The busiest cultural weekend of the year is upon us and scheduling the next three days could induce panic without the proper guidance. We sorted and sifted through hundreds of invitations to curate this list of best bets, which boasts a strong mix of free, traditional, and extraordinary opportunities for enthusiasts ranging from the “Basel Beginner” to the “Basel Boss.”
FRIDAY, DEC. 4
Red! … and Other Stories by David Jay
The solo photography exhibition by David Jay (Lucie Award: Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year winner (2015)) is a must-see. The show reviews his career behind the camera— from shooting Vogue editorials to portraits of the unseen aspects of humanity.
48 NW 25th St., Miami; free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more, email Lauren Culpepper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Moon at Spinello Projects
Full Moon inaugurates Spinello Projects’ new space in Little River and the gallery’s 10th anniversary exhibition. The commemorative show includes work by all 10 represented artists, including Farley Aguilar, Kris Knight, Aramis Gutierrez, Sinisa Kukec, Manny Prieres, Santiago Rubino, Naama Tsabar, Typoe, Agustina Woodgate and Antonia Wright.
7221 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. For more, call 786-271-4223 or visit www.spinelloprojects.com.
The Selfie Vortex at SCOPE
Participate in The Selfie Vortex, an installation and performance piece by EDGE Collection artist Carl Pascuzzi at Scope. It profiles the “selfie phenomenon” while providing the viewer with an opportunity to become part of the work.
SCOPE, 801 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Day passes are $35. For more, visit www.scope-art.com.
Hive Pop Up Art Village & Lounge
Located in the center hub of Wynwood, HIVE offers five unique art forms that will simultaneously tantalize the senses. Behind the Bar, presented by Miami Club Rum, will feature a series of mixology demos by popular bartenders. Also enjoy daily acoustic acts from a wide range of musicians and DJ performances at night; Art en Vivo, featuring the largest outdoor art installations with live art programming, Arts & Craft Village, with over 40 artisans showcasing original, high-end, works of art; and a Pop Up Restaurant featuring culinary creations from Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco / Naked Lunch.
MANA Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; Noon – 2 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5; Noon to 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6; Free and open to the public. More info at www.HIVEwynwood.com.
“Barefoot” Dinner Party
You may have to enter surreptitiously to catch a glimpse of A$AP Rocky’s intimate and unpublished photographs at Naked Taco at the Dream South Beach. The hotel, in partnership with Brooklyn-based artist Mark Anthony Green, will play host to the hip-hop star’s exclusive dinner at 8 p.m. for an array of artists, influencers, and celebrity friends.
1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For more, call 305-673-4747 or visit www.dreamsouthbeach.com.
Calm Before the Sun with Primary Projects
Local artist Magnus Sodamin painted the floor and walls of the Wynwood Walls Gallery with his trademark kaleidoscopic washes of dayglo paint. He’s also exhibiting a series of paintings together with an innovative lighting system. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to midnight.
Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; free and open the public. For more, visit www.thewynwoodwalls.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
Art on Paper
Art on Paper’s inaugural Miami Beach edition is showcasing sculpture, drawing, painting and photography— all unified by the medium of paper. There are dozens of activations associated with this fair, but our pick is the transformation of the former Surfmed Pharmacy space in North Beach into a satellite gallery with three exhibits:
DiMoDA – Digital Interactive Museum of Digital Art with works by Jacolby Satterwhite, Claudia Hart, Tim Berresheim and Aquanet 2001 presented by Transfer Gallery.
High Tide (curated by Jesse Firestone) – A group show featuring works by South Florida artists such as Neil Bender, Guillermo Leon Gomez, Ana Mendez, Jacqueline Romano, Matthew Evan Taylor, TYGOV, and a special video program presented in partnership with Tropicult.
Miami Beach Gift Shop (curated by Brian Whiteley)- An exhibition of works that comment on the Miami Beach surf shop culture and beach aesthetic featuring works by Roxanne Jackson, Liz Guzman, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Chris Held, Jennifer McDermott, Aimee Hertog, Lil Kool and Ellie Dent.
Surfmed Pharmacy Satellite Gallery (part of Art on Paper, which runs run concurrently with the Miami Project at the Deauville Beach Resort), 7430 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $25 – $60 and can be purchased online at www.thepaperfair.com/miami/for-visitors/tickets.
Prizm Block Party
The Prizm Art Fair is hosting a midday blowout with co-host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation from noon to 7 p.m. in conjunction with contemporary artists from the African diaspora and emerging markets. Look for a domino tournament on domino tables made by the arts collective Bien Conectao, cocktails, food and music by King Britt and Black Coffee. A special break dance performance piece by artist Jefferson Pinder is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Prizm Art Fair, 7300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Donations suggested. For more, call 954-372-6241 or visit www.prizmartfair.com.
