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Jim Drain Chess Tables

February 18, 2019

Jim Drain Chess Tables

What: Jim Drain Chess Tables

When: Ongoing exhibit

Where: The Bass Museum of Art

How much: Free

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CHESS TABLES
ON LONG-TERM VIEW

Jim Drain is best known for his work using textiles, specifically yarn, as part of the highly-influential Fort Thunder community in Rhode Island. He was also a member of Forcefield, a collective whose practice combined music, performance, film and installation, and exhibited in the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

For The Bass Projects, Drain produced two chess tables and four chairs, designed to provide a social gathering point for chess enthusiasts in Collins Park. The project is inspired by public chess tables in other urban parks, such as Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass.; Tompkins Square Park in New York City; and the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

Drain’s chess tables and chairs explore the use of pattern through a complex geometric design that uses steel tubing and terrazzo tiles. Visitors are encouraged to activate the public artwork by borrowing chess (or checker) pieces from the museum’s front desk during museum opening hours (temporarily located at the Miami Beach Regional Library space).

Jim Drain (b. 1975, Cleveland) lives and works in Miami, Fla. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, with solo exhibitions at the University of Florida; Locust Projects, Miami; and the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin. His work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Drain was one of two recipients of the 2005 Baloise Prize, and was recently recognized alongside Bhakti Baxter for creating some of the “best public art projects in the nation” by Americans for the Arts. Drain and the artist Naomi Fisher run The Bas Fisher Invitational space in Miami.

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Performing the self and other selves by artist Odalis Valdivieso

February 18, 2019

Performing the self and other selves by artist Odalis Valdivieso

What: Performing the self and other selves by artist Odalis Valdivieso

When: December 1, 2018 - April 7, 2019

Where:The Bass Museum of Art

How much: General Admission $10

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Performing the self and other selves by artist Odalis Valdivieso presents a new series of works on paper within The Bass’ Walgreens Windows project space. For this installation, the artist merges the storefront display and the realm of public space with her presentation of flat and folded paper artworks.

Valdivieso’s practice often utilizes paper folding and printmaking as a trompe-l’œil strategy to subvert our understanding of painting, photography, and drawing. This process reflects her current interest in vectorization and abstraction, which are employed in the making of flat, 2-D forms associated with portraits, natural and urban landscapes.

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Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home

February 18, 2019

Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home

What: Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home

When:May 25, 2018–May 27, 2019

Where:The Wolfsonian

How much: $12

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Find out about the life the versatile artist and designer Frank Brangwyn in the exhibit Frank Brangwyn: Bringing the Empire Home.

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February Book Club - Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair... @ Miami Beach - Check Miami.Worldcrawl.com for starting location (it changes), Mon 2/18 6:30pm

February 18, 2019

February Book Club - Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair... @ Miami Beach - Check Miami.Worldcrawl.com for starting location (it changes), Mon 2/18 6:30pm

Date/Time: February 18, 6:30 pm
Location: Miami Beach - Check Miami.Worldcrawl.com for starting location (it changes)
Price/Tickets: TBA
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Paola Pivi: Art with a View

February 19, 2019

Paola Pivi: Art with a View

What:Paola Pivi: Art with a View

When:OCT 13,2018-MAR 10,2019

Where:The Bass Museum of Art

How much:$10

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The Bass presents an exhibition of artwork by enigmatic artist Paola Pivi. The exhibition includes Pivi’s anthropomorphic feather-covered polar bears; canvases of cascading pearls; video showing fish in flight on a passenger jet; and a 65-foot inflatable ladder.

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Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976

February 19, 2019

Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976

What:Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976

When:November 16, 2018–April 28, 2019

Where:The Wolfsonian—Florida International University

How much:General Admission $12

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Eplore Italian art and cutlure with the Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976 exhibit that displays carpets, tapestries, scarves, and printed fabrics, as well as original design drawings.

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The Haas Brothers: Ferngully

February 19, 2019

The Haas Brothers: Ferngully

What: The Haas Brothers: Ferngully

When:DEC 5,2018-APR 21,2019

Where:The Bass Museum of Art

How much: $10

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The Bass presents the first solo museum exhibit of Los Angeles-based designers, the Haas Brothers. The exhibit examines the precariousness and regenerative possibilities of nature. The exhibit is named “Ferngully” after a 1992 animated movie. It invites viewers into a utopic setting that is an example of returning to nature through design.

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Aaron Curry: Tune Yer Head

February 19, 2019

Aaron Curry: Tune Yer Head

What: Aaron Curry: Tune Yer Head

When:OCT 13,2018-APR 21,2019

Where:The Bass Museum of Art

How much: $10

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Aaron Curry was born in San Antonio, Texas and is based in Los Angeles. He gained early fame as a sculptor, but made a “return” to painting in 2015. Tune Yer Head presents new and recent works by Curry. His work acts as a dialogue with the artists and creative producers that have had a strong influence on him.

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Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from The Wolfsonian Collection

February 19, 2019

Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from The Wolfsonian Collection

What: Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from The Wolfsonian Collection

When:On Going

Where: The Wolfsonian–FIU

How much: $12

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Art and Design in the Modern Age provides an overview of the museum’s holdings of American and European artifacts from 1850 to 1950. Culled from the Wolfsonian collection are approximately 300 works in a variety of formats, ranging from books, posters, and postcards to decorative arts, architectural models, paintings, and sculptures. Focal points include design-reform movements, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, world’s fairs, advertising, and political propaganda.

This evergreen exhibition, inaugurated in November 1995 and periodically updated, examines the ways in which art and design have both influenced and adapted to the modern world. During the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, the fine arts were characterized by unprecedented experimentation and innovation, while design became a critical issue for producers and consumers as machine-made objects replaced those crafted by hand. The works on display demonstrate designers’ responses to the profound social and technological changes stimulated by the Industrial Revolution and reveal how people living in this tumultuous period viewed the world and their place in it.

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The Art of Labor @ The Wolfsonian-FIU

February 19, 2019

The Art of Labor @ The Wolfsonian-FIU

What: The Art of Labor @ The Wolfsonian-FIU

When:August 11, 2018–August 11, 2019

Where:The Wolfsonian-FIU

How much: $12

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American artists produced a flood of depictions of working men and women during the 1930s, a time of mass unemployment and union organizing. In doing so, they created art that only partly captured how the industrial revolution and the growth of the service economy had transformed the nature of work over the past half-century. The paintings and sculptures in this installation will highlight forms of labor—growing crops, forging metal, cutting stone, and sewing clothes—that grew out of older traditions and relied on physical strength and manual skill. These proved to be more picturesque and heroic subjects than many purely modern jobs, such as office, retail, or assembly line work.

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