The Miami Art Week 2020 Tour
The Pool by J.Leo, MARKOWICZ FINE ART GALLERY
Greater Miami and the Beaches’ rich heritage, culture, and vibrant arts community attract countless of tourists each year to South Florida. Right in your backyard, a world-filled with adventure, creative expression, one-of-a-kind experiences and culture is waiting for you. Have you thought of being a tourist in your own city?
Any other year Art Basel would be what everyone would be talking about — but it’s 2020. A city with a prolific artistic community as Miami needs to express its creative side and share their creations and this year is no different. Miami Art Week, December 1 – 6, will continue to bring artist and art aficionados together to celebrate the works of the gifted and talented artist that call the Magic City home.
Following are some ideas for you to explore the different galleries and showings, see the latest works by your favorite artists, and meet new ones. Looking for something along the lines that combines wandering amongst original artworks and a weekend getaway to relax and recharge from those endless days of being cooped up at home, look no further than your city’s backyard. Some hotels are part of Miami Art Week and have curated art exhibitions throughout the property.
What to See & Where to Stay
The Sagamore Hotel, Miami’s original arts hotel, has agenda a series of safe art experiences for Miami Art Week 2020, and other ongoing exhibitions through February 2021.
Mark your calendar, reservations are required for some events and tickets are limited:
- December 2 – AFFM Under The Stars — Art, Fashion, Food, Music — RSVP here for tickets to the opening night event.
- December 5 – 19th Iconic Sagamore Brunch on the Pool Deck — Art, Crepes, Mimosas, Live Performances and more. RSVP here.
- December 2 – 6 – Art enthusiasts can peruse original works of arts at the Gallery Pop Ups at the Sagamore Bungalows during Miami Art Week. Social distancing will be practiced.
- December 2, 2020 – February 28, 2021– Featuring over 30 Miami Artists and curated by Grela Orihuela and Maggy Cuesta, the exhibitions, Everyone Has a Story to Tell!, The Gaze, and Walls at the Sagamore are complimentary and open to the public 24/7.
In its continued support of local art and cultural initiatives, The Sagamore Hotel will make a contribution from ticket sales and a portion of art sales to its cultural partner, The Bass, to support their art acquisition fund in the purchase of art by Miami Artists.
The iconic and legendary The Sagamore Hotel is prepared to indulge all your senses during your overnight stay. Make your reservations today and get ready for a unique glimpse into the art culture that embodies the very essence of the property.
Shelborne South Beach The Symbiosis an exhibition by Gustavo Oviedo in partnership with The Museum of Graffiti will be up in the lobby of the Shelborne throughout the month of December. Oviedo’s work depicts the beauty of our waters while bringing to light humanity’s disrespect for this natural resource. “By highlighting the beauty and mystique of South Florida’s waters, this exhibit is an opportunity to use my artwork to call attention to a serious issue—the health and preservation of the Biscayne Bay,” said Oviedo.
The Shelborne South Beach is a 1940s Art Deco gem where modern sophistication meets vintage chic coupled with unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit The Shelborne South Beach website for reservations.
The Betsy South Beach A beloved gathering place for art and culture it serves as an artistic oasis year round. In time for Miami Art Week, 11 new exhibits will grace the gallery space, showcasing original works by award-winning photographers, designers, and other artists — all curated by co-owner Lesley Goldwasser. Art aficionados are invited to the Welcome Reception on December 2 from 6-9PM. Attendees are asked to enter through The Alley under the Betsy Orb, and to please wear a mask. It’s mandatory. Visit thebetsyhotel.com/calendar to RSVP.
A South Beach landmark, The Betsy South Beach Hotel will reopen on December 18. Visit The Betsy Hotel’s webpage to check for rates and availability for a holiday get-a-way.
The Copper Door B&B – In the heart of historical Overtown, local Miami artist, Jacqueline Gopie will present her latest collection, Freedom to Play. Gopie said, “My intent is to rewire the viewer’s learned negative physiological response to racial differences by introducing and insisting upon alternative positive contexts, narratives, and visual imagery.” The Copper Door B&B will host a Meet & Greet with Gopie each day from December 18 – 20 from 12 noon to 2PM. The event is free, but reservations are required and tickets are limited. Click here to RSVP.
The Copper Door B&B is where history meets hospitality with a focus on creating the ultimate guest experience. Visit The Copper Door B&B to make reservations.
What to See
Faena Art continues to shape Miami’s cultural landscape with their most recent outdoor public artwork installation Dreaming with Lions by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea. This timely site-specific commission is the artist’s interpretation of our ability to withstand relentless and enormous challenges and persist. “It’s important to me to integrate the spirit and energy of the city by identifying an object that forms part of its real cultural identity,” said Arrechea. The artwork will be exhibited November 29 through December 6. Visit Faenaart.org for the latest on other exhibitions and programming.
Buya Izakaya + Yakitori, in the eclectic Wynwood District, will host Brazilian artist Tiago Magro on Tuesday, December 1, for an Art and Cocktail Reception. The ticketed event will feature a live painting by the artist to be raffled later that night, live entertainment, and much more.
Markowicz Fine Art, a paramount gallery in the heart of the Miami Design District, will present the new art collections of both French-Brazilian Pop Art couple Leo & Steph and Parisian photographer J. Leo, November 28 through December 6. Both exhibitions mark the US debut for both artists. The gallery will host a series of small group showings reserved to only 10 people every 45 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. Interested art aficionados can reserve their showing between noon and 8PM each day during Art Week, with the last appointment available at 7PM. Reservations are available by emailing the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for More
To whet your cultural appetite, the GMCVB has curated an eclectic assortment of activities and places to explore, many offering special savings and promotions. From museums, galleries, live music, theater performances, to outdoor activities there is something for everyone in the family. Visit the GMCVB Arts and Heritage Months official website and start planning your next adventure. There you will find a few suggestions for seeing your hometown through the eyes of a tourist. Even if you have lived here all your life, there are neighborhoods and tucked-away areas that you have yet to explore. Some activities will require reservations, as venues are limiting their capacities. After all, we are still in the mist of a pandemic and need to follow social distancing practices.
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