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It's time to get excited about art again. Here are the exhibits that we can't wait to see

September 27, 2021

Maryan, Two Personnages, 1968

‘Two Personnages’ is one of the works on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibit ‘My Name is Maryan,’ four decades of paintings, sculptures, drawings and film by the Polish-born artist Maryan. Courtesy of MOCA

By Jane Wooldridge 

What is the Season of the Arts without art? After COVID closed museums and galleries, canceled art festivals and left desperate art lovers clicking through virtual exhibits, it seems as if things are heading toward the direction of normal. Galleries and museums are putting their best foot forward, beckoning patrons with exciting shows. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss this season. Fill your calendar with art at these exhibits at South Florida galleries and museums.

One of the joys of museum-going is discovering the unfamiliar. Those aren’t always artists that are new, but often, ones whose work has gone unnoticed or forgotten by the larger art world. Such is the case of the fall show at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art. “My Name is Maryan” presents four decades of paintings, sculptures, drawings and film — never before seen — by the Polish-born artist Maryan. Born Pinchas Schindel in Nowy Sacz, Poland, in 1927, the artist survived the Holocaust but died in 1977 at the young age of 50. His work is a testament to the power of perseverance in the face of trauma — a fitting theme for our times.

"My Name is Maryan,” Nov. 17-March 20, Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., 305-893-6211; 

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