arts

Borscht Film Festival
1:16 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Exclusive Borscht Premiere: "Waiting For Berta"

Magali Biox, lead actress in "Waiting for Berta" by Laimir Fano.
Credit Borscht Film Festival / Courtesy

If your feet still haven't recovered from all that walking during Art Basel and Miami Art Week, we have the perfect suggestion for you: sit down, relax and enjoy a film.

And you don't even need to wait until the Borscht Film Festival kicks off on Dec. 17 to do that. For the first time at WLRN, we're premiering a movie right here on our website.

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Art
5:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Fairchild Hopes Chihuly's Colorful Glass Works Will Bring Crowds

Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Large, colorful, fanciful glass works now dot the lush landscape of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. The pieces are Dale Chihuly’s encore to his 2005 installation at the gardens.

For this year’s show — the largest-ever for the internationally renowned artist — thousands of pieces of glass were installed at 24 sites in, among and even hanging from trees and plants. Other pieces appear to float in ponds around the gardens.

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Film
5:40 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Guide To The Most Miami Film Festival: Borscht's Ninth Edition

This is a screen grab from Scarface Redux, a crowd sourced remake of the iconic Brian dePalma classic. The film is being shown as part of the festival.
Credit Filmmakers Bleeding Palm and Borscht Corp.

Organizers of the Borscht Film Festival say it's about telling the stories of the region by people who are from the area.

"We tell unique Florida stories, unique Miami stories," says Borscht veteran Jillian Mayer. "Miami and Florida is often portrayed a certain way in the media, and that's most likely a result of previous cinematic work that's come out of here."

Mayer says it's those Miami stereotypes that they want to avoid.

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Art And Business
12:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Art And The Sunshine Economy

VIPs and media make their way to the 2014 opening of Art Basel Miami Beach. The art fair, which began in 2002, is credited with bringing a global art audience to South Florida each December.
Credit Tom Hudson

    

There are plenty of ways to measure the meaning of art: aesthetic value, emotion resonance, ticket sales, auction price, jobs. South Florida's art economy is young but growing.

Communities have invested hundreds of millions of public dollars in performing arts centers and museums, cultural programs and outreach efforts. The arts are embedded in the promise of South Florida marketed to visitors.

And increasingly, South Florida artists are appearing on the world's stage. 

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Art Basel
3:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Trayvon Martin, Black Life Inspire Art Africa In Overtown

Close-up of 'Black Lives Matter' by Laolu Senbanjo.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

  On Thursday night in  Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show.

Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago.

Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.

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Dance
11:32 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Dance Artist Explores Black Male Experience In Art Basel Performance

Nora Chipaumire outside the Little Haiti Cultural Center where she will perform during Art Basel week,
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Nora Chipaumire is in the middle of a dance workshop at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College.

She asks about 12 dance students of different races to define what it means to be a black man in America -- an especially weighty topic right now.

Many of the students are hesitant to try to describe the black male experience.

"I’m saying, let's go into places of inquiries," she says.

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Art Basel
1:40 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Let Them Taste Cake: Rubells Celebrate 50 Years Of Marriage

Don Rubell feeds a strawberry cake to a visitor of the Rubell Family Collection during Jennifer Rubell's annual performance-art Art Basel breakfast.
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

Don and Mera Rubell, founding couple of the Rubell Family Collection, spoon-fed people little bites of cake Thursday in Wynwood, assisted by 48 servers dressed all in black.

Yes. Like Marie Antoinette.

It was a celebration of the couple's 50th wedding anniversary and also a performance-art piece by daughter Jennifer at her annual Art Basel breakfast. Every year Rubell puts on a food-related installation. Her breakfast itself is the piece of art.

    

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Art Basel
6:57 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

On Scrap Wood, Broken Doors And Shag Carpets, Purvis Young Painted Overtown

A piece of Purvis Young that features horses, a common symbol for freedom in his work
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Amidst all the new and cutting-edge art on display at Art Basel and surrounding fairs, an exhibition of late painter Purvis Young’s work is a well-deserved resurrection.

