How to really appreciate art? Spend a long time away and then immerse yourself in it for a few hours.
Recently I have been writing about feeling stuck in a strange suburban wasteland sandwiched between a mall, a casino and a race track. Today, I was reminded that we are also very very close to a city full of interesting people, art, and culture, not to mention some pretty sweet beaches. My friend Michelle (from my days working at Caffe Vivaldi in New York) is now Assistant Director at Rosamund Felsen gallery in California. She was sent to Miami for this year’s Art Basel and her gallery had a booth at PULSE, which she invited me to. She even went so far as to leave VIP passes for me at the door. Bless her kind heart! I have two young children and not much expendable income, so this was our first chance to get out and do something really COOL. I don’t get to feel “cool” too often these days, and except when I went to see the new Twilight movie with my sister-in-law (obviously the height of cool) I don’t get out much. I do get out of the house, mostly to the playground or grocery shopping. I love some good grocery shopping, but this was obviously a real departure. It was also a welcome throw back to my earlier days as someone who actually knew stuff about art, independent films, and the music scene in the Village. Now I know stuff about equally interesting things like stroller specs, cooking, the best diaper cream (Weleda), and whatever artists pop up on my Pandora Feist station. Let’s just say that getting out of our neighborhood and into one covered in graffiti was a welcome change. We have spent the past six years living in real cities (Jerusalem and the Bronx) so the manicured greenery and clean streets around here are still new to me. In the back of my mind I knew that there was a real city pretty much around the corner but knowing it and entering it are different. I feel like we finally made our first foray into our great big awesome cultural backyard.
Mo has an art degree so he wasn’t about to let me bring one of my new mom friends to take advantage of those VIP passes! After a strangely hectic morning that involved latkes, napping, me accidentally hurting Ben’s foot, and Ben intentionally pinching Ella really hard, we finally made it out into the world around eleven. Just a fifteen minute drive down I-95 and we found ourselves driving through what seems to be Miami’s version of Williamsburg. PULSE was basically a huge art show with tons of different galleries from all over showing work from about a zillion different artists. We brought the kids and we all had SO MUCH FUN! Ben and Mo wandered around taking photos of work from Invader and Shepard Fairey, Michelle and I caught up on the last eight years while Ella gnawed contentedly on Michelle’s gallery pass necklace. I was like a sponge, soaking up as much art as I could hold, wishing for more room.
After we left Mo and I said to each other several times, “That was awesome, I wish we could have stayed all day.” Maybe also a few “That was awesome, I kind of wish we could have gone just the two of us.” When we were dating Mo and I went to museums, galleries, botanical gardens, and went dancing at least once a week. Now we watch movies on our laptop and have long philosophical discussions. Also great, don’t get me wrong, but clearly it is time to get the reciprocal babysitting trade going with our neighbor relatives!
Enough of the story, here are the photos:
Amazing Chanukah tiyul day. Love to you all!