Travel & Culture

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

One of the biggest changes from this road trip is my willingness to check out museums. I used to view museums as a waste of time cause I didn’t have the patience to really look at the art. Now, I take the time to understand the artist’s point of view and my interpretation of their work. This post is about Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which has made my shortlist of great museums.

There were several exhibitions going on at ICA Miami, but 2 caught my eye. Note: even though I take the time now to try to understand art, doesn’t mean I actually do.

Judy Chicago: A Reckoning

Judy Chicago is a pioneering feminist artist. In this exhibit, she “problematizes gender roles, artistic mastery and skills traditionally regarded as ‘female’ such as needlework and embroidery, as well as stereotypical ‘male’ skills, such as auto body painting and pyrotechnics.” (from ICA’s description)

I call these “the vagina plates”.

Basically, she is super woke and challenges gender norms through her art. I’m not one to shy away from taboo topics, but to see vagina plates right up in my face made me feel shy. I really loved this exhibit because it showed me even I have some personal growth to do in terms of getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Larry Bell: Time Machines

This exhibit features Larry Bell’s major bodies of work. He represented West Coast minimalism that married matter-of-fact materials and forms with intense sensorial experiences. (I have to be honest here: I had no idea what to take from ICA’s description of him. Like, what’s West Coast minimalism?)

His exhibit was really cool because it played with a lot of light. It was hard to take photos, though, because the camera couldn’t capture what you were looking at. In the video below, there is some more videos of his work.

One that I couldn’t capture in photo or video was this maze in a dark room. It wasn’t really a maze, but it was a room with a bunch of random walls. When you first go in, your eyes have a hard time adjusting, but once they do, you see things different. You had to keep one hand along the wall as you moved along, and there were only two thin strips of light among the entire installation. It felt like I was there for a long time, and I started to freak out because I no longer wanted to be in the dark anymore. Definitely a piece of art that makes me feel emotions.

This museum is Juliet-approved!


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