Brace yourself, 305-ers – the time is here. Miami Art Week madness makes the city the destination for collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts from all over the globe. There will be 82,000 flocking to the city, making this first week everyone’s December destination. Luckily, you’re already here, and won’t have to take a $2,200 private jet ride to catch the action.
From graffiti-clad Wynwood to glitzy palm tree-lined South Beach, 267 galleries and 20 distinct pop-ups will exhibit throughout the city. Remember this is the event that saw Miley performing in SoBe and Drake DJing at a mansion last year. But you don’t have to be a sophisticated art collector named Theophilus who has Lagerfeld hair and wears satin capes to enjoy all that Art Basel and Miami Art Week have to offer. There are dozens of incredible events open to peasants like us, as well as other spots to catch on the cheap or completely free. There is a dizzying amount of spectacles to encounter, from eclectic concerts to live murals and dance sculptures – and no matter what you choose, you’ll experience something that’s sure to peak your interest and awaken the art lover inside. Here’s a quick overview of just a few of the best events, including the exclusive parties, just in case you decide to crash the Swiss Beatz Bacardi Bash….because you deserve a study break:
The beachside locale will feature 60 top galleries from around the world showcasing the best modern art. I was #blessed enough to attend a preview Tuesday night, and can vouch that this exhibit is a must-see. And it’s not just amazing contemporary art you’ll get to witness: the gallery even included an exclusive Picasso sketching. Find the inside look here.
Miami Project Pavillion, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Dec 2nd (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Dec 3rd-5th (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) Dec. 6th (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Art Basel Miami Beach
Traffic sucks but so does missing this incredible exhibition of some of the top pieces. Make your way to the Big Kahuna.
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Dec. 3rd – Dec. 6th $30 for Students
Over 45,000 people will visit the acclaimed show this week, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary edition with 120 different international exhibitors.
801 Ocean Dr.,Dec. 2nd – Dec. 6th (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) $25 for Students
Freedom by Alexander Mijares
The first-generation Cuban-American artist based out of Miami will unveil his latest colorful and culture-inspired works. The matchless centerpiece is one that will make Cuban-American Miami history – an authentic Cuban refugee boat that washed ashore in Islamorada, FL. Using the historic relic as his canvas, 50 percent of the profits from its auction will go to the families of the 16 refugees that arrived on it.
151 NW 24th St, Dec 2nd from 7:30 p.m – 11 p.m.
This will be a live art installation that relates humanity’s connection to water in a visually captivating performance. The epic exhibit will tell the story of our planet’s rising sea levels and melting glaciers. And the centerpiece will feature an elevator-sized human aquarium. ‘Nuff said.
MDC Wolfson Campus at Kyriakides Plaza. Dec. 2nd (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Dec. 3rd-Dec. 5th (2-8 p.m.)
Step into a gold shipping container and experience the magic of traveling without ever having to catch a plane. For 20 minutes at a time, you can speak with someone from Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Honduras, or Mexico. The aim is to a create a “global public square”, and translators will be present so language barriers won’t be a problem.
Sagamore Hotel, Dec. 1st-Dec. 6th
Walk in or sign up at sharestudios.com/miami (also check for specific country times)
The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE
Another #blessed moment: last year I got the chance to privately tour this inspiring contemporary collection that includes sculpture, photography, and large scale installations by artists from around the world. As featured in Vogue, German artist Anselm Kiefer has just finished installing a new display of his work, and the gallery will offer extended weekend hours.
591 NW 27th St, Nov. 30th-Dec. 5th (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Dec. 6th (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) Come with your Cane Card to get in for free!
Witness Lenny Kravitz’s photography debut! The rockstar’s 50-photo collection depicts what it’s like to live in the public eye…perhaps good training if you’re like me and plan on being a celeb one day.
160 NE 40th St, Design District, Dec. 2nd-Dec. 6th (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
This is an all-day art fair brought to you by Swizz Beatz and Bacardi and is completely open to the public. But at 10, the venue will transform into the three-day concert series Bacardi Untameable House Party, featuring artists like Alicia Keyes, Pusha T, and Wiz Khalifa. You just have to figure out how to get an RSVP (or just show up and pretend you’re important).
35 NE 29th St, Dec. 3rd- Dec. 5th (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
In a bold performance showcase, follow choreographer Silas Riener as he dances and interacts with various rubber sculptures created by Martha Friedman.
Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave, Dec. 2nd (8 p.m.) Dec. 3rd (11 a.m. & 8 p.m.) Dec. 4th (11 a.m.) Dec. 5th (11 a.m. & 6 p.m.) Dec. 6th (11 a.m.)
IF YOU LIKE TO EAT ART (YEA, EAT IT):
Enjoy “edible monochromes” A.K.A. soft-serve cones delivered from American artist Spencer Finch’s solar-powered ice cream truck. Parked next to Hyde Midtown, Finch will distill colors of the sunset to create tasty pastel-colored scoops. Who knew art could be so delicious?
3401 NE 1st Ave, Midtown, Dec. 2nd – Dec. 6th (1-8 p.m.)
IF YOU’RE A CAR BUFF:
Don’t miss the daylong exhibit of more than 60 exotic cars. Automobiles get artsy in a preview staged by the founder of the London Motor Museum for Miami Supercar Rooms (a museum/restaurant concept where people dine privately in custom-built cars).
NW 1st Ct between NW 20th and 23rd Streets, Wynwood, Dec. 6th (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
IF YOU’RE A FASHIONISTA:
Be transported to the world of 1980’s New York nightlife with an all-access photography collection produced by the founder of Details Mag. You’ll get to see pics of icons like Debbie Harry, accompanied by Museum of Fashion’s founder Keni Valenti’s to-die-for vintage collection. The exhibit even includes a Jean Paul Gaultier outfit that belonged to Madonna. :O
Museum of Fashion, 2612 NW 2nd Ave, Dec. 3rd – Dec. 12th
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO JAM:
Enjoy the chill and hazy tunes by BØRNS.
70 NW 29th St, Wynwood, Dec. 4th (8 p.m.)
IF YOU’RE TRYING TO NAMAST’AY BOTH CULTURED AND FIT:
Click here for a rundown of this week’s yoga events – brought to you by our resident staff yogi.
Now go out there and get artsy fartsy.