tc: temporary contemporary is a public art program initiated by the Bass Museum of Art in partnership with the City of Miami Beach. This program seeks to activate the the museum exterior and the adjacent Collins Park with art, surprising and engaging residents, visitors and passers-by with outdoor works of art. Sculpture, murals, sound installations, video and other interactive works of art, interrupt people’s daily routines and encourage thoughtful interactions within the community. Public art becomes a catalyst to appreciate the unique character of Miami Beach, the Art Deco façade of the Bass Museum and the gardens, lawns and pathways of Collins Park.
tc: temporary contemporary is an ongoing project, as works of art explore interactions and relationships: to an environment, to a site and to each other. This general theme includes the nuances of communication and interactivity, as well as our physical relationship to architecture. The topography of the city is pointed to, redrawn and redefined by some projects. Others convey a sense of surprise via displacement, where seemingly common objects in public space are not what they appear. A number of projects are designed to promote new, vibrant meeting places for social interactions in the community.
The frailty of Miami Beach as a barrier island in an urban center is the subject of the Bass Museum of Art’s new addition to its series tc: temporary contemporary.
Visual and performance artist Reed van Brunschot collaborated with Francisca Twiggs, a painter who works as commercial display artist and fabricator, to create It’s Like the River, De Nile. The work is installed in the storefront windows of the Walgreen’s store located at the corner of Collins Avenue and 23rd Street, along a popular pathway to the public beach. Using set design and analog stage tricks, everyday objects and shoreline detritus make up a narrative installation that is both whimsical and eerily foreboding.
“Apocalyptic flooding has been depicted throughout the history of art,” said Jose Carlos Diaz, Bass Museum of Art Curator of Exhibitions. “Twiggs and van Brunschot have given us their own interpretation of this subject in light of 21st century global warming.”
“Our intention is to utilize this location’s storefront to sell the idea of ‘The Great Flood’, a theme approached throughout history in the arts as something destructive yet cleansing, beautiful yet violent and principally, a subject that is so very relevant however lamentably taboo here in South Florida. There is a level of absurdity in the political dismissal of even using the words “climate change”. It is these dualities in this very current social topic that has brought on the inspiration for the artwork and it’s title.” says Artist Reed van Brunschot.
Reed van Brunschot received her BFA from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2011 and has exhibited and performed internationally. In 2014, her work was seen in Miami at Primary Projects and Locust Projects at NADA Fair; and Galeria Logo in Porto Alegre in Brazil. She was also a fellow in both Cannonball and the Artist in Residence in the Everglades residency program.
Francisca Twiggs received her BFA in painting from the University of Miami in 2008 and currently works as the Senior Display Coordinator for Anthropologie in Miami, FL.
A total of 26 works were installed in early December as part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Public sector. Nicholas Baume, Director and Curator of Public Art Fund, selected the works for the exhibition entitled “Fieldwork”, December 3-7, 2014. Thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 18 sculptures from that exhibition remained on view until March 31, 2015.
Featured in that exhibition were: Lynda Benglis, Pink Lady, 2013; Matthias Bitzer, Sleep and echo, 2012, Sarah Braman, Door, 2013-2014; Ana Luiz Dias Batista, Eva (Eve), 2014; Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolas Goldberg, Territorio del Chaco, 2013,; Falsnaes Front, 2104; Nuria Furster, Pump Iron, 2014 Ryan Gander, Never has there been such urgency, or The Eloquent and the Gala (Alchemy Box #45), 2014; Alfredo Jaar, Culture=Capital, 2012-2014; Jose Carlos Martinat, Manifiestos, 2014; Olaf Metzel, Untitled, 2014; Sam Moyer, Zola, 2014; Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Fluid Metal, Chunkus Majoris, 2013; Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture, 2013; Jessica Stockholder, Angled Tangle, 2014; Barthélémy Tuguo, In the Spotlight, 2007; and Tatiana Trouvé, Waterfall, 2013.
Also on view is Chess Tables, 2014 by Jim Drain, which was installed in October, 2014 and Michael Linares, Así las cosas (This being so), 2012
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tc: temporary contemporary is made possible through the support of The City of Miami Beach, ArtPlace, National Endowment for the Arts, Knight Foundation and Funding Arts Network, Inc.
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