Flying Like A Bird

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.

Pérez Art Museum Miami, south facade. www.PhotosbyArmando.comPhoto Courtesy of PhotosbyArmando.com

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michele-oka-doner-3Photos Courtesy of Pérez Art Museum Miami

Michele Oka Doner TelchinePhoto by Jens Mauritz, Image Courtesy Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Munich

 

Featured Photo Courtesy of Angel Valentin

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