The Miami Design District is one of my favorite areas of the city. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind neighborhood that combines luxury shopping, galleries, museums, design stores, restaurants and major art and design installations all within an architecturally significant context.

Starting September 10th, the Miami Design District (MDD) will launch a new cultural initiative open to the public, free guided art tours in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to an array of contemporary artworks and beautifully designed, one-of-kind building facades. Throughout the neighborhood’s 18-block area the Miami Design District has curated an amazing selection of public art pieces, from John Baldessari’s “Fun (Part 1)” and “Fun (Part 2)” to Xavier Veilhan’s “Le Corbusier” along with the iconic site-specific Buckminster Fuller Fly’s Eye Dome.

Arts Encounters will be in charge of the twice-a-month free tours. Founded by Margery Gordon, Arts Encounters creates unique experiences that enlighten and connect cultural enthusiasts. As an art critic, journalist and educator active in the development of Miami’s visual arts community for decades, Margery is the perfect guide for a walk through of the Miami Design District sharing her expertise to illuminate the works on view.

There are currently more than 30 works of art to see in the Miami Design District, from centrally located works in public spaces to the not so obvious works living amongst the shops of the MDD. The hour long tours will give visitors a comprehensive look at how art and design elevate and enhance our public spaces.

Myth Fortuna by Mark Quinn

If you would like to join this activity and learn more about your city, or if you are visiting and want to get a cultural approach to the city before you go shopping, they will be held the second Sunday of each month *(except October), and with MDD’s farmer’s market, Market #atMDD, on the last Wednesday of each month. Participants are asked to reserve a spot in the tour via the MDD website, however, walk-ups are welcome. Tours will start at 6 PM from Jungle Plaza (3801 NE 1st Avenue) on the last Wednesday of each month, and at 2:30 PM on the second Sunday of each month. Meeting locations for Sunday tours will vary, guests can check the website for meeting locations and to RSVP at www.miamidesigndistrict.net/art-tours.

Maternity by Fernando Botero

The first FREE Miami Design District Public Art Tours will kick off in September on:

  • Sunday, September 10th at 2:30 PM

Meeting point: Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue

  • Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00 PM

Meeting Point: Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE 1st Avenue

Complete Fall Schedule:

  • Sunday, October 15th
  • Wednesday, October 25th
  • Sunday, November 12th
  • Wednesday, November 29th
  • Sunday, December 3rd
  • Wednesday, December 20th

 

*Walk ups are welcome, reservations preferred!