SocialMiami Arts Encounter on South Beach

Friday, March 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Karelle Levy with her materials and designs for KRELwear
Explore art and design with wide-ranging forms, origins and periods on SocialMiami’s monthly series of cultural experiences curated by Arts Editor Margery Gordon, founder and director of the independent tour company Arts Encounters. Our readers and guests are invited to join an intimate group for guided tours of temporary exhibitions at two distinctive museums affiliated with Florida International University. Meet us at 11 a.m. at The Jewish Museum of Florida (301 Washington Ave.) to view the unprecedented show Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene, 1800s to Today with designer and artist Karelle Levy, a Miami native who will share memories and insights about sources of inspiration hanging alongside one-of-a-kind garments from her own line of tropical knits, Krelwear.
Rendering of Christie van der Haak installation in The Wolfsonian lobby
Karelle Levy's DiscGlo Collection for KRELwear

Get to know fellow tour participants over lunch nearby en route to The Wolfsonian (a few blocks north at 1001 Washington Ave.), where a staff member will guide us through this season’s marquee exhibitions. The Pursuit of Abstraction focuses on expressions of spirituality and mysticism in fine and decorative art experiments during the first half of the 20th century. Meanwhile, cutting-edge creative industries were taking shape in the Netherlands, positioning the country at the forefront of innovation in furnishings, crafts and graphics, as reflected by selections from the museum’s extensive collection displayed in Modern Dutch Design. Rounding out this visit are an installation wrapping the Mediterranean Revival exterior and lobby with vivid patterns by Christie van der Haak, a contemporary artist based in The Hague, and a spotlight on William H. Bradley’s influential adaptation of the Art Nouveau aesthetic to American advertisements, posters and publications at the turn of the last century.

The $40 cover includes admission and guides at both museums (lunch paid separately). Advance registration is required. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 28 via email to, or call 305-989-0027.

Graphic design by William H. Bradley in Pioneer of American Art Nouveau at The Wolfsonian-FIU
Spiritual Graphics feature in The Pursuit of Abstraction at The Wolfsonian-FIU

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