Art Basel/ Miami Art Week is easily one of my favorite times of the year, but most locals are in the dark about where to go and what to do in the magic city the first days of December. This year Art Basel will go down December 6 to the 9 and below you'll find some of the most popular events and art fairs in the city.
Miami Beach, Little Haiti and Wynwood are going to be springing up with satellite fairs and events that you can rsvp to for free or purchase tickets to. I'll also be covering these for you on my socials @RoamFreeWrites bringing you exclusive behind the scenes so be sure to tune in.
Below you will find free events, art fairs and music events and I'll also be updating this post daily. You can also email me about listing your event to : firstname.lastname@example.org
*Green Mean$ Free*
Thursday November 15
Step into imaginary territory of lines, dots, and letters, and immerse into a virtual playground of four dimensions: X (horizontal), Y (vertical), Z (depth), and T (time).
XYZT: Abstract Landscapes is a world-travelled installation by internationally acclaimed French contemporary digital artists and multimedia choreographers Adrien M & Claire B. The interactive show offers an exploratory physical experience through ten digital landscapes.
Whether you are walking on floors that react to footsteps, manipulating light particles within a giant digital cube or blowing into glass boxes and witnessing virtual letters that assemble and disassemble as by a touch of magic, you are in for a one of a kind immersive sensory encounter.
736 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Thur, Nov 15, 2018,
Daily 10AM - 10/11PM
Students & Seniors (65+) $20
Children (2-14) $17
Friday November 30
THE ART OF BANKSY
Opening on November 30 at Magic City Studios in Little Haiti.
Miami will welcome the US premiere of "The Art of Banksy,” an acclaimed showcase featuring 80 original works associated with the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. “The Art of Banksy” has already generated excitement in Melbourne, Tel Aviv and Toronto, with Miami now playing host to this spectacular exhibit.
General tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available online at http://www.banksyexhibit.com Stay up-to-date by following @BanksyExhibit on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
6301 NE 4th Ave Miami, FL 33138
Miami’s Magic City Studios
Monday – Sunday from 12PM – 9PM.
Tickets $39 +
MIAMI MOTEL STORIES in MiMo
Just off the Blvd that drives you into the the heart of the Magic City, sits a brilliant gem of a motel with stories waiting to be heard. We’re getting your room ready all you have to do is check in.
Juggerknot Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the next edition of #MiamiMotelStories in the historic #MIMOdistrict neighborhood in Miami, written by resident playwright Juan C. Sanchezand directed by Mia Rovegno. Meet us on the Biscayne Corridor for a toast with presenting partner Chivas Regal. Nov 30th through Dec 23rd. Gold Dust Motel in the MiMo District is the location of this groundbreaking immersive theatre production.
Tickets go on sale Oct 15th at www.MiamiMotelStories.com
Sunday December 2
Beginning December 2nd, select areas in Pinecrest will become life-size art installations. As part of a public art project titled "Underwater HOA" by acclaimed environmental artist Xavier Cortada, Pinecrest’s 2.5 mile-stretch Killian Drive will become an exhibit called “Elevation Drive.” Cars will be able to literally drive-by and watch sea level rise take place right before their eyes, in art form.
“Underwater Markers” street art displays at 57th, 62nd, 67th, and 72nd Avenues each feature one of Cortada’s Antarctic Ice Paintings as a backdrop and a number representing the intersection’s elevation number of feet above sea level. The art on the intersections will be augmented by the placement of 12” X 24” inch Underwater Markers, designed by the artist, in the public right-of-way along the road.
“Underwater HOA” is a participatory art project by Pinecrest artist-in-residence, Cortada, who is raising awareness on the issue of sea level rise across Miami-Dade County. The project also includes an exhibition of the artist’s Antarctic Ice Paintings at Pinecrest Gardens’ Hibiscus Gallery. Cortada traveled to Antarctica in 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program fellow and created a series of works on paper by melting ice samples provided by scientists conducting research on the melting of Antarctic glaciers.
Additionally, in collaboration with the League of Conservation Voters’ Education Fund and environmental group, Rock the Earth, the artist and LCV volunteers will canvas the neighborhoods of Pinecrest, Miami Beach and Wynwood to hand out 6,000 “Underwater Markers” for residents to voluntarily place in their front yards during Art Basel in order to make sea level rise visible to all.
