3 Questions To Ask Your Date During Miami Art Week 2018

Photo by  Laura Memory

Photo by Laura Memory

I think art gallery & museum dates are DA best! See 10 reasons why here.

But the main reason why I love art dates? It’s an intimate time to dive into deep AF conversations, to understand how your partner thinks, and understand how they interpret the symbols, colors, and metaphors found in art. Simply put, the interpretation of art is a projection of the soul.

And fun fact! I used to work as a museum educator where I learned the secret strategy to facilitating the best conversations through art. It’s called…Visual Thinking Strategies! (VTS for short)

Photo by  Laura Memory

Photo by Laura Memory


VTS is a teaching method used in art museums to engage with groups of visitors or students. Beyond education, I believe Visual Thinking Strategies are the perfect opportunity to listen to someone, and see how they may express themselves. Especially if your partner’s love language is about spending quality time!

And with Art Basel/Miami Art Week 2018 here, I figured this was the perfect time to learn about the 3 key questions you gotta ask your art date so you can learn more about them and the way they perceive the world, while gaining a better appreciation for the role and power of art when applied to your love life (or wedding)! ;)

Photo by  Laura Memory

Photo by Laura Memory

3 Questions To Ask Your Date During Miami Art Week 2018:

  1. What do you see?

  2. What makes you say that?

  3. What more can you say?

3 Tips for practicing Visual Thinking Strategies:

  1. Repeat the answers back to your partner to let them know they are heard and acknowledged! This can also naturally lead to more insights that your partner may want to share when they hear their answer from a different voice.

  2. Feel free to use follow up questions that are not listed above to keep the conversation going.

  3. Take turns picking artworks, switch the table and have them ask you the same questions!

Booking for 2020

Art is such a powerful storytelling tool. Imagine being surrounded by art on your wedding day through a Creative Union.

If you are a fellow art lover who likes to go on lots of art dates, then consider scheduling a free consultation with a fellow art lover like me who makes art exhibitions to tell your unique love story for your wedding, like this one! (I plan the wedding too)!

 

ABOUT ME

Photo by  Laura Memory  (PS - I am on the left!)

Photo by Laura Memory (PS - I am on the left!)

Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.


A Day by Day Guide to Experience Miami Art Week 2017

In this Miami Art Week guide, you will find art that inspires Creative Unions. It’s the kind of art that is participatory, immersive, and intentional...the kind of art that is essentially an experience.
— Michelle Ivette Gomez, Founder of Creative Unions
Image:  Michelle Ivette Gomez, Founder of Creative Unions Event Design LLC in front of a mural by artist, Jose Mertz

Image: Michelle Ivette Gomez, Founder of Creative Unions Event Design LLC in front of a mural by artist, Jose Mertz

As a Miami native, I have had the privilege to grow up around the arts ever since I was a teenager dreaming of becoming a curator while at New World School of the Arts in Downtown, Miami. Ever since those high school days, I have seen Miami nurture my local artists community, seeing this city transform ever since Art Basel Miami Beach debuted in the early 2000’s.

I know we have great art all year round beyond Miami Art Week, but now is the time of the year to soak up the biggest arts phenomenon right here in my own backyard, how exciting! With SO much going on, I have carefully planned my adventures for each day of Miami Art Week, and compiled them into the perfect guide for you.

Whether you are an art lover that just got engaged, are thinking of planning your next anniversary, or celebratory event, then you have come to the right place! In this guide, you will find the art that inspires Creative Unions. It’s the art that is participatory, immersive, and intentional...the kind of art that is essentially an experience. Whenever I look at art, I imagine it in the context of a celebratory event or marriage ceremony, and I am reminded that with art, anything is possible.

See my Miami Art Week adventures on Instagram by following @michelleigomez and the hashtag,  #Creativeunionsinspiration to see what I see, and feel free to leave me comments on the artworks you love best!

PS: there are TWO Creative Unions artists listed below who participated in the highly talked about Creative Union that just happened in Baltimore this past October, “Miami is Nice”! I am so proud of them!

*Oh, and look out for these asterisks next to each event below. This means the event or exhibition requires a special RSVP, badge, invitation, or paid ticket. Remember to pace yourself and have back up plans, because not every event during Miami Art Week will always guarantee you access. Ugh, I know...the art world can be pretty inaccessible sometimes, but I found many free and public things below too! And don't forget to drink plenty of water and carry granola bars!

