Fri, Mar 13 | 6–9pm
Second Shift: Game Night
Feeling lucky this Friday the 13th? Leave your superstitions behind and bring your friends for a play-and-sip happy hour! Start with a free guided tour at 6pm, then head into the Design Store for board games and 2-for-1 drink specials.
Free and open to the public; drinks available for purchase
Thu, Mar 19 | 6–9pm
Miami Beach Culture Crawl: Martha, Martha, Martha!
Once a month, The Wolfsonian partners with the City of Miami Beach and neighboring institutions for a free evening of à la carte culture. Just hop on the complimentary trolley service stopping at each of the participating locations (or grab your bike or comfy walking shoes!) and take in the best of South Beach’s art, performances, screenings, and tours. Plan your night as you like it—choose a couple of spots, or make the full rounds, 6–9pm. Visit mbartsandculture.org for full details and route.
This March, enjoy a revamp by the queen of hospitality herself! Our galleries get the glow-up treatment with Then + Now: Martha Stewart for The Wolfsonian–FIU, a new pop-up installation within the home and kitchen section of our 5th floor. Channeling her inner collector and curator, Martha has paired some of her favorite Wolfsonian objects with hand-picked contemporary counterparts. We’re also serving a Martha-approved cocktail and 2-for-1 drink specials, all night long—because happy hour is always “a good thing.”
Free and open to the public
Fri, Mar 20 | 7–9pm
Into the Stacks: Propaganda!
The most charged and dangerous items in The Wolfsonian’s collection are getting the scrutiny they deserve in Nathaniel Sandler’s next object-based investigation. Stirred by our library installation Radicals and Reactionaries: Extremism in America, the Bookleggers Library director will put propaganda in the hot seat, deconstructing how carefully chosen words and images contain the power to shape minds, start wars, and even infringe on human rights.
Presented in conjunction with Sandler’s Knight Foundation-funded project, Crypt Cracking.
Free and open to the public (drinks available for purchase) | RSVP
Fri, Mar 27 | 6:15–7pm
Viernes Gratuitos: Recorridos Guiados
Cada viernes por la noche es tu oportunidad de disfrutar de The Wolf en forma gratuita. Viernes seleccionados, disfruta de un recorrido de 45 minutos en español a las 6:15pm. Nuevos guías aportan diferentes perspectivas.
Gratis y abierto al público
Friday nights are your chance to experience The Wolf for free—plus, on select Fridays, catch a 45-minute tour in Spanish at 6:15pm. New guides bring different perspectives.
Fri, Mar 27 | 7–8:30pm
Sketching in the Galleries
Tap into your inner artist by sketching in our galleries! Drawing materials, gallery stools, and professional bilingual instruction provided to participants of all ages and skill levels. English/Spanish
Free and open to the public; walk-in basis, no RSVP required
Sun, Mar 29 | 3:30–6:45pm (3:30pm tour + 4:30pm film)
Micky’s Movies: Lost Horizon
This spring, we’re celebrating Micky Wolfson by screening our founder’s favorite flicks in collaboration with the Miami Beach Film Society. First up is Frank Capra’s 1937 sci-fi romance Lost Horizon, starring Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt. Famously introducing the mystical land of Shangri-La, this Depression-era fantasy adventure sets the stage with the crash landing of a hijacked plane in the Himalayas, where the survivors find an enchanting “utopia” they grow to love . . . and then fear.
Before boarding, start your journey with a 3:30pm Wolfsonian tour of A Universe of Things, our new exhibition on Micky’s collecting legacy, followed by the 4:30pm movie at O Cinema South Beach.
$11; FREE* for MBFS and Wolfsonian members, seniors, and students | Tickets
*Optional tour of A Universe of Things at The Wolf is included in the film admission price.
Weekly on Fri | 6–6:45pm
Free Friday Guided Tours
Learn more about The Wolfsonian and related art and design themes during a 45-minute free guided tour of the building, collection, or exhibitions. New guides bring different perspectives each week!
