Year in Review: Miami New Times Staffers Share Their Favorite Stories


It’s been fairly a 12 months on Miami’s arts and cultural scenes, and our crew at Miami New Times did our utmost to cowl all of it.

From music festivals to museum exhibitions and reside performances, Miami has develop into a spot the place issues occur year-round. That wasn’t the case a number of years in the past when town tended to hibernate throughout the scorching summer time months.

The 12 months began comically when the Joe Carollo-backed Dogs and Cats Walkway Sculpture Gardens, costing practically $1 million in public funds, opened at Maurice A. Ferré Park in February. With so many gifted artists residing in Miami, it was disappointing to see Miami represented by such an underwhelming set up. “It doesn’t take a trained artistic eye to realize these statues are ugly and unpleasant. None of them are visually coherent or particularly well made,” Douglas Markowitz wrote in his scathing evaluation.

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Beyoncé acting at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, August 18, as a part of her Renaissance World Tour.

Photo by Julian Dakdouk

In August, author Celia Almeida lined the cultural phenomenon that was Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour. “The Renaissance World Tour reminds us that it’s always unclear where Beyoncé will go next,” she wrote in her ecstatic evaluation. Photographer Michele Eve Sandberg additionally shot the unforgettable trend the Beyhive wore to the live performance. Ultimately, Bey reminded everybody in regards to the energy music has to convey folks collectively — a blessing that’s in woefully quick provide in 2023.

Speaking of energy, this 12 months, the world celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of hip-hop. What rose up within the late Seventies and early ’80s in New York City grew into a worldwide phenomenon with an outsize affect on music, trend, and artwork. Miami has contributed to the style because the earliest days, and in August, writers Marjua Estevez and Shanae Hardy seemed into the basis the 305 helped lay down for hip-hop. From the two Live Crew to City Girls, Miami’s affect on hip-hop continues to be felt right now.

The 12 months wrapped up with Miami Art Week, with celebrated Miami artist Hernan Bas debuting “The Conceptualist,” his first museum solo present since 2002, on the Bass. Meanwhile, on the Miami Beach Convention Center, author Douglas Markowitz couldn’t assist however discover the darkish, verging-on-nihilistic temper of the artwork on show at Art Basel.

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