Miami Research Trip, Pt. 2

On September 20, 2016

Miami Research Trip, Pt. 2

Written by Jennifer Ford. (To read Part 1, click here.)

Jumping around Miami’s exploding art scene for art advisory research gives me a severe case of FOMO!

When I lived there from 2005 to 2011, I worked in Romero Britto’s studio in what felt like a very desolate art scene. The neighborhood was far from the gentrified tourist destination it had been and going in search of shops or even lunch during my breaks usually meant driving all the way back to South Beach.  This is not at all the case today.  There are fantastic restaurants on every corner, designer labels in the Design District, and a walkable, safe atmosphere for gallery goers. Artists in the area are feeding off the incredible energy and everyone inspired by the freedom and creativity coming from the street art.

That is why our second day took back to Wynwood for another day of event location hunting.  I was able to sneak in a few soul reviving visits with my friends and I couldn’t help feeling like Miami might not be done with me yet.  I could see my family moving back and contributing to the city’s growth through creative design.

Our itinerary was as follows:

Las Olasbreakfast

A MUST!  My son and I would walk over to this very small neighborhood Cuban bar in South Beach every day before school.  He would have an empanada and croquettes, and I would order a cortadito to go.  The much-needed dose of jet fuel carried us through the rest of the day.

A group of us at Las Olas in December 2015 for Art Basel.

A group of us at Las Olas in December 2015 for Art Basel.


I had time to stop and see my girlfriends before my day started, so we walked down to a new organic breakfast spot in SOBE.  Fresh juices, and Acai bowl, and organic gluten free baked goods made me feel slightly better after the indulgences of the night before.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)tour

This museum is dazzling in so many ways.  The architectural marvel designed by utilizes the inside and outside space in a new way to enhance the fine art inside while forcing you to consider the work about its presentation style.


M Buildingvenue research

This place falls under the category of “Home Goals”.  This large warehouse was converted into a mid century modern living space on the first floor complete with a garden and lap pool, but upstairs is reserved for art exhibition space.

Image courtesy of The M Building

Image courtesy of The M Building

Rubell Collectiontour

I typically reserve my trip back to the Rubell Collection for Art Basel, but the showing of female artists was calling me back.


Bakehouse Art Complexvenue research

I am most familiar with this space as a hotbed of talent for young and emerging artists looking for studio space, but we quickly discovered that it was an ideal location for an Art Basel event as well because of the large gallery space and outdoor courtyard area.

Image courtesy of The Miami Art Scene

GoGo Freshdinner

Another faithful standby.  I can’t leave Miami without a Thai Spicy empanada followed by a Guava Cream Cheese empanada for dessert.  The Midwest has a high food game, but the empanadas you get in Miami can not be beaten.


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