Art Selfies Galore at PAMM's Art Basel Birthday (Photos)
Photos by Ciara LaVelle
This time last year, the biggest thing on everybody's Art Basel agenda was getting a peek inside the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami.
One year later, traffic and unpredictable rainstorms did their best to spoil the downtown institution's first birthday party. But hundreds still flocked to the museum's hanging gardens for a breezy, mildly damp show by Future Brown and Kelela.
As rain showers came and went, partiers looked up at the dangling plants above them and wondered if they were dripping. Some sought shelter inside one of PAMM's newest installations: Buckminster Fuller's "Fly Eye Dome."
Perhaps