Enjoy, and you’re welcome!

Michelle


 

WEDNESDAY 12/6

I will jumpstart my Miami Art Week with an exhibition that redefines the white cube. I always had a complicated relationship with the white cube. From completely criticizing it’s traditions, to lovingly embracing it as a clean slate for events and life’s celebrations, I am excited to see what a graphic 3D cube looks like, without walls. Because with technology, anything is possible, literally ANYTHING!

My friend and exhibition designer, Simona Uzaite that I met from my days consulting and writing for Quatrefoil Associates invited me to the VIP Preview for Hakanaï Miami 2017, which features a solo dancer that takes guests through a visual journey a 3D cube space between dreams and reality. Dance, visuals and accompanying music are all performed live, ensuring a unique experience each time. AND you get to experience this cube after the performance! Congrats on being involved with this incredible project Simona!

Image:  https://www.hakanaimiami.com/events/press-vip-preview-hakanai-by-adrien-m-claire-b-2

Image: https://www.hakanaimiami.com/events/press-vip-preview-hakanai-by-adrien-m-claire-b-2

Exhibition: *Hakanaï Miami 2017 presented by Artechouse and Canvas Miami (VIP and Press Preview event, RSVP required)

Time: 6 - 11pm (Doors open at 6pm, live performances 7pm and 9:30pm, followed by an interactive session “Experience the Cube” 10:30pm)

Location: Canvas Miami 90 NE 17th St, Miami, FL 33132, USA


 

THURSDAY 12/7

As a proud New World School of the Arts alum, I always support NWSA student exhibitions (which never even feel like student exhibitions because they are so talented). Every year, these students curate an exhibition of site specific sculptures, installations and performances in Miami’s only urban garden art space, Casalin. It’s the one morning during Miami Art Week where I feel like the curators get me (well, because we are all natives) when they serve Cuban cafecito, pastelitos, and Jamaican pineapple/ginger drinks while I think about what an art wedding may look like in an urban garden oasis escape. It’s a local favorite for Miami natives, shhh - don’t tell too many people.

Then I will head to the newly opened ICA Miami for a talk at 2pm about the future of Miami’s Culture Track. I will spend the rest of my day working on Creative Unions, although it is so tempting to go to EVERYTHING AT ONCE! But I gotta pace myself...it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the busiest one too, with lots of traffic.

Image:  by Michelle Ivette Gomez from NWSA @ Casalin 2016

Image: by Michelle Ivette Gomez from NWSA @ Casalin 2016

Exhibition: New World School of the Arts @ Casalin

Time: 9am - 12pm

Location: Casalin 55 NW 30th St, Miami, FL 33127


 

FRIDAY 12/8

On Friyay, catch me roaming around Downtown Miami, Wynwood, and the Design District to see a couple of fairs and get my social justice themed nails done by Rosemarie Romero (Rosemarie Romero, aka Porn Nail$ was a featured artist in the Creative Union, “Miami is Nice”!). Then I will head over to Wynwood to find inspiration from Wynwood Walls for couples who want to get married in front of murals, followed by Locust Projects for a couple of immersive exhibitions featuring inflatable sculptures and fiber work. I will then end the night in a phone free party hosted by Adidas to let loose with some hip hop and dancehall reggae. This phone free party brings up a few important thoughts:

  1. Going to that phone free party will give me a taste of what it’s like to be in the present moment without documenting everything for my friends on social media.
  2. That party may influence me to encourage my clients to consider a phone free wedding or event. (especially when they pay professional photographers to do the job with a much higher resolution camera that takes way better photos than your cell phone).
  3. I looooove hip hop and dancehall reggae so much. It’s super Miami bro. Just sayin’.

Pssst… don’t rely on google maps to find addresses for fairs. Google Maps has outdated addresses as the fairs have recently moved!

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Fair: *Art Miami | Context (Ticket required)

Location:  1 Miami Herald Plaza at NE 14th St, Miami, FL 33132

Artist Spotlight: Goya Contemporary featuring Joyce Scott and Soledad Salame

 
Image:  http://www.thewynwoodwalls.com/walls/maya-hayuk

Image: http://www.thewynwoodwalls.com/walls/maya-hayuk

Exhibition: Wynwood Walls

Location: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33127

Artist Spotlight: Maya Huyuk

 
Image:  Creative Unions artist, Rosemarie Romero aka Porn Nai$ performing in a Creative Union “ Miami is Nice ” for Nick & Zach’s month long wedding celebration and art exhibition in Baltimore, October 2017. Photograph by Tiffany Jones.

