Sunday, April 11th from 6-7pm join the Miami Design District for a free guided Sunset Art Tour of the neighborhood’s world-renowned public art, architecture as well as temporary artist projects and exhibitions made possible by the district. For this tour – experience art, architecture and featured exhibitions with resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo. Visit Josh Aronson’s Tropicana, Emmett Moore’s The Grotto, Inter |Sectionality presented by Diaspora Cultural Arts Incubator, and more. Meet in front of the Fly’s Eye Dome on the first floor of Palm Court (enter at 140 NE 39th Street). This Event is Free & Open to the Public. RSVP here.
Tour guests are kindly asked to wear masks and practice social distancing during the tour.
Celebrate the beauty of the EARTH in the Fired Arts at WMODA. The new exhibit, which opens on April 17, highlights the four classical elements of EARTH, AIR, FIRE and WATER that ancient philosophers believed were the fundamental building blocks of nature. See how today’s artists are breathing life into glass by using the natural resources of the EARTH. You will be blown away by the museum’s amazing glass collection in the heart of Dania Beach where we SEA IT. LIVE IT. LOVE IT.
WMODA visitors are having fun with the Mermaid Quest scavenger hunt to find all the mermaids hiding around the museum. Soon the scope of the challenge will widen to include the City of Dania Beach. This summer, the 1000 Mermaids Project will deploy the first artificial coral reef installation in Broward County to help conserve Florida’s marine environment. Hear more about this exciting project on April 17. Meet Rhanu, WMODA's very own mermaid-in-residence, and watch local artist Laurence Panadero create a mermaid sculpture in clay.
A new exhibit Earth, Air, Fire & Water @ WMODA opens on April 17 to celebrate Earth Day and the beauty of nature in the Fired Arts. Central to the show is a series of glass leaf vessels and sculptures by Miami artist Rob Stern. Rob is fascinated by the fragile balancing act between humanity and nature, which he explores through the bounty of the earth. In Rob’s words “Humanity is transcended as we reflect the rhythm and patterning in this natural world.”
In National Volunteer Month, we are celebrating the invaluable work of all the WMODA volunteers who help develop and sustain the museum. April was designated as volunteer month in 1991 as part of the 1000 Points of Light campaign. George W. H. Bush likened volunteerism to “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky." You can make a difference as a WMODA volunteer and become one of our stars.
The most unexpected star in this year’s Oscar nominations is an octopus. The creature’s daily life was documented for almost a year by Craig Foster, a South African filmmaker and naturalist. The pair formed an extraordinary bond and the experience changed Foster’s life. The octopus is an unlikely muse for artists, but you will see its allure when we launch Chelsea Rousso’s latest Fashion and the Fired Arts project at WMODA on Saturday, April 17.
Ninety years ago, in April 1931, Daisy Makeig Jones left Wedgwood after a blazing row with Josiah Wedgwood IV. Initially she had been asked to retire from her position as the designer of Fairyland Lustre, but she refused and continued to come to work. As she stormed out of the meeting, she told one of the lads to smash every piece on the shelves of her studio at Wedgwood’s Etruria factory! Visit Daisy’s enchanted world at WMODA to hear more of her fascinating story and see a fabulous collection of her work.
Louise Irvine, our illustrious leader, wears many hats at WMODA. She is the Executive Director responsible for the administration of the museum, which has been particularly challenging during the pandemic. She is also the curator of the WMODA collection and creates all the museum exhibits and installations. Looking back through the pictorial history of WMODA exhibits and events from 2014 to the present, we can see how Louise has fired our imaginations both live and virtually in many different ways.
Celebrate the beauty of nature in the Fired Arts at the latest exhibition at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts. The new show, which opens on April 17, highlights the four classical elements of EARTH, AIR, FIRE, and WATER.
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Remembrancer is a Master of Fine Arts Exhibition by Melissa Agnes Tychonievich, featuring a collection of full color, life-sized figurative oil paintings and monochromatic lithographic prints. Using the visual symbolism of their own interpersonal relationships, Tychonievich explores pictorial connections between representational images and non-objective techniques in contemporary painting. She identifies her work as existing between the conceptual binaries of the Representational and the Concrete, each individual painting articulating its own personalized place on this spectrum. As a queer, non-binary person, Tychonievich uses the societal gender binary of Male and Female as a personal allegory in their work, investigating implicit feminist themes of sexuality, identity, and gender expression.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Melissa Agnes Tychonievich is a queer contemporary figure painter originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Tychonievich identifies as non-binary in their gender expression, preferring to use both “she/her” and “they/them” pronouns. After completing their Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017, they moved to Miami, Florida in 2018 to pursue their Masters of Fine Arts in Painting. Her work is rooted in the foundational practice of recording perceptual information from observation, specifically figurative drawing and painting from life. Her work has been featured nationally, including at the H and R Bloch Artspace in Kansas City, Missouri; the Old Courthouse Arts Center in Woodstock, Illinois; and locally at the University of Miami Art Gallery in Wynwood.
The University of Miami Gallery is open on a limited basis to University of Miami faculty & students. The gallery will remain closed to the general public for the time being. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and follow CDC and University of Miami guidelines closely. Hours are Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 10th, from 6 pm to 9 pm; by appointment only. To schedule a visit, please contact Milly Cardoso, Gallery Director at email@example.com, or call (305) 284-3161.
"What will you explore through your art while residing in the Everglades National Park? How will you interpret its environment in a creative and critical way? How can we make the outdoors a space of belonging?
Pursue your artistic practice through the lens of our art + ecology residency as AIRIE strives to create greater equity in the environmental movement. Artists and researchers from all artistic disciplines are invited to apply for experiences in Everglades National Park that are tailored to the interests of each artist, creating opportunities for independence as well as interaction, collaboration and public engagement."