Miami Art Museums Alliance (MAMA)

MAMA is comprised of seven South Florida Art Museums working together to leverage their collective efforts. 

Through a unified voice, the alliance aims to ensure that public museums are both part of the life of all Miami-Dade residents and visitors, as well as contribute to the community’s success. Members of the alliance are: Bass Museum of Art, Frost Art Museum- FIU, Lowe Art Museum – UM, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami,  Perez Art Museum Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Wolfsonian – FIU.

Bass Museum of Art
Piotr Uklański: ESL
December 5, 2013 – March 16, 2014

ESL features a wide-ranging selection of Uklański’s “meta-paintings”—or pictorial works that challenge the conventional definition of painting. Using a distinctive range of unconventional materials such as ceramic pottery, pencil shavings, torn paper, embroidery, resin or dyed textiles as his palette, Uklański makes works that purposefully reference the canon of Modernist painting without reproducing the methods or specific subjects of that mainstream iconography.  This overview of Uklański’s diverse art practice illustrates the underlying analogies between his use of specific artistic vernaculars and a non-native speaker’s unorthodox use of grammar or awkward pronunciation in using a second language.

Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive
November 16, 2013 – January 26, 2014

Centered on the fifty-year career of prominent Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive, Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive is the first in the United States to focus on his long-time incorporation of the visual and material culture of the Afro-Cuban religion. Now regarded as one of the foremost contemporary artists in Cuba and the Caribbean, the exhibition traces Mendive’s drawing, painting, sculpture, and performances from the early 1960s to the present, with special attention paid to certain themes common across his work, including religion, identity and memory, as well as the production styles into which his work can be categorized.

Lowe Art Museum - UM
Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard 
November 2, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Beauty Beyond Nature presents more than 70 of Paul Stankard's intricately flame-worked still life sculptures encased in clear crystal from the Robert M. Minkoff Collection. The collection spans more than 40 years of Stankard's career, from his earliest attempts at paperweights in 1969 to a monumental eight-inch Honeybee Swarm Orb commissioned for this exhibition in 2010. With meticulous technical skill, Stankard creates a variety of flora, insects, figurative elements and poetry that demonstrate his acute powers of observation and artistic sense. Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard has been organized by Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA and The Robert M. Minkoff Foundation, Ltd. The presentation of Beauty Beyond Nature: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard at the Lowe Art Museum is funded in part by FUNDING ARTS NETWORK, INC.

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Tracey Emin: Angel Without You. 
December 4, 2013-March 9, 2014

This first American museum exhibition of acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin focuses predominantly on her use of neons, exploring how they have played an essential role in the development of her work from her earlier confessional style to a more cryptic, multifaceted form of expression.

Perez Art Museum Miami
Ai Weiwei: According to What?
December 4, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is the first major international survey of this vital artist’s multifaceted artistic oeuvre. This exhibition reveals Ai’s practice as emerging from an ever-questioning dialogue with the social, political and cultural positions of his native China and the world at large. Ai (b. 1957) works in a range of media, including architecture and design, and this exhibition will feature work of the last 20 years, including photography and the large-scale sculptures for which the artist is best known. These sculptures, often made from modified found objects, suggest the irreverent nature of Ai’s project and reconfigure materials in new and evocative ways. With a broad formal range, Ai has continuously challenged possible meanings and modes of art making, most recently employing the Internet and its global reach as a platform for activism and expression. His provocative and beautiful works of art and architecture are an exploration of the transformative potential of contemporary art, which he said is “not a form but a philosophy of society.”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
The Academic and the Avant Garde: Artists of the 1913 Armory Show at Vizcaya
October 2013 through March 31, 2014

A century ago, artists closely associated with modernism in America contributed to the creation of Vizcaya, although James Deering’s Miami estate intentionally appears as if it existed for centuries.  As part of the museum’s Contemporary Arts Project (CAP), which draws connections between past and present, on display in the Exhibition Room are objects and archival materials by artists who exhibited in the legendary 1913 New York Armory Show and, shortly after, created site-specific works for Vizcaya.

Wolfosnian – FIU
Rebirth of Rome
November 11, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Rebirth of Rome is a program of three interrelated exhibitions (Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design, The Birth of Rome, and Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata) that examine the aesthetics of dictatorship in interwar Italy. Each exhibition will address responses to the challenges of modernity, as seen in the over 200 objects of public works, mural paintings, architecture, design, and decorative arts in Italy in the 1920s and 1930s, drawn from The Wolfsonian’s collection. On view through May 18, 2014.