Private art collections, specifically those open to the public, can be intimidating if not exclusionary places. Walls and floors scattered with expensive (often, prohibitively expensive) artworks, mostly speaking to advanced movements within conceptual, minimalist, installation and new media forms which appear unfamiliar and, sometimes, unfriendly to the general visitor. The key to opening such a treasure chest, and assuring its visitors that its gems are not beyond the sight of the public eye, is extending educational and outreach programming meant to connect non-industry viewers to the artists, curators, critics and collectors themselves who built the vessel. Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz are two such collectors who have capably opened their mammoth private cache of works from Ana Mendieta, Carlos Alfonzo, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Sigmar Polke, Allora & Calzadilla, Aaron Curry, Martin Creed and Gerhard Richter (as examples) to Miami and beyond.

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Among the private contemporary art collections in Miami, the Craig Robins Collection at DACRA (housed in the Miami Design District, of which Robins is its principal founder and developer) is one that uniquely inspires a certain element of mystery. It is not a question of accessibility (the collection is open Monday through Friday by appointment), nor is there a faint question of its prominence both in local and international circles. The curious nature of the collection lies in a brand of elegant mischief, a postmodern humor courtesy of its visionary artists and, to a degree, its charming patron.

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Applications are being accepted for high school students to participate in this summer’s collaborative experience at the LAB, as a Locust Art Builder. Students will work together with and under the guidance of contemporary artist, Monica Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters collaborative. The experience will culminate with a public exhibition.

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There's so much happening in the Miami Design District including a great exhibit opening at Adamar Fine Arts. Face to Face Alex Katz "brings together original paintings and prints from several decades of the artist's career. Katz's bold paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, their deceptively simple use of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. His work has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions and is included in permanent museum collections worldwide."

1. Duncan Quinn's Cask Chronicles double-decker bus has rolled into the Miami Design District bringing cocktail events and a bespoke men's pop-up shop. RSVP: caskchronicles@duncanquinn.com