Yayoi Kusama: “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins”
October 12, 2019 – January 31, 2019
ICA Miami presents a special off-site exhibition of artist Yayoi Kusama’s All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins in the Miami Design District, marking the first time that one of Kusama’s signature “Infinity Mirror Rooms” will be on view in Miami.
On view from October 12, 2019 through January 31, 2020, the work features a mesmerizing array of Kusama’s signature spotted pumpkins within a mirror-lined room illuminated with LED lighting. This special presentation is made possible with support from Inigo Philbrick Gallery. All proceeds benefit ICA Miami’s arts education programs.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION GALLERIES
Located at 112 NE 41st Street, Suite 106, Miami, FL 33137.
November 7, 2019 – February 2, 2020
ICA Miami presents the first comprehensive museum survey of American/Dutch artist Sterling Ruby (b. 1972). Opening at ICA Miami on November 7, “Sterling Ruby” features over 75 works that demonstrate the relationship between material transformation in Ruby’s practice and the rapid evolution of contemporary culture, institutions, and labor.
Spanning more than two decades of the artist’s career, the exhibition features an array of works created in various mediums, from his renowned ceramics and paintings to lesser-known drawings and installations. The process of combining disparate elements is central to Ruby’s material reclamations, which serve as a form of autobiographical and cultural archeology.
Since his earliest works, Ruby has investigated the role of the artist as outsider. Critiquing the structures of modernism and traditional institutions, Ruby addresses the repressed underpinnings of U.S. culture and the coding of power and violence. Craft is central to his inquiry, as he explores traditions from Amish quilt-making to California’s radical ceramics tradition, shaped by his upbringing in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Organized by chronology and medium, “Sterling Ruby” considers the artist’s explorations of these themes across the many materials and forms he has utilized throughout his practice.
“Sterling Ruby” is co-organized by ICA Miami and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
(ICA/Boston), and is curated by Alex Gartenfeld, ICA Miami Artistic Director, and Eva Respini, ICA/Boston Barbara Lee Chief Curator. “Sterling Ruby” is on view at ICA Miami through February 2 and on view at the ICA/Boston February 26 through May 26, 2020.
GROUND FLOOR GALLERIES
ICA Miami’s ground floor exhibition space features solo exhibitions of work by artists across generations, including:
Carlos Sandoval de Leon
December 3, 2019 – May 8, 2020
For his exhibition at ICA Miami, Carlos Sandoval de León will create a site-specific, large-scale architectural installation that incorporates both new and existing sculptures. In these works, Sandoval de León deconstructs, repurposes, manipulates, and hybridizes raw, industrial materials with found objects, incorporating bricks, earth, discarded clothes, volcanic pearls, industrial soap, bullet-proof plexiglass, pizza boxes, armadillo shells, and souvenirs, among other materials.
For his sculptures and layered installations, Sandoval de León sources materials from his neighborhood in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, as well as from his travels throughout the United States and Mexico. Exploring the poetics of material culture, the artist draws out the concealed labor and socioeconomic dimensions of care embedded in these everyday objects.
“The product-driven culture we are surrounded by or marketed to creates a distance between the actual producer and the user,” says the artist. “I am compelled by this distance as a rich space to work from.” Sandoval de León explores this “space” in manifold ways, removing objects and materials from their original contexts and opening up a variety of interpretations that can reflect viewers’ backgrounds and experiences.
Sandoval de León’s large-scale wooden structure for ICA Miami incorporates a number of his existing intimately scaled sculptures. These include I 95 (2019), a collection of ten plexiglass containers filled with differently colored soil specimens encased in an oversize leather book bag. Collected en route from Miami, where the artist grew up, to New York, where he is based, the geological remnants trace his trajectory. While creating an immediate material portrait of landscapes along the East Coast, it leaves the social and cultural aspects of these places unseen. Other pieces included in the installation are made of the distinct-smelling pink industrial soap often used to clean floors in public buildings. Through a process of grinding and molding, Sandoval de León turns the soap bars into a malleable material he sculpts into a variety of forms, such as dogs or imprints of his hands. Psychologically charged, his works catalyze both individual associations among viewers and broader questions of how objects communicate the histories of those who make, use, and inhabit them.
December 3, 2019 – April 26, 2020
ICA Miami presents a newly commissioned video by animator and installation artist Wong Ping (b. 1984, Hong Kong).
