Happy 30th, ArtCenter

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Time for a look at the art created at ArtCenter through the years. Photo by Leila Leder Kremer

This is a year of big birthdays for South Florida’s art world. The Bass Museum had the major one – 50 years; but others too. Margulies has been around now for 15 years, Diana Lowenstein for 25, and the ArtCenter/South Florida will be celebrating 30 years, starting tomorrow night.

“Thirty Years on the Road” will mark one of Miami’s most prominent, flagship art institutions with a massive art show highlighting artists who have worked and shown at the Lincoln Road spaces over three decades. Art will be unveiled at all the spaces upstairs and down, in the road-front and windows. There will be special projects and an Archive Center, documenting the history through newspaper clips and photos, and a Postcard Project to complement the memories.

The scope is impressive. In the Richard Shack Gallery, the likes of Carlos Betancourt, Luis Gispert, Gavin Perry, David Rohn, the TM Sisters and Jen Stark are just some of the artists in this space, all of whom will be recognizable names. Down the street at the 924 gallery: Ramon Bofill, Susan Lee-Chun, Beatriz Monteavaro, Cesar Trasobares and Michelle Weinberg are part of the two dozen artists with works here. In the various windows (including that at the Miami Beach Walgreens), Julie Davidow, Carolina Sardi, Karen Rifas and numerous others will have “displays.”

To accompany it all, three conceptual publications highlighting each 10-year span will be published, from Charo Oquet (1984-94); William Cordova (1994-2004); and Kristen Thiele (204-2014). The whole thing was curated by one of the original residents who has been part of shaping the contemporary art scene here, Edouard Duval-Carrié. For anyone who has followed art here, long before Art Basel Miami Beach, this will be a must-see event. Of course, it will be open through Art Basel.

“Thirty Years On the Road,” 30 years of ArtCenter art and influence, opens Nov. 19, with another party Nov. 22 (rsvp required to [email protected]) and runs through Feb. 1, at both 800 and 924 Lincoln Road, plus in various store-front windows; for details, visit to www.artcentersf.org.