Jai-Alai Books and O, Miami present two new exhibitions opening simultaneously: Lincoln Road Jai Alai and Everything Must Go. Free drinks. Free posters.
Lincoln Road Jai Alai / Studio 101 / February 18 – April 30, 2015
Lincoln Road Jai Alai is a temporary literary event space and promotional office for the sport of jai alai. Created by O, Miami and Jai-Alai Books, Lincoln Road Jai Alai will educate visitors to Miami Beach on the historical importance of jai alai to Miami-Dade County. Historical objects, generously loaned by HistoryMiami, will communicate the sport’s inherent grandeur and aesthetic beauty. Times of matches, directions to frontons, and live audio will immerse visitors. Simultaneously, the site will host intimate literary events that bring local cultural programming to one of Miami’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares.
Everything Must Go /Richard Shack Gallery /February 18 – March 8, 2015
“Everything Must Go” is a tribute to the corner unit that for so many years was anchored in American malls by corporate bookstores. As these chains folded and closed, what had been bursting bazaars became exhibitions of loss, the empty shelves resembling the picked-clean rib cages of beached whales. Entire job descriptions in the publishing industry have disappeared, along with a previously vibrant middle class of American authors. The phrases of clearance and closure echo with greater warnings to the cultural community at large. Can literature survive without capitalism’s consent? What would true emptiness in American literature look like?