I’ve mixed feelings about this one, but it was bound to happen – and that’s the sunnier side of the street, feelings-about-it-wise, so good on ya, Miami, for carrying on and having a Basel season in 2020, after all. Oh yeah, not even that bitch COVID-19 could keep the Magic City from getting down with its bad self come December.
And I say that with all the love and faith it will all happen in the safest, kindest of ways.
The Miami Design District will present Design Miami/, as well as major international galleries that regularly exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach, and a program of exhibitions, activations, and live events debuting on Nov. 27…for your fashionably masked ass, 305s and 786s alike. Attendance will be ticketed and limited, according to rigorous protocols implemented in consultation with the University of Miami Health System, per Jennifer Roberts, the CEO of Design Miami/, so do your part so that everyone can have fun, OK.
The 10-day event will utilize the 18-square-block open-air Miami Design District neighborhood and its abundant public spaces, as well the ICA Miami and the de la Cruz Collection museums to ensure that people can (and do!) keep appropriate social distances and maximize that good ol’ Miami vibe, too, I’m sure. (I know you know.) 🌴
Major international galleries will occupy architecturally significant buildings and exhibit the work of contemporary artists. 🚬
“We are excited to welcome Design Miami/ back to the Miami Design District and be joined by international contemporary art galleries. Since 2001, we have hosted significant cultural programming to inspire and engage the South Florida community. In 2020, we have a pressing need for a creative dialogue, so we have conceived of a format responsive to current circumstances,” said Craig Robins, the District’s founder and co-founder of Design Miami/, in a press release announcing the fair’s upcoming most pandemical edition. “As a pedestrian open-air neighborhood, the Miami Design District makes it possible to create live experiences that connect our local community.
“This is a re-imagined path forward to responsibly stage cultural events around the world.”
Added Noah Horowitz, director of the Americas Art Basel operation, “Art Basel has been a catalyst of the Miami art scene since our inception in 2001. The Miami Design District has long been an important epicenter of cultural activity that animates our annual show week, and we are pleased to see it serving as a vital bridge of both the art and design communities during this challenging time, concurrent with the ambitious programming of Greater Miami’s leading cultural institutions.”
Both Design Miami/ and Art Basel each will curate digital talks programs for their websites, so do stay tuned to that, OK.