First Friday Art Walk Guide: All the Culture on Display at Downtown's Inaugural Event

Categories: Art, Culture
It's finally here. First Friday Art Walk is about to expose locals and not-so-locals alike to the cultural and artistic hub that is downtown Miami.

International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), founder of Art Miami and the organization behind Miami International Art Fair, is partnering with the district's nonprofit art institutions and local galleries to showcase contemporary work by more than 150 artists, live music, exclusive openings, and culture-rich activities for free.

This Friday, IFAE has thoroughly programmed special exhibitions, opening receptions, open artists' studios, art in public places, and multiple locations of downtown public artworks for attendees to take in. After the jump, see our guide to the exhibits on display. All are open from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday unless otherwise noted.

See also:
- Downtown Miami's New First Friday Art Walk: Free Culture by Land and by Sea
- Seafair 's MIA Encore: Cocktail Cruises, Free Exhibits, and Find Out if You Own a Masterpiece

Special Exhibitions:

Collection National Gallery, Washington, DC, on exhibit at MDC Museum and Galleries
Arnold Mesches, Three Chandeliers
MDC Museum of Art + Design
MDC presents two exhibitions this month. "Arnold Mesches: A Life's Work" is a retrospective that commemorates Mesches's 90th birthday. Born in the Bronx in 1923, he's held 132 solo exhibitions. Curated by Kim Levin, respected art critic and former contributor to the Village Voice, the show begins with Mesches's first exhibited painting (1945) and features more than 65 works from many of the 14 series completed, on display through Saturday, May 4.

For "Transcending Narratives of Humanity: Selected Works From the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection," Natalie Perez, MDC MOAD curatorial intern, curated the minimal exhibition featuring six works by artists Ernesto de la Vega Pujol, Pablo Cano, Mario Petrirena, Juan Nickford, Ernesto Oroza, and Maria Elena Gonzalez. The exhibit follows artists whose works investigate and relate material and visual culture to history and storytelling. It runs through Friday, May 31.

Art-walkers can check out both works at 600 Biscayne Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Doro Designs, MIA Encore
SeaFair, the Megayacht Venue
"Mia Encore" features a mix of established and emerging contemporary artists represented by dealers from all over the world. Carefully chosen works will include photography, mixed media, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and installation and video, all to be displayed on a $40 million, floating art gallery. As part of Friday's inaugural Art Walk, admission is complimentary for the duration of First Friday hours.
The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 7, at the Bayfront Park South Dock, 100 Chopin Plaza.

The Artisan Lounge
"W 10, a Collective View" is a look at recent works by the seven women of W 10, a group of Latin American artists who have worked together over the years and used their own experiences, personalities, and life stories to create varying formats of imagery and intuitive meaning. Artists include Toa Castellanos, Maria Castillo, Mary Chirinos, Esther Mendoza, Gail Marie Ruiz, Patricia Sowers, and Silvia Yapur.
Artisan Lounge, 500 NE First Ave.

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IMO Friday Art Walk in Downtown is not going to be the same as second Saturday in Wynwood. The close proximity of galleries, bars, lounges, coffee shops, and more in Wynwood make it easy for the artsy and wanna-be artsy folk to have a good time. Downtown is not as easy to navigate. Second Saturday in Wynwood will be missed. 


Nice article. It's so exciting to see the growth of Miami's art scene. Small correction: Valeria Yamamoto is a Japanese-Argentinian artist, living in Miami, her studio is at the Bakehouse Art Complex.

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@e_double_d Wynwood's art walk started pretty much the same way downtown's did. Galleries were few and far between and there were NO bars, coffee shops or restaurants for years. It takes time to build. It doesn't happen overnight. I'm excited for an art walk that's not a mad circus.

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