenmaat, Kevin ei-ichi deForest, Taiyo Kimura and
Lyota Yagi. "Outsider artist" Mingering Mike adds another component
with his fake album covers that are part of an alternative universe, featuring himself as a superstar.
New York based artist and DJ Xaviera
Simmons participates with an installation combining photography and
music. The photography series, taken in North Carolina on a mission to
explore "the idyllic," has a rustic feel further enhanced by wooden
walls and the acoustic nature of the soundtrack exclusively recorded for
the installation by 15 musicians such as Jim James, Tunde Adebimpe from
TV on the Radio, and saxophonist Paula Henderson.
installation is just one example of the exhibition's inclusive concept.
"The Record" truly explores the record from every angle. The record is
art and is treated as a treasured object, telling history, expressing
identity and bearing witness to changes. "The Record" examines the
transformative power of the vinyl record from the 1960s until the
present day via video, sound work, installations, sculptures, drawings,
paintings, and photography.
"Vinyl records belong to the
category of objects that have managed to play particularly significant
roles in cultural history. They have established themselves firmly
within the cultural consciousness, across generational and geographic
boundaries," says Morales. "This exhibition is an homage to a technology
that has enriched our lives, expressed through the work of diverse
artists who share a deep love for vinyl."
Contemporary Art and Vinyl" is a savvy move by the Miami Art Museum,
engaging a younger generation and taking art
beyond the museum walls. The MAM Soundbomb Bus will take to the streets
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of Miami and make a stop at various upcoming events such as the Fool's
Gold Block Party and Heineken Transatlantic Festival. And that's all in addition to a series of lectures, DJ sessions, and a Sound Clash DJ
Battle at the Closing Night Party on June 9th.