Miami’s Arts and Culture Scene Heats Up as Winter Approaches


While changing weather may signal the start of fall in some places, Miami marks the new season with the arrival of a flurry of exciting museum shows. From pieces by feminist artist Judy Chicago at the Institute of Contemporary Art, to bioluminescent organisms at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, this season will be one for the ages. Check out the top exhibits opening in Downtown Miami, all of which are a short walk from Miami Worldcenter – or easily accessible through public transit.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

This December, ICA Miami will exhibit “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning” during Art Basel. The show marks the largest museum survey to date examining the career of Judy Chicago, one of the most influential female artists of the 20th century. 40 years after Chicago’s seminal work, The Dinner Party, debuted at the Brooklyn Museum, the 79-year old artist is still as prolific and outspoken as ever, winning her a spot on this year’s TIME 100 list. A stop at ICA Miami is the perfect addition to your day exploring the Miami Design District and nearby Wynwood. Best of all, admission to ICA Miami is free every day. Read more here!

HistoryMiami Museum

Nathan Benn’s “A Peculiar Paradise” opens at the HistoryMiami Museum on November 8th. Benn photographed across the State of Florida in the 1980s, a unique time made famous by Miami’s narcotics-related crime wave and influx of newcomers from the Caribbean. His pictures feature Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, extreme affluence, nightlife, immigration, work cultures, tourist attractions, Dundee’s 5th Street Gym, and the narcotics war. Find the details here!

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Experience light from the flickering fireflies found in backyards around the world to the alien-like deep-sea fishes and other fantastic creatures that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. “Creatures of Light” opens at the Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science on October 6th. Read more on “Creature of Light” here!

Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College

View the 130 feet long, 8-channel video installation, “More Sweetly Play the Dance” at the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College through January 20th. Filmed partly live, partly rendered in William Kentridge’s signature animated style, the work covers the walls of a gallery with images of a procession in a blasted landscape. Check out more on the exhibit here!

Pérez Art Museum Miami

On October 4thChristo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 | A Documentary Exhibition” opens at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, commemorating the 35th anniversary of “Surrounded Islands”. The upcoming exhibition will tell the story of how this landmark project became a reality. Read more here!

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