The days to see the current exhibition at the Miami Art Museum are waning. If you haven’t been, but purport to be any kind of music or art lover, add this to your to-do list while there’s still time. The exhibition, dubbed The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, is a traveling, sprawling group show that explores the talisman-like power of the vinyl record in contemporary art.
The presence of a vinyl record, or an image of it, is really the only common thread among the dozens of works on display, but this makes for a pleasantly loose curatorial grip and a viewing experience that’s fun. There are everything from relatively straightforward paintings, to sculptures made from 12-inches, to videos of conceptual performance pieces. In the museum lobby, the vinyl-centric fun continues with a pop-up record shop and listening stations curated by various local legends. Check out, for instance, the booty bass heavy selection by the recently emigrated DJ Laz.
Actually, if bass is your thing, then get to the museum tonight for a special evening engagement, a talk by author Dave Tompkins titled “The Beat Who Cheated Death: How Bass Shaped MIA.” This music writer and historian actually wrote an entire book tracing the history of the vocoder, so he knows his analog electronic music.
The talk is billed as discussing bass music and its “cultural, political, and geological impact” on Miami — the first two we can figure out, and maybe the third is a joke? Go find out for yourself tonight at 6:30 p.m. After the talk, Tompkins spins on the patio for an evening soiree that lasts until 9 p.m. Museum admission ($8 for adults, $4 for seniors, free for members, children, and students) covers your entry to this event, and the galleries stay open throughout.
Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Call 305-375-3000, or visit miamiartmuseum.org