Despite all of it’s ostentatious lure, Art Basel, or more fittingly Miami Art Week, still draws a number of off-colored low-key exhibits, and events; setting the city up for a hot-bed of activity of obscure, and under-the-radar art. 

 We sifted through the grass to discover the daisies, and designed a short list of 5 low-pitched events for the normally fast-paced, high-pitched grind of Miami Art Week– from razor cutting edge electronic music parties, to laid-back jazz affairs, and stimulating art exhibitions, the new MAW, colloquially, Art Basel Week; is peppered with exceptional going on’s for locals and visitors alike.

  1. Art Week Music Break at Deja Vu Audio South

Art Week Music Break at Deja Vu Audio South is a sharable experience providing a multi-sensorial environment. You’re invited to hang out, listen to music and reinvigorate. Join us as we present curated programs each day on the world’s best two-channel tube audio systems and integrated ambient lighting designed by raw popup.

Full details here.

2. Opening and Art Week Launch for Paradise Summit Miami

Concept drawing for Exploding Staircase by Germane Barnes with color system by Karen Rifas.

At the onset of Miami Art Week, Emerson Dorsch gallery will become a flexible space designed by architect, Germane Barnes and artist, Karen Rifas, in order to host the second gathering of Paradise Commons, a casually organized group of friends in various points in their careers and lives. Many of the members are women, consisting of artists, writers, a curator, a dancer and a librarian, who think together about paradises.  

Art by group members and guests will adorn the walls. Artists participating in this portion of the show, in addition to Barnes and Rifas, include Marcus Blake, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Elisabeth Condon, Catherine Annie Hollingsworth, Najja Moon, fifty fifty collective (Laurencia Strauss and Lisa Bulawsky), Mette Tommerup and Paula Wilson.

For PARADISE SUMMIT the group’s librarian, Lori Kelly, curated a library with Katherine Behar’s essay “Facing Necrophilia or ‘Botox Ethics'” as a fulcrum. In the text Behar proposes, quite radically, that one should radically embrace object-hood in part because the urge to connect – the one this group is demonstrating – is impeding the existence of self. The group will discuss wide-ranging responses to the text.

Host Tyler Emerson-Dorsch states, “It is not lost on us that this gathering for reading and reflection takes place during a time when far-flung galleries and art institutions converge on Miami as if it is a paradise of perfect weather, mega-collectors and parties. We know that Miami, like all paradises, has other stories to tell. And so here in Little Haiti is a bit of shelter from the rush of it all. This is a space built for reading, presenting, chatting, disagreeing, questioning, and writing.

Full details here.


3. Ion Ludwig – Basel 2018 by ReSolute & Un_Mute

Dutch prodigy Ion Ludwig is back in Miami, Dec. 6 at The Electric Pickle courtesy of our friends at Un_mute and ReSolute. 

Full details here.

4. “Onyx” Group Exhibition at Alfa Gallery

Gelah Penn, Polyglot Y Rehinged, 2016


Alfa Gallery is pleased to present Onyx, an exhibition tracing the persistent presence of the color black in art. Featuring works by an international group of artists, the exhibition explores blackness as a highly evocative and animating force in various approaches to abstract art.
In this exhibition the artists explore black as a material, a method, a way and / or a way of being in the world, which requires a complex thought and a sensory commitment on the part of the spectator. 
The exhibition runs from Dec 6th, 2018 until March 7th, 2019

5. Go For  A Walk Around Town…

Some of the best experiences are discovered by chance, go for a stroll, and see what you can uncover.

“A journey implies a destination, so many miles to be consumed, while a walk is its own measure, complete at every point along the way.” – Francis Alÿs

On view at ICA Miami