Husband and wife team Formento + Formento present their emotionally charged short film and photo exhibit on display through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at RED Digital Cinema. The work explores displacement, cultural migration and memory. They close out their show with a party featuring a performance by Chargaux and cocktails on Saturday from 8 p.m.-midnight.
Red Digital Cinema, 72 NW 25th St., Miami; RSVP for Saturday’s event at http://thevoyagemiami.eventbrite.com
Miami Art Masters at a private residence
The inaugural exhibition and sale of museum-quality artwork by Old Masters like Jean-Honore Fragonard and Lo Scarsellino at a private home designed by Touzet Studio on Hibiscus Island in Miami Beach is strictly invite-only or by appointment. In addition to historic works, contemporary art and design is part of an installation featuring Tracey Emin and Cecily Brown, among others. To request an appointment, email email@example.com. For more, visit www.miamiartmasters.com.
Blurred Borders by Carola Brava
Escape the Basel madness by heading west to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art
Museum-FIU to see Venezuelan artist Carola Bravo’s “Blurred Borders” exhibit, which uses videos to analyze the timely topic of the contemporary migrant experience. For more, visit www.frost.fiu.edu/exhibitions/2015/carola-bravo.html.
Heineken Mobile Art Experience at Basel House
The Heineken Mobile Art Experience will be parked at the Basel House all day and night with their Heineken® and Montana Cans branded truck featuring a rotating canvas on the outside and a fully stocked art store and gallery on the inside.
MANA Urban Arts Project (former historic RC Cola plant), 594 NW 23rd St., Miami; Noon – 2 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. For more, visit www.baselhouse.com.
Superfine! House of Art and Design
From 1 – 7 p.m., guests can view the cutting-edge work of independent designers and artists in a dynamic and high-design space in Little Haiti/Little River. Expect installation art, performance art, design panels, silent disco and glow yoga.
The Citadel, 8300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. GA tickets are $10 and $5 for students. Includes all-day access to the pop-up design showcase. For more, visit www.superfine.design/#superfine.
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
Basel, Lox and Cream Cheese at The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Brunch will be served at 10 a.m. and followed by an exclusive tour conducted by curator Gabriel Goldstein of “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” the current exhibition which explores this now-extinct community.
301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets are $18 for members, $25 for non-members, and free for Art Fair VIP Card holders. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-972-3175. For more, visit www.jewishmuseum.com.
Pour at Locust Projects
New work by Brooklyn-based artist Martha Friedman is on view in her first major show in Miami. Four vividly colored sheets of rubber— made by pouring about 1,000 pounds of the material onto the gallery’s floor— are hanging from the ceiling to illustrate Friedman’s interpretation of the basis of Western medicine. At 11 a.m., New York choreographer/dancer Silas Riener will interact with the sculptural installation through a performance developed collaboratively with Friedman. This is the last performance.
3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; free and open to the public. For more, call 305-576-8570 or visit www.locustprojects.org.
Swig and Swine at The Broken Shaker
The second annual fundraiser hosted by The Bon Vivants of San Francisco, Esquire and Imbibe is from 3 – 8 p.m. and features eight massive barrels of handcrafted punch and plenty of pork served along with sides made by local chefs such as Michael Pirolo, Jimmy Lébron and Halid Quiroz. Last year’s event raised more than $11,000 for the Overtown Youth Center.
Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 21+. Tickets are available in advance for $30 (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2467139) or $40 at the door. For more, visit www.bonvivants.com.
The Basel House and Bushwick Collective Block Party
From noon to 9 p.m. on last day of this four-day block party will reveal the new murals completed by some of the world’s top street artists including: Ghost (New York), GIZ (New York), Case Maclaim (Germany), Shok1 (England), Atomik (Florida), Lola Blu (Florida), Crash One TATS CRU (New York), Don Rimx (Florida), Sipros (Brazil), James Cockran (Australia), AIKO (New York/Japan), SPOK (Spain), Hoxxoh (Florida), Trek6 (Florida). Entertainment includes DJs, live bands, breakdance performances, arts and craft vendors and 50 Miami-based food trucks.
The Mana Wynwood campus, 594 NW 23rd St., Miami; free and open to the public. For more, visit www.manacontemporary.com.
The Pascoe & Company Gallery’s After-Party
The new gallery in North Miami is hosting a special closing reception from 4 – 7 p.m. with South African Ardmore ceramic artist Christopher Ntshalintshali. Neighboring galleries — Gary Rubinstein Antiques Miami, Shine and Versace — are participating as well.
891 NE 125th St., North Miami; free and open to the public. For more, call 305-326-0060 or visit www.pascoeandcompany.com.