Free and open to the public
EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS
NEW! Through May 26
Then + Now: Martha Stewart for The Wolfsonian–FIU
In this pop-up installation within Art and Design in the Modern Age, Martha Stewart bridges yesterday and today in her deep dive into the evolution of 20th-century cooking, cleaning, dining, and living. Martha brings her personal touch to the galleries, working closely with our curatorial team to pair rarely exhibited Wolfsonian objects with their present-day counterparts drawn from her private collection and leading brands such as Breville, KitchenAid, and Miele. Mid-century classics like a 1930s Italian espresso machine and an oversized industrial pasta maker find echoes in must-have contemporary kitchen and household items (cake stands, juicers, and more), all hand-picked by Martha. Welcome to a unique museum takeover designed by a trendsetting industry giant—make yourself at home!
Then + Now is organized by The Wolfsonian–FIU and Martha Stewart and made possible by the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The Wolfsonian thanks the many lenders to this project including Martha Stewart, KitchenAid, Breville, Macy’s, Corksicle, and Miele.
Through May 31
Radicals and Reactionaries: Extremism in America
Radicals and Reactionaries will showcase books and pamphlets produced by left- and right-wing extremists in the 1930s to recruit members to their causes or demonize their enemies. Curated by Florida International University undergraduates, the installation will present controversial public figures of the era—Huey P. Long, William R. Hearst, Earl Browder, and John Reed—and examine the issues they fought over, while hinting at some parallels between the polarization of that era and our own.
A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects
Over the course of more than three decades, an astounding diversity of materials has arrived in Miami Beach from all over the globe. Stained glass windows and paintings, vases and sideboards, posters, prints, books, and ephemera fill warehouses. They arrive in massive crates, wrapped boxes, or shopping bags, all to be catalogued, researched, preserved, studied, and perhaps exhibited or published. Suitcases of documentation—invoices, receipts, notes on napkins, and more—are sifted through and archived for future scholarship. This massive undertaking is the life’s work of collector and raconteur Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson, Jr., and has become the cornerstone of the museum that bears his name.
In A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects, The Wolfsonian examines Wolfson’s life of collecting by exploring how objects form networks that connect across time and cultures. In recognition of Wolfson’s 80th birthday, the exhibition will feature beloved icons and unexpected finds in a presentation timed to coincide with the publication of the book Founder’s Choice (Scala Publishers), which highlights 37 key collection objects selected by Wolfson himself.
A Universe of Things is made possible by Funding Arts Network, Inc. (FAN).
Deco: Luxury to Mass Market
“Art Deco” has come to evoke a set of styles that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s out of aspirations to fuse art and industry into a modern language of design. From exquisite handcrafted objects to streamlined household appliances, the items on display in Deco will demonstrate how American designers adapted a style associated with European luxury to the demands of industrial mass production. Through decorative arts, product design, architecture, and graphics from the Wolfsonian collection, the exhibition will trace Art Deco’s origins in Europe, its migration to the United States, and its evolution into a fully American style—perhaps most spectacularly realized on Miami Beach in the 1930s.
Deco: Luxury to Mass Market is made possible by Diane and Alan Lieberman and the South Beach Group, with the support of Jamestown, L.P., and Saul and Jane Gross and Streamline Properties.
Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from the Wolfsonian Collection
These galleries provide an overview of the museum’s holdings of American and European artifacts from 1850 to 1950. Culled from The Wolfsonian collection are approximately three hundred works in a variety of formats, ranging from books, posters, and postcards to decorative arts, architectural models, paintings, and sculptures. Focal points include design reform movements, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, world’s fairs, advertising, and political propaganda. Inaugurated in November 1996, this ongoing exhibition is periodically updated.
ABOUT THE WOLFSONIAN–FIU
The Wolfsonian is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collection comprises approximately 180,000 objects from 1850 to 1950—the height of the Industrial Revolution through the aftermath of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.
The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, and children ages 6–18; and free for Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under 6. The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10am–6pm; Friday, 10am–9pm; Sunday, noon–6pm; and is closed on Wednesday. Contact us at 305.531.1001 or visit us online at wolfsonian.org for further information.