Okay, so there has been some debate about whether people should avoid selfies in museums and at art fairs in favor of enjoying the artwork undisturbed. However, we know our readers to be totally respectful of their art experiences, so we think you can handle it! Besides, who doesn’t love a great artsy photo of themselves at the hottest exhibitions in town?
1) UGO RONDINONE @ BASS MUSEUM
The Bass Museum is back and better than ever with “good evening beautiful blue,” an incredibly Instagram-worthy exhibition featuring the works of mixed media artist Ugo Rondinone. Part of a multi-institution retrospective that looks at three decades of the artist’s work (1990s through the present), the newly-reopened Museum presents several galleries of work that together cover the entire second floor of the building.
The signature gallery, and most selfie-worthy is “vocabulary of solitude.” Forty-five life-sized clown figures were cast from 22 men and 23 women of various ages and ethnicities. Each figure is engaged in a different routine activity, such as sleeping or walking. You’ll definitely want to contemplate, and then document, this one! #AtTheBass // Bass Museum of Art: 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
2) humanKIND @ WYNWOOD WALLS
Wynwood Walls, the site of a continually evolving collection of curated street art, has announced the theme of this year’s murals: twelve new works addressing “humankind” will be unveiled on December 7. Artists from five different countries will be showcased, including: Lady Pink, eL Seed, Bordalo II and Martin Watson. This type of project, with visitors from around the globe, allows for the perfect opportunity to reflect on the kindness that this current-world-in-turmoil needs. According to Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO of Goldman Properties and Goldman Global Arts: “If we can inspire people to act with kindness towards one another, then we can accomplish our goal of not only promoting creativity, but also inspiring action.” The walls are free, open to the public and will be on view from 10am-midnight on December 7-10 before regular hours resume the following day. To top it off, the always colorful and astonishingly innovative Wynwood Walls murals make for the perfect backdrop for a Miami selfie, and will give you a nice been dose of inspiration along the way. #humanKINDWynwood // Wynwood Walls: 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
3) GRAN CENTENARIO X KELSEY MONTAGUE
Let’s start things off with a selfie for a cause! Known internationally for her viral angel wing murals, artist Kelsey Montague will showcase a white and gold set of wings for Miami Basel. From December 7-9, Nautilus South Beach will display Montague’s wings in its lobby, and another set at the Art Basel tent, so that guests can take photos with the work and proudly post those photos to social media. For each photo posted with the hashtag #GCPutWingsOn, Gran Centenario Tequila will donate $10 to benefit families and victims of the earthquake in Mexico City. One set of Montague’s wings will also be auctioned off, and the other will be for sale, with proceeds of both also benefiting Mexican relief charities. Great selfie, great deed: a win-win! #GCPutWingsOn // Nautilus South Beach: 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
4) SUZY KELLEMS DOMINIK @ NAUTILUS
Nautilus strikes again (see Kelsey Montague above): this time with a 5-foot-tall neon vagina, with lights that illustrate an orgasm. Artist Suzy Kellems Dominik’s “I Can Feel” sculpture is a “vulva-shaped neon self-portrait” on view at the Nautilus Hotel. This is the first time that the 12-foot-tall work, the artist’s largest neon piece to date, will be available for public view.
In reclamation of her physical and emotional independence following the end of a relationship, the artist explored how our bodies interact with our emotions. This sculpture reflects rejuvenation and challenges viewers to ask themselves questions that will lead to their own independence. The installation, curated by Art Zealous Founder Kristina Adduci, will be on view through December 10. #ICANFEEL // Nautilus South Beach: 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of ice cream with a view of the ocean! This quirky four-story museum is a whimsical experience that will let your imagination run wild. Chock-full of art deco and contemporary-inspired interiors, the immersive Museum was built to “engage all five senses” and “to inspire human emotion and creativity.” Preview the Museum during Basel week, from December 6-11, before it officially opens on December 13. Previous locations in New York and California proved to be Instagram-worthy. This time around however, the Museum is staying lock-lipped on any further details – so your visit will have to be a surprise. Preview tickets are steep for not knowing what to expect ($98), but we do know that you will get “multiple treats” including ice cream (of course!) as part of your admission! Tickets must be purchased online ahead of time. #museumoficecream // Museum of Ice Cream: 3400 Collins Ave., Faena District, Miami Beach
top image// courtesy of Suzy Kellems Dominik