Fri Nov, 21
And we know you’re as excited as we are!
It’s nearly that time of year again, the first weekend in December and a few days before, when a huge chunk of the art world descends upon our city to soak up the fairs, the parties, the great weather, and, not least, some of the best museum exhibitions around. After the cancellations and closings last year, 2021 promises to get us back on track—safely, we hope—as one of the most important cultural hubs in the country.
Art Week has put the spotlight on Miami for nearly two decades. The original fair, Art Miami, launched in 1990, but when Art Basel Miami Beach got to town in 2002, things really took off. Now, visitors from all over the world come to the city every year in early December.
A raft of smaller “satellite” fairs have followed in the larger fairs’ wake, popping up around Miami. Hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs host visitors and sponsor events. And our city’s wealth of museums and galleries also get in on the action, putting their best feet forward and presenting exhibitions and programs designed to attract the international crowd.
MOAD, in close proximity to many of the fairs, takes part too, scheduling groundbreaking exhibitions during Miami Art Week. We are not only, as Thrillist has noted, one of the best museums in Miami, but we’re showcasing art that puts Miami on the map. Our poetic and lyrical exhibition of Hreinn Fridfinnsson, an important Conceptual artist from Iceland, is his very first American museum show. And Jorge Pardo’s dynamic installation Mongrel explores the importance of our city in this major international art star’s life and art.
In typical Miami fashion, Miami Art Week has turned into a citywide party featuring hundreds of events. It’s impossible to attend everything! So, we can help you narrow it down. The bulk of the fairs take place in two neighborhoods, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach, which also happen to be home to several of our city’s best museums. If you want to see some of the very best that Art Week has to offer without too much hassle, keep reading, because we’ve got recommendations for you!
First and foremost, we suggest that you plan each day of your Miami Art Week itinerary around not only WHAT you want to see, but WHERE what you want to see is located. Traffic is a challenge during this week in particular, so avoid road rage by planning out your strategy in advance.
Although shuttles do run between a few of the fairs—and we’ve definitely taken advantage of them—it’s best to cover one part of town at a time. Tick everything you want to see in one neighborhood off your list to avoid wasting hours sitting in traffic, going back and forth between South Beach and the mainland.
We’re keeping that advice in mind as we break things down for you.
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Now you’re prepared to conquer Miami Art Week like a pro! Have fun!