Interviews

Otto Von Schirach's Private Tour of Wynwood's Dorsch Gallery, Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary This Saturday

Page 2 of 2


Von Schirach performed at the gallery space for the first time in 2003 before it was air-conditioned, to a seated audience, oddly enough. "Back then, it was superweird electronic music, that was what was popular, not the pop stuff that everyone wants now. So, it was strange," Otto says.



The most memorable show he's seen at the space was Dino Felipe that same year. He describes it as, "Wasted youth. It really felt like it was underground there. The people who kind of run Miami art were here, in 2003, 2004."



The Dorsch Gallery has hosted numerous other unforgettable performances. But in this post, we're merely exploring the space. Let's start with the water closets.



Hugo Montoya Handicap Bathroom

"I actually had no idea until Brook pointed out that every picture in here is Hugo's." Then Otto adds, "Hi, Hugo." All photos in this john were taken by artist Hugo Montoya. They are, according to Dorsch employee Alan Gutierrez, "The longest artwork on view in the gallery."



Bert Rodriguez Dedicated Bathroom

Otto points out the collage of Latoya Jackson above the toilet, apparently created by local art star Bert Rodriguez. Also in the bathroom is a wonderful New Times' Best of Miami 2003 award for the Best Place to Meet Intelligent Men. Curator Tyler Dorsch says of her husband, "When I first met Brook, one of the things I noticed was this sign."



KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
Contact: Liz Tracy