MOCA Hosts Mystery Dates With Miami's Emerging Private Art Collectors, and You're Invited

Becoming an art collector isn't as easy as laying down a couple hundred grand. Money fulfills only the base requirement, aka the finances to acquire art. But to become a big fish and make a name for yourself as a real connoisseur, you need to hone your artistic eye, learn the language of the visual aesthetic, and come to appreciate more about art than the six-figure price tag.

In an effort to introduce young professionals to the world of art collecting, the Museum of Contemporary Art will host its sixth annual Mystery Dates night this Saturday. The event, intended to introduce new collectors to emerging ones, has a lovely twist: Each attendee will be invited to the personal residence of one of 17 participating art collectors for a dinner party and house tour.

"We're trying to help people feel comfortable with being collectors and living with art," Valerie Ricordi said. "And what better way to do that than to show how other people do that."

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