With a signature style that is both psychedelic and provocative, and narratives that are richly symbolic, engaging and absurd, Wong Ping creates episodic cinematic tales that are profoundly universal, while often deeply psychological and personal. Wong’s animated videos and installations humorously allegorize contemporary issues of sexuality, culture, politics, and power. Often alluding to fable and fiction, adopting narrative forms such as the detective novel and creating anthropomorphic characters, Wong’s visual language exposes crude realities while offering a space for reflection through fantasy, humor and shared experience.
December 3, 2019 – April 26, 2020
With an intriguing and unique body of work that finds its early roots in Cuba and a transformative influence abroad, Agustín Fernández (b. 1928, Havana; d. 2006, New York) is a major figure among Cuban artists and within the international modernist movement that contextualizes his work.
Although he did not consider himself a Surrealist or a strictly erotic painter, Fernández developed a distinctive pictorial practice that explored the relationships between eroticism and violence, human anatomy and machinery, unconscious yearnings and obsessions, and planarity and volume, among other subjects. “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,” he said.
“Agustín Fernández: Armaduras” will focus on a series of paintings Fernández produced in the early 1970s alongside related drawings and collages. Known collectively as the “Armadura Series” (“Armor Series”), these paintings employ black heraldic forms and draw a link between shapes that can be associated to Medieval life and mysticism and suggestive anatomical references that relate to contemporary erotic practices. While never giving up on figuration altogether, Fernández’s iconography is endowed with an uncanny referential dimension that prevents it from being defined by first impressions or art historical precedent. Instead, his imagery links eroticism and violence in such a way as to speak to the very power of pictorial forms to impinge on the common-sense structures of everyday life.
June 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Best known for his iconic works featuring industrial fluorescent lights, Dan Flavin (b. 1933, Jamaica, New York; d. 1996, Riverhead, New York) is a central figure of American art. Building on Puerto Rican light (to Jeanie Blake) 2 (1965) in the museum’s permanent collection, one of the artist’s early signature fluorescent tube light sculptures, ICA Miami presents a focused presentation of his works from the mid-1960s.
The title Puerto Rican light (to Jeanie Blake) 2 refers to an employee at Green Gallery, New York, Jeanie Blake, who remarked that the artist’s use of bright red, pink, and yellow colors reminded her of “Puerto Rican lights.” Flavin’s 1963 exhibition at Green Gallery was his first entirely composed of works made of fluorescent light and marked a major turning point in his career and the development of his signature Minimalist language.
Flavin often added parenthetical dedications to friends, family members, artist colleagues, or historical figures (often painters) to his titles, inserting social and art historical references into otherwise Minimal works. The presentation at ICA Miami gathers intimately scaled pieces from the mid-1960s that explore Flavin’s interest in the sculptural and painterly qualities of color and light and their relationship to built space. In addition to Puerto Rican light (to Jeanie Blake) 2, a tall, vertical arrangement of fluorescent tubes, which relates to the human body in its size and warm hues of pink, yellow, and red, the exhibition features the rectangular-shaped a primary picture (1964), consisting of the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, as well as four red horizontals (to Sonja) (1963).
Odili Donald Odita
November 7, 2019 – November 1, 2020
December 3, 2019 – November 1, 2020
September 19, 2019 – September 27, 2022
Throwback (1976–79) is an iconic monumental sculpture by American Minimalist sculptor, painter, and architect Tony Smith. Produced in an edition of three, the version presented in ICA Miami’s Sculpture Garden is a working model welded by the artist.
Smith is widely recognized for his large-scale, modular sculptures produced throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Largely influenced by his architectural training and practice, Smith’s reduced forms explore space and volume in relation to the human body and the themes of self and spirituality. While his forms and materials place him in proximity to the Minimal art of the 1960s, his work also engages the heroism and humanism of 1950s Abstract Expressionism. Resting on three points, Throwback wraps and bends around itself, offering a variety of perspectives and vantages onto its unfolding forms with no distinct front, back, beginning, or end. Through its simple, fluid structure, Throwback activates the surrounding space, inviting viewers to move around and explore the work from various angles and perspectives.
March 7, 2019 – February 6, 2022
A conceptual artist who playfully investigates form and history, Pedro Reyes has recently created a series of monumental carved sculptures in volcanic rock dedicated to canonizing great philosophers and intellectuals.
About the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art and to providing a dynamic platform for the exchange of art and ideas. Miami’s newest art museum provides audiences of all ages and backgrounds with free and open access to the most innovative art of our time. Through a rigorous and engaging calendar of exhibitions and programs, the museum builds visual literacy and advances new scholarship on the work of local, emerging, and established talent. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.