Vernacular CompulsionArt Exhibitions
New World School of the Arts continues its 30th Year celebration during Art Basel with its coveted al fresco exhibition in the heart of Wynwood. Vernacular Compulsion, presented by NWSA college visual artists, “is a kaleidoscopic cacophony of high-brow Kitsch where a collaboration of students and faculty from the NWSA BFA program create a site-specific installation and social experience through the structure of a garden party within the confines of the Yard@Casalin,” explained artist and NWSA faculty member Donald Lambert, who is directing this year’s exhibition during the nation’s most recognized art fair in Miami. The result of a semester-long project initiated by a collaboration between Lambert and a dozen students, the exhibition, set amid the urban oasis that is Yard@Casalin, varies in format from previous shows. Created as one group exhibition comprised of numerous layers, Vernacular Compulsion displays multiple perspectives that together, seamlessly arrive at one unified destination by exploring the role of urban gardens as a site of reflection and socialization within the city. Over the course of a semester the group researched the history and function of urban gardens, concentrating on European forms and their influence on the development of gardens, particularly those in North America and South Florida. As guests navigate and interact within the space they will find that even the well anticipated local drinks and fare complement the physical work on display. This event is free and open to the public.