This Valentine’s Day, woo your sweetheart with art from the underground movement at the burgeoning Arts District for Art Wynwood 2016. Featuring 70 international galleries, the fifth edition of the emerging art fair running from Feb. 11-15 is bigger and better than ever. Here's our guide to navigating the event...
The Can't-Miss Piece: The 1960s Will Blow Your Mind
The 1960s Will Blow Your Mind will undoubtedly blow your mind as its name suggests. Fashion, music, and art come together as one to recreate the '60s and give younger audiences a chance to understand what transpired during this very special and countercultural decade. Look out for a series of lectures, film screening, musical component, The Beatles nostalgia, and even a special fashion show of sorts (with models wearing 60s-inspired fashion created by Luis Valenzuela from The Creators Lab) surrounding this highly anticipated exhibit.
More than Just an Exhibit: Focus
This year, Art Wynwood will highlight Miami’s local thriving art scene: visitors will find Locust Projects, The Miami Rail, Yeelen, Laundromat, and Wynwood Radio who will also be DJing 60s music throughout the event. Make sure to stop by Laundromat's booth on opening night for a special performance by local artist Christin Paige Minnotte. However, if you can't make it, not to worry. There will be scheduled performances every other day of the show.
Piece to Remember: Bernie Taupin's Sleeping Beauty
In celebration of President’s Day, Art Wynwood will remember our country’s founding fathers by featuring a mural by Bernie Taupid—who wrote many of Elton John’s lyrics—with his mural of an American flag wrapped in rope dubbed “Sleeping Beauty” right at the fair’s entrance, so be sure to pay your respects and maybe even sing the national anthem, to yourself that is.
After the Art Fair is the After-Party: Art Walk
Every second Saturday of the month, the streets of Wynwood come alive with galleries opening their doors at night, with some serving drinks and light bites, and allowing visitors to flock and take pictures with all the works of arts lining every building, wall, and corner. Though Art Walk technically ends around 10 p.m., people stick around and head to either Coyo Taco, Gramps, or Wood Tavern for the after-party to the art party.
Too much art and not enough food will make even the world’s most devoted art aficionados grumpy. When you feel like you're reaching that point, head to Wynwood’s hottest restaurant, Alter, where chef and owner Bradley Kilgore makes edible art of his own. Case in point is his delicious grouper cheeks served with black rice, a splatter of shoyu hollandaise, and sea lettuces. 223 NW 23rd St., Miami, 305-573-5996
For the best craft donuts in town (think guava and cream cheese, maple bacon, and whatever else they’re baking up that day), hit up The Salty Donut’s weekend pop-up for a treat you can't say no to. We suggest getting out there as early as possible to beat the long queues, and risking the possibility of having all the donuts sell out (which is a usual occurrence). 29 NW 24th St., Miami, 305-925-8126
Former Broken Shaker and Blackbird veteran Ben Potts finally has a bar to call his own. Regardless of whether you like your cocktails shaken or stirred, he'll mix up whatever spirit your heart desires. Go for a pre-drink to get you fueled up for the event, or end the day with a rejuvenating libation. Pro tip: two of his sazeracs will have you interpreting art on an existentialist level. 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-699-2637
Art Wynwood runs from Feb. 11-15, and is located at 2901 NE First Ave., Miami