Here’s what’s coming up this month:
Friday, September 1 | 7pm
First published in 1908, G.K. Chesterson’s wild and suspenseful detective story is spiked with humor and madness. Add it to your summer reading list and join the Wolfsonian Book Club to discuss over wine in our coffee bar. Free for members and first-timers | Join or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 2 | 12–3pm
Temps outside are soaring, but you and your family can still discover plants and animals from the AC’d comfort of The Wolf! Embark on a scavenger hunt to track flora and fauna in our galleries and make your own paper plant to live indoors at home. Free for children and accompanying adults | RSVP here
Friday, September 8 | 7–9pm
When the city’s happy hour specials wind down, we’ve got the #2 stop on your Friday night social train covered! Hang out with us and take advantage of the deals that make Second Shift Miami Beach’s best-kept nightlife secret: half-price beer, wine, and mixed-drink specials; $1–4 bites; and, of course, the (free) jams. For a shot of culture before you relax, pregame with a free guided tour at 6pm. Free and open to the public
Sunday, September 17 | all day (9am–6pm) + 9–11am sketching activity
Miami Beach Ciclovía: Sketching on the Sidewalk
The Wolfsonian is opening its doors early for Ciclovía! Join us for free admission all day, plus 10% off in the museum’s design store and coffee bar. We’re also hosting a special drop-in Sketching on the Sidewalk activity, 9–11am in front of our building, so pop by and take inspiration from our Bridge Tender House and the stunning Art Deco architecture across Washington Avenue. Chairs, art materials, and English/Spanish instruction provided. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 28 | 7pm
Join Wolfsonian director Tim Rodgers for a presentation on queer identity viewed through the lens of Berenice Abbott’s Paris portrait photography. This talk is in conjunction with our summer exhibition North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1, organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection. Free and open to the public
Friday, September 29 | 7pm
Get your art on and see collection objects in a whole new light! Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome, with drawing materials and professional, personalized instruction provided. English/Spanish. Free and open to the public | Materials provided on a first-come, first-served basis
Weekly on Fridays, 6–6:45pm
Learn more about The Wolfsonian’s collection and related art and design themes during a 45-minute, free guided tour of the permanent collection or temporary exhibitions.
Free and open to the public.
Through Oct. 8
North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1
In 1954, photographer Berenice Abbott journeyed along the length of U.S. Route 1, capturing the road, its towns, and inhabitants. From Florida motels made from buses to Maine potato farmers, Abbott memorialized communities up and down the East Coast. During the trip, Abbott shot more than four hundred 8×10-inch photographs, and over two thousand smaller images using her Rolleiflex camera, representing her largest portfolio of photographs devoted to a single subject. North and South will bring together a selection of 50 works from this series to present a singular visual summary of American life during the mid-1950s. The exhibition is organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection and presented in tandem with The Long Road to Now: Digital Photos Inspired by Berenice Abbott’s Road Trip, an installation of contemporary photography developed in partnership with Instagram forum #JJ Community. #Route1Photos
Taking their cues from the powerful images of North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1, thousands of today’s photographers have responded to the call from Instagram forum #JJ Community with a contemporary spin on Abbott’s work. The Long Road to Now: Digital Photos Inspired by Berenice Abbott’s Road Trip presents the top 15 submissions from The Wolfsonian and #JJ’s global social media contest, photographs that represent the best in imagination and capture the sense of adventure hinted at in Abbott’s mid-century series. Divided into three themes—Signage, Classic, and Road Trip—the collection reflects the keen eye for composition, style, and artfulness of creative minds who find their muse in the world around them. From New York to Lisbon to Yekaterinburg and beyond, these professional and amateur photographers are focusing the lens on the next chapter of Abbott’s legacy of exploration. The Long Road to Now is organized in partnership with #JJ Community and supported by the Washington Park Hotel. #LongRoadtoNow
When the U.S. government and railroad companies began encouraging leisure travel to National Parks in the first half of the twentieth century, they often used images of American Indians on promotional materials. Focusing on publicity for three parks—Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon—this installation marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park system through a display of brochures, calendars, postcards, and souvenir artwork that depicted Native Americans in spectacular landscapes and traditional dress as a way of drawing visitors to these romantic, “exotic” new tourist destinations.
Ceramics can be held in our hands, decorate our homes, or be incorporated into the built environment around us. They are objects of both utility and ornament, articles of industry and commerce, and even vehicles of political persuasion. To achieve these aesthetic and practical goals, designers and artists have to adapt the inherent material qualities of different kinds of clay. This array of ceramics created in the first half of the twentieth century encompasses the expressive and functional potential of earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, and illustrates the varied design and production processes employed to make finished works. Material and Meaning is curated by Tori Arpad-Cotta, associate professor, Department of Art and Art History, Florida International University.
During the 1930s, American artists covered the walls of public buildings all across the country with murals meant to showcase the nation’s ideals and lift the country out of the Great Depression. Here at The Wolfsonian, preparatory painting, drawings, and mosaics for these murals (some ultimately realized, others never executed) reveal how artists reckoned with the nature of the United States as a racially diverse nation, reflecting the contentious and unsettled state of early twentieth-century race relations through their representations of blacks, whites, American Indians, and Asian immigrants—the melting pot of America.
These galleries provide an overview of the museum’s holdings of American and European artifacts from 1850 to 1950. Culled from The Wolfsonian collection are approximately three hundred works in a variety of formats, ranging from books, posters, and postcards to decorative arts, architectural models, paintings, and sculptures. Focal points include design reform movements, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, world’s fairs, advertising, and political propaganda. Inaugurated in November 1996, this ongoing exhibition is periodically updated.
The Wolfsonian is at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139. Call 305-531-1001 for more info.