Nude Nite, the largest nude art exhibit in the United States, is coming to Wynwood next week.
Kelly Stevens, the creator of Nude Nite, has done shows for thousands of people in Orlando and Tampa. She’s now merging the magic of nudity with the Wynwood Art District.
The three-day event has more than 200 juried original works in a pop-up gallery setting. There’s live entertainment with burlesque shows, body painters, aerialists, pole performers, a full bar, and even a confession booth where you can tell your secrets to a body-painted pope.
“Nude art is attractive to everybody because it’s fun, it’s sexy, and it’s a great conversation,” says Stevens. “It’s a great night out without the stuffiness of a gallery show.”
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The venue is also massive in scale at 25,000 square feet, nearly as big as a city block.
Many of the artists feel Nude Nite is a place where they can express themselves and their nude art without judgment.
“I think it’s amazing, I think it’s a slap in the face for so many that have told artists that nudes don’t sell and that nudes won’t provoke anything,” says artist Doris Araujo. “I think this event will create awareness and the idea that the body is beautiful and it should be celebrated.”
Nude Nite started in bars and clubs, with only a few hundred attending. Over the years, it’s grown to thousands.
“The first show I saw drew a very unique and diverse crowd,” says longtime attendee Victoria Cerone. “Watching the other attendees and their reaction to the event is almost as fun as seeing the actual performers. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Miami cultural lifestyle will add to the show.”
If you go
▪ What: Nude Nite
▪ Where: 2400 NW Fifth Ave., Wynwood
▪ When: 6 to midnight, Nov. 9, 10 and 11
▪ Tickets: $25 and $30, available at www.nudenite.com or by calling 321-229-8110. Guests must be at least 21 to attend. Park in the lot nearby for a fee or on the street.