Miami Herald's Two Years Too Late to the Wynwood Art Walk Party

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Christina Mendenhall
"In Miami's Wynwood district, the party has overtaken the art," complains the headline to Rene Rodriguez's story in Saturday's Miami Herald. The piece reports that drunken partiers have "hijacked" the arts scene on Second Saturday Art Walks, with boozed-up kids stumbling into art spaces, damaging the works on display, and urinating in parking lots.

It's an alarming tale -- or at least it was about two years ago.

See also:
- Wynwood's Second Saturday circus

That's when New Times published a very similar version of Rodriguez' story -- in March of 2011, to be precise. That story also tells the tale of gallerists responding to Wynwood's annoying art crawlers by no longer offering booze and closing early. Art critic Carlos Suarez de Jesus even interviewed with some of the same gallerists, including Janda Wetherington of Pan American Art Projects and Nina Johnson-Milweski of Gallery Diet.

The only breaking news in the Herald's 800-word story, which earned just a quick mention on the way to more stale information, is that a panel discussion is scheduled to address the issue of how changes in Wynwood in recent years, including an expanding nightlife scene, have affected its arts community. But even that panel seems suspect. It's being held at Books & Books in Coral Gables, for starters, far removed from the neighborhood it'll be discussing. The event doesn't get a mention on Books & Books' extensive event calendar. And though we've reached out to both the organizers and Books & Books, no information is available as to who the speakers are or what, specifically, are the planned topics of conversation.

That's a shame, because forward-looking solutions to the problems with Art Walk in Wynwood would be big news. But for now, it seems like we're stuck rehashing the same problems area gallerists have bemoaned for years.

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI's panel discussion, "What's Next for the Wynwood Art Galleries?" takes place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Books and Books. Admission is free, but a $10 donation to ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is suggested.

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11 comments
Cultist
Cultist

We were there! Look for our post about it later today.

Carlos Franco
Carlos Franco

Did anyone go to the talk about Wynwood problem at books and books?? I would like to know who was involved and what they talked about and why they choose books and books instead of a location in wynwood like lesters or panther coffee

Terence R Waldron
Terence R Waldron

"Boozed up drunken kids stumbling into galleries urinating in parking lots" wow South Beach no longer hip among the 18 and under crowd

Mike Montero
Mike Montero

Jeez! I honestly thought the Herald building had become a museum years ago!

stabyourself
stabyourself

Whats up bro ... I have nerd frames.. i smoke cigs... I stand in front of art galleries.. I stand in the dj booth.. Do I dj? no. Am I an artist ? no.. I'm a stupid hipster I do nothing..

Mark Lesniak
Mark Lesniak

Coral Gables! When's the "neighborhood panel" lmao?

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

and yet with all those huge crowds we all know the real artists are starving and scraping by and not being picked up in VIP BMWs.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

and if the Miami Herald acknowledged your existence your warning would have been heeded then. but since we all know the "leadership" at that establishment has been in decline for the better part of two decades, they ignored you.

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