Of all the neighborhoods in Miami, few have changed so dramatically in character than Wynwood. Our Wynwood Tour will cover much of the Wynwood Art District, a formerly neglected area now experiencing rapid gentrification. Home to a range of community members, from Puerto Rican to Cubans, Haitians, Colombians to Dominicans, Wynwood is particularly known for its wealth of art galleries and exhibition spaces. We’ll dive into this incredible art scene in the company of a local curator or artist, exploring Wynwood’s history, future, and some of its most innovative, exciting art. Our course through the neighborhood will heavily depend on current exhibitions and the interests of the group, and may include such well-known sites as the Wynwood Walls and the Rubell Family Collection, along with other galleries and sites.
Typically, we begin this Wynwood Tour with a basic background on the area, starting at Wynwood Walls. These large expanses of walls are used to display street art from renowned artists around the globe, often rendered in bright colors and containing political undertones. Created by developer Tony Goldman to allow up and coming artists to express their perspectives on bare warehouse walls in 2009, the Wynwood Walls have been key to attracting aspiring artists and tourists alike. It is a fitting place to begin discussing the evolution of the neighborhood which has gone from warehouses and wholesale clothing stores to one of the prime centers for art in the city. Admiring the vibrant, ever-shifting art around us, we’ll talk about the transformation of this area, from one largely neglected in the greater cultural conversation to a much-buzzed part of Miami.
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From Graffiti to Galleries
Leaving Wynwood Walls behind, we may head north along Northwest 2nd Avenue. Besides catching the latest shows, we’ll capture some of the area’s origins from its post-World War One development. According to the day and interests of the group, we may well visit a number of different galleries and spaces, such as the Nader Collection and underground warehouses. It wouldn’t be a trip to Wynwood, however, without popping to a warehouse and seeing the Rubell Family Collection, one of the largest private contemporary art collections in North America. Some of the work we see might provoke discussion amongst the group, as contemporary art often does. We might move through sculpture, 3D printing, and mixed media pieces as we soak up this renowned and costly collection. Although some galleries are leaving due to the ever-persisting issues of redevelopment and rising rents, there is still plenty to discuss and see first-hand. As we pop inside spaces brimming with artwork from Miami, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and further afield, our docent will help to discuss what we are seeing and engage the group in discussion about the visuals before us.
At the end of our Wynwood Tour together we'll have a better grasp of current art trends in Miami and its place on the world stage as a major locus of artistic expression, from its humble beginnings to its rise as one of the country’s great artistic hubs. We will have a deeper understanding of the Wynwood area, its evolution across the years, and the dynamic conversation that is currently taking place in the Wynwood art sphere. We may have even emerged with a new piece to add to our art collection at home.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
The majority of this tour is outside on the streets and is accessible by wheelchair. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility. We are also happy to design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
The walk begins and ends in the Wynwood area. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24/7 phone number.
Does my tour include entrances?
The entrance fee to the Rubell Collection is included in your tour.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your docent will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.