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Art Basel is big, and what’s even bigger are the mega list of parties and social events happening the entire week, many of which you have to know some very important people to gain access. We’ve taken the guess work out and sifted through an exhausting list of events to curate this Art Basel event guide that we think you would be interested in.
In Part 1 of Miami Soul’s Ultimate Black Basel Guide, we’ve gathered all of the Black exhibits and art fairs to experience in addition to the slate of events around the black exhibits. Part 2 is all about the parties, and we’ve also included a few sources for other exclusive events for those who have the gift of working the door to get into invite only events.
Expect traffic and parking nightmares, and use of public transportation and the free shuttles is highly recommended. Shuttle Bus schedule is available at artbasel.com/-/media/ArtBasel/Documents/Visitor_Information/Shuttle_Bus_Schedule.pdf
Part 1: Miami Soul Ultimate Black Basel Guide – Part 1: Soul Basel, Art Africa, Fusion MIA, and more at Art Basel
Solange Knowles presents…****Solange has CANCELED her appearance at the last minute***
December 2nd – 7th – Doors open at 7PM – North Shore Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Solange Knowles and Saint Records headlines and curates the musical lineup for Basel Week Music for Select Art Fair with daily shows of performing artists. selected from Solange’s Saint Record. Doors at 7pm; admission is free and on a first-come basis. Visit select-fair.com/amphitheater.
Heineken House Live Art Pyramid at Scope Miami Beach
December 2nd – 7th – 910 Ocean Drive
Serving as a focal point of SCOPE Art Show, the Heineken House is a multi-sensory experience of a massive structure that stands at over 35-feet tall and encompasses 12 massive live art walls to be painted over the course of six days at SCOPE Art Show. Enjoy the live interactive painting in a larger-than-life functional installation complete with a Heineken® bar and four open facades for an open-air experience.
Seagram’s Gin & Complex presents
Tuesday, December 2, 9PM – 12AM – LMNT, 59 NW 36th St, Miami
Exclusive party celebrating the release of the 2015 Seagram’s Gin calendar featuring a performance by Maybach Music Group artist, Stalley, with complimentary open bar by Seagrams Gin. RSVP: agenda.complex.com/seagramsrsvp
Opening Night Reception for FREEDOM
Tuesday, December 2, 7PM – 9PM – Wynwood Arts District, 48 NW 25th St
The VIP opening night reception for the newest exhibit, FREEDOM, launches a 5-day series of art installations, exhibitions, and events and showcasing a variety of art forms, including large format displays and live performances. FREEDOM runs from December 3 – 7. Complimentary cocktails and light bites are served at the reception. FREEDOM proudly benefits the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
Remy Rendezvous in the Magic City – Part Deux
Wednesday, December 3, 9PM Art gallery viewing; Set sail at midnight – Seafair Yacht, Bayfront Park South Dock next to Intercontinental Hotel at Chopin Plaza
Experience artisanal Remy Martin V cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and the artful sounds of DJ Grandmaster Dee. Invite only.
#IHAITIBASEL Launch Party
Wednesday, December 3, 6PM – 2AM – 5865 NE 2nd Ave
#IHAITIBASEL is an interactive map highlighting local businesses, artist-run spaces, and galleries in Haiti including creative events during Art Week. The launch includes: magazine release of Strangeways + Packet Bi Weekly; fashion show by Deon Rubi and Little Haiti Thrift Shop; live performance by Richard Kennedy of Hercules and Love Affair; and food by Chef Jaqcues Joseph of Gigi.
5th Annual Bombay Sapphire “Artisan Series”
Thursday, December 4 – Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave
Russell and Danny Simmons’s Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation celebrate the 5th anniversary of their “Artisan Series” with a big party for the 2014 finalists and winner and a special performance by Miguel.
Jakmel Art Gallery presents: Diversity Opening Reception
Thursday, December 4, 6PM – Jakmel Art Gallery, 310 NW 24th St
The reception features a special jazz performance by Jude Papaloko and Jowee Omicil. RSVP at (305) 290-9544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd Annual Vibes 305 Fish Fry
Friday, December 5, 10PM – 4AM – Toe Jam Backlot, 150 NW 21st St
305 Films and Coors Light presents an Art Basel fish fry and dance party hosted by Felicia Monet and dancehall, reggae, and hip hop by Dutty Dex and DJ LS One. Free admission but RSVP required at vibes305.com.
The Art of Transformation: Dance performance by Nora Chipaumire
Friday, December 5, 7PM – 8:30PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th Terr, Miami
Born in Zimbabwe, Chipaumire is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who uses her body to challenge stereotypes of Africa by confronting history and ideologies about the black performing body and its image. She is an Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and U.S. Artist Ford Fellow who has studied dance throughout Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States.
Friday, December 5, 10PM – 12AM + Afterparty 12AM – 5AM – Mokai, 235 23rd St, Miami Beach
JackDaniels presents a BBQ with burgers and beers, live shows, free ahol tattoos.
Cultural, Historical, and Social Messages in Haitian Artist Turgo Bastien’s Art
Friday, December 5, 5PM – 7PM – Haitian Historical Museum & Archives, 645 NE 125 St, North Miami
The latest works of Turgo Bastien is presented with a lively discussion by Professor and Historian Jean Claude Exilien; Professor of African Studies and English Carole Boyce Davies; Dr. Margareth Mitchel Armand, Board Member of Broward Cultural Affairs, and Marleine Bastien of FANM Haitian nan Miami. RSVP at (786) 621-0035.
Questlove Spin Session
Saturday, December 6, Fox Hole Bar, 1218 14th Court Miami Beach
Expect nothing but the best in music and a night of dancing with Questlove’s DJ set wi th opening set by Matthew Law along with Reid Waters. No Cover all night and early arrival a must.
The Overtown Renaissance: Forms of Artgineering
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 10PM – 175 NW 14th St
Hosted by EyeUrbanTV, local artists from Overtown and surrounding communities are featured. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages available.
Miami Times Holiday Jubilee
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 9PM, The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Holiday Jubilee will feature South Florida’s finest choral talent in song. As The Miami Times newspaper marks it’s 92nd year of service , this free community event celebrates South Florida’s rich cultural heritage. Blended voices lifted up in song will include 93rd Street Missionary Baptist Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens, Raymond Johnson and Covered Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist, and The Church of the Incarnation. Award-winning gospel recording artist, Johnnie Sanders will serve as
master of ceremonies.
Art Basel Grown & Sexy Yacht Party
Saturday, December 6, 12PM – 10PM – Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Ave, Miami
The Rondayvu Day Party hosts a sexy yacht party edition with a lunch brunch. RSVP for pricing details: eventbrite.com/e/miami-art-basel-grown-sexy-yacht-party-rondayvu-day-party-liv-alive-lunch-brunch-notification-registration-14166238601
Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art
Sunday, December 7, 11AM – 1:30PM – CAS Gallery at University of Miami, 1210 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
Created by curator, Ludlow Bailey in 2009 at the University of Miami during the Art Basel Festivities in South Florida, this annual panel discussion highlights and celebrates the extraordinary visual arts achievements of the people of African Descent globally.
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