When the art hungry crowds descend on Wynwood for the Second Saturday Artwalk this weekend, they will have at least three grand openings to choose from.
Art Modern Gallery, at 175 NW 23rd Street, will hold its opening night reception from 8 to 10 p.m. The gallery specializes in contemporary art and pop art, so it's fitting that owner Robert Fontaine has organized an exhibition that explores the connections between the pop art movement and contemporary urban art like stencil.
The Kiwi Gallery at 50 NW 29th Street is holding a " Love Pop Party," an evening of art, music and film. The event is to celebrate the grand opening of the William John Kennedy collection of rare photographs taken of pop art icons Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana before they were famous. The collection debuted at Art Basel but now has found a permanent home in Wynwood . Several new images have been added to the collection, and there will be screenings of a documentary based on the photos, "Full Circle: Before They Were Famous" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the soon-to-open independent theater down the street from the gallery, O Cinema, at 90 NW 29th St. MiamiArtZine.com has a full interview with Kennedy about the show and his work.
Down the road from Kiwi is a new barbeque joint.
Buddy's Roadside, at 56NW 29th, directly across from the Rubell Family collection, is essentially a parked food truck serving barbeque. It's run by local institution Vincent "Buddy" DeVingo, who is well-known for his catering business, Movie Food. There are two high-end "smokers" or cookers outback nicknamed "R2D2" and "The Beast," which look like they eat George Foreman grills for breakfast.
While the food is for carnivores, he also has something planned that will appeal to the vegetarian/vegan crowd -- behind the truck are four concrete raised beds with gardens for organic fruits and vegetables. For Saturday, he tells us the ribs will be something special, and that there will be beer available to wash it all down.
For a complete rundown on what's happening Saturday, check City Link's Art Murmor blog.
Late edition: New Times's Art Walk Preview is now up.