“A Man Amongst the People: A Purvis Homecoming” is the first art show in the newly renovated Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The exhibition represents a homecoming for work made by the former Overtown resident.

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Basel Bot
6:44 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

WLRN Twitter Robot Explores: What Is Art?

An art installation in Opa-locka. Art can be found through South Florida during Art Basel.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Every December, Miami welcomes artists and becomes a canvas for Art Basel. And with so much art surrounding us this week, we want to know how you distinguish masterpieces from mounds of junk.

We made a Twitter robot @WhatIsArtWLRN that shares photos of art taken during Miami Art Week and asks you: What is art? Does this count as art to you? Join the game by sharing interesting pieces you see on Instagram or Twitter. Tell us what you think of these works and we'll share your impressions.

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Art Basel
12:52 am
Mon December 1, 2014

The WLRN Guide To Miami Art Week 2014

Art Basel in Miami Beach
Credit Art Basel

If you're in Miami for the first week of December, you're about to be inundated with a tsunami of art as thousands flock to the sights and fairs of Miami Art Week. To help you parse out a schedule of must-sees from the myriad of events to choose from, we've compiled the (nearly) all-inclusive WLRN Guide to Miami Art Week 2014.

Take a gander:

BEST ART FAIRS

BEST MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

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Art Basel
12:52 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Miami Art Week Guide 2014: Best Music Events

British alt-pop star FKA Twigs will perform with hip-hop producer Clams Casino at the YoungArts Campus Thursday, Dec. 4.
Credit YoungArts / Courtesy

Music is the heartbeat of Art Basel week. From South Beach to Wynwood, the city streets exude soul-pounding bass, crescendos of funk, the juke-joint stomp of rhythm and blues and everything in between.

That aural mixture fuses with the energy of hundreds of thousands of awestruck participants, the art that surrounds them and the huge amounts of money that make it all happen.

The result is a one-of-a-kind milieu of technology, art, commerce, tourism and the cathartic release of everyone’s appreciation of it all. Especially locals.

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Faena Forum
2:49 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Faena Forum To Open In Miami Beach In December 2015

The Faena Forum will open in December 2015.
Credit Faena/Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Faena Art has announced it plans to build a new arts and cultural center in Miami Beach. 

The 50,000 square-foot building, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands-based architectural firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be located on Collins Avenue and 33rd Street.

It won't be built with a typical square design, though. Instead, one half of the building will be shaped like a cylinder, with a 40-foot high ceiling similar to a dome. The second half will be shaped like a cube. 

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Oral History
4:45 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

MiamiStories: Up In Smoke

Oscar Fuentes as The Biscayne Poet

This story, as told by Oscar Fuentes, is part of an oral history series.

It was the summer of 2003; I was living in a very old and ugly apartment building between Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 2nd Avenue, off of 33rd Street. I had a bitter, mentally unstable landlord that walked around with a concealed weapon. I had a part-time gig at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, now HistoryMiami. I would give guided tours of the permanent galleries and write historical theater scripts for their summer camp program.

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Books
7:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Sally J. Freedman Reality Tour With Judy Blume

Judy in Miami Beach in the late 1940s
Copyright by Judy Blume and used only with her written permission. Not to be further reproduced or distributed except with her permission.

When I was in elementary school, I wrote an "autobiography" called "I Want to Be Like Judy." It had a pink construction paper cover and came in second in the school library contest. I never imagined that  30-something years later, Judy would say to me, "Let's take a selfie!" (See our virtual tour - link below.) I loved all her books, but "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" was one of my very favorites. I read it over and over. Ten times? Fifteen?  

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Miami Book Fair International
5:55 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Richard Blanco's New Miami Memoir Explores 'Becoming' Cuban-American

Richard Blanco reading from a book of his poetry
Credit Joyce Tenneson / RichardBlanco.com

From the opening pages of poet Richard Blanco’s refreshing memoir, “The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood,” it’s clear that you’re not wandering Calle Ocho in one of those nostalgic, Little Havana paradises that so many Cuban-American chronicles try to recreate.

Instead, you’re wandering a Winn Dixie in Westchester.

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