Image: Creative Unions artist, Rosemarie Romero aka Porn Nai$ performing in a Creative Union “Miami is Nice” for Nick & Zach’s month long wedding celebration and art exhibition in Baltimore, October 2017. Photograph by Tiffany Jones.

Fair: *NADA (Ticket required)

Location:  Ice Palace Studios 1400 N Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

Artist Spotlight: Rosemarie Romero’s “Rise Up” Nail Bar Friday, 12 - 3pm (Creative Unions artist in “Miami is Nice”)

 
Image:   Nancy Davidson  at Locust Projects

Image: Nancy Davidson at Locust Projects

Exhibition: Nancy Davidson and Pepe Mar: Man of the Night

Hours: Wednesday, December 6 through Friday, December 9, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday, December 10, 10 am to 1pm (These are their extended hours for Miami Art Week)

Location: Locust Projects 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl 33127

 
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Party: You Had To Be There (RSVP, get there early)

Time:  11pm - 5am

Location:  1306 North Miami Ave Miami, FL 33136


 

SATURDAY 12/9

After too much dancing the night before, I will begin the afternoon wearing my bathing suit under my dress to one of my favorite historic museums, Vizcaya (a popular museum for weddings too)! Vizcaya features CAP Overload and CAP Lab which are two exhibition programs that explore the concept of immersion at Vizcaya in order to activate the senses and alter the experience of Vizcaya. CAP Lab features a Creative Unions artist, Nick Clifford Simko who was a featured artist in the Creative Union, “Miami is Nice”, a month long wedding celebration and art exhibition in Baltimore, October 2017!

After Vizcaya, I will head back to the beach to check out Untitled Art Fair. There, I will chill out under AMLgMATD’s “Suncatcher Pavillion”, as I have always dreamed of doing a beachy Creative Union with their furniture and installation designs for an outdoor wedding. Then I will check out one of my friends from Baltimore, Amy Sherald who is commissioned to paint Michelle Obama’s portrait. Talk about my friends shaping art history!

I am especially excited to engage with the installations by Faena Art, including an art installation that also serves as a roller skating rink! This whole day is about dipping in the water in between public art sightings, and finding inspirations for couples who want to get married or have an event in front of a public sculpture or installation (during Miami’s winter season of course)!

Then I will relax on comfy bean bags on the lawn in front of the New World Symphony for Art Basel at Soundscape Park to listen to sound art, watch abstract projections, and a featured film.

Image:  Artwork by Tanja Smeets

Image: Artwork by Tanja Smeets

Exhibition: *CAP Lab Overload at Vizcaya Village (RSVP/Ticket required)

Time: 11am - 2pm

Location: Vizcaya & Vizcaya Village 3251 South Miami Ave Miami, FL 33129

Artist Spotlight:  Nick Clifford Simko (Creative Unions artist in “Miami is Nice”)

 
Image:  by  AMLgMATD  at Untitled Art Fair

Image: by AMLgMATD at Untitled Art Fair

Fair: *Untitled Art Fair (Ticket required)

Location: Ocean Dr & 12th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Artist Spotlight: AMLgMATD and Amy Sherald

 

Exhibitions: Faena: Miami Art Week includes  myriad public sculptures and programs listed here.

Locations: Faena Beach Between 32nd and 36th streets Miami Beach, FL 33140 & Faena Forum
3300 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140

 
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Exhibition:

Art Basel Sound and Film Program

Time: 7pm

Location: Soundscape Park 400 17th St Miami Beach


 

SUNDAY 12/10

Sundays are my lazy beach days, but this Sunday, I’ll be in Miami Beach with my towel in my tote bag wearing my bathing suit under my jean shorts and chanclas at the Design Fair, then will spend the rest of the day engaging with public art works at the public sculptures at Collins Park!

After all of that, I will wrap of Miami Art Week 2017 reflecting on my experiences, imagining the future of Creative Unions, and practicing gratitude for living in an art capital like Miami that gives me inspiration every single day. Art IS everywhere.

