CRE­ATIVE CALL­ING

South Florida’s art mu­se­ums bring the heat this sum­mer with an ar­ray of siz­zling new shows.

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY BRETT SOKOL

Sum­mer may be known as the slow sea­son for Miami’s art world, but you wouldn’t guess it from the stel­lar lineup of ex­hi­bi­tions un­fold­ing all over town.

Come June, art afi­ciona­dos will be buzzing with an­tic­i­pa­tion for the open­ing of “On the Hori­zon: Con­tem­po­rary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Col­lec­tion” at Pérez Art Mu­seum Miami, show­cas­ing more than 160 works re­cently do­nated by the mu­seum’s name­sake. The ex­hibit is note­wor­thy not only for its com­pre­hen­sive look at the is­land’s rich artis­tic his­tory, but also for its gen­er­a­tional mix­ing. Cuban ex­iles, Cuban Amer­i­cans born here to ex­iled par­ents, and artists still work­ing in Cuba will all be fea­tured side by side—with young tal­ents reared in Miami, like the painter Her­nan Bas, shar­ing space with Ha­vana-based artists, such as the sculp­tor Kcho. Ex­pect a heated di­a­logue, both on the walls of the mu­seum—be­tween art­works each stak­ing their aes­thetic claim to cuban­idad—and among mu­se­um­go­ers in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dif­fer­ence (and sim­i­lar­i­ties) a mere 90 miles can make.

As one door opens, an­other closes: It’s your last chance to see “Mark­ing the In­fi­nite: Con­tem­po­rary Women Artists from Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralia” at the Pa­tri­cia and Phillip Frost Art Mu­seum at FIU. Draw­ing on works owned by Miami col­lec­tors Den­nis and De­bra Scholl, this sur­vey is less an ethno­graphic study than a full im­mer­sion in a daz­zling world of ab­strac­tion, where the retina-pop­ping pat­terns of­ten ref­er­ence so­cial themes no less poignant than those of their con­tem­po­rary Cuban

coun­ter­parts over at PAMM.

Just as thought­ful, but witha play­ful spirit that has come to de­fine his ap­proach to sculp­ture, Miami’s own Robert Cham­bers re­turns with a solo show at the Lit­tle Haiti gallery Emer­son Dorsch. Ex­pect to see mas­sive metal ob­jects chopped, dé­tourned, and care­fully welded back to­gether to star­tling ef­fect.

Keep­ing the fo­cus on home­grown fig­ures, the His­to­rymi­ami Mu­seum salutes the early-’90s pho­tog­ra­phy of Brenda Ann Ken­neally, who roamed through this city’s cul­tural flot­sam and jet­sam, cap­tur­ing an ar­ray of off­beat char­ac­ters for the Miami Her­ald’s now-de­funct mag­a­zine Tropic. “Trop­i­cal Wildlife: Por­traits of Mi­ami­ans, 1991– 1996” prom­ises an over­due look back at a com­par­a­tively un­tamed city.

Juan Car­los Alom, Naci­dos para ser li­bres

(Born to be free), 2012 (de­tail), at PAMM.

José Be­dia, Muerto

grande, 1995, at PAMM.

Shore Cot­tage - 8 Bub­bles and Tree Dream­ing of Flag­poles and Tri­umph by Miami-born sculp­tor Robert Cham­bers, whose self-de­scribed “ex­per­i­men­tal play­ful­ness” is on dis­play in a solo show at Emer­son Dorsch from May 15 to June 20.

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