Bikini-clad, sun-kissed brown and black bodies in full élan on Ocean Drive might just be wearing the fierce stilettos that decapitate the snake in Wangechi Mutu’s Yo Mama (2003). A diptych collage that challenges notions of Eve and the woman as seductress, this work sets the tone in Mutu’s powerful survey exhibition. “A Fantastic Journey” opens this month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, joining Edouard Duval-Carrié at Perez Art Museum Miami and El Anatsui at Bass Museum in a rare and brilliant trifecta of contemporaneous shows. Together, these artists pop the lid on race, colonialism, sexism, consumerism and environmental destruction.
It's fair to assume that the last time you were in physics class, you didn't half-expect those jumbled formulas and endless symbols to congeal into something visibly beautiful, did you? If you did, you're a clairvoyant. If not, the work of New York-based artist Kysa Johnson is bound to change (and bend) your mind.