Covid-19 has persuaded many Miami-Dade residents to embrace it openly, and the Bass Museum seeks to build on this trend-leading Art Outside program, which aims to highlight and educate the public art community in Miami Beach.
“With works ranging from monumental sculpture, neon, sound and video and participating artwork, Art Outside is a public art exhibition launched by The Bass that offers residents and visitors the opportunity to see and experience a network of public artwork across Miami Beach,” It is on the project website.
Silvia Karman Cubiñá, executive director and chief curator of the museum, told the Miami Beach Public Arts Committee this week that the plan is to create a passable route that connects all parts and potentially add a few more. The artwork, she said, includes parts of partner organizations, including the W South Beach Hotel, the Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach Urban Studios and the city of Miami Beach-Art in public places.
“We’re trying to bring together a multitude of major works,” she said, though work is still underway on the exact route and future routes could follow if it proves popular. The first route, she continued, would go from Bass to the Miami Beach Convention Center before heading toward Lincoln Road, and then to a nearby promenade, where a photo exhibit would be arranged.
As the weather improves, Ms. Karman Cubiñá said, the organization will strive to create an exercise route by tracking how many miles the trail is and adding “bells and whistles” like QR codes that walkers and runners can scan for more information as you pause to catch your breath.
“The goal of this program,” said City Councilor for Culture Brandi Reddick, “is to increase the number of cultural institutions and increase the number of works of art presented as part of the Art Outside.”
Ms. Karman Cubiñá said the organization is looking at four new exhibitions to add to the route, including two that will be set up in Miami Beach City Hall.
The first work under consideration, she said, is “Phaphama, in Cassilhaus, North Carolina 2016,” by South African artist Zanela Muholi, who appeared in Art Basel in 2017.
“Her work is about race,” Ms. Karman Cubiñá told the board, “but it is also about gender and sexual norms. She is non-binary in her gender, and her beautiful self-portraits really reflect that range. “
This work, she continued, would be placed on the outside wall of Miami Beach City Hall. Another work that is also ready for this location is the work of artist Tavares Stachan, which contains the words “We are in this together” in italics on an illuminated neon sign. Considerations surrounding the placement of this piece, she continued, should include the way it is safely put together.
The third work of art by Glexis Nova, Ms. Karman Cubiñá said, will be a geometric-urban landscape located on the sidewalk along the way.
Finally, she said, the fourth piece still being planned may be a “pretty big garden” in Collins Park that contains a variety of indigenous plants.
Asked by a committee member about the timeline that proposed the project, Ms. Karman Cubiñá said the new exhibits would be set up “whenever we can install them” in accordance with local licensing procedures, ideally before Miami Beach Art Week in December.