Miami’s Museum Of Graffiti

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The Museum of Graffiti

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Graffiti takes center stage at this new Wynwood museum

No matter the time of year, Wynwood is always the hub of art activity. With its ever-evolving murals and street art, it’s no surprise that The Museum of Graffiti, a first-of-its-kind museum that presents the colorful history of the global graffiti art movement, now calls the artsy neighborhood home as of December 5, 2019 — just in time for Art Basel and Miami Art Week.

The creation of Alan Ket, a well-known graffiti artist, art collector and historian whose work is sprinkled throughout Wynwood, and Miami native and attorney, Allison Freidin, the entire museum is dedicated to the history and the OGs (the originals) of graffiti. “After more than 50 years in existence, how could we not? Graffiti is a true American art form that needs to be recognized and celebrated for its contribution to popular culture,” says Allison Freidin about developing the new graffiti museum in Wynwood. “Wynwood is arguably the birthplace of graffiti in Miami. Now that it is a hotbed for street art, graffiti and murals, there is no better neighborhood in the United States.”

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What To See

Like many museums these days, expect an experiential setting. The vibrant museum makes its mark with a permanent exhibition with paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations by some of New York City’s earliest graffiti writers, along with Miami greats like Crome, Raven and Verse; two feature exhibition galleries; and a rotating site-specific immersive installation. Education is also a central component of the museum’s programming plan. “Visitors can expect a deeper appreciation for this art form, its roots and how graffiti has changed the world,” says Freidin. “It’s important for the history of this movement to be documented and shared so that the world knows that there is more to the graffiti world than Keith Haring and Basquiat.”

While there, Freidin says the must-see highlights are: the site specific murals by Ghost, Giz, Defer, and JonOne; the Wynwood mural by Slick, who became a defining force in the West Coast’s contribution to graffiti worldwide; and the 80s room featuring works by Rammellzee, Dondi White, Lady Pink and Blade.

Peruse the gift shop for limited-edition artist collaborations and a collection of toys, apparel, books, prints, accessories and specialty items developed for the museum. You’ll also find gems like limited edition resin spray cans by Stash 2 (another OG in the graffiti scene) and umbrellas by Miami’s Ahol Sniffs Glue. Something else unique: stop by the denim bar to customize a new jean jacket with pins and patches.

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Basel and Beyond

The museum’s special opening exhibition will spotlight “Negative Space,” new works by Amsterdam’s graffiti pioneer, Niels “Shoe” Meulman, who mixes calligraphy with the rawness of graffiti. “Negative Space is an attempt to exorcise the negative energy that seems to rule everything around me lately,” says Meulman, who created the exhibit for the new museum.

On Friday, December 6, RISK, the American contemporary street artist who took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third Rail series of art shows, will be signing and embellishing exclusive prints of his work in the gift shop.

Throughout the year, the museum will host a series of public programs, including monthly events like print signings, artist guided tours, film screenings, painting demos, limited edition product launches, and a series of art talks from featured artists. Admission tickets are $23 for adults, $15 for students, and children 5 and under are free. Insider’s tip: purchase tickets in advance on their website to avoid long lines and potential sell outs. 299 NW 25th Street, Miami

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