Awhile back Brandon Polite interviewed me about the aesthetic importance of ruins. His series, “Polite Conversations” (get it, his name is Professor Polite?), has really taken off! I urge you to watch all of his videos. He has lovingly closed captioned all of them. In this interview I talk about what makes ruins aesthetically interesting. I was also experiencing vertigo at the time of the interview so I was really hesitant to accept his kind offer to be interviewed. But it turned out ok – so here it is!
Hi FIU aesthetics students! I am trying to compile a list of free/cheap artsy things to do in the area. Have anything you’d like to add? Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum(FIU campus, free)
A contemporary art museum, this museum is always free (for everyone)! The museum is located on FIU campus (right next to Vicky’s café) and has rotating exhibits. The museum also hosts various talks and workshops – all for free! The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday. https://frost.fiu.edu
The Wolfsonian Museum – FIU(Miami Beach, always free for FIU students/faculty/staff)
The Wolfsonian museum is a quirky collection of objects, from the “mundane to the monumental.” Their objects include ephemera (including propaganda posters), mid-century furniture, paintings, and more. They usually have curated exhibitions of their permanent collection on one floor, and a rotating collection on other floors. The collection contains objects from the 1850s to the 1950s. They have an awesome shop/café on the first floor, great for working after a trip to the museum. Bonus: the museum is open to the public for free every Friday from 6 pm – 9pm, so take your family! https://www.wolfsonian.org
Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU (Miami Beach, always free for FIU students/faculty/staff)
The Jewish Museum of Florida is housed in two buildings that were once synagogues for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. The museum is “dedicated to telling the story of more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history, arts and culture.” They have rotating exhibits, as well as talks. It is a beautiful space and they have innovative and thought-provoking rotating exhibits. Bonus: the museum is free for everyone on Saturday. https://jmof.fiu.edu
PAAM ( Perez Art Museum Miami)(Miami, free second Saturdays and first Thursdays)
The PAAM has reopened in a beautiful building, right on the Miami waterfront. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the building itself is worth a visit. The PAAM is “Miami’s flagship art museum,” with exhibits spanning modern to contemporary art. The museum entrance fee is $12 with student ID but is free for everyone every second Saturday and every first Thursdays (every first Thursday with extended hours 10 am – 9 pm). The museum café and shop is also worth a visit!
ICA Miami (Institute of Contemporary Art Miami)(Miami, free)
ICA Miami “is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally.” While ICA requests that you reserve tickets online, the tickets are free. ICA is a great contemporary art museum with loads of community engagement and outreach. They have volunteer programs, public talks, and monthly family days. https://www.icamiami.org
The Bass (Miami Beach, $5)
The Bass is open Wednesday through Sundays 10 am – 5 pm. It is a contemporary art museum, which exhibits in a wide range of media. It just reopened October 29, 2017, with new gallery spaces, a museum store and café. They have an “Art After Hours” program and a “Breakfast at The Bass” program. https://thebass.org
OTHER ART MUSEUMS / COLLECTIONS IN THE AREA:
Lowe Art Museum (U of Miami campus, $8 with student ID)
The Margulies Collection at the WAREhouse (Wynwood, freefor Florida students)
Rubell Family Collection (Miami, $5 students) (reopens December 5th, 2018)