MOCA Hosts Mystery Dates With Miami's Emerging Private Art Collectors, and You're Invited
|Mystery Dates dinner at Felipe Grimberg's home.|
Every year, the couple hosts anywhere from 25 to 40 guests, whom they encourage to wander the house and check out their art collection. Every year, the crowd is very different. And every year, immediately following the event, they're giddy to do it again.
"We have pieces that are simply beautiful, that everyone can relate to, and then we have some more challenging work," Mikesell said. "Each room has its own character."
The family has darkly designated one room the "War Room." That's where all their conflict and crisis photography hangs. They also have a wool room, where the floor is made completely out of wool.
|Scenes from dinner at the home of Dale and Richard Newberg.|
After attending Mystery Dates for the last few years, Johnson will host her own. As a gallery owner, she sees a wide range of art, and her home reflects that. But it's not stodgy or prim and proper. Quite the contrary; it's a place to relax, kick up your feet, and talk, the perfect place for an aspiring art collector.
"They can see the way that everyday--I don't want to say everyday like quotidian and boring--but everyday people live with art," Johnson said.
However varied the spectrum of hosts' homes may be, from a mansion in Golden Beach to a classic bungalow in Morningside, there's one unifying principle: These houses are veritable art galleries, and the hosts' charisma unrivaled. Organizers say hosts are chosen as much for their great personalities as they are for their cool houses and their collections.
After dinner comes the after party in South Beach at the Shore Club. Stories of Miami wealth and extraordinary personal art collections will invariably abound.
Tickets for the Mystery Dates evening are still available. Members of the museum's young patrons group, the Shakers, pay $150 a ticket; non-members pay $200. Don't forget your checkbook; during the early evening cocktail party, there will be a silent auction. Visit mocanomi.org.
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