Experience the vibrant art, architecture, and culture of Miami with Cynthia Noble.
Monday, March 2 Arrive at Miami International Airport on independently arranged flights. Board a private motorcoach and transfer to the Tides South Beach. An iconic beachfront hotel located on Ocean Drive, the Tides South Beach is just steps from the crystal water of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami’s most exciting dining and nightlife locations. Originally built in 1936, the hotel features architecture rich with Art Deco influences, creating a nostalgic environment and a unique brand of modern luxury. This evening, gather for a festive welcome dinner at Juvia.
Tuesday, March 3 This morning, embark on a tour of the exuberant architecture for which the area is famous—most notably the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles. Our guide is an expert from the Miami Design Preservation League, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. In downtown Miami, visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), whose collection of international art of the 20th and 21st centuries is presented from the perspective of the Americas and reflects the cosmopolitan makeup of Miami. After viewing the collection, we lunch at the Wynwood Kitchen and Bar. Next it’s off to two of Miami’s most prolific art spaces, both consistently named to best-of lists such as ARTnews’s Top 200 Collectors. The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was established in 1964 in New York City by Donald and Mera RubellI. In Miami since 1993, the collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Our next stop is the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, a nonprofit institution located in the Wynwood Arts District. The Warehouse presents seasonal exhibitions from the collection of renowned collector Martin Z. Margulies as well as educational programs, special exhibitions, and an international loan program. The Margulies collection is considered by curators, critics, artists, dealers, and collectors as one of the most important collections of its kind. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.
Wednesday, March 4 Begin the day with a visit to one of the most prominent private collections of contemporary art in the world, located in a stunning private residence on Key Biscayne. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz purchased the home as a small, one-story waterfront house in 1982. During the past 24 years, they have added several wings. Now three houses in one, the gallery home totals 15,000 square feet with one bedroom and the rest of the space dedicated to the arts. After lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, visit the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space. Privately owned and funded by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and showcasing the couple’s collection of contemporary art, the de la Cruz Collection organizes multiple exhibitions, provides artist residencies, and collaborates with other institutions. Next, see the work of Ruby Sky Stiler and Felicia Carlisle at Locust Projects, a nonprofit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. The final stop of the day is the Robins Collection, the private contemporary art and design collection of Craig Robins, CEO and president of real estate firm Dacra. The collection encompasses a wide spectrum of artistic perspectives and disciplines—design, architecture, film, music, and dance. Included are design objects by leading designers such as Gio Ponti, Zaha Hadid, and Maarten Baas, and site-specific installations by Hadid, Richard Tuttle, and Guillermo Kuitca. Dinner and the evening are at leisure.
Thursday, March 5 Spend the morning in Miami Beach touring the lively Little Havana neighborhood with local expert and author Corinna Moebius. Meet artists; taste traditional Cuban coffee, or cafecito; try fresh juices at a historic fruteria; and sample rum at Cuba Ocho, a gallery and performance space, which also houses one of the top private collections of Cuban art in the world. The day also includes a performance of traditional Afro-Cuban sacred dance with professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer Marisol Blanco. Lunch features traditional Cuban specialties at El Cristo. End the day with a visit to a stunning private waterfront home and collection of contemporary art located on South Beach. This evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner at Scarpetta, located in the iconic Fontainebleau on Miami Beach.
Friday, March 6 Begin our last day with a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (1916), industrialist James Deering’s stunning subtropical winter home located on the sparkling shore of Biscayne Bay. See the sprawling formal gardens and statuary, art collections, and period furnishings. After lunch at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, visit the studio of artist José Bedia, an abstract painter whose work is greatly influenced by his personal fascination with anthropology, tribal art, and African and Native American cultures. Considered part of the 80s generation group of migrant Cuban-American artists who used Afro-Cuban spiritual references in their art work, Bedia has works in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the PAMM. Transfer to the Miami International Airport for your independently arranged flights home.
Terms and Conditions Cost: $2,950 per person based on double occupancy; single supplement, add $535. Full payment is due at time of reservation and indicates acceptance of all group arrangements. COST INCLUDES: Four nights’ accommodations at the Tides South Beach Hotel; breakfast daily at the hotel, four lunches, two dinners; all activities described in the itinerary; transportation by private motorcoach; airport transfers in Miami for those meeting designated group transfers; all taxes, gratuities, fees, and porterage; services of Cynthia Noble as study leader and local docents and guides. NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to and from Miami [contact the Member Travel department at (312) 443-3115 for suggested flights]; meals or beverages not specifically mentioned as included; items of a personal nature. Upon registration, each participant will be provided with an Art Institute of Chicago Waiver and Release form that must be signed and returned to the Member Travel department prior to program departure.
Cancellation Policy The Art Institute of Chicago (“AIC”) reserves the right to withdraw the tour or any part if it and to make such alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary and desirable. In the event of the cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a full refund will constitute full settlement between all parties. No refund shall be due from AIC in conjunction with changes in rates or itineraries or substitution of suppliers. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour. AIC reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour if AIC determines that the participation of that individual is objectionable and, in the event such authority is exercised, the participant waives any right and all claims for damages. Baggage and personal effects are the sole responsibility of owners at all times. Cancellation notification must be in writing. Participants may cancel on or before January 19, 2015, with a cancellation fee of $100 plus any nonrefundable costs and cancellation fees incurred by hotels and other venues at the time of cancellation. After January 19, 2015, there will be no refund, unless canceled space can be filled from an existing waitlist. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended; an application will be sent with reservation confirmation.
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Water view of east facade, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Photo by Bill Sumner.