MIAM January 2009 : 91
Up the Wall When the word “mural” entered Miami’s political arena last year, rumors of new Dorsch Gallery’s new leadership has big plans for 2009. State of the Art Th ere are many galleries scheduling exciting shows this year. But with recent changes to its administration and visiting curators, we can look forward to especially great things fromDorschGallery (151 N.W. 24th St.). Its fi rst (untitled) exhibition this year explores criticism’s eff ect on art. In the Design District, prominent collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz plan to open a new venue for their collection. Set to be housed behind Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, it will be the fi rst of Miami’s major private collections to open to the public in the neighborhood. And real estate magnate Craig Robins will open the Anaphiel Foundation, an educational facility also to be based in the DesignDistrict. With a host of directors including John Baldessari, Bonnie Clearwater, Samuel Keller and Robins himself, it promises to be a welcome and edifying addition to Miami’s arts community. “By virtue of some of the new characters from the arts scene here of late, I think we are on the precipice of going back to a rich, edgy and artistic Miami culture. In this case, regression is progression.” Shareef Malnik, proprietor,The Forge Heathrow Lounge has recently hosted performers including Jamie Lidell, Chromeo and Canadian electro-house duo MSTRKRFT. restrictions that would include fi nes and lengthy permitting processes began to circulate through the local art community. And though the city is regulating commercial—not artistic—murals, a recent confl ict between Code Enforcement and megacollector Martin Margulies sent shivers across gallery-heavy Wynwood. According to Margulies, shortly after an artist completed a work on the façade of his warehouse, a city citation was issued requiring him to remove it to avoid $10,000-a-day fines. When the long-time Wynwood gallerist geared up to take on the city, Code Enforcement recanted the violation. Artists and gallerists are unsettled by the incident—but City of Miami spokesperson Kelly Penton reassures that any non-commercial work approved by the property owner is completely legal and that Code Enforcement is only on the lookout for illegal graffiti. “The rule of thumb is that if the artwork is unwanted by the property owner, then it is considered graffiti,” Penton says. But Margulies suggests that the subjective is or is not art nature of determining what should perhaps be left to someone besides Code Enforcement. “A committee involved and informed on the issues would be much better,” he asserts. “Going before a bureaucratic board that deals with factual issues is not the answer.” Tenor Tenure From left: Baritone Bryn Terfel and tenor Marcello Giordani, two of the “Superstars.” Anticipation for the Florida Grand Opera’s new season has been high since Judy Drucker, who founded the Concert Association of Florida in 1967, joined the company as artistic director last year. Drucker did not disappoint. For the 2009 season, the FGO announced a new three-part Superstar Concert Series, during which some of today’s greatest male voices will be paired for concerts with Metropolitan Opera divas. The series debuts January 10, with a performance by acclaimed Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky and soprano Ekaterina Siurina; continues with a March 9 performance by leading Metropolitan Opera tenor Marcello Giordani; and wraps up with an April 6 performance by Grammy Award-winning Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel. fgo.org. Click Here Live music fans have long decried Miami’s inability to draw cool bands to this beats- heavy scene. But increasingly, highly touted acts that are popular on the blogs and in Brooklyn are sneaking their way into town—mostly unnoticed. Th ey perform at places like the Poplife party at TheWhite Room (1306 N. Miami Ave.) or Heathrow Lounge (681 Washington Ave.), or at brand- sponsored parties in lofts and warehouses. If you told friends in more rock-friendly cities that recent bands playing Miami included No Age, Panda Bear and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, they’d ask what all the no-live-music talk is about. So how do you get in on the action? Unfortunately, this being Miami, shows aren’t often scheduled far enough in advance for publications like this one to spotlight them, so hit the blogs: sweatrecordsmiami.com and miaminights. com carry somewhat regularly updated listings and tip-off s, and you can join Poplife’s email list at epoplife.com. You’ll be hipper in no time. Jan/Feb 2009 | | 91 DORSCH GALLERY AND FLORIDA ROOM PHOTOS COURTESY OF LOCALES. TENOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF FLORIDA GRAND OPERA.