Not Just for Snowbirds: Forget the Beach—Miami’s Hometown Museum Is Heating Up


Miami has more than once been called an ungovernable city, and, true to form, its museum scene is balkanized and unruly. Private museums run by deep-pocketed contemporary art collectors like the Rubells and the de la Cruzes have dominated the scene in recent years, largely buying work with an eye on the market. The hometown Miami Art Museum, which receives public financing, is just 30 years old and only began acquiring work in 1996. Meanwhile, there are reports that, following the recent failure of a bond referendum for an expansion, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art may leave its current home and merge with South Beach’s Bass Museum of Art, a scattershot museum founded by private collectors 50 years ago. MOCA denies this. Read More


Ed Ruscha on Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’


The residents of Miami are lucky enough to have an Ed Ruscha show on their hands right now, at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. It’s called “On the Road,” and features paintings lined with passages from the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name, like “Brakemen eat surly meals in diners by the tracks.” Read More