The Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum (1205 Washington Avenue, South Beach) present an exhibition that examines masculine beauty and sexuality between 1890 and 1982. "Protected Beauty" opens on November 28 and will be up until March 2017. The show was curated by Helmut Schuster, the Miami museum's director, and Rebecca Fasman, manager of the Kinsey Institute's traveling exhibitions. It includes many works originally deemed too controversial for public display by artists including Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Cadmus, George Platt Lynes and others. WEAM was founded in 2005 by Naomi Wilzig, who passed away last year.
Via Public School
The Confidante Hotel (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) hosts "WNL Radio" by NYC fashion duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School on December 1, 2 and 3. WNL, aka "We Need Leaders," was conceived as a pop-up radio station and performance art piece, with daily programming providing "a platform for conversation and dialogue." Participants include Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito, Daniel Arsham, Jose Parla, Yes Julz, Heron Preston, Derek Watkins, Selema Masekela and Uncle Luke. Stop by for pool parties on Friday and Saturday, and go online HERE to pick up a limited edition WNL t-shirt or hat.
Lady Bunny. By Hunter Abrams/BFA.com
The AB/MB 2016 Conversations and Salon series in the convention center's Hall C auditorium includes an artist talk with Julio Le Parc on Thursday, December 1, 10 a.m.; a discussion about the "Post-Election Art Market" featuring Heather Podesta on December 2, 1 p.m..; and a debate on the topic "Spectacle, Events & Art" on Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m., with Lady Bunny, Hrag Vartanian, Nicholas Baume and Stan Parish.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami) opens "Toda percepción es una interpretación: You Are Part of It," an exhibition of works from their collection, on Wednesday, November 30, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on view through March 12, 2017. Over 51 works by 41 artists are included; plus there's a re-creation of a site-specific work called "Wrinkle Environment" by Liliana Porter and a participatory performance by Carlos Martiel on December 1, 11 a.m. Admission to CIFO is free.
Norma Kamali. By Neil Rasmus/BFA.com
Norma Kamali and Diamonds Unleashed CEO Kara Ross host a wearable art exhibition called "Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve" that's on view from November 27 through December 4 in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Miami (500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami). Twenty artists have contributed one-of-a-kind dresses including Julia Rich, Georgia Grey, Carly Jean Andrews and Stuart Hemple; and all will be auctioned with funds donated to non-profits that support women's empowerment. The VIP opening is December 1, 8 p.m.
Towel by Laurie Simmons
The Delano South Beach (1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach) has a big week lined up for AB/MB. There's a pop-up show in the lobby featuring photos by award-winning UK photographer Terry O'Neill who has shot celebrities since the 60s including Judy Garland, the Beatles, Faye Dunaway, Elton John and Frank Sinatra. And, starting Wednesday, November 30, the hotel's basement lounge will host a 3-night music program called "Cool Down," curated by MoMA PS1. The hotel is also launching the Art Production Fund's new series of artist-designed towels by John Currin and Laurie Simmons with a VIP party on November 29, 6 to 10 p.m. and available for purchase in their gift shop. And finally, they've got the annual MoMA PS1 pool party with Hood by Air, hosted by artist Jacolby Satterwhite.
Via Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton's "Objets Nomades" collection returns with two new pieces for 2016: Tokujin Yoshioka's "Blossom Stool" and the Campana Brothers' "Fur Cocoon." Both will be on display at Design Miami from November 30 to December 4 and at Louis Vuitton (140 NE 39th Street, Miami) in Miami's Design District through January 2017.
Matthew Stone, FKA twigs - M3L155X
Tumblr's 5th Annual Basel Brunch honors UK artist Mathew Stone on Thursday, December 1, 12 p.m., at The Standard Spa (40 Island Avenue, South Beach). Art Ruby, "the essential art journal for visual addicts," co-hosts. Past honorees include Jose Parla, Dustin Yellin, Marina Abramovic and Daniel Arsham & Jonah Bokaer. Invite w/RSVP mandatory.
Red Bull Music Academy presents "12 Hours of NAAFI" featuring 10 DJs selected by the Mexico City-based record label NAAFI, along with the art-duo known as SANGREE (Rene Godinez Pozas and Carlos Lara) on Thursday, December 1, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. at Coyo Taco (2300 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami). The DJs are Lao, Imaabs, Zutzut, Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahia, Venus X, Jubilee, Tygapaw and Santa Muerte. 21+ with RSVP.
MM6 Maison Margiela celebrates their pop-up shop and collab with Aaron De La Cruz on Tuesday, November 29, 6 to 9 p.m. at 173 NE 40th Street, Miami. RSVP mandatory. The MM6 shop features "transformative and experimental" designs and should be open through Spring 2017, and their original Design District store remains open at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue.
Alexander Rodchenko, Composition, 1917
Claude Picasso, Sir Norman Rosenthal, Krystyna Gmurzynska, Mathias Rastorfer and Isabelle Bscher are hosting a super-private, VIP only cocktail party at the Faena Hotel (3201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) on Wednesday, November 30. The event honors the opening of Galerie Gmurzynska's exhibition of Russian avant-garde works in their AB/MB booth, designed by Claude Picasso.
NYC's 1OAK and Up&Down are hosting pop-up clubs during the week. 1OAK will partner with Rockwell (743 Washington Avenue, South Beach) for 3 nights starting December 1, and Up&Down is in the Cabana Club Beach tent behind the Nautilius Hotel for 5 nights starting Tuesday, November 29. Both will be open late, and you can expect surprise performances, VIPs and celebrities. The Nautilus is also the sight of several private events all week including a dinner for Marlborough Gallery, a party for Perrier ARTXTRA and Interview Magazine, a dinner for the AB/MB 2016 film program and a Billboard Magazine party.
Splash photo towel by John Currin for Art Production Fund.