Miami Art Museum Announces Final Three Exhibitions Before Move to Its New Facility In 2013

Video Installation by Kimsooja / Rashid Johnson’s First Solo Museum Show / Presentation of Works by Artists from the Miami Community 

MIAMI - June 11, 2012 - Before making the transition to its new facility in Museum Park in 2013, Miami Art Museum will present three final exhibitions in its current space that deal with issues of identity and place and represent significant contributions to contemporary art internationally, nationally and locally. The exhibition program builds on the Museum’s dedication to providing its diverse audiences with dynamic experiences that relate to their contemporary lives and to which they will have strong connections. The final exhibitions are:

  • Kimsooja: A Needle Woman (June 29), includes a multi-channel video installation by Korean artist Kimsooja depicting a lone figure standing against the crowds of metropolitan centers such as Mexico City, Lagos, Cairo, Delhi, Shanghai, London, Tokyo, and New York.   
  • Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks (September 7) is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition. In his multi-media practice Johnson deftly transforms everyday objects such as mirrors, rugs, tiles, and plants, and employs icons and symbols from his own biography alongside those drawn from African American culture and history, to create lush and complex works of art.
  • New Work Miami 2013 (November 21) features a number of newly commissioned projects as well as a schedule of special programs. The exhibition will be on view during Art Basel Miami Beach. 

“This exhibition lineup for our current space is an expression of our role as a cultural hub in Miami, bringing together the community to explore topical themes and ideas in the arts and celebrating the creative energy of our own city,” said Thom Collins, MAM’s Director. “As we prepare to reopen in our new facility, we look forward to expanding our ability to serve our community and provide them with new art opportunities and experiences.”

After New Work Miami 2013 closes in May, the Museum will begin its physical move to its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building and will reopen as the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) the following fall. The new PAMM will be an anchor of the 29-acre Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay and will include public gardens and sculpture installations. It will include 32,000 square feet of galleries for MAM’s rapidly growing permanent collection, providing space for larger and more varied displays of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. The building will also feature an educational complex with a library, auditorium, classrooms and workshop space, and a café and store. The new design will stimulate and support collection growth and enable MAM to better fulfill its role as an educational resource for the city and beyond.

“The final three exhibitions represent MAM’s commitment to engaging with artists working internationally, while at the same time examining their work through a local lens for our audiences,” said Tobias Ostrander, Chief Curator at Miami Art Museum. “Each show is an opportunity to engage our visitors with some the most relevant topics in contemporary art today in a critical and engaging manner.”


Kimsooja: A Needle Woman
June 29—August 26, 2012

On view at MAM from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, August 26, 2012, Kimsooja’s A Needle Woman consists of an eight-channel video installation set in the densely populated centers of Cairo, Delhi, Lagos, London, Mexico City, New York, Shanghai and Tokyo. In each projection, a lone figure stands utterly motionless with her back to the camera, immersed amid a torrent of pedestrians. With this simple gesture, the artist exemplifies the perennial struggle to preserve a place for the individual within contemporary society, while poetically embodying the experience of being engulfed within a foreign culture. In the process, she provides a vivid sense of globalization’s impact on cities throughout the world. The presentation also includes two closely related works by Kimsooja: In A Needle Woman – Kitakyushu, the artist lies prostrate atop a rocky peak as clouds swirl hypnotically above her, while in A Laundry Woman – Yamuna River, she stands at the banks of a sacred waterway in India, suspended amid an ethereal void created by the sky’s reflection on the river surface. The pair offers a vision of timeless serenity as a counterpoint to the frenetic energy of the 21st-century global city.

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks
September 7 - November 4, 2012

In New York–based artist Rashid Johnson's first major museum solo exhibition, he explores the complexities and contradictions of black identity in a practice that is rooted in his individual experience. Incorporating commonplace objects from his childhood in a process he describes as “hijacking the domestic,” the artist transforms everyday materials such as wood, mirrors, tiles, rugs, CB radios, shea butter and plants into conceptually loaded and visually compelling works.

New Work Miami 2013
November 21, 2012 – May 12, 2013

This year, Miami Art Museum is pleased to present New Work Miami 2013, the second iteration of the highly successful New Work Miami 2010. Like the inaugural edition, this exhibition is conceived as a salute to Miami’s community of artists. It will include a number of newly commissioned projects and special programs. Miami Art Museum will celebrate the opening of New Work Miami 2013 during Party on the Plaza, the museum’s signature Art Basel Miami Beach event. Since this will be the museum’s last exhibition in its current building at 101 West Flagler, it will symbolically initiate the final countdown to MAM’s momentous reopening in the fall of 2013 at the new, Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility that is currently under construction in Museum Park.

Exhibition Organization and Support

Kimsooja: A Needle Woman is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by MAM Associate Curator René Morales.

Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  Lead support for this exhibition is generously provided by The Joyce Foundation and Margot and George Greig.

Additional generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; Mary Ittelson; The Estate of Edward Anixter; The Efroymson Family Fund; Jack and Sandra Guthman; David Kordansky Gallery; Hauser & Wirth; Massimo De Carlo/Carlson Gallery, Milan-London; Liz and Eric Lefkofsky; Paul Gray and Dedrea Armour Gray; Marilyn and Larry Fields; Susan D. Bowey; Paul and Linda Gotskind; Lenore and Adam Sender; David Shuman; Dr. Daniel S. Berger; Galerie Guido W. Baudach; Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin H. Nesbitt; Evan Boris and Monique Meloche; and Lynn and Allen Turner.

Additional support for the Miami Art Museum presentation is provided by Financial Services Inc. – The Bodner Zubizarreta Group.

New Work Miami 2013 is organized by Miami Art Museum and co-curated by MAM Associate Curators René Morales and Diana Nawi. Support is provided by Nedra and Mark Oren.

About Miami Art Museum:
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s educational programming currently reaches more than 30,000 people every year, with the largest art education program outside the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Miami Art Museum will reopen as Pérez Art Museum Miami in fall of 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The new, expanded museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County and an educational complex. For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit or call 305.375.3000.