For the next seven days, Miami transforms itself into the vortex of the international art world with an around-the-clock, sensory-numbing menu of stellar events scattered across town, AKA Art Basel Miami Week. Only the foolhardy would risk scheduling invasive surgery or a drug or alcohol intervention this week its a fine time to get wired on chemical substances, forsake sleep for days, and sweep away the cobwebs of a banal existence from your brain.
This Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wynwoods Charest-Weinberg Gallery (250 NW 23rd Street, Space 408) is popping the cork on Herd Thinner, a bleeding-edge exhibit curated by the Big Apples David Hunt and featuring the work of more than a dozen artists who will be on hand for the launch of Art Basel week. It offers a dark vision of what Hunt is calling an artist-dominated middle future, or what sounds to us like a catastrophe of the Mayan-calendar-caliber for those unlucky enough to miss his cerebral soiree. Entrance is free. Call 305-292-0411 or visit charest-weinberg.com.
On Wednesday at 8 p.m., self-described musical auteur Danger Mouse, iconoclastic filmmaker David Lynch and maverick rock recluse Sparklehorse combine their otherworldly musings in Dark Night of the Soul at O.H.W.O.W. (3100 NW 7 Avenue, Miami). The exhibition consists of more than 50 original photographs by Lynch, displayed amid the accompanying soundtrack by his sonic sidekicks. Call 305-633-9345 or visit oh-wow.com.