The Miami Design District is the cradle of fashion and art in the heart of the Magic City. Luxury brands and Michelin Star restaurants adorn its corners, waiting to be discovered by the curious spectator who might stumble by coincidence or the lover of the luxurious who made it a goal to visit. Besides fashion and an upscale culinary scene, the Miami Design District is the heart of many galleries and art installations that make the already dynamic district even more delightful.
With Art Basel rapidly approaching, the Miami Design District continues to extend its already robust art offerings, with contributions from international and local artists. While Miami Design District art tours continue, new and exciting additions to the neighborhood's art endeavors include A.L. Steiner's Ecofeminism Billboards, Criola Mural, and Locust Projects Exhibit.
2nd Ave & 41st St.
A.L. Steiner, a Miami-born artist, presents a photography diptych highlighting the beauty of Earth's vocalities on this double billboard. The photo collage on the right-hand side projects the phrase "ecofeminism," coined in 1974 by French novelist and activist Françoise d'Eaubonne in her book Feminism or Death. In this 'misanthropocene,' Steiner relays d'Eaubonne's and prolific land defenders such as Berta Cáceres, Rachel Carson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Winona LaDuke, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Penny Whetton, and so many others' tireless advocacy and trailblazing work to remediate and repair human-based destruction to preserve life on the planet.
3801 NE 1st Ave
Criola, an acclaimed muralist, has notable works in So Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Paris, and now right here in the Miami Design District. The artist's gigantic 39-foot-by-137-foot mural in Jungle Plaza is her most significant and second public piece in the United States. Interdimensional Portal depicts Afro-Brazilian ancestors performing rituals, accessing ancient forest wisdom for medicinal purposes, and exceeding knowledge thresholds.
3852 N Miami Ave
Locust Projects, Miami's longest-running nonprofit alternative art venue, is excited to make art happen again with two new commissioned exhibitions and a guest-curated video event. Herramientas (Levels and Bosses), a transmedia adventure gaming experience by Miami-based multimedia artist Leo Castaeda, will be displayed at the Main Gallery. Mia, an immersive interactive installation of sculpture, video, and music by Brooklyn-based artist Zac Hacmon, will be shown in the Project Room. Sound, Stories is the sixth in a series of guest-curated video exhibitions that began in the Locust Projects Screening Room in the fall of 2019. Heike Dempster, an art writer, administrator, curator, and collaborator, guest-curated the exhibition, which includes videos by Ania Freer, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, and Helina Metaferia. The exhibitions are free to visit from Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. till Nov. 5.
Palm Court / 140 NE 39th St.
Learn about the public art and architecture in the Design District. MDD will lead you on a walking tour around the area. Along with the Miami Design District, you may explore the neighborhood's art and architecture and view outdoor installations. The tours begin at 11 a.m. in Palm Court. The tour will resume on Sept. 24, Oct. 8-22, and Nov. 5. You can RSVP here.
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Photography by: Courtesy Luis Gomez, Locust Projects, Miami Design District, Robin Hill