DISCOVERING WYNWOOD MIAMI
Wynwood Walls - 2520 NW. 2 Ave., Wynwood - 305.531.4411
Easily one of the most instagrammed places in Miami, Wynwood Walls is the brainchild of developer Tony Goldman, who was a key in the transformation of the neighborhood from a forgotten industrial zone into a hipster paradise. The industrial buildings here, many of which lack windows, made the perfect canvas for Goldman to bring in what reads like a who’s who of graffiti artists, including Shepard Fairey, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, and dozens more, to paint major large-scale murals. Though Goldman has since passed away, his wife and children bring new artists to the project every year, breathing fresh life into his colorful legacy. While the best way to experience these pieces is simply to walk around the neighborhood, street art nerds may want to book a tour, which will dig into the specifics behind some of the major pieces.
Housed in a converted warehouse, this nonprofit indie theater is steps away from the Rubell Collection and the Wynwood Walls—though it’s tucked away behind the street, so it can be a bit tricky to find. O Cinema regularly screens independent, foreign, art, and classic pop culture films inside the cozy 112-seat theater, and occasionally hosts outdoor film screenings on the patio. The Wynwood location is the original, but they now have theaters in Miami Beach and Miami Shores, too.
Rubell Collection - 95 NW. 29 St., Wynwood | 305.573.6090
One of the most special collections making up Wynwood’s art-filled galleries, the private holdings of collectors Mera and Donald Rubell are a must-stop on the global art go-around. (They were neighborhood pioneers, after all.) The Rubells’ at once controversial, eccentric, and thought-provoking pieces include Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, and Keith Haring in spades; they’re known for supporting young American artists as well. Opt for the audio tour, which is included in the price of admission, but if you can time it right, plan your visit around the twice-daily guided tours (at 11am & 3pm). Most recently, after 23 years in the neighborhood, the family announced they’ll be moving their collection to a 2.5-acre campus designed by Selldorf Architects in 2018, which will include 40 galleries, a research library, and a tropical sculpture garden.