Miami Worldcenter develops transformational arts program

Now on display, the first work to be completed as part of Miami Worldcenter’s new public art initiative is a huge, colorful mural by contemporary artist Nina Chanel Abney that adorns the walls of a pedestrian tunnel and the exterior facade of development parking lot.

Miami Worldcenter, the 27-acre ‘city within a city’ transforming the heart of downtown Miami, is partnering with international art dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch who will lead the development’s overall curatorial vision for the public art program $4 billion mixed-use.

Deitch will collaborate with Primary, a Miami-based curatorial collective that focuses on public works, to bring Miami Worldcenter’s aesthetic vision to life.

Deitch has been involved in modern and contemporary art for almost 50 years as an artist, writer, curator, dealer and advisor. He was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and has been particularly active in Miami advising private collectors and public art projects since 1982. Deitch is known for the performance art and curated projects he presented in collaboration with Art Basel Miami. Beach every year since 2002.

Primary (Books Bischof, Cristina Gonzalez and Typoe Gran) is a context- and research-based curatorial collective focused on public art. Based in Miami, Primary’s contributions to contemporary muralism have shaped international urban perspective since 2007, providing a distinct brand of outdoor projects and galleries that harness the provocative spirit of counterculture.

“Miami has become one of the leading centers for contemporary art with its prestigious art fairs, public and private museums, and innovative public art projects,” said Deitch. “Miami Worldcenter’s arts program will enhance Miami’s stature as an international arts destination.”

The first group of artists due to exhibit their works in the Miami Worldcenter are as follows:

Nina Chanel Abney is a contemporary artist who explores race, gender, pop culture and politics in her work. Combining representation and abstraction, Abney’s paintings capture the frenetic pace of contemporary culture through an invigorating use of color and unapologetic scale.

Abney’s large-scale mural at Miami Worldcenter, which recently became the first piece to be completed as part of the site-wide art curatorial program, is bright, colorful and active – and deals with the legacy of Miami’s historic Overtown community:

“I created a pictorial language to tell an imaginary narrative that investigates the renewals and suppressions of communities. The location of the mural, a tunnel formed by the dark passage under the building, inspired me to consider the “legacy of preserving sacred spaces with a story. I hope to spark a dialogue around gentrification and encourage viewers’ curiosity to engage and learn more about previous and adjacent neighborhoods,” Abney said.

Woody De Othello is a Haitian-born sculptor born in Miami and based in California. The subject matter of De Othello’s art spans household objects, figurative elements, and the natural world. His sense of humor drives his work.

Viktor El-Saieh is a Miami-raised Haitian-Palestinian artist who explores folklore, politics, and culture through the lens of Haitian political mythology.

Nick Cave is an American sculptor, dancer and performance artist. Cave is best known for his Soundsuits – wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical and otherworldly.

This is his very first outdoor figurative sculpture.

Trenton Doyle Hancock is a Texas-based artist who works with multiple mediums. Influenced by comic books, graphic novels, cartoons, music and film, Hancock is known for his visual work which focuses on the mythology and representation surrounding the eternal battle between good and evil.

Additionally, Miami Worldcenter has created an Art Advisory Board, comprised of prominent curators and museum directors who will play a role in shaping the art landscape for the $4 billion development. The committee is made up of Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami; Alex Gartenfeld, artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, and Cecilia Alemani, director and chief curator of High Line Art in New York and artistic director of the 2022 Venice Biennale.

“Miami Worldcenter is home to residents from more than 50 countries around the world, a representation of the global economic powerhouse the city has become. Art is something that transcends language, borders and culture, and we are investing in something that is meaningful and will impact our community for decades to come,” said Nitin Motwani, Managing Partner of Miami World Center Associates.

Arts and culture are vital elements that transform developments into inspiring destinations. CIM is familiar with Jeffrey’s curatorial vision through our partnership in the development of his namesake Los Angeles gallery in the Sycamore District. I believe that under the leadership of Jeffrey Deitch, and in collaboration with Primary, the Miami Worldcenter collection will achieve international acclaim,” said Shaul Kuba, co-founder and director of CIM Group.

As the second largest mixed-use urban development in the United States, second only to New York’s Hudson Yards, Miami Worldcenter will be the city’s epicenter where lifestyle and business intersect, comprised of a mix diverse residential, commercial and hospitality uses complemented by approximately 300,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space. The development’s curatorial assemblage designs an art program befitting the region’s most transformational project.

“Working with Miami Worldcenter is an honor and a homecoming, allowing us to contribute to a neighborhood with which we have an intimate relationship,” explained Books Bischof, founding partner of Primary. “Advancing the curation of the public art collection at Miami Worldcenter is a unique opportunity to showcase Miami’s values ​​and way of life through the lens of world-class artists.”

The rise of Miami Worldcenter coincides with an increase in development, tourism, and population growth in Downtown Miami. Ten years ago, the urban core was a 9 to 5 neighborhood, but today it is home to the largest concentration of entertainment and cultural venues in the Southeastern United States Miami Worldcenter is surrounded by some Miami’s most exciting demand drivers including: Museum Park, home to the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum of Science; FTX Arena; Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Miami-Dade College’s Downtown Miami Campus.

Miami Worldcenter is also adjacent to Brightline’s MiamiCentral station, which offers direct train service to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and soon to Orlando, as well as access to TriRail, Metromover and Metrorail – making Miami Worldcenter the largest and most connected public transport. Florida-oriented development.


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Kayleen C. Rice