WYNWOOD ART DISTRICT
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Art District, by Neil de la Flor.
From his travel blog Frivoletravel.com
What makes this district worth the 10-minute drive from South Beach is the fact it is home to
over 70 art galleries, funky thrift stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and
amazing outdoor graffiti. Nestled between 36th Street (north) Biscayne Boulevard
(east), I-95 (west), and NW 20th Street (south) the Wynwood Art District is
a cultural and artistic pot-luck and mélange of Miami at its grittiest
In 2006 the New York Times referred to the Wynwood Art District as the “anti-South
Beach,” but this isn’t totally accurate. In fact, Wynwood is what
South Beach was before South Beach became South Beach—a gritty dirty yet
promising wasteland. This was pre-Starbucks and pre-Versace, back when Madonna
hung out at Warsaw and New Concept Video, Gertrude’s coffee house and
Granny Feelgoods anchored Lincoln Road. Yes, this was the South Beach when Apple
Computer was on the brink of bankruptcy and irrelevance and the famous News
Café was the only place you’d stop on Ocean Drive.
Drive around Wynwood (yes, it’s not pedestrian friendly)
and you’ll notice a mix of overgrown lots and crumbling buildings abutting
newly constructed and virtually empty ultra modern high rise apartment buildings.
There’s even a ‘fashion district,’ which is anything but fashionable,
where one can find a mish mash of no brand name apparel stores and even a few
wig shops. Notice the wigs hanging in the windows! But what lies beneath or
behind this odd façade is a fabulous district, thriving and ebbing, young
and hip. Proof exists on the streets, on the graffitied walls of the neighborhood
and inside the worldclass art galleries, such as the fabulous Rubell Family
and Margulies art collections.
You won’t find Starbucks here but Target and the Five
Guys burger joint have moved in. You’ll see sprouts of gentrification
but commercialization hasn’t overwhelmed the district, yet, but that’s
what makes Wynwood unique to Miami. It’s one of the few places where commercialization
plays second fiddle in this working class neighborhood where mom and pop shops,
Cuban coffee cafes, the ultra hip and multi-million dollar art collections coexist.
Imagine the possible future and fate of this district. Enjoy
the art. Take a camera and a sketchpad. Look around every corner and get out
of the car.
* Graffiti – NW 27th street and surrounding area.
* Rubell Family Collection – 5 NW 29th
* Margulies Collection
– 591 NW 27th Street, 305-576-8570
at Goldman Warehouse – 404 NW 26th Street, 305-573-5441 (Currently closed for renovations)
* CIFO Cisneros Fontanals
Art Foundation - 1018 North Miami Avenue, 305-455-3380
Nothing that covers the whole area. This is not a pedestrian
From Miami Beach:
Take the MacArthur Causeway going west towards Miami. Take Exit 2 (NE 13th Street)
towards US-1. Stay straight and go onto NE 13th Street. This street crosses North
Miami Avenue. Turn left to CIFO, right for MOCA, Margulies and Rubell collections.
Art Circuits Map of Wynwood
Wynwood Art Magazine
Photos by Neil de la Flor