Art during Basel

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"Neutral Ground"

It's midnight and you'll be hanging under the I-395 underpass in Overtown. Yes you will, if you know what's cool for you. George Sanchez has rebuilt his almost-full-scale model of one of the most famous Modern designs, the Le Corbusier Villa Savoye, which he lights up and has called The Blessing. This time the building does not stand alone. Local artists such as Burt Rodriguez, Ivan Toth-Dependa, and Carlos Betancourt will project images of their art; Gen Art will unspool an artistic video installation; Josh Levine will act out; and DJ Le Spam (who else) will spin. The evening is meant to "illuminate" an otherwise dark area of our troubled inner city.

Christian Marclay: The Sounds of Christmas


"Enrun" and "Going Out on a Limb"

"Enrun" reception at 8:00 p.m., "Going out on a Limb" starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Buena Vista Building, 180 NW 39th St, Miami; call 305-674-9592 for "stock quotes" and information.

"Smack Your Bit Up" by Matt Rush, through January 15 at Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 817 NE 125th St, North Miami; 305-895-1030.

"Stickin' It to the Man!" opens December 7 at 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Objex Artspace, 550 NW 24th St, Ste F, Miami; 305-576-6551.

Robert Thiele, through January 15 at Barbara Gillman Gallery, 5582 NE 4th Court #5, Miami; 305-759-9155.

"Crowning Perspectives" auction and exhibit opens December 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the New World School of the Arts Gallery, 25 NE 2nd St, downtown Miami; 305-237-3135. Through December 8.

"Neutral Ground" audio and visual party, from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. December 5, under the I-395 freeways at NE 13th Street and N Miami Court, Miami (double-decker buses will transport you there from the Design District as well); 305-532-3467.

Christian Marclay: The Sounds of Christmas. through December 31; special local DJ performances from DJ Le Spam, Push Button Objects, and Edward Bobb, among others, December 5 through 8, 13, and 27 at MoCA, 770 NE 125th St, North Miami; call for times, 305-895-6211.

See Galleries listings for more details.

Papa turntablist, yes, but Marclay has also more than scratched the surface of video, installation, sculpture, and performance art in his lifetime. Now he is sampling more than 1000 Christmas ditties from throughout the ages (including 30 versions of "The Little Drummer Boy") as a collage of album covers is projected onto the walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Hard copies -- the LPs from which Marclay collected his samples -- are also on hand if you want to feel the real things known as albums. Add to the sound local DJs, who are spinning their own renditions of a Christmas mix. And then see how you interpret Yoko Ono, the main exhibit at MoCA.

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