Image:  From Design Miami’s Facebook page: Perrier-Jouët digital installation series

Image: From Design Miami’s Facebook page: Perrier-Jouët digital installation series

Fair: *Design Miami

Location: 1809 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

 
Image:  by Michelle Ivette Gomez from Art Basel | Public 2016, artwork by Ugo Rondinone

Image: by Michelle Ivette Gomez from Art Basel | Public 2016, artwork by Ugo Rondinone

Exhibition: Art Basel | Public

Location: Collins Park 2100 Collins Avenue


Thank you for joining me. Be sure to join my mailing list so you get next year’s guide. See you at Miami Art Week 2018!

 


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ABOUT ME

Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.

Top 10 Reasons for a Museum Date

#TBT to that time Anthony and I went on a #Museumdate AND SAW ANDY WARHOL at  the baltimore museum of art  in baltimore.

#TBT to that time Anthony and I went on a #Museumdate AND SAW ANDY WARHOL at the baltimore museum of art in baltimore.

I will never forget the moment I met my partner for the first time at the Guggenheim museum.  It was 2013 and I was a busy graduate student getting my MFA in Curatorial Practice in Baltimore patiently enduring the monotony of OkCupid dates at bars when I stumbled upon Anthony’s profile. I was hooked on Anthony, aka “Intellectualguy”. After exchanging some long winded life essays I told him I was going to be in New York during Spring Break for museum research, to which he replied “I’ll be in New York visiting my family for Spring Break too!”. YES, perfect!

Fast forward to a chilly New York weekday in March: I’m sitting in the marble lobby of the Guggenheim anxiously twisting my blue scarf fringe around my fingers next to some older ladies taking a break from all the art. He’s running two hours late. I’m totally OK with this as he later explained his Puerto Rican grandmother made him stay at the house longer to finish eating her lunch (I get it)! Suddenly he walks through the lobby doors, and that typical cliché love at first sight moment happens: the world around me blurs and slows down as my eyes dart straight to a tall, dark, and handsome young man. “Get it together girl. This is it, this is it, this is the one.” My heart is racing out of my chest and my brain is tumbling through images of our future together all in the blink of an eye. I confidently walk over him to give him a hug. It’s a brief, tight, and tingly embrace that feels like it lasts for three minutes. Yup. This is it. We walk through the rounded walls of the art filled Guggenheim so comfortably together. It’s as if we’ve known each other for years as I talk about the Gutai art like a typical curator would. The art sparks conversations about our tastes, phenomenology and suddenly we’re telling stories about our families and childhood dreams. We didn’t leave each other’s side the rest of the afternoon. The museum was the perfect place for us to discover ourselves and eachother.

That #museumdate story brings me to this blog post to further explain why museum dates are the best dates to spice up your love life or propose to that cutie you have had your eye on in the OKcupid app. We even found these adorable #museumdate pictures on Instagram from other fellow creatives who agree that museum dates are the best dates, check em’ out!

 

1. Obama says, “Art...it impresses people...”

Museums are a great place to have intellectual conversations, like Michelle and Barack did! Hear them recall their first date at the Art Institute of Chicago on Huffpost and “take tips gentlemen!”

Photo by  Pete Souza

Photo by Pete Souza

2. Museums are a great place for conversation!

You will never have a moment of awkward silence, even if you don’t feel like an art expert! Take an art professional’s words of advice: Use the Visual Thinking Strategy questions below to spark conversation and get to know your date. They work on museum tours too, believe me!

Photo by  @insidemuseums  at the home of Mondrian  Gemeente Museum  in the Netherlands

Photo by @insidemuseums at the home of Mondrian Gemeente Museum in the Netherlands

What do you see?

What makes you say that?

What more can you say?

Or you can just mimic the sculptures so you avoid the fact that you are anxious af...

Photo by @denisefosua “That time I went to a museum and spent the whole time impersonating statues and sculptures to distract me from being nervous on a date 😂🤦🏾‍♀️😂”

Photo by @denisefosua “That time I went to a museum and spent the whole time impersonating statues and sculptures to distract me from being nervous on a date 😂🤦🏾‍♀️😂”

3. You can learn a lot about your date from way they perceive art.

And while you're listening to your date answer the above questions, you get to learn about how your date thinks about art, which can give you hints on how that person perceives life.

Photograph taken at the  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  in DC by award winning photographer  @kenpakphotography . PS - Ken Pak is the kind of photographer you need for your future creative engagement shoots in museums, check out more of his work  here !

Photograph taken at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in DC by award winning photographer @kenpakphotography. PS - Ken Pak is the kind of photographer you need for your future creative engagement shoots in museums, check out more of his work here!

