Art week gives rise to feminism: Pussy Riot, Judy Chicago and Nina Chanel at ICA Miami

The Contemporary Art Institute (ICA Miami) has novel proposals during Miami Art Week, accompanying the great movement that is generated around Art Basel True to its principle of promoting experimentation in contemporary art and fostering exchange and transversality, it offers a main course, a house classic and two powerful exhibitions not to be missed.

The complete billboard can be seen on its website, but here is an appetizer:

ICA Miami will dress up as punk on Friday, December 1 to host the long-awaited concert of the pussy riot, punk band and activist from Russia. These performance artists, who have been arrested and imprisoned several times for their political commitment to democracy and freedom of expression, will close the day with an exclusive show.

ICA Miami and CryptoPunks —Yuga Labs project, which donates the work to the institute CryptoPunk #305— came together to make this presentation a reality.

The girls who make up a feminist collective and militate against the Russian president Vladimir Putin and in favor of human rights are eagerly awaited in Miami properties. ICA Miami will receive them in a packed space: the tickets sold out shortly after opening the page to request them.

For this reason, a waiting list was established. In any case, in this free event they will only admit people who verify previous registration and confirmation. This will be verified on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s best to arrive early.

Judy Chicago performance in 2019: «A Purple Poem for Miami». (ICA Miami)

In the 2019 art week, ICA Miami held a monographic and monumental exhibition of this feminist artist and intellectual. Judy Chicago: A Reckoning, followed her transition from abstraction to figuration, showing the influence of her feminism in the understanding of modernity and in the problematization of traditional gender roles. Chicago closed that event with the outdoor performance A purple poem for Miami.

On this occasion, Chicago will talk on Friday the 1st at 6 pm with Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the Pussy Riots: a very promising combo. Tolokonnikova is an activist, artist and performer, and her name reached the international media in March 2012 when the Pussy Riot improvised a concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow: the young woman was sentenced to two years in prison, like another member of the band, Maria Aliokhina. They regained their freedom in December 2013, by an amnesty law.

Michel Majerus (1967–2002) was a very prolific artist in his dialogue with the elements of creation. His early death only underscored the enduring place he had already secured for himself in art history.

ICA Miami has just opened the latest investigation into his work, in time for Miami Art Week. The exhibit continues through March 23, 2023 and highlights Majerus’ relationship with the USAin particular through his fascination with a pop culture focused on consumption and advertising.

Progressive Aesthetics it is the first Majerus exhibition in a museum in the United States. It takes its name from one of the artist’s paintings, and collects significant works of art that have yet to be shown collectively.

The exhibition at ICA Miami of Nina Chanel Abney, Big Butch Energy, is one of the attractions of the cultural institution during Art Basel. The author uses dynamic colors and shapes to draw attention and address complex narratives.

In this case, Abney focuses on her college years, when she was struggling to find a community that reflected the type of person she wanted to be. Inspired by her queer experience, with these latest works Abney questions how viewers assign gender to a figure in a work of art. The answer could be in this sample.s

In a recent interview with W Magazine, Abney noted: “I work well to find communities that want their stories told. I don’t feel like there is enough representation of masculine or queer African American women in the media, so if I can bring my experience to life and inspire others. So I feel like I’m doing a good job.»

Where: 61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137

When: Judy Chicago and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Friday the 1st at 6pm; shows by Michel Majerus and Nina Chanel Abney, until March 12, 2023. Wednesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm

Free activities, prior reservation on the ICA website

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