Exhibitions to Look For at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (ICA Miami) has an amazing lineup of exhibitions this year. Upcoming 2020 exhibitions at ICA Miami include work from world-famous contemporary artists, including American artists Allan McCollum and Arthur Jafa, Brazil’s Vivian Cacurri, and Cuba’s Tomás Esson. 

The upcoming exhibitions are sure to be inspiring for artists of any discipline. Additionally, the exhibits are in line with ICA Miami’s dedication to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art. Below, we describe the upcoming and current exhibitions at ICA Miami, and we provide dates for each so that you do not miss anything. 

Allan McCollum: Works since 1969

Mar 26 – Jul 19, 2020

This year the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami is thrilled to display five decades of American artist Allan McCollum’s work. Opening in late March 2020, the exhibit includes some of McCollum’s earlier works, such as Bleach Paintings and Constructed Paintings. These early pieces use large canvasses of mass-production consumer goods to “examine the art object’s relationship to uniqueness, context, and value.” 

Also on display will be some of McCollum’s most iconic pieces from the 1980s, including Surrogate Paintings and Perpetual Photos, which explore the ideas and motivations behind collecting art. 

Be sure to check out McCollum’s pieces The Dog from Pompei and Natural Copies from the Coal Mines of Central Utah. Both are visually unique, and they employ repetition to explore “cultural meaning and how collections of objects become vehicles of self-assurance and self-representation.”

McCollum’s retrospective exhibition will be on display until July 19th, 2020. Afterward, the exhibition will move to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more about the Allan McCollum exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Vivian Caccuri

May 1 – Nov 22, 2020

Vivian Caccuri is an acclaimed Brazilian artist, who has participated in the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kerala, India. In her upcoming exhibition at ICA Miami, Caccuri shares here 2020 piece Mosquito Shrine pt. 2. Interestingly, the piece “tells the story of the arrival of European colonists to the ‘New World’ through the lens of the mosquito.” Caccuri regularly uses the mosquito a key component in her art, such as in her recent piece Mosquitoes Also Cry.

Caccuri’s medium for this piece is truly unique. The piece is large embroidery on a net canvas, which allows the user direct concentrated attention to each detail of the scene. On this medium, the piece depicts insects “as a deranged paramilitary force” to illustrate “the disaster of man-made structures.” You do not want to miss this display.

Caccuri’s Mosquito Shrine pt. 2 will be on display until November 22nd, 2020. Learn more about Vivian Caccuri’s exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Tomás Esson: The GOAT

May 1 – Nov 22, 2020

Next up is Cuban painter Tomás Esson’s first solo museum presentation, The GOAT. Esson’s debut was in 1987 after graduating from Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, and this upcoming ICA Miami exhibition will feature works from his past thirty years as an artist. Pieces from his famed Retrato and Wet Paintings series will be on display. 

Esson is a central figure in Cuba’s art renaissance of the 1980s, and his style is both refreshing and captivating. The GOAT opens later this year on May 1st, and it closes on November 22nd, 2020. Learn more about Tomás Esson’s unique style and his upcoming exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Arthur Jafa

May 12 – Nov 22, 2020

Arthur Jafa is an African-American artist from Tulepo, Mississippi, and his work is sure to make a viewer pause. This response is especially the case with his intimidating lifesize stand-up depiction of a violent Incredible Hulk in his piece LeRage, which will be on display at Jafa’s upcoming exhibition at ICA Miami. Throughout his work, Jafa blends his “childhood fascination with science fiction films, comics, and fanzines” with a more in-depth inquiry into each character’s complex personalities. 

Jafa has displayed work at the Punta della Dogana in Venice, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Jafa is also talented at directing films, and he has received acclaim and a Best Documentary Feature award for his film Dreams Are Colder than Death at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. Jafa’s exhibit will run at ICA Miami from May 12th to November 22nd, 2020. Learn more about Arthur Jafa’s exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Current exhibitions to check out at ICA Miami

There is also an impressive list of current exhibitions at ICA Miami that are open now and will run for several more months into 2020. The below exhibits are only open to the public for a limited period, so be sure to plan a visit before each exhibit ends!

Agustín Fernández: Armaduras

Dec 3, 2019 – Apr 26, 2020

Agustín Fernández is a celebrated Cuban artist and favorite among the international modernist movement. Fernández explains, “My characteristic images and themes are objects from an unreal world of aggression and conflict, in which mechanical parts appear together with anatomical ones, under the surgeon’s scalpel, under the introspection of a curious mind, and in certain tormented zones.”

His current exhibition at ICA Miami features works from the 1970s that link aspects of “medieval life and mysticism” with “suggestive anatomical references.” Previously, Fernández has exhibited his work in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. 

Fernández current exhibition at ICA Miami will show until April 26th, 2020. Learn more about Agustín Fernández’s exhibition on ICA Miami’s website here.

Dan Flavin

Jun 13, 2019 – Apr 12, 2020

Dan Flavin is an American artist who produces minimalistic art pieces out of fluorescent lights. ICA Miami features several permanent installations from Flavin, and for a limited time, the museum will feature a collection of additional Flavin pieces from the 1960s. The temporary exhibition will feature his pieces a primary picture and four red horizontals (to Sonja). Each piece provides a window into Flavin’s unique understanding of “sculptural and painterly qualities of color and light and their relationship to built space.”

In addition to his permanent installation at ICA Miami, Dan Flavin has featured solo exhibitions at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, and Houston’s Menil Collection. Flavin’s temporary retrospective exhibit at ICA Miami will end on April 12th, 2020, so be sure to visit before it ends. Learn more about Dan Flavin’s exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Tony Smith

Sep 19, 2019 – Sep 27, 2020

ICA Miami’s 2020 exhibition line up also includes large sculptural installations, such as American sculptor Tony Smith’s piece Throwback from 1976. Originally trained as an architect, Smith was able to uniquely combine his technical skill with his passion for art to produce large-scale, modular structures. Through his sculptures, Smith explores “space and volume in relation to the human body and the themes of self and spirituality.”

Throwback is on display at ICA Miami until September 27th, 2020, in the museum’s sculpture garden. The structure rests on three points and “activates the surrounding space.” In addition to the current exhibition at ICA Miami, curators have shown Smith’s work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston’s Menil Collection, Spain’s Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Learn more about Tony Smith’s exhibit on ICA Miami’s website here.

Remember, admission to ICA Miami is free

ICA Miami is dedicated to “providing open, public access to artistic excellence,” and the museum features year-round, admission-free tickets. With admission-free tickets, artists and art enthusiasts may find themselves frequently returning to ICA Miami for a regular exchange of art inspiration. While tickets are free of charge, visitors are still encouraged to reserve their tickets before their visit. You can reserve your tickets online at the ICA Miami website here.

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