The Miami artist has also created a newly chartered Underwater HOA, the first meeting of the association will take place January 9, 2019 from 7 - 10:00 p.m. at Xavier Cortada’s studio in Pinecrest Gardens.
Lina Condes, a Ukrainian Contemporary, millennial artist, incorporates principles of bionic architecture and design into her work.
She will be exhibiting in the Art Miami Pavilion, at The Fountainbleu Hotel, and in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Week.
Her representation of an unblemished human is prominent in her series of stick figure sculptures which have no attachment to color, creed, gender, religion, language or sexual orientation. Her art is a representation of the purity and “bare bones” of what qualifies as human and Condes believes that there is a raw, unharvested energy found throughout the universe which represents such a purity.
Lina will be showing her work in Miami during Art Basel week at the fairs as well as in the Miami Design District. You can see her work in the Art Miami Pavilion Avant Gallery Booth AM335.
Must See Art Basel Exhibit Curated by Art IT Boy -17-year-old Quinn Harrelson "COLLECTIVITY”
The Exhibit: “COLLECTIVITY”, is free to the public, and metaphorically explores the conceptual power of the individual and the collective as it relates to the past, present, and future of Bakehouse.
QUINN HARRELSON: Curated by the 17-year-old known as “the future of the art world.” Quinn guest-curated at BBQLA for the show “Cabin Pressure” earlier this year featuring artist works from NY, LA and Miami. He also opened a gallery Current Projects in Little Haiti with a show “Night Sweats” focusing on black magic and syncretism (covered in ArtForum).
Details on COLLECTIVITY:
Date: On view through Art Basel until March 2019
Location: 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL
More information on the exhibit: http://www.bacfl.org/
Bakehouse Art Complex is a representation of what is making Miami a hard city to beat for its arts and pop culture. It’s growing one-stop shop with galleries, exhibition space and full of local artists working in their on-site studios.
Tuesday December 4
RAW POP UP
RAW POP UP is pioneering the Interactive Art Movement (IAM). Comprised of an interdisciplinary team and network of global creators every pop up is produced in-house from conception to execution. RAW POP UP creates meaningful multi-sensory pop up experiences with lasting cultural impact.
Lose yourself in the multi-sensory experience through an abandoned department store. 6 days, 80+ creators, performers and musicians. Which path will you choose? Tickets go on sale Nov 5th.
For ticket and info visit http://iamrawpopup.com/
The Sagamore Hotel
December 4-9 (FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 24/7)
Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco hotel, The Sagamore Hotel, known for its rotating experiences of museum-quality art year-round, presents an immersive experience of ambitious and innovative art programs coordinated by Sebastien Laboureau, resident art advisor of the Sagamore Hotel.
The programming, spanning various types of media, will launch December 3 during Art Week and run through January 4. This year, #SagamoreIsArt presents an immersive solo show by Jason Newsted.
Newsted is the former bassist of Metallica. Other highlights include the Miami edition of FRAME, an incubator of art experiences, sculptures in the hotel’s newly-renovated garden by Gillie and Marc Schattner and digital art by REO presented by ART REPUBLIC.
Additionally, PIMAX, an urban artist known for denouncing the vices of modern society through his art, will showcase a mural wall focused on history, reproducing works by Van Gough, Picasso and Warhol.
The hotel is proud to showcase an impressive list of inspiring and talented artists with a passion for music, technology and innovative design. Guests will be immersed in a unique and innovative art experience, throughout the entire hotel. The Sagamore Hotel is one of the only venues in Miami Beach where guests can experience museum-quality art for free and open 24/7 to the general public.
To celebrate, there will also be a celebratory event on Thursday, December 6th that is open to the public. For more info visit http://www.sagamoresouthbeach.com/ Sagamore1671 Collins Ave,Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tenoversix x Henrik Vibskov Art Basel Event
Concept store Tenoversix has a unique pop-up that you won’t want to miss out on. Teaming up with Danish fashion designer and artist Henrik Vibskov, the anticipated event will feature ‘shop-in-shop’ modules within the Tenoversix store adapted from Henrik’s runway design aesthetics. DJ Kristian Kirk from Henrik’s team will be providing the beats at this unique gathering, which will take place on Tuesday, December 4th.
Henrik is currently the only Scandinavian designer on the official show schedule of the Paris Men’s Fashion Week since January 2003. His eclectic designs are far from minimalistic common in Scandinavian design; they are playful and ambitious. In addition to Henrik’s designs as a designer, his pieces as an artist have been featured at the MoMa in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, ICA in London and other notable museums around the world.