4. You can look at art, and eat too!

Museums are a one stop shop for eating at the café for brunch mimosas AND looking at art! It’s also a great opportunity to see how your date treats their server...20% or it’s over! Check out this adorable art loving couple at Café Sebastienne inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City! PS - Cafe Sebastienne was named Top 10 Best Brunch Restaurants in America for 2017 on OpenTable). #lifegoals

Photograph by Designer & storyteller,  @jeani0

Photograph by Designer & storyteller, @jeani0

Image source from  The Pitch

Image source from The Pitch

5. Museums host parties too!

Museums have a ton of after-hours programs that make great introductions to those dates who would rather go to the bar or club every weekend. My favorite one is Miami’s Poplife Social at the Perez Art Museum Miami which was named Best Art Mixer by Miami New Times Best of Art & Entertainment! See? Miami isn’t ALWAYS about clubbing on South Beach, but we go like to go hard, even at museums!

6. Museums are Instagram ready.

Museums make great backdrops for cute selfies like this one by @danymoc at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico. After 5+ years, make an artful scrapbook with these bold and colorful photos so you can reminisce outside of your phone screen…(and save those museum admission tickets for the scrap book too!)

Photo by  @danymoc

Photo by @danymoc

And when you post those #museumdate pics on Instagram, you seem pretty cultured too, like Queen Bey and Jay Z:

7. You get to soak up some AC!

Tired of long walks on the beach, sunburns, and displaced sand? Try a museum! Museums can keep you cool like this couple right here at The Museum of Ice Cream in LA (#relationshipgoalsaf). Haha, “cool”. PS- make sure you buy your tickets early to check out this gem!)

8. Museums can be fun to play in.

Not all museums are stuffy! Sometimes, they feel like playgrounds as fellow creative @champaige explained to The Museum of Ice Cream: "Surprised my BF with tickets... needless to say we are more in love after going and feeling like kids again 💕💃🏾🤓

Photo by  @champaige

Photo by @champaige

9. Surprise your date with a gift from the Museum shop!

At the end of your date, you can go to the museum gift shop to buy a souvenir! Here’s an idea: surprise your date with the postcard of the art they liked the most as a romantic gesture at the end of the day so they can treasure it on their bedroom corkboard until it fades as a result of sun damage.

Photo by  @jackieullustrated  (And check out Jackie’s beautiful illustrations  here  - they make for great custom post cards and wedding stationery!)

Photo by @jackieullustrated (And check out Jackie’s beautiful illustrations here - they make for great custom post cards and wedding stationery!)

Or get a silly $1 souvenir from SIDESHOW, my favorite museum gift shop in Baltimore! It's inside the American Visionary Art Museum!

Image source from  Sensible Stylista

Image source from Sensible Stylista

10. You can preserve memories by adding a museum catalog to your library collection!

If you reaaalllyy like them, take my advice and buy the catalogue for the exhibition you two saw together. And when you are having a rainy day, pull out the book to reminisce the artworks that you talked about on your first date! I so wish I bought this Guggenheim catalog for that Gutai art show me and my partner saw in 2013. I guess it’s never too late?  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Photo by  @septembers_issue  at the gift shop at the   High Museum of Art  in Atlanta

Photo by @septembers_issue at the gift shop at the  High Museum of Art in Atlanta

And there you have it! Those are the reasons why Creative Unions endorses museum dates! It brings my heart such joy when I see these adorable pictures of couples in museums, reminding me of that magical time I first laid my eyes on Anthony in a museum. That date at the Guggenheim set us up for a life full of intellectual conversation and creativity.  

Ever since then, Anthony and I talk about out of the box wedding ideas. He often says, “Knowing you, you’ll end up curating our wedding”. Fast forward four and a half years and I’ve DIY’ed my own dream job that combines my passion for art and love into the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into weddings for creative couples like us. I guess I owe it to him and more importantly, that time we met at the museum, which set the tone for a life full of art and love.

Stop by the blog later and check out why Creative Unions thinks museums are the best places for weddings (and engagement photo shoots)!


ABOUT ME

Michelle Ivette Gomez is an arts professional with a love for romance and art, and a passion for bringing people together and telling stories through art. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on co-creative curatorial practice and expanding traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities. As the Founder & Creative Director of Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into life’s celebrations, she views marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express unique love stories.