Art Basel Events

Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Art Basel: Art Loves Puppet Rock: "Don't Trust Anybody Over 30": A live puppet rock opera about teenage riots and their instigator, Neil Sky, future President of the United States. Think Meatloaf meets the Muppets as they try to spark social revolution. Dec. 2-5, 5-6 p.m. 2000 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, 305-673-7256.

Miami Beach Cinematheque. "The Human Influence": An exhibit of photographs featuring works by the rarely seen Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Patty Smith, and others. Also, Octavio Campos will perform an excerpt of BLUE by Derek Jarman, who filmed the movie as he was dying of AIDS. Performance on Saturday. Sponsored by Art for Peace, Robert Miller Gallery, NY. Dec. 3-4, 7:30-11 p.m. 512 Española Way, Miami Beach, 305-673-4567,

Miami Beach Convention Center. Wine & Spirits Expo of the Americas: As you enjoy the art at Art Basel, be sure to sample some of the wines, spirits, and gourmet foods that will be available at the Convention Center. Dec. 3-5. Art Basel Conversations - Art Collections: Panel discussion by several distinguished speakers giving information about the collections at Art Basel. Dec. 3-5, 10 a.m. Bus Obscura: How about art on wheels? That's what artist Simon Lee has created with "Bus Obscura," a roaming kaleidoscopic adventure that takes a 24-passenger bus and turns it into a moving museum. The bus will transport passengers from the Miami Beach Convention Center to the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium and other locations associated with Art Basel. Through Dec. 5. 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, 305-673-7000.

John Espinosa, “Standing Still While We Move Across Land”
John Espinosa, “Standing Still While We Move Across Land”
Photos by Mark Seliger
Photos by Mark Seliger

Miami Design District. Hi-Performance Party: Celebrate -scope/Miami's new Performance-scope program on 39th St. Fri., Dec. 3, 7-11 p.m. Art Basel: Art Loves Design Party: This is the big one baby! Two city blocks in the heart of the Design District will close off, allowing for one hell of a party. Galleries and design showrooms open their doors and tempt patrons with cocktails, music, and surprises. The street is your canvas tonight, so paint the town red. Sat., Dec. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight. 305-573-8116. NE 2nd Ave between 39th and 40th St, Miami.

Miami International University of Art & Design Gallery. "Do you want to know what it is?": A series of digital photographs taken during the construction of the Miami Performing Arts Center by Alex Steneck. Photographs also will be projected on the 15th Street wall of the university. There will be performers and food outside the campus. Fri., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-428-5700.

Miami Light Project. "It's My Pleasure": Solo exhibition by Ali Prosch made up of five short films. Through Dec. 11. 3000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-576-4350.

Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium. "Light, Sound, Art and Science": This exhibit plays with notions of light and sound. Expect shadow puppets and lamps bumping into walls. Any perception of reality becomes a marred surreal experience in this auditory and visual creative gathering. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Jan. 2, 2005. 305-646-4289. 3280 S Miami Ave, Miami, 305-646-4200.

Mildrey Guillot Art Gallery. "Colors of Passions": Enjoy a look at the paintings of Mildrey Guillot. 1-5 p.m. Through Dec. 4. 1654 SW 8 St, Miami, 305-495-9667.

The Moore Space. "Wiggin Village": A project by Jim Drain and Ara Peterson. Also, "Soap-Operatic," works by Hernan Bas. Will be open Dec. 3-5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for Art Basel. Dec. 3-March 31. 4040 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-573-1622,

Museum of Contemporary Art. "Cut/Film as Found Object": Nine artists come together for a large-scale video projection featuring the manipulation of movies, film, and television to create a new perception of reality. The exhibition examines and rearranges existing film into original narratives filled with emotional content and new musical scores. It's art that finds its roots in the sampling world of '80s hip-hop and converts the medium from music to film. Basel hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Jan. 30, 2005. 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, 305-893-6211.

Nancy Gifford Studio. "UnderCover": Check out this creative celebration of antiquated book covers. A playful twist on the originals, this exhibit features modern design on an old, almost obsolete, medium. Through Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2320 N Miami Ave, Miami, 786-877-9020.

The Newton Building. AFFINITAS: An "Exploration of Art and Architecture" from the University of Miami, presented by UM's School of Architecture and Department of Art and Art History. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2-6. 3901 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, 305-284-2542.

Nocturnal Club. French Kiss Miami, House4Peace Event: Dance for peace at this charity celebration. House4Peace and SFP Records bring us an auction to benefit the kids at Intervida. Aside from the funk, artwork will be auctioned off. 9 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5. $20. 305-604-9911. 60 NE 1st St, Miami.

Norton Museum of Art. An Evening at the Norton Museum of Art: Exhibitions including: "Continental Drift," "Masterworks of Chinese Paintings: In Pursuit of Mists and Clouds," "Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg," and "Focus On: New Photography". Sat. Dec. 4, 8 p.m.-midnight. 1451 South Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196.

NOW. "MIES": A photographic exhibit by Paul Clemence showcasing the architectural work of Mies van der Rohe. Opening reception Sat. Dec. 4, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dec. 2-Jan. 28. 51 NE 40th St, Miami, 305-573-9988.

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