My Name is Maryan Retrosepctive | Review by Nicole Maynard

My Name is Maryan Retrosepctive | Review by Nicole MaynardMuseum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL 3316117NOVAll Day02OCT

My Name is Maryan art exhibition at MOCA North Miami. A review by Nicole Maynard


(Wednesday November 17th, 2021) - (Sunday October 2nd, 2022)


Make this exhibition a priority as you plan your art show to-do list. Curator Alison Gingeras and Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon did their due diligence when organizing the expansive, scholarly exhibition of the artist Maryan, born Pinchas Burstein.

My Name is Maryan | MoCA North Miami

Discover “My Name is Maryan” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami—a comprehensive retrospective showcasing four decades of post-war artist Maryan’s work. Explore captivating paintings, sculptures, drawings, and films in this engaging exhibition that forces us to confront some challenging subject matter.

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This retrospective includes four decades of two and three-dimensional work, including film. Maryan (1927-1977) used art to communicate his experiences in Nazi prison camps and to process trauma, art serving as exorcism. This fascinating exhibition honors Maryan’s virtuosity (studied art in Paris before immigrating to New York in 1961) in addition to those whose lives were cut short.

Pinchas Burstein My Name is Maryan MOCA North Miami Nicole Maynard
Pinchas Burstein My Name is Maryan MOCA North Miami Nicole Maynard

Maryan, Personnage (Soldat), 1974 oil on canvas 40 x 32 in. (101.5 x 81.25 cm) Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody

“It’s about his desire to speak to the human condition as a whole and understanding different forms of discrimination that he saw happening as a continuum. This is really the political relevance of his work today.” – Curator Alison Gingeras

Don’t miss the side room with projected drawings from his sketchbooks. They are raw, direct from frightening childhood memories. Maryan’s art leads one to wonder how our experiences, especially formative ones, shape us and what impact current world events have on individuals, children, and families. Great art time travels.

Review by Nicole Maynard