Past Exhibitions

Daniel Arsham
The Future Was Written
Curated by Franklin Sirmans

September 24 - December 6, 2015

An interactive exhibition that begins with nearly 2,000 objects made of chalk and evolves with the markings, drawings and words of gallery visitors through Miami Art Week.

Daniel Arsham (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) transforms audiences to another time through this immersive and evolving exhibition of new work at the YoungArts Gallery, beginning with nearly 2,000 objects made of chalk, and evolving with the markings, drawings and words of gallery visitors through Miami Art Week on the gallery's black chalkboard walls. In signature Arsham style, these objects represent body parts, such as hands and faces as well as outmoded communication devices including cameras, telephones, video game controllers, and computers.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to write, draw and make their markings on the walls of the gallery, with the chalk casts progressively disappearing throughout the duration of the show. Epitomizing many of the prevalent themes and motifs in Arsham's work—including the interplay of archaeology and architecture, eroding environments overtaken by nature, and the blurred line between the real and imagined—the exhibition will provide vistiors with a unique experience as actors and creators over a couple months' time.

Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). As a curator, writer and editor, Sirmans has established himself as one of the leading voices in contemporary art. Before arriving at PAMM, he served as department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and is former U.S. Editor of Flash Art and Editor-in-Chief of ArtAsiaPacific. Sirmans is the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize presented by the High Museum.

Zero Tolerance: Miami
In Partnership with MoMA PS1

December 3 - December 21, 2014

Named for the 1990s policy under which New York City took a tough stance against vice and crime, Zero Tolerance: Miami brings together works by artists from across the globe that address tensions between freedom and control. Following Zero Tolerance’s initial presentation in New York, the exhibition at YoungArts makes these global concerns relevant to Miami by inviting artists whose work reflects issues of political dissidence, urban redevelopment, social policy and gay rights to participate. Taken together, the artists represented in Zero Tolerance: Miami continue YoungArts’ commitment to cultural vitality while presenting art of a charged and ambivalent nature, responding to concerns specific in place and time. Zero Tolerance: Miami is curated by MoMA PS1 Director and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA, Klaus Biesenbach, with MoMA PS1 Curatorial Assistant Margaret Aldredge.

The artists in Zero Tolerance: Miami include: YoungArts alumnus Doug Aitken, ACT UP New York, Joseph Beuys, Mircea Cantor, Chim↑Pom, Igor Grubić, Sharon Hayes, Deborah Kelly, Amal Kenawy, Yoko Ono, Pussy Riot, Christoph Schlingensief, Voina, and many more. 

New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted
Hernan Bas and the Natural World: Selections from the Rubell Collection

October 2- November 13, 2014

Our last exhibit, curated by PAMM Director Thom Collins, was the first in the ongoing gallery series entitled Junctures, highlighing the early careers of some of YoungArts' most notable alumni in visual arts. New Perfumes, Larger Blossoms, Pleasures Untasted was an intimate look at the early career of Hernan Bas, one of Miami’s most celebrated artists, who came through the YoungArts program in 1996. The exhibition featured approximately 19 works including drawings, works on paper and mixed media. To view photos from the Member's preview on October 1, click here.

New Voices:
Works by Recent YoungArts Alumni

July 22 - September 12, 2014

New Voices: Works by Recent YoungArts Alumni, curated by visual artist, YoungArts Master Teacher and Discipline Coordinator Loni Johnson, was the first alumni exhibition to be presented on the YoungArts campus, featuring 46 works by 30 YoungArts alumni in Visual Arts, Photography and Writing, offering a glimpse of our nation’s most promising talent. View photos from the exhibit on our Facebook page here.

February 24 - March 26, 2017

An exhibition of visual art, design and photography by 2017 YoungArts Miami Winners in the YoungArts Gallery curated by Liz Shannon. 

YoungArts Gallery
Miami, FL

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