This year has seen many changes, and even colossal happenings like Art Basel have had to hit the breaks. The annual, week-long art takeover at the Miami Beach Convention Center might not be happening this year, but the visually-stimulating pop-ups and satellite exhibits that make up the overarching Miami Art Week are still–in their own way–in full swing. As usual, we’re here to help you get the most of the Instagram-worthy week, so here’s a helpful round-up of picks we’re most excited for:

Museums

Plenty of museums are throwing their names into the hat for can’t-miss places to add to your Miami Art Week agenda. HistoryMiami debuts a new exhibition on December 3rd: ‘Urban Tranquility: Photographs by C.W. Griffin‘ which explores a one-block radius of Downtown Miami. Celebrate Miami Art Week 2020 with complimentary admission to the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) through December 6. The Bass has premiered three new shows today, each exploring different elements of human life, nature, and death in Miami. And as always, we suggest ICA Miami for its exemplary permanent art lineup, location, and for being free.

Courtesy of MOAD

Events, Exhibits & Pop-Ups

The Confidante will be home to a temporary exhibition, “The Real Surreal” featuring a selection of breathtaking surrealist pieces including a 10-foot sculpture by Salvador Dali. See Miami Light Project’s signature commission program for Miami-based artists – Here & Now, filmed and presented virtually for the first time, the program features newly commissioned short work from Miami’s freshest and most exciting emerging artists.  Design Miami/Podium has taken over the Moore Building in the Design District for an epically curated satellite show. ‘Dreaming with Lions’ a free and open to the public, monumental work by Miami-based Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea serves as a living monument to the resilience of human spirit in these challenging times thanks to Faena Art.

Oriol Tarridas for Faena Art

The Most Interesting Store In The World,” SHOWFIELDS is making its highly-anticipated Miami Beach launch during Miami Art Week with a slew of private events and intimate happenings for the whole family. If you want to recreate the feeling of spending the whole day looking at art that Art Basel usually gives you, Miami Design District is your next best choice with its fashion-forward displays, street art where Louis Vuitton is unveiling a temporary men’s residency in Jungle Plaza from Dec 4th – Jan 25th making Miami the first US stop. Red Bull unveils its ‘Illume’ exhibit at The Generator Hotel, a show-stopping collection of adventure and sports photography. Experience a multi-sensory screening collaboration by Daata and The Bass with their free video program, Voluntary Associations every night Friday – Sunday at Soundscape Park.

Category Winner, Emerging by Red Bull Photography © JB Liautard / Red Bull Illume

Local Art

As usual, Art of Black Miami is doing the powerful work in showcasing local art from Black and Brown artists, with a mix of safe in-person events and virtual programming. The Betsy Hotel is making itself a destination for art lovers, with several new shows, talks, and other great happenings. Filmgate Interactive Media Festival immerses Art Week Miami into Virtual and Augmented Reality and invites all curious and tech-savvy audiences to explore  mind-bending projects using new technology to engage audiences in innovative ways. The Center for Subtropical Affairs, easily one of the coolest paradise-like venues in all of Miami, is launching two site-specific shows around town but we’re most looking forward to their home base installation with dozens of artists and a swanky opening event in collaboration with Lo-Hi Mag on December 2nd. Local sculptor, Monica Leslie Travis is premiering her works in Little Haiti as well, as part of her “Make Yourself at Home” exhibition.

Hungry Hungry Hippocrite from Zusel Escriba on Vimeo.

Guides & Trusted Picks

Every year, our guide is more of a categorizing of the dozens of guides that are already painstakingly put together by national and international platforms alike. While this year might be more low-key, there are still some picks and guides worth diving into in case you want even more of a packed calendar. The art and design communications agency, Hayworth, has deftly put together their impeccable breakdown for Miami Art Week, sign up for their newsletter or hit up press@hayworth.co to receive. The Miami Herald has an in-depth run down of everything that’s going on this week. And Dejha Carrington, art aficionado and co-founder of Comissioner has put together her list which, year after year, is the best in town.

The Jeffrey Deitch Gallery is preparing to present Kenny Scharf: Moodz on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 before the start of Art Week in Miami Design District. MATIAS J. OCNER

Cover photo: KRIS TAMBURELLO / FAENA ART