Monar­chs

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When cu­ra­tor Risa Puleo first hatched the idea for her group ex­hibit “Monar­chs” in 2016, the Stand­ing Rock Sioux tribe was busy wag­ing protests against the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line and Don­ald Trump was pledg­ing to build a U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der wall. Then, Puleo drew a straight line connecting Mex­ico and the Dako­tas. It mir­rored the mi­gra­tory path of a monarch but­ter­fly, which spends four gen­er­a­tions flut­ter­ing from Mi­choacán, Mex­ico, to Canada and back. That idea yielded “Monar­chs,” on view through Aug. 5 at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, North Mi­ami. The high-con­cept show, sub­ti­tled “Brown and Na­tive Con­tem­po­rary Artists in the Path of the But­ter­fly,” fea­tures works by 37 Na­tive Amer­i­can and Latin Amer­i­can artists hail­ing from states where monar­chs live and mi­grate, in­clud­ing Florida and the Dako­tas. The works weave nar­ra­tives of mi­gra­tion and ge­og­ra­phy, chal­leng­ing ideas of as­sim­i­la­tion and im­mi­gra­tion. For ex­am­ple, there’s “Mi­choacánx,” artist Rodolfo Mar­ron III’s col­lec­tion of cloth­ing and neck­laces drawn from the Mex­i­can state where monar­chs spend their win­ter hi­ber­na­tion. The po­lit­i­cally minded in­stal­la­tion “Wasted,” from Can­nupa Han­ska Luger and Marty Two Bulls Jr., fea­tures a row of ce­ramic al­co­hol con­tain­ers, some shot with ar­rows and filled with bul­let holes, de­pict­ing the red-faced mas­cot of the Cleve­land In­di­ans base­ball team. The piece ref­er­ences the al­co­holism that has af­fected tribes since the start of Euro­pean colo­nial­ism. The Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, North Mi­ami, will host a lineup of but­ter­fly-themed pro­gram­ming through­out the sum­mer, in­clud­ing a 2 p.m. July 21 but­ter­fly ac­tiv­ity in the mu­seum’s NoMi But­ter­fly Gar­den. There also will be an art talk at 2 p.m. July 21 ti­tled, “Iden­ti­ties in Motion: A Con­ver­sa­tion on Mi­gra­tion and Iden­tity in South Florida and Be­yond.” When: Through Aug. 5; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day Where: Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, North Mi­ami, 770 NE 125th St. Cost: $5 Con­tact: 305-893-6211 or Mo­caNomi.org

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