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About Margery Gordon

SocialMiami Arts Editor Margery Gordon is a freelance journalist, art critic, curator and educator who grew up amid the development of our visual art community and has been active in its continuing growth. A longtime contributor to the official Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, she has reported on cultural affairs for a range of magazines, newspapers and websites over more than twenty years, from international publications such as Art + Auction, ArtNews and ArtInfo.com to regional periodicals including Ocean Drive, Art Circuits and Muses & Visionaries. As the founder and director of Arts Encounters, Gordon conducts guided tours and informative programs for charitable organizations, businesses and connoisseurs at cultural venues throughout South Florida as well as group travel to dynamic destinations.

Margery Gordon's Content:

Culture Compass: Lights, Sights and Flight

It took more than five years and $305 million to complete on four prime acres of waterfront Downtown, but the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is finally ready for the big reveal to its members today and the public tomorrow. This 250,000-square-foot complex endows Miami with the rare combination of a planetarium and an aquarium flanked by spacious galleries that have the capacity and flexibility to mount permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to empirical discovery across a wide range of disciplines. Striking a balance between state-of-the-art elements and timeless tactile experiences, diverse experts apply the latest advances in scientific research and instructional methods to engage visitors of all ages in participatory displays and experimental artworks...
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Culture Compass: In Tune

What does Miami sound like? The New World Symphony posed that question to the public, giving everyone 100 days to respond in the form of audio and video clips to feed an orchestral and cinematic portrait premiering next fall on the South Beach campus. Locals have answered the call with more than 750 submissions in just the first 75 days: samples from our shared environment of gathering storms and mating birds, singular snippets of overheard exchanges and child’s antics, as well as harmonies from Latin rhythms and hip-hop beats to traffic horns and protest chants. The window remains open until May 12 for unlimited contributions via the Project 305 mobile app or website...

+ Critic’s Picks for Happenings On the Horizon
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Culture Compass: Screen Play

The blurred lines between art films and video art go far beyond screen settings to span a range of shape-shifting formats from sculptural environments to high-tech projections. Balanced on the cutting edge where these genres overlap, the Biennale of Moving Images crosses a cinema festival with an exhibition of video installations and a live program of performances and conversations. Evolving since 1985 amid continued changes in the field, the Swiss hybrid makes its U.S. debut April 14-30 at Faena Miami Beach with a selection of topical works created for the biennale’s 15th edition in Geneva...

Pictured: Film still from Wu Tsang’s Duilian (2016), commissioned for the Biennale of Moving Images presented on Miami Beach by Faena Art
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Lit Up: O, Miami Festival Spreads Poetry to Surprising Places

Still a relative newcomer to the world’s largest literary celebration, O, Miami has set itself apart with an inclusive, unconventional approach to demystifying poetry that keeps expanding the presumed parameters to encompass an ever-widening range of forms, scribes and audiences.

Pictured: The Wheels and Words bus, wrapped in poetry penned by elementary schools students at O, Miami community workshops, was unveiled last week by the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. Photo by Gesi Schilling, courtesy of O, Miami.
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Culture Compass: Dance Moves

Moving experiences abound in a distinct subtropical dance scene poised to reach new heights. Arts centers throughout this region offer exposure all season long to consummate movers and shakers grounded in a dizzying spectrum of cultural traditions, which homegrown and visiting troupes are expanding in new directions that merit more widespread attention. Patronage comes in all sizes, from the private and public philanthropy enabling innovation by local choreographers to the ticket sales needed to sustain adventurous programming by rewarding venues for taking logistic leaps.

The variety of shows holds value even for dance skeptics, who may yet be surprised to find unfamiliar forms of movement that appeal to their tastes...
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Culture Compass by Margery Gordon

Transcending the story of one exceptional artist to illuminate the creative process, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical transports audiences to an era that changed the course of American music by tracing some of its most timeless songs back to their first notes...

Pictured: The company of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the songwriting hub 1650 Broadway. Photo by Joan Marcus.
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SocialMiami Arts Encounter on South Beach
Friday, March 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Explore art and design with wide-ranging forms, origins and periods on the next cultural outing presented by SocialMiami and independent tour company Arts Encounters. Join Arts Editor Margery Gordon for an intimate guided tour of temporary exhibitions at The Wolfsonian-FIU and The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, where special guest speaker Karelle Levy’s knitwear is featured in Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene, 1800s to Today.
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Culture Compass: Vizcaya Centennial & the Underline

The relative youth and incessant escalation of development in South Florida leave few sites that impart a sense of history. Vizcaya conjures an even more distant time and place, drawing inspiration from 18th-century Venetian villas yet adapting the architecture and landscaping to the subtropical Bayfront setting of James Deering's winter residence in Coconut Grove. To honor the centennial of this truly unique treasure, 11 artists living in South Florida were commissioned to reconsider the estate's history through site-specific installations at the main house, formal gardens and small structures on the property.

Ballet dancers perform with Naomi Fisher's #PUZZLED sculpture by the Brickell Metrorail Station as Agustina Woodgate talks and pedals with guests of her CICLO broadcast on radioEE.net at Miami-Dade Art in Public Places' inaugural program for the Underline on January 14 The relative youth and incessant escalation of development in South Florida leave few sites that impart a sense of history.
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Culture Compass: Maiden Voyage

We welcome Margery Gordon to the SocialMiami family. Her introductory Culture Compass sets the stage for future editions. Laying out how the South Florida cultural scene has blossomed over the last decades, and sets a path for her column going forward. You won't want to miss any of it!

Plus, Margery includes a list of can't miss arts events for her On the Horizon segment, which will accompany each edition of Culture Compass.

Pictured: Christina Pettersson, The Furies of the Swamp, 2016, Everglades National Park. performance still.
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Meet Margery Gordon

SocialMiami is delighted to introduce Margery Gordon, our new arts editor. On February 7 we will launch Margery's column, Art About Town: Culture Compass by Margery Gordon, followed on Sunday, February 19, with The Sunday Issue: The Arts - Culture Compass.

Margery is a freelance journalist, art critic, curator and educator based in Miami, where she grew up amid the art community during its early stages and has been active in its continuing development...
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