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If you’re spending time in West Palm Beach after Miami Art Week, be sure to save time for visiting these top exhibitions and art events.
The Body Says, I Am Fiesta: The Figure in Latin American Art
Norton Museum West Palm Beach
Now—March 1, 2020
The first in a series of presentations dedicated to Latin American artists, the Norton Museum of Art’s fall exhibition explores ideas of the figure and its implications—both societal and symbolic—in modern Latin American cultures. Largely comprising works from the museum’s permanent collection, the show includes sculpture, photography, paintings, and works on paper by artists working in Latin America and the U.S. between the 1930s and 2010s, including Diego Rivera, Ana Mendieta, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Vik Muniz, and Rufino Tamayo. Named for Eduardo Galeano’s book of short stories Walking Words, the exhibition spans the first two floors of the museum, engaging with its American art collection to emphasize the contributions of Latin American artists in American art history.
New Wave Art Wknd West Palm Beach
Now—February 8, 2020
Returning to Palm Beach for its second year, New Wave Art Wknd (NWAW) is a series of events dedicated to collectors, including panel discussions, artist conversations, private collection tours, public art installations, and gallery openings. Founded by Sarah Gavlak and presented in partnership with City of Asylum, NWAW this year has a central theme that puts a focus on immigration and will also shine a light on the contemporary art scene in Palm Beach, as well as critical issues of our time. Among the weekend’s highlights will be events hosted by members of the NWAW Advisory Committee—including a private preview of Beth Rudin DeWoody’s Bunker Artspace and a dinner, hosted at Amy and John Phelan’s new home—and a new immigrant artist-in-residency program, which will be inaugurated by the Peruvian-born Renzo Ortega.
Jeppe Hein: Water Pavilion West Palm
Rosemary Square West Palm Beach
In November 2019, Rosemary Square unveiled the lyrical and engaging Water Pavilion West Palm, created by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Children and adults alike will be invited to interact with the playfully ephemeral piece which Hein refers to as a “social sculpture,” allowing viewers to walk in and out of “rooms” created by the vertical columns of water. Water Pavilion West Palm is Hein’s first permanent installation in Florida, and is the result of a collaboration with Culture Corps, a leading creative consultancy founded by Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal.
The Bunker Artspace West Palm Beach
Presenting rotating exhibitions of the Beth Rudin DeWoody collection, the private art
space The Bunker debuted programming conceived by guest curators Simon Watson and Firooz Zahedi for the 2019–2020 season. Guests at The Bunker Artspace will experience 20,000 square feet of presentation space, at home in an Art Deco–style toy factory from the 1920s. This year’s roster features works by artists like Raúl de Nieves, Emma Amos, Gretchen Bender, and Naotaka Hiro, on display in a series of themed rooms with names like Fatale Femme, Chess, and Newspaper, as well as a Cozy Space by FriendsWithYou and a live painting performance by Delia Brown.