This is great. Although May has arrived, a time of the year when the arts season traditionally winds down — our museums seem to be saying, “No way.” Over the next week, some significant and interesting shows will be opening up, from MOCA and MAM to the Frost at FIU.
The huge sculptures from Ursula von Rydingsvard, crafted from cedar wood, resembling domestic utensils and farm tools such as bowls and hoes, are reason enough to visit the Frost (a Knight Arts grantee). But on Wednesday, the opening of the painting show “scapes” from Miami-based Lynne Golob Gelfman should make it near impossible to skip out on a visit here. Her fluid abstractions, which can vaguely appear like rippling waves, moving sands and morphing clouds change with the light, as well as with the position where the viewer stands. In this series, the focus is on dune paintings, inspired by the rolling sand hills and spectacular landscape of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in northeastern Brazil.
One of the most mesmerizing exhibits at Art Basel Miami Beach last year, in the Art Nova section, was the eerie video from the Icelandic musician, performer and artist Ragnar Kjartansson — three waifish blond girls singing a plaintive melody that echoed throughout the halls. As part of the Knight Exhibition Series at MOCA (a Knight Arts grantee), that work, “Song,” will be featured, along with other pieces from this creative spirit. A week later, the museum will unveil a new show from the famed chronicler of Americana and pop life, birthed in the Beat generation, Ed Ruscha.
Finally, at MAM (a Knight Arts grantee), a major career retrospective of Miami-based artist José Bedia will be a mandatory visit for most in the artistic community. The three decades of work on paper and canvas cover the artist’s exploration and fascination with his Cuban folkloric history, its mythologies and the pilgrimage through indigenous communities of the Americas.
Lynne Golob Gelfman “scapes,” May 16 through Sept. 2 at the Frost Museum of Art, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami; thefrost.fiu.edu
Ragnar Kjartansson “Song” and Ed Ruscha “On the Road,” through Sept. 2 at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami; www.mocanomi.org
“Trancultural Pilgrim” from Jose Bedia, May 24 through Sept. 2, at MAM, 101 W Flagler St, Miami; www.miamiartmuseum.org