BFI is an artist run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. We aim to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, in particular, WEIRD MIAMI, a platform for exhibitions and public programming that takes a behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. BFI is a not-for-profit funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions.
Originally conceived as Bas Fisher Invitational, the name was changed in December 2012 to BFI. Each exhibition will have a rotating title based on BFI, starting with - BFI #BuildFutureInvestments - in order to reflect a more focused vision and to inaugurate the new space in Downtown Miami. From the beginning, BFI has been largely involved with the community, local arts organizations and artists. In its 8-year history, BFI has held over 34 solo and group exhibitions by emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. In 2009 to commemorate the 5-year anniversary, BFI created its first portfolio edition with artwork by 12 artists who have had exhibitions at BFI. Newer benefit print editions are by internationally recognized artists Cory Arcangel, Olaf Breuning, Jim Drain, Naomi Fisher, K8 Hardy, Sharon Hayes, Ben Jones and Seth Price. BFI has collaborated and continues to collaborate with many of the following local organizations and institutions: The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, The Fountainhead Residency, The University of Miami Art Department, Design and Architecture Senior High School, the University of Wynwood, and the O Miami Poetry Festival.
Central to BFI is WEIRD MIAMI, a project that began with a special summer group show and grew from that success into the core of our programming. WEIRD MIAMI explores the eccentricities that make Miami special through art exhibitions and artist-led bus tours throughout Miami-Dade County. The project received stellar press and reviews from local online blogs, newspapers, and magazines such as The New York Times, Miami Herald, Biscayne Times, and Miami New Times.