DesignMiami 2020 – Until December 6th, DesignMiami/ 2020 returns to the city’s famed design district with a new format: the DesignMiami/ Podium physical exhibition at Zaha Hadid’s Elastika Moore Building [Mon-Sat 12–7pm, Sun 12–5pm – Map] as well as a digital programme of talks, a virtual tour and an e-commerce platform.
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Titled America(s), the exhibition explores America and its identity through 139 exceptional pieces from 57 designers. “Historically, America —whether referring to the United States or the wider region that includes it —has meant many things to many people.” Says the fair’s curator Aric Chen.
“More recently, notions of ‘America’ have been questioned, challenged, and revised in ways that suggest we are at a critical turning point for what America means, not just to Americans but the world at large.”
At the entrance visitors are welcomed by two nearly complete Camptosaurus and Allosaurus skeletons excavated from Wyoming and presented by Jason Jacques Gallery to remind that America is a land that goes beyond us as a species.
The exhibition spans from oval boxes by the 18th century Shakers sept and early 19th-century Navajo textiles to rare mid century works by George Nakashina, Paul Evans and up to Isaac Scott’s ceramics draw from photographs he took of the Black Lives Matter in Philadelphia earlier this year.
These, alongside works by Ini Archibong, Stephen Burks, Misha Kahn, Ronald Rael, Pedro Barrail, Paul S. Briggs, Malcolm Mobutu Smith and more.
The main gallery and Curio programs are set-out in the building upper floors. Todd Merrill presents Mark Fish’ ribbon-like weightless furniture, Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s BRIGHT FUTURE exhibition features colorful and whimsical light works, while Mercado Moderno focuses on mid-century Brazilian design.
R & Company spotlights new work from its contemporary artist program including new pieces by Johnny Swing, a hand-built paper pulp shelf by Katie Stout and a triple-necked bronze table by The Haas Brothers.
At the Moore Building and across the Miami Design District, some of the fair’s historical partners including Fendi, Lexus and Perrier Jouët build on the main theme with visually striking and thought-provoking satellite installations.
All photos: by Kris Tamburello, courtesy of DesignMiami/.