The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum (1001 Washington Avenue, South Beach) celebrates their current exhibition "The Birth of Rome," with a party called "Rebirth of Rome" on Friday, December 6th from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring an installation by Gideon Barnett and a performance by Albert et son Orchestre. The exhibition is up until May 18, 2014.
Lots of big events happening again this year at the Standard Spa, Miami (40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach):
- Andre Saraiva and photographer Jean Pigozzi are hosting a pop-up gallery called Room 40 that will used for massages during the day and for exhibitions at night. They're also hosting a private dinner on the 5th.
- Alldayeveryday is opening a pop-up version of zine emporium The Newsstand in the hotel's Lido Lounge. It will be open all week.
- Custom t-shirts by artist Todd James will be available in the hotel's gift shop and will be worn by the pool staff. (That's one of his designs above.)
- There's a release party for an Everybody Street zine by Cheryl Dunn and another zine by Chris Johanson and Franck Haines on Thursday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Creative Time hosts a a brunch with Krug Champagne on Friday, December 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- On December 6th, The Newsstand has a book release for Glenn O'Brien's Penance from 5 to 7 p.m. and a "lecture" and book launch by Ryan McGuinness from 7 to 8 p.m.
- End your week at the annual Basel wrap-up "Lazy Sunday BBQ" on Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. and check out the "paper boat" by Miami designer Luis Pons.
The UNTITLED fair is back on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street in South Beach, with two big VIP previews: Monday, December 2nd, 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by Marina Abramovic to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Marina Abramovic Institute (this is the one that Lady Gaga is rumored to be attending) and Tuesday, December 3rd from 3 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by TM Sisters and Jacolby Satterwhite. The fair is open to the public from December 4th to the 8th.
Heineken Light, the Tecne Collective, New Times and the Miami Light Project are hosting several big events during the week starting with a "Light Your Night Challenge" for VIPs at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th Street, Miami) on Tuesday, December 3. Five multi-media artists from South Florida will "transform the warehouse into a maze of light installations" plus DJs Mr. Pauer and Ess & Emm are spinning. On the 5th, they're showcasing an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) and on Saturday, December 7th, there's a video installation and video mapping event at Grand Central (679 North Miami Avenue, Miami) for the Basel Castle after-party.
Visionaire and The National YoungArts Foundation present free public screenings of "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic", a new 3-D film by artist Matthu Placek, in the Jewel Box of the YoungArts Campus (2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami), December 4 to 7, every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Photo by Matthu Placjek via.)
Harper's BAZAAR magazine is bringing back their pop-up shop, ShopBAZAAR, to the Soho Beach House (4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) from December 3rd to the 5th. Look for designer brands, limited editions, a Gevalia coffee station, plus several beauty bars.
Maison Martin Margiela and Atelier Swarovski are hosting a super-private cocktail party on December 5th at MMG (3930 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami). They're presenting a new collection called "Crystalactite" and there's also an installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg called "Stalker."
The leading gallery app provider, ArtBinder, is launching a new app called The Viewer in 2014 and they're hosting a party with Christie's and Maker: magazine on Friday, December 6, at Mango's Tropical Cafe (900 Ocean Drive, South Beach). Co-hosts include Jemima Kirke, Peter McGough and Annabelle Dexter-Jones. Plus they've enlisted a very unique group of DJs including Hannah Bronfman, Todd Eberle & Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman.
Lapo Elkann of FIAT is hosting an exclusive cocktail party on December 4th for the opening of a pop-up shop by the Miami-based brand Del Toro and the launch of a Del Toro X Italia Independent line. Del Toro is also hosting a "block party" on December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at their headquarters in The Wynwood Building (2750 NW 3rd Street, Miami). There will be 50 pairs of hand-painted shoes by international artists and wall murals by artists including Stash, Evoca1, Johnny Robles and more.
The bandage-covered, heart-shaped balloon painted on a wall in Red Hook, Brooklyn, by the UK artist Banksy during his New York City "residency" is being offered for sale by the Stephan Keszler Gallery during AB/MB.
ELLE DECOR's Modern Life Concept House will be open on Sunset Island II from December 4th to December 15th. Tickets available at the door with a $35 individual donation to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Go HERE for more info. (The house is for sale, too.)
The Wynwood Art Building (2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami) kicks off the week with a big gallery night -- catered by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Tanduay and Vita Coco -- on Monday, December 2nd from 6 to 10 p.m. All the galleries in the building, including m+v ART, ArtMedia, Cienfuegos, Ricart, etc. will showcase their new exhibitions. Other galleries in the Wynwood Arts District will also be open on the same night, so if you're going to be in Miami on Monday, be sure to head over for a sneak preview before the crowds invade later in the week.
The Savannah College of Art & Design is presenting a solo exhibition called "Curva" () with recent works by Wendy White in the M Building (194 NW 30th Street, Miami). It will be on view from December 4th to the 20th.
The big media preview for the new-fair-on-the-block, Brazil ArtFair (3501 NE Midtown Blvd., Miami) is on the 3rd from 3 to 5 p.m. The VIP preview's after that, from 5 p.m. to 10 .m. The fair is open to the public daily from December 4th to the 8th.
A new project called "Burning As It Were a Lamp" by the Cuban-American artist Enrique Martinez Celaya will be on view all week at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery (2247 NW 1st Place, Miami).
If you're sticking around Miami until December 9th, there's an "Art Chat" with two Miami notables, Robert Chambers and Robert Wennett, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (9703 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). Chambers is probably best know for his large public sculptures, but he's also a fountain of knowledge on numerous topics including meteorites. Wennett is a local developer who transformed Lincoln Road by hiring the Swiss starchitects Herzog & de Meuron to design his parking garage and he's also involved in the plans for the new Miami Beach Convention Center.
We'll be back next Wednesday, November 27th, with the final part of our Mega-Guide and then we'll be posting new additions all through the week of December 3rd to 7th in our daily guides.
Homepage photo by Rebecca Smeyne.