Thanks to a generous $35 million donation, the Miami Art Museum is now called the Perez Art Museum Miami, and has a shiny new home to match the label change. The Museum serves as the anchor to new 29-acre Museum Park, which overlooks glimmering Biscayne Bay. The updated digs were designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron and are dedicated to international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, laid out across three stories. At more than triple the floor space of their previous home, the Perez is modern and contemporary, housing more than 1,300 works across a range of media. There is also Verde, a lovely waterfront restaurant and bar, where the menu is locally-inspired and created with seasonal ingredients.
Today’s Groupon quenches your thirst for creative juice with a 40-gallon pitcher of art: $9 gets you three tickets to any event at The Wallflower Gallery, a one-stop art stop that features art exhibits, comedy routines, poetry readings, musical performances, and a photography studio. Admission to events is typically $5 a person, though some are $8 or $10, so even if you pick the less expensive events you’re still getting a 40% discount. Though some events are free, you’ll also get 10% off a huge selection of ornaments, bags, jewelry, candleholders, boxes, and more at the gallery’s art store. Your Groupon is good for admission to any one event for up to three people, making it a fun outing for groups, families, bowling team victories, or dates. (You cannot use your Groupon to gain admission into three different Wallflower Gallery events, and you cannot use your Groupon on two separate occasions.)
O Cinema is one of Miami’s most celebrated independent movie houses. Its goal is to provide an offering of films that otherwise might not be seen in Miami – foreign features, independent movies, artsy shorts and stunning documentaries. The Wynwood location of this small Miami chain is more diminutive than your usual cinema multiplex, but the art house feel makes you feel closer to the film itself. There are actually three different screening areas throughout the facility, and on those ever-present warm nights the O Cinema team might even put together a free outdoor screening. And, since the theater is located in Wynwood, there’s an adjoining space for art installations right on site.
In the heart of Miami’s Wynwood art district sits a repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency facility, which today holds one of the world’s largest privately-held contemporary art collections. The 45,000 square foot space is the work of Donald and Mera Rubell and their creation of the Rubell Family Collection/Contemporary Arts Foundation, which has put the collection on view for all to see. Since 1993, the Rubell family has been sharing their collection of works from such world-renown artists as Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The collection also offers a lecture series, a special partnership with the Miami Dade-County Public Schools and complimentary audio tours on Saturdays.
Spearheaded by Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause?the minds behind the Art Market fairs in San Francisco, Houston, and the Hamptons?The Miami Project is a new event that celebrates rising and established artists from around the world. The gathered galleries display and sell paintings, sculptures, photographs, and photographed paintings, creating a temporary museum of international contemporary art.
Tens of thousands of art aficionados flock to Florida for December’s Miami Art Week each year; and after 35 years hosting a leading fine art fair in NYC, Artexpo is enjoying its second year in Miami. Culled from artists and galleries around the world, a juried array of vibrant pieces decorates the expo, expanding viewers’ aesthetic horizons without just teaching them that fingerpainting with your toes counts, too.