Little River Activities
Spinello Projects (Closed)
7221 N.W. 2nd Ave., Little River
Since 2005, Spinello Projects has been the heart of the revamped Little River area. In line with the city’s artistic DNA, Spinello is a space for experimental artists whose work isn’t suited for traditional galleries. The installations are meant to provoke, make you think, maybe make you rethink your positions on social and political issues. Spinello leans into artistic commentary however uncomfortable it may be. A recent example was Antonia Wright’s powerful exhibit intended to reflect the nature of police and riots in our society. The artist was standing behind a police barricade, a living sculpture, facing visitors, who were also in a confined, barricaded space.
Nina Johnson Gallery
6315 N.W. 2nd Ave., Little River
Little Haiti’s Nina Johnson Gallery favors emerging artists. Johnson is a well-respected curator in Miami and has a keen sense of the work that will resonate with the community. A prime example is Tom Scicluna’s first commercial show: Named for a fictional address next to the gallery, 6319 NW 2nd Avenue is meditation on Miami’s rapidly changing urban landscape. Scicluna gathered things he found near the gallery and exhibited them to reflect the social and political context. Another recent exhibit was Derek Fordjour’s Ritual—a series of paintings made from acrylic and oil painted on newspaper scraps. These portraits capture men of color in moments of reflection and deep thought, while the grittiness of the paper is intended to subtly echo the poverty of the artist's upbringing in Memphis.