Lousy weather did not stop me or some of the regions arts movers and shakers from attending the “Seat at the Table (for the future of Broward Arts)” at the Broward Cultural Division this evening. In attendance were people from the visual arts, theater arts, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, teachers, arts organization chairs, curators, collectors, an art appraiser and other arts disciplines – all of us united by our serious concerns for the future of the arts in the county.
The origin of this event was based from the exchange of ideas at an earlier event that took place last month: “Art, Culture and the Creative Economy in Ft. Lauderdale” Panel Discussion at Pipeline Workspaces.
While there was no official agenda, there was a considerable amount of sharing of information that made 2 hours fly by. At the start we were given large index cards with instructions to draw or write what our vision or mission for the future of the arts in Broward is. These we learned would be complied for a future slideshow as part of the branding for moving those visions forward.
Then we learned about the Creation Station Lab, covered a brief overview of advocacy techniques, and did get to discuss a couple of the visions attendees had for the future of the arts in the region.
Afterwards, there was time for some quick networking where I got to exchange information with several amazing creators and found out about a great monthly event in Historic Sistrunk from writer/director educator Darius Daughtry , and about her upcoming film about domestic violence and her dating web series from actress/producer Sandra Justice :
For sure, I’m looking forward to the next Seat at the Table Discussion session and to being more involved in the Broward County local arts scene.
Special thanks to artist + writer Kristin M Beck of Art Buzz Studio for telling me about this great event!
After a particularly nasty and grueling U.S. election season complete with shocking outcome, I have to admit my usual Art Basel – Miami Beach Week excitement had been smushed a few notches.
As the invites rolled in, I found myself confronting a post-election malaise. I wondered if I should just take a pass this year from the many fabulous contemporary art and design world events and Netflix binge instead, sequestering myself in a dark room hoping that this all was a bad dream.
I am so very glad I did not go down the path of least movement but instead ventured out to commiserate with fellow attendees, exhibitors, designers, curators, artists and journalists at the temporary crossroads of the best in contemporary art and collectible design.
Wherever I went, no matter the happening, event or exhibition, I had the best conversations with complete strangers or people who “knew” me from my social media channels but hadn’t met me in person yet. I took tons of photos and some videos (not as much as I would have liked).
While I did not get to see everything I wanted to see, I did see a lot, so stay tuned for upcoming posts!
Maison & Objet Paris 2017 ( January 20th-24th) will be a design industry wonderland featuring exhibitors from around the globe! Continue reading “Upcoming Event: Maison & Objet Paris 2017”
The use of clothes to define, defend and defy societal conventions is at the center of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents SCAD AT MIAMI – Theater of Self: An Exploration of Identity, featuring works by Daniel Lismore and photography by SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. Photography) that I previewed last week.
The core of the exhibition is a phalanx of 20 Daniel Lismore life-size mannequins festooned in his spectacularly designed creations that are accompanied by five light boxes of photos of Lismore taken by New York-based photographer Colin Douglas Gray. These five featured looks are also included in Lismore’s upcoming monograph, published by Skira Rizzoli in collaboration with SCAD entitled Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, due out for international release in February 2017.
As I walked around each exciting ensemble, I realized that I could spend hours looking at Daniel Lismore ‘s creations and still not be able to fathom all the intricacies involved in creating them.
Accompanying Limore’s works, Bin Feng’s self-portraits of himself living a stylized version of the “American Dream” offer profound insights to the subjects of class, race and gender from a non-Western perspective. This inclusion of Feng’s works could not have been more timely as the recent brutal election season has shown that we Americans have vastly different interpretations of what those “dreams” mean as well how we should attain them.
Also included are works from SCAD graduates including exquisite furniture designed Kalin Asenov and Eny Lee Parker, thrilling paintings by Whitney Wood Bailey and gorgeous lighting fixtures with embroidered cotton corded shades by April Rivers Locke.
In addition to all this, SCAD AT MIAMI also is showcasing the world’s first ever virtual reality musical “Say It With Music”, produced &* written by Joshua Howard and directed and performed by SCAD students. Fortunately, Howard was on hand along with SCAD student Lubomir Kocka to walk me through the process of getting set up and viewing this amazing production.
This totally immersive experience was extraordinary – it felt like I was not watching a musical as so much as being a silent participant . While you will have to go to the exhibition to experience this, you can see a “behind the scenes” look here .
Here are more pics from the exhibition:
Details are as follows (corrected from original post on 12/11/16):
Theater of Self
11–6 p.m. daily
SCAD AT MIAMI
1601 N. Miami Ave.
Make sure to see this before it closes if you are in the area!
Photo Credit: Simone Todd
Art Basel-Miami Beach 2016 Nov 30 – Dec 4 features works of art from over 250 of the world’s leading international galleries from 29 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Contemporary and Modern paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, digital art, art-historical showcases and projects, limited edition collaborations and more are all represented.
2016 marks the fifteenth edition of the Miami Beach show, which has expanded over the years to include dedicated sections for film, outdoor sculpture, works in edition and curated shows of historical significance. The show has always offered both exploration – with new works created by emerging artists – and a continuity of a high quality international roster. Over 85 galleries exhibiting this year also tookPlus, not to be missed, is the Conversations and Salon Talks programming where prominent figures from the art world artists, curators, critics and collectors engage in thoughtful and highly engaging discussions.
Every year that I get to attend, it feels like the world’s largest museum of contemporary and modern art has set itself up in proximity to me, albeit for a very limited time period.
It is not to be missed, so if you can be there, be there.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 9.30am, Collectors Lounge
Wednesday November 30, 2016, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)
Public opening dates and hours:
Thursday December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm
Friday, December 2, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12noon to 6pm
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
*All images by Simone Todd (2015)