Anyone who witnessed the Miami City Ballet’s recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the centerpiece of that company’s 30th anniversary celebrations, will definitely remember the set and costumes, which created the illusion of an underwater kingdom. For a second dose of that sensibility—though with less of a fairy-tale flavor—visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami, where artist (and set and costume designer) Michele Oka Doner is the subject of a retrospective called How I Caught a Swallow in Midair. The Miami-born Oka Doner takes inspiration from the natural world surrounding her, transforming manmade materials into simulacra of nature: porcelain that looks like pumice, and tree branches wrought out of bronze. The institution itself is a work of art as well. Originally the Miami Art Museum, it adopted its new name in 2013, when it moved into its new home, designed by Herzog & de Meuron (you’ll know that firm from London’s Tate Modern and San Francisco’s de Young Museum) and made possible, in large part, by trustee and collector Jorge M. Pérez.
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Photo by Jens Mauritz, Image Courtesy Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Munich
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