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Avian attacks, Miami’s glitzy Latin flavor, and uncanny wordplay are among just a few of the offerings during this weekend’s Wynwood Second Saturday shindig that promise to draw buzz-seeking culture vulture’s loudest squawking. Beginning at 6 p.m., Taro Hattori conjures a vision of a post-apocalyptic world in which menacing clouds of birds blot out the sunlight and the darkened landscape is scattered with the skeletal armatures of man’s fallen flying machines. The artist’s solo show, “Where Do Birds Go Off to Die,” on view at Black Square Gallery (2248 NW First Place, Miami) features a sprawling installation of Hattori’s trademark cardboard, zeppelin-shaped objects, photography, video, and text and light-based works, suggesting the moment when civilization fades and avian culture asserts itself atop of the pyramid in the natural order. His peeper-pecking pieces induce vertigo and a sense of dislocation in the viewer and include flocks of blackbirds swooping overhead throughout the gallery space. Call 305-424-5002, or visit blacksquaregallery.com.

Next door at Gallery Diet (174 NW 23rd St., Miami) “Mayami Son Machin” is a group show organized by Guatemala City’s Proyectos Ultravioleta, exploring stereotypes associated with Latin American identity refracted through the prism of the glitz and glam of the Magic City. The provocative exhibit takes its name from Latin pop diva Gloria Estefan’s backup band that gained notoriety during the 1970s. It riffs on Miami’s exoticism, notions of overinflated machismo, and stereotypical, caricature-like concepts of female identity. Call 305-571-2288, or visit gallerydiet.com.

The hazy spaces where communication evolves or dissolves into nonsense is the subject of “Noise Field” at the Dorsch Gallery (141 NW 24th St., Miami), investigating written, spoken, and nonverbal languages in a variety of media. Curated by local writer Annie Hollingsworth, the compelling group show oscillates between the meaning of words and murky images seeking expression. Call 305 576-1278, or visit dorschgallery.com.
Sat., June 11, 2011

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