SocialMiami Arts Encounter on South Beach
Friday, March 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 305-989-0027.
SocialMiami Arts Editor Margery Gordon is a freelance journalist, art critic, curator and educator who grew up amid the development of our visual art community and has been active in its continuing growth. A longtime contributor to the official Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, she has reported on cultural affairs for a range of magazines, newspapers and websites over more than twenty years. As the founder and director of Arts Encounters, Gordon conducts guided tours and informative programs for charitable organizations, businesses and connoisseurs at cultural venues throughout South Florida as well as group travel to dynamic destinations.