Galleries, restaurants, and cultural hot spots are opening their doors in downtown almost faster than we can write about them. For those following the area’s exponentially expanding arts scene, the newest notable installment is CU-1 Gallery (117 NE First Ave., Miami), a photography venue that plans to showcase European photos, fashion shots, and aesthetically appealing artwork designed to integrate with everyday life. The spot will launch its first exhibition, “Look at Me,” this Thursday in its 5,500-square-foot digs. CU-1 is owned by a group of German art enthusiasts, including Stephen Goettlicher and Marc Schmidt. Goettlicher has lived in Miami for nearly five years, and he and his partners are stoked about the city’s transformation, particularly when it comes to the newly minted art mecca that downtown has become. “It’s an exciting point,” he says. “It really feels like we’re one of the first being at the right place at the right time.” The free exhibit opening takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., and the show is on view through Friday, August 23. Visit cu1gallery.com.
June 27-Aug. 23, 2013