This couple’s gallery is the place to see and be seen for Miami art lovers

Tyler Emerson-Dorsch and Brook Dorsch run Emerson Dorsch gallery in Little Haiti. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.

Just as Emerson Dorsch gallery knows how to spot outstanding art, its principals know how to find Miami’s great up-and-coming neighborhoods.

Originally named Dorsch Gallery when it opened along Coral Way in the early ’90s, the contemporary art space moved to Wynwood in 2000. After 15 years as a pioneer in Miami’s burgeoning arts district, the contemporary art gallery moved again — this time to Little Haiti.

“It was just the right time for us to leave,” founder Brook Dorsch said. “We also loved that we’d be next to Clive’s and Panther Coffee, both of whom were already here in Little Haiti. We love our block and the camaraderie here.”

Emerson Dorsch
Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.INDULGE

Paradise Found at Emerson Dorsch

The gallery’s name since 2013 — Emerson Dorsch — incorporates both Dorsch and his wife, Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, who has a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.    

Their mission is to represent a core group of South Florida artists as well as emerging and mid-career visiting artists. During Miami Art Week, Emerson Dorsch will play host to Paradise Summit Miami, a group show for the Paradise Group, which consists of artists, writers, a curator, a dancer, and a philosopher and librarian.

Emerson-Dorsch is a member of the group, along with artists Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Karen Rifas, MetteTommerup, Laurencia Strauss, Phil Lique, Paula Wilson and Elisabeth Condon, philosopher and librarian Lori Kelly, and writer/dancer/acupuncturist Catherine Annie Hollingsworth.

“As the Paradise Group, we all spend time in paradise places or ‘heterotopia’ to maintain relationships in our world,” Emerson-Dorsch said, referring to the concept by philosopher Michel Foucault that describes certain cultural, institutional and discursive spaces.

Busy During Miami Art Week

Other Art Week programming at Emerson Dorsch includes a breakfast on December 2 and a musical show on December 7 by Korean group SsingSsing, presented in conjunction with the Rhythm Foundation, in the parking lot.

“Instead of calling them concerts, we call them Pye Sou Lakay, which is Creole for Foot on the House,” Dorsch said. “It’s almost a subtitle for Rooftop Concert.”

Dorsch and Emerson-Dorsch also plan to stop by some museums during Miami Art Week, attend Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and visit Prizm Art Fair, where artist Paula Wilson will be showcasing her art. “There’s a very organic system to her work,” Emerson-Dorsch said. “She’s very resourceful.”

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