Sam and I wanted to see someone famous.... sure enough... we did! On our second day at Art Basel Miami, we got a late start. Sam and I began our afternoon at the PAMM (Perez Art Museum Miami). This place is the most gorgeous museum the I have ever seen. My friend from college works there and said if he is ever having a bad day, work is where he goes because it will change his mood with its beauty. We pulled up after crossing the bridge and it was surrounded by palm trees and is located right off the water. You can see cruse ships, yachts, and sail boats. The architecture is amazing and the whole museum is covered in huge hanging plants. It was like a dream here.
We spent a while viewing the most incredible installation of work by Julio Le Parc. Evert sense was triggered and the interaction was sweet! We also managed to run into Klaus Biesenbach, the Director of MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large at MoMA. Sam was absolutely mesmerized and star struck, but I couldn't get her to introduce herself! Understandably so, he was very intimidating, put together, and dapper!
Here are just a couple of Museum favorites (besides the obviously stunning architecture).
After the PAMM we headed to The WynWood Arts district. We saw the walls and the galleries inside that area. The art was very much street and graffiti, reminding me of my neighborhood in Deep Ellum Dallas. We were lucky to reach the area at dark when everything was lit. It was almost like one big street party.
Sam and I were in the same frame of mind.... Do as much as possible everyday. Wynwood was just a brief stop on our way to the next Art Basel event. We met up with a good friend from Miami (living in Baltimore) and her mom at Art Concept. The work here was mostly expected, but there were a couple of pieces that really caught my eye. At this point Sam and I had spent a solid two days looking at new artists and work we had never seen before, but the three of us agreed we really like this painting behind us! This is only half of it, but I'm hoping to find a small print!
Ready to make the most of our night, Sam was dying to go to the after party of Hood By Air. The thing about Basel is... everything (almost) is open to the public...until its not. The problem with that is its usually advertised as open and then later a bunch of celebrities and rich people decide they are going and it becomes VIP guest list only.
We get to the Moma PS1 Cool Down at FDR at the Delano, and they wouldn't let us in! After watching some people manage to just walk in without speaking to anyone we followed and got ourselves in the door... through the first obstacle. That only got us to the crowded lobby and bar where everyone without wrist bands was hanging out. We then try to go down to the "VIP" section and again... didn't get let in. After roaming around trying to make a plan we decided to leave. Khadija managed to find a wrist band on the way out so we gave it another shot! I asked someone leaving for his wristband and he was pretty cool. He is an artist from New York and told us the gum trick! Thanks for that on Arthur!
Khadija and I put the wrist bands on with gum, walked into the VIP only section, and we were in! I grabbed Khadija's wrist band, left the party to get Sam and gave her the gum covered wrist band. We walked back down to the party and there you go! All three of us were in! Sounds easy, but I assure you it took us a while just to find the wrist bands to do it!
To be expected, by the time we managed to sneak in the party was practically over. It was also extremely pretentious and full of people who wouldn't give us the time of day! I had more fun trying to get in the damn thing than we had at the actual party. We managed to sneak into another VIP party at the same place.. the after party of the after party. The door woman liked Khadija's necklace and my jumpsuit and we talked our way in. We danced for a bit, grabbed three gift bags and left for pizza. We ended up with a night full of new memories and three Hood By Air Stella beer glasses. Just like that, I blinked and half our trip was over.