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Ultimate guide to kick off Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2023

In 2023 it's the second weekend of December the 8th through the 10th in Miami that marks one of the city's biggest art events, Art Basel. And the week leading up to that marks Miami Art Week.

We're here to guide you through and let you know the free and cheap events during that week. Keep checking back because we'll continue adding events as the event gets closer.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, 770 NE 125 St.

Located in the heart of Downtown North Miami, there will be two exhibitions on view inside by artists Juan Francisco Elso “Por America” and Jamea Richmond Edwards “Ancient Future.” The public reception is Dec. 1 from 8-10 p.m., admission is $20, otherwise admission to the Museum is $10.  Admission $10.

Locust Projects, 297 NE 67 St.
Free admission

Starting Dec. 5:

Tania Candiani: Waterbirds: Migratory Sound Flow

The work, originally commissioned for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, is a hanging “river” made with tree branches collected from a riverbank in Mexico many of which are also native to South Florida. The massive, suspended organic shape will be reimagined to respond to Locust Projects' architecture and reflect the waterways and migratory water bird species of the Everglades and South Florida.

Cornelius Tulloch: Poetics of Place

Poetics of Place is an architectural Installation that will create a communal space for cultural exchange, storytelling, and creative expression. On Tuesday, December 5, 2023 during the Miami Art Week Reception from 6-9pm the artist will invite poets and musicians to activate the piece in a community jam session.

(Photo courtesy of Juan E. Cabrera)

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd.

At Miami's premier museum, there's plenty to enjoy during Miami Art Week and admission is always $16 for adults, a bargain when there's so much to see. Aside from their permanent collection, take in five traveling exhibitions on display as well as the works in their sculpture garden and other ongoing exhibitions. There are also plenty of special events during Miami Art Week. Admission $16.

Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Aside from exploring this museum's massive permanent collection, check the exhibitions “The Big World: Alternative Landscapes in the Modern Era,” “All the World's a Stage: The Sketchbooks and Theatrical Designs of Albert Wainwright” and “Bridge Deconstruction Site.” Admission free for Florida residents, others $12, $8 for senior, students with ID and kids 6-18 years old.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17 St.

Take time to walk around and view the many sculptures on display. While inside the museum enjoy their current exhibition “Embellish Me” Works from the Collection of Norma Canelas Roth and William Roth and several others and on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. enjoy Breakfast in the Park, their free annual Miami Art Week event. Free  

Photography by Michael Del Riego.

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Miami Art Week features plenty of special events at The Bass including extended museum hours and a daily highlights tour from 1-2 p.m. from Dec. 3-10. Free admission all day Sunday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate the Museum's 60th Anniversary.

INK Miami Art Fair, Dorchester Hotel, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

The five-day fair is in its 16th year and happening Dec. 6-10. This year's fair will feature works on paper. Admission is free but RSVP is required.

Museum of Art and Design (MOAD), Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2 Ave., Miami
On display Dec. 8-10

The Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College (MDC) presents Germane Barnes: Ukhamba, a new commission by the Museum and the second installment in an annual series of MOAD Pavilions. Designed by Germane Barnes, Miami-based artist, architect and educator, Ukhamba named after a type of African woven-wood basket.

“Run, Run Like the Wind,” a public art installation by Miami-based artist Edison Peñafiel on display at Harry Liebman Square at the corner of Pine Tree Dr. and 41 St., Miami Beach. The installation features brightly colored banners using lyrics from Latin American protest songs of the 60s and 70s to tell the story of migration.

“Adora Vanessa Athena Fantasia,” art installation by Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack featuring five suspended large-scale portraits paying tribute to Miami Beach's drag artist icons. Washington Ave. and Española Way, Miami Beach.

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Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami and contributes to Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She has contributed to, Biscayne Times and Miami New Times. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL at

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