Photos: Miami Art Walk November 2011

By | November 13th, 2011 | 16 Comments

Now that the food truck court is officially bigger in square footage than every gallery in Wynwood, Design District, and Florida combined, there are a lot of people who lament, with a spot of barbecue sauce in the corner of their mouths, that Art Walk has turned into a carnival. Considering the raucous crowds, live music, litter everywhere, and Ferris wheel — no, not that — but considering everything else, yes, it is a circus. Get over it. You can still see great work during Art Walk if you want to. I do, every time. The fact that some people are less interested in the art and more interested in the free booze shouldn’t determine your experience (unless, of course, someone throws up on you). If you want to see the art in absolute quiet — a perfectly reasonable desire — visit the gallery district on any day other than the second Saturday of the month. But, please, stop going to Art Walk and complaining that it isn’t about the art. It’s about whatever you make it about. Without further ado, here are 20 photos of people doing keg-stands on N.W. Second Avenue.

Free booze and some art.

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All photos by Robby Campbell

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Two women watch Love Trips, a video triptych by Jillian Mayer at World Class Boxing. The exhibition opened Saturday and will run through February.

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16 Comments on “Photos: Miami Art Walk November 2011”

  1. 1 GorillaMIA said at 12:35 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    It’s all fun and games unless you’re trying to earn a living (as an artist, not a carnie). How will the ‘powers that be’ ever take Miami art(ists) seriously when we have BBQ sauce smeared all over our faces?

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 2:16 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    Do you think the “powers that be” go to Art Walk to buy art, or at all? My guess is they don’t and that Art Walk is a non-factor in the Miami art market. Also, let’s not forget that the Miami art world itself encourages Art Walk even as it claims to disdain it. There is no mandate that the galleries open their exhibitions on or just before Art Walk, but many of them, including the “serious” ones, do. I can’t figure out how Art Walk helps the galleries, but they apparently feel it’s worth setting their calendars around the second Saturday of the month.

  3. 3 yvette said at 4:27 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    going early is great, 5-6ish. get outta there before the party starts. can’t force people to take gallery walks seriously, it has its phases to go through so let’s hope that if we do the right thing, this phase will evolve into a better one

  4. 4 Kaelsie said at 6:43 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    The biggest problem is the litter everywhere. People who go to another neighborhood to party it up and then trash the place, are jerks.

  5. 5 Jordan Melnick said at 6:55 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    Kaelsie, agreed on that, but it seems that the lion’s share of that blame goes to the food trucks. Few of them have garbage cans by their trucks, and the few that do have tiny ones. They should have to have them. Or their should be some central point in the market for tossing trash. This oversight is hard to figure. It seems like such an easy and obvious thing to do.

  6. 6 Kaelsie said at 7:01 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    There was just as much trash along the sidewalks…people get a free beer and when done with it chuck it on the floor..they get fliers, take a quick glance, and then throw them away.. It’s just trashy.

  7. 7 Jordan Melnick said at 7:13 pm on November 13th, 2011:

    Also insufficient trash cans on street. Not to suggest anyone should litter for any reason, but it’s going to happen as long as garbage cans are so few and far between.

  8. 8 Mr. Gumsandals said at 7:26 am on November 14th, 2011:

    ArtWalk needs to bring Burning Man to the Wynwood streets.

  9. 9 Lillyquoy said at 9:50 am on November 14th, 2011:

    litter.litter.litter. ArtWalk/Wynwood needs to work on this. I’ve had two consecutive flat tires driving over broken bottles.

  10. 10 Fasiarts said at 11:02 am on November 14th, 2011:

    This one was a little more sedate than previous versions. Of course, I left early enough to avoid the craziness. (Most of the ART in Wynwood does not appeal to me anyway.)

  11. 11 Anonymouse said at 2:06 pm on November 14th, 2011:

    I entirely agree with your assessment. I’ve been attending Art Walk for years and love how it has evolved into this amorphous mass of art aficionados, foodies, musicians, vagrants, etc. I find that the people there are just as interesting as the art, and sometimes more so. I can see how the older crowd may lament auld lang syne, but I embrace this newer art/pub crawl vibe.

  12. 12 swampthing said at 7:50 pm on November 14th, 2011:

    have to say, “rather swampy… and that is a good thing”.

  13. 13 Brittni said at 5:38 pm on November 16th, 2011:

    I think the fact that booze are what is getting people out of the house and into Wynwood is a great thing in itself. We can only hope that at some point people will see something that will move them.

  14. 14 RawFishShoes said at 3:32 pm on November 17th, 2011:

    Then crowds are testament to how much people are starving for an authentic experience.

  15. 15 Erin said at 3:38 pm on November 17th, 2011:

    I am admittedly an artwalk lamenter, and the problem isn’t as easily solved as visiting the galleries on other days. Art walk has never been just about the art – it has also been about the community and conversations that it inspires. I lament the loss of that day of community and conversation every month. It makes me sad that older generations and their interesting points of view are hardly attending any more. Conversations are virtually impossible in the midst of the music and boozy crowds, and simply attending an empty gallery on other days won’t make up for that loss. Art walk helped me learn to love miami when I moved here from NYC two years ago. I lament that it won’t be inspiring other newbies in the same way any more. It’s fine for things to change – that’s inevitable, but give us a break for mourning the loss of what was.

  16. 16 Jordan Melnick said at 9:49 am on November 18th, 2011:

    Erin, those are great points. I only experienced Art Walk that way once or twice years ago, and, you’re right, it was a more communal vibe. But I wouldn’t give up hope of it returning to that — Miami is certainly a fad-driven town. Art Walk may be just another one.


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