Design District Museums and Galleries
De La Cruz Collection
23 NE 41 St., Design District
Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, who made their fortune with Carlos' bottling and distribution company, CC1, made their art-filled home open to the public for more than 25 years before they finally built a dedicated, and privately funded, space to house their collection. Since 2009, the public has been able to view the works in their collection free of charge in an Arts District building the couple operates as an extension of their home. The exhibitions here rotate on an annual basis to showcase a wide selection of works, while performances, films, workshops, and artist tours dot the calendar throughout the year. Like most private collections in town, entry is free.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
4040 NE 2 Ave., Design District
This newish Design District institution was formed when the Board of MoCA North Miami split off from the original institution (the politics and ethics of which have been thoroughly debated within the art world, to no firm resolution). The past firmly behind them, ICA is looking forward to a bright future, with a brand-new, 35,000-square-foot building scheduled to open in late 2017 just around the corner from the de la Cruz Collection. Until then, they're working out of the historic Moore building on 2nd Avenue, where they host some of the most interesting exhibitions in the city, in no small part due to the influence of their young and (justifiably) hyped Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld. Gartenfeld is known for bringing in some of the world's most forward-thinking contemporary artists, and he's also got an incredible collection at his disposal, with some of the city's most important collectors—Martin Margulies, the Braman family, and the de la Cruz's—among the donor pool. It's a critical stop on any walk through the Design District.
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