Tenoversix- The event will take place from 6-9pm and it is a RSVP event for that evening. However, the installation will be up for a month open to the general public at the Tenoversix store. RSVP: email@example.com.
7338 NW Miami Ct,
Miami, FL 33150
Wednesday December 5
The National Hotel, a historic Art Deco property in the heart of South Beach, has partnered with The University of the Arts in Philadelphia to host the ultimate art experience.
Some of the school’s top artists alums will fuse the arts through moving-image installations, contemporary art pieces, photography, and musical performances throughout the hotel from December 5-9th. The Miami Art Week experience will include a neon video installation on the hotel’s roof by contemporary American artist Stephen “ESPO” Powers, best known for his transition of graffiti writing into street art and text-based conceptual works.
Meanwhile, dynamic duo Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib will showcase their collaborative large-scale, immersive moving-image installations using original imagery and unique soundtracks to create colorful video projections that explore history, cultures and conventions.
In the interior of the hotel, visitors can enjoy photography by internationally renowned African-American artist, photographer, writer and educator Deborah Willis. Her works are grounded in making and studying photographs that reflect personal and collective memories on beauty.
The hotel will host an Invite-Only VIP Reception on Wednesday, December 5th from 7-9 p.m., and a free Public Preview Party on December 6th from 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring one-of-a-kind art displays from all artist-alums of the University of the Arts, live entertainment, signature Art Basel cocktails, and bites from Tamara’s Bistro.
The National Hotel Miami
1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
8 p.m. to midnight
Zenith Art & Fashion
Zenith Art & Fashion, a Miami-based gallery, couture boutique and event space is fusing art and fashion this Basel at Red Dot Miami, a modern and contemporary art show in the heart of Miami featuring an international slate of 75+ galleries showing over 500 leading artists.
The gallery will be bringing together the artistic creations of emerging and established artists and fashion designers from around the world. With a mission of uniting cultures through the arts, Zenith will be exhibiting the works of diverse artists from different nationalities.
Visit their booth #R406 inside Mana Wynwood between December 5-9th and view the works of sculptors Fernando Cid de Diego, Jesse Nusbaum and Ian Fichman, as well as paintings by Adam Lucey, Elena Kupreeva, Hector Salas, Raida Lopez, Kre8, Solczy, Hamid-Nicola Katrib and Tomasz Kucharski. For more information, visit www.zenithartandfashion.com.
Miami Soundwave x Art Basel
Fire Grabba Presents Miami Soundwave's Launch Party:
Kick off Art Basel with the ladies of Miami Soundwave for their official launch party! The all female DJ Collective presented by Fire Grabba is putting on a concert in the heart of Miami on December 5th.
Come see some of the dopest female artists perform at SQL Miami. The all female lineup will feature City Girls, Pilly Mae, La Goony Chonga and more!
Bonnie BeatsDJ KramerPeeWee
DJ Gazm, DJ Elle & Pam Jones
30 Northeast 14th Street
Miami, FL 33132
Wed, Dec 5, 2018, 11:00 PM
Art Of The Ballet" (Miami Body Cast & Miami City Ballet Collaboration)
As part of a months long collaboration, the multi faceted artist duo Miami Body Cast (made up of creatives Ernest Vasquez & Sierra Rasberry) are proud to exhibit the art works they collaborated on with the Miami City Ballet for an Art Basel/Miami Art Week Kick Off Event!
Working with ballerina Emily Bromberg & ballet dancer Jovani Furlan, Miami Body Cast (aka MBC) has spent months traveling back & forth to the Miami City Ballet facilities to meet with, speak to, learn from, sketch, draw, and ultimately body cast Bromberg & Furlan into incredible works of art.
These various mediums will be on display for a one night only exhibit at the Miami City Ballet Headquarters & School location in Miami Beach Wednesday December 5th from 7-9pm. The works will remain on display in the school until December 9th before being on hold until the Gala.
The public will get a first hand preview of the various artworks created, including those that are being donated to the annual Miami City Ballet Fundraising Gala benefitting their initiatives. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists and ballet company before having an opportunity to purchase the artworks available on display!
For more information contact MBC Manager Evan Snow @ 954-361-4998 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday December 6
THE MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
Dec. 6-9, 2018 at HistoryMiami Museum
The MSPF is an international photography festival, in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum, showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre. The goal of the Festival is to establish a global platform for learning through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other events. This Festival is a collaborative effort to advance the work of photographers who pay attention to everyday life in order to capture the world around us. HISTORYMIAMI MUSEUM101
West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Darker Gods in The Garden of The Low Hanging Heavens
Acclaimed post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis is bringing his afro-surrealism exhibition, Darker Gods in The Garden of The Low Hanging Heavens — a project that began as his response to the ways in which black people tend to be represented in the media.
Using sound, photography, film, illustration and written word, Damon takes western fears and infatuations of Blackness and creates a world where Gods of color reclaim their identity through the supernatural.
The gallery is free and open 12/6 to 12/9 from 10AM-5PM, with free events every night, including the opening reception on Thursday, 12/6 with music by Coco & Breezy, and an artist talk on Friday, 12/7 with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors-Brignac and Philip Agnew, co-founder of Dream Defenders.
Gallery Hours: 10AM - 5PM6300 NW 2nd AveMiami, FL 33150 Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 10AM - 5PMPrivate Viewing - RSVP required via EventBrite. Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 7PM - 10PMOpening Reception with Music by Coco & Breezy Friday, December 7, 2018 | 4PM - 5PMArtist Talk with Damon Davis and Special Guests Phil Agnew, Artist and Co-founder of Dream Defenders and Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, Artist and Co-founder of Black Lives Matter. RSVP required via EventBrite. Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 7PM - 10PMClosing Reception presented by Farfetched Records & Smoke Signals Studio
RnBae Collective Presents: Bae Basel
Every year, we're bombarded with flashy parties, branded activations and your favorite celebrities walking the streets of Wynwood, but we forget the true meaning of Art Basel. It's about the art right?
Straying away from our regular programing of showcases, we've decided to team up with our friends from LunchBox INTL to produce an art gallery that not only shows art in it's finest light, but ties in the branding of RnBae Collective. We've gathered a handful of our favorite Miami based photographers for a gallery showcasing R&B in a concert setting. Along with the gallery, we will walk guests through the history of R&B with a video presentation along with a performance to end the night. Of course, the night isn't complete without an interactive art installation and a photobooth for memory's sake. Guests can enjoy cocktails from our friends from Red Bull and Deep Eddy's Vodka.
Details: December 6th | 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. | 50 NE 62nd Street, Miami FL
RSVP / TICKETS $10
CAKE Art Basel 2018
Using contemporary murals, augmented reality, and avant-garde sound design, Cake is creating a multi-sensational experience in the heart of Wynwood.
The Crown Collection will be showcasing a private jewelry lounge within the space that will showcase intricate, one-of-a-kind works with rare gems and meticulously-engraved luxury timepieces. Cake is partnering with mixed media artist, Rob Shields, to design an interactive augmented-reality exhibit that will span amongst the space. Teebs & Elaquent will be sonically curating the event Saturday night. More acts TBA.
Cake also will be creating a truly immersive, interdisciplinary encounter for their guests to experience during Art Basel 2018.
Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 1:00 PM –
Sun, Dec 9, 2018, 1:00 AM EST
350 Northwest 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127
The Wynwood Art Basel Drag Ball
Yaas queen yaasss.
The first Basel Drag Ball is almost in session. Details to follow soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Thu, Dec 6, 2018, 10:00 PM –
Fri, Dec 7, 2018, 3:00 AM EST
311 Northwest 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127
Art Basel Showcase
Basel at The Yard: Disco Soul ft. Gavin Turek & Yoli Mayor
It's that time again: Art Basel, baby. Celebrate the world's biggest art fair at the center of it all for a special edition of Basel at The Yard: The Yard’s Got Soul! A 3-Day Soul, Funk, and Motown Getdown curated by Prism Creative Group. Continuing their tradition of hosting a stellar musical lineup for locals and travelers alike, they're bringing the newest voice in nu-disco, Gavin Turek all the way from Los Angeles for one of the danciest sets you'll see all year.
The Wynwood Yard
56 Northwest 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
FREE RSVP (F)empower Presents: 2040
Miami inhabits the rhythm of both pre and post apocalyptic realities, the in-between worlds and possibilities. In reaction to the forecast of destruction and climate collapse, (F)empower welcomes you to encounter what is left of our dying world. Through immersive art environments, installations, panels, performances, and multidisciplinary media, 2040 submerges you into the future, that in this moment, has already passed us by. To stay afloat, elevate your spatial and temporal awareness of the then, the now, and the will be.
5789 NW 7th Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Thu, December 6, 2018
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST
Friday December 7
Basel house Mural Festival x Thrifter Market
Basel House is the place to be during Art Basel Week where street art, eclectic music, innovative unique vendors, and new-age art installations from across the globe come together to create an unparalleled experience. In the center of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, across 30,000 SqFt of mural wall space, including projection mapping installations, vendors, and a whole lot more, this FREE event will offer live painting, unique art installations, vert ramp, live music, late-night DJs, mural tours, Saturday Night Art Battle, workshops, an art & lifestyle vendor market place, and food trucks.
Old RC Cola Plant
550 Northwest 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Fri, Dec 7, 2018, 3:00 PM –
Sun, Dec 10, 2018, 9:00 PM
THE ART PLUG POWER HOUSE
Inside the walls of an abandoned police impound sits an art gallery hiding a clandestine drug den adjacent to a monster truck and motocross rally led by a bearded, tattooed man..
Nearby a peep show defies expectations while a rearing mechanical unicorn waits to be conquered..
A slumber party hosted by a fictional bean takes place near an oversized bubble transporting your senses to the past and beyond..
No, this isn't another of Stefan's guides to New York city nightlife. It's the immersive art experience, The Art Plug Power House, opening during Miami Art Week (Art Basel), where an police impound will be transformed the ultimate immersive art compound.
The Art Plug Power House is an experiential adult playground celebrating creativity and craftsmanship in Miami's up-and-coming Allapattah neighborhood on December 7 + 8, 2018. Featuring immersive and interactive art installations, over $5 million in art, musical performances, pop up shops, food, drinks and more, Art Plug Powerhouse is much more than just an art fair and moves beyond the basic Basel showings.
Conceptualized by "The Art Plug" himself Marcel Katz (most for being the world's youngest Salvador Dali dealer) Art Plug Power House is sponsored by High Hemp and features works from artists including Aholsniffsglue, CB Hoyo, Robin Velghe, Chad Knight, Zevi G and many more.
Event highlights include an Aholsniffsglue monster truck and motocross show, scent bubble by Zevi G, Ketnipz' Slumber Party, rides on a mechanical unicorn and High Hemp stage performances by Otto von Schiarch, Cocodrills, Stafford Brothers and Nano the DJ.
The Art Plug Power House
1440 NW 21st St Miami, Florida 33142
For more info click here
Basel at The Yard: Motown Funk ft. Patrick & The Swayzees
Join the epic Art Basel dance party featuring the legendary and always fun, Patrick & The Swayzees! Come ready to get down with this Motown band we all know and love. Take in a swoon-worthy and soulful set by the jazzR&B outfit, Shenzi and a funky opening set by Miami’s instrumental masters, Lemon City Trio.
Late Night Programming:
Silent Disco - 11:30pm in The Yard Box
The Classics - Midnight - 4am in The Yard (The Pavillion)
An Evening of Vintage House/Disco and Old-School Hip HopPresented by Keep It Deep Miami + Vagabonds-At-Large
Explore the many delicious food pop-ups at The Wynwood Yard, grab a local beer at the bar, and take in what makes Miami so beautiful this time of year.
The Wynwood Yard
56 Northwest 29th Street
Miami, FL 33127
DJ JAZZY JEFF
YOU HAD TO BE THERE
Picture yourself at a house party where nobody had their phones out and everyone was dancing and living in the moment. That's what this is. And when your friends ask you how was the party? You Had To Be There. 21+
You Had To Be There is a phone-free party.
In order to maintain this environment, all phones will be placed in pouches upon entering the venue. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the event and pouches do not block cell signal or texts; so your messages and likes will still be there when you exit. We want to eliminate all the distractions of the world in your device and make sure you focus solely on enjoying our party environment. Unplug. Forget capturing the moment for your social media friends that aren't here and when they ask, just let them know You Had To Be There.
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:00 PM
1-800-Lucky 143 NW 23rd Street MIAMI, FL 33127
UMBRELLAS OF LITTLE HAVANA
UMBRELLAS OF LITTLE HAVANA
Open invitation to all artists for the 5th annual art, music and dance festival in the heart of Little Havana Friday, Dec. 7 to Sunday Dec. 9th 10-5 pm
1637 SW 8th St, Miami Florida 33135
Dec 7 at 10 AM – Dec 9 at 4 AM
(F)empower Presents: 2040