Mana Contemporary presents impressive lineup of exhibitions, programs, pop-ups, and other events for Miami Art Week 2017, which will span two neighborhoods in Wynwood and across Manaâ€™s new locations in Downtown Miami. Mana is among several other institutions who will host programs in the historic district of Downtown Miami for the first time during this yearâ€™s Miami Art Week.
Kicking off the week will be a performance by BjÃ¶rk, organized by III Points on Tuesday, December 5 at Mana Wynwood. Mana Wynwoodâ€™s annual VIP reception and preview will take place on Wednesday, December 6, which will include a presentation of works by Samson Young (Hong Kong) from his â€œMuted Situationsâ€ series, along with two new exhibition openings. Exquisite Corpse: Moving Image in Latin American and Asian Art, organized by Asia Society Museum (New York), Mana Contemporary, and Smack Mellon, presents a selection of video and new media works by leading contemporary artists from across Latin America and Asia. The second exhibition Donâ€™t believe their lies: Four contemporary artists from Colombia (an initiative of Thibault Poutrel) will feature a selection of works principally from the collection of London-based French collector Thibault Poutrel and is curated by patron, collector, and art historian Catherine Petitgas. Both exhibitions will be on view to the public from Thursday, December 7â€“Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Mana has recently partnered with Clocktower to create â€œFocus on Puerto Rico,â€ a new residency program dedicated to artists from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora, which will also include open studios, programming, and an exhibition for Miami Art Week. Focus on Puerto Rico aims to provide a larger public platform for both local and international contemporary artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Located in Downtown Miami, open studios and supplementary programs will begin on Thursday, December 7 and run through Sunday, December 10.
The newly established Mana BSMT New Media Program (NMP) will take over a block of storefronts in Downtown Miami to present Flatlandâ€”a group exhibition of new work by seventeen digital artists exploring alternative realities, curated by BSMT Director Grace Franck. Spanning five storefronts, Flatland is a journey through multiple dimensions featuring the latest technologies in VR, anamorphic 3D projection mapping, motion capture, biosensors, and more. VIP tours and press previews will take place on Tuesday, December 5 (12â€“6pm). A public reception will be held on Thursday (8pmâ€“2am) in the â€œFlatlandâ€ storefront (54 SE 1st Street), which will feature a special performance by resident Freeka Tet followed by live DJ sets (lineup to be announced soon).
Also at Mana Downtown in a former thrift store at Flagler Station, BSMT resident Azikiwe Mohammed will present Jimmyâ€™s Thrift, a performative installation of the artistâ€™s fictional thrift store, Jimmyâ€™s Thrift of New Davonhaime. New Davonhaimeâ€”a location conceived by Mohammedâ€”is an amalgamation of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah. Jimmyâ€™s Thrift of New Davonhaime was created to serve as a safe space for Black and Brown people living in America.
Additionally, Equinox will lead a mass hip-hop themed yoga class, a benefit for the Felix Organization, which enriches the lives of those who grow up in the foster care system. It will include a performance by Darryl â€œDMCâ€ McDaniels and appearance by Hamilton star Donald Webber, Jr. The event requires registration and will take place at Mana Wynwoodâ€™s SCAD Building on Wednesday, December 6 at 12pm.
Mana Wynwood and Downtown Miami will also be home to a week of programming and events hosted by Manaâ€™s New York and Miami-based partners, including Juxtapoz, Mana Urban Arts Project, Dale Zine, Bushwick Collective, and O, Miami (among many others). #MANACONTEMPORARY @mana_wynwood