Root for the Underdog: Have “Sympathy for the Devil!”

Anyone with framed records hanging on their walls gets it. So do concert goers who secretly attend shows with Exacto knives in their handbags. (Wha-at? Tape is tough to remove from posters!) Rock ’n’ roll has forever been art’s ultimate muse, and in many cases, the opposite is also true. The two are basically inseparable. So the real question is this: Since art and rock are creative soul mates, why have stuffy museums worked so diligently to keep them, and their blooming love, apart? Well, MOCA (770 NE 125th St., N. Miami) is putting the kibosh on that. Today is the opening reception for “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967.” The whole, splendid thing is a culmination 40 years in the making, giving center stage to more than 100 works of art by 56 artists and art collectives.

You’ll be front row for posters, films, music videos, album covers, and other eye candy that credit the union between life’s two greatest pleasures: art and rock. But please, leave the encore lighter at home — museums hate that. The opening party runs from 7 to 9 p.m.; MOCA members are free, everyone else must shell out $10. Call 305-893-6211, or visit www.mocanomi.org.
May 29-Sept. 7, 2008

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