As in previous years, Art Basel Miami 2016 will be taking over the city once more with its whirlwind of parties and roster of talented exhibitors. But there’s a lot more to Miami Art Week than the big show or the Art Basel Miami 2016 satellite art fairs that happen around it. Some of the best museums in Miami and local art galleries command the public’s attention with their share of eye-opening exhibits, performances and lectures. There’s plenty of ground to cover but make sure you carve out time in your schedule to check out these top Art Basel 2016 events.
Best Art Basel Miami 2016 events
Scott Campbell, "Whole Glory"
After inking people in Los Angeles, New York, London and Moscow, prolific tattoo artist Scott Campbell brings his project Whole Glory to Miami Art Week. For two days (December 1 and 2), he’ll tattoo the appendages of 10 lucky strangers whose names he'll pick from a raffle. The catch? The tattoo is a total surprise. "I apply whatever design I feel the appendage needs, and the recipient has no insight as to what it is until it is completed and they pull their arm out of the hole," Campbell explains. If you’re feeling brave, Whole Glory, presented by MILK as part of the Mana Urban Arts Project, is your shot to get inked—for free—by one of the country’s most celebrated tattoo artist whose worked on celebrities such as Howard Stern, Marc Jacobs and Robert Downey, Jr. Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Ave, Miami. Dec 1, 2 10am–5pm.
Patricia Field, “ArtFashion”
Fashion icon and legendary costume designer Field makes her Art Basel debut with this curated collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that has already made fans of Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and Madonna. Look for designs by up-and-comers like Scooter LaForge, Suzan Pitt and Jody Morlock. White Dot Gallery, 175 NW 23rd St (917-624-7599). Dec 1–31.Photograph: Courtesy Patricia Field
“Coral Cross III” at Colony Theater
Costa Rican-born, Miami-raised composer and visual artist Jorge Elbrecht and L.A.’s Max Hooper Schneider come together to form metal outfit “Coral Cross III.” The show, a one-night-only performance with elements of multimedia installations, serves as Elbrecht’s first solo exhibition and features a series of large-scale drawings. While music has played a major role in Elbrecht’s career— most notably his contributions to art collective Lansing-Dreiden and recent collaboration with indie darling Ariel Pink—Coral Cross takes it one step further, introducing dark metal sounds and striking graphics. The event is part of BFI's “Nomadic Miami” model, which presents site-specific exhibitions, performances and visual programming. Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach. Dec 3 9:30pm–11:30pm. RSVP at eventbrite.com to attend.
Photograph: Courtesy Jorge Elbrecht/BFI
Christie van der Haak’s “More Is More” at Wolfsonian-FIU
Wolfsonian–FIU is an imposing figure along Washington Avenue, but that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t room for improvement. Dutch artist Christie van der Haak has done just that, transforming the Art Deco building that houses the museum by wrapping it in her signature batik-inspired patterns and tapestries. The interweaving motifs outside, the largest public artwork on view during Art Basel Miami 2016, mirror the exhibit inside the museum: “Modern Dutch Design,” which explores the Netherlands’ innovative designs from 1890 to 1940, focuses on the artists’ response to the radical social and political shifts of said period. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. Nov 28–Dec 1, 3, 4 10am–6pm; Dec 2 10am–4pm. VIP opening Dec 2 8–11 pm.Photograph: Lynton Gardiner
Thomas Bayrle’s “One Day on Success Street” at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
“One Day on Success Street,” Thomas Bayrle’s exploration of technology’s impact on society, marks the German artist’s debut in an American museum. Spanning his nearly 50-year career, the exhibit will feature approximately 75 works from the 1960s to present day, including Wire Madonna—a site-specific piece commissioned by ICA Miami for its Atrium Gallery. The steel interpretation of Madonna and child will be Bayrle’s largest sculpture to date, while the exhibit is the space’s last, as ICA Miami prepares for a move to a permanent location in Miami’s Design District in late 2017. ICA Miami, 4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. Opening Nov 28 at 7pm; through Mar 26.
Photograph: Courtesy Wolfgang Günzel/ICA Miami/Fredrik Nilsen Studio
“High Anxiety: New Acquisitions” at Rubell Family Collection
Rubell Family Collection’s Art Basel Miami 2016 offering might be Miami Art Week’s most poignant showing given the U.S.’s current political climate. “High Anxiety: New Acquisitions,” a survey of works that examines social and political topics, features new works by artists already part of the museum’s private collection—including Solange Pessoa, Bunny Rogers, Ryan Trecartin and John Waters, among others. The show, though not explicitly a commentary on this year’s presidential election, does speak to the country’s shared state of uncertainty and nervousness. Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th St, Miami. Nov 30–Aug 25.Photograph: Courtesy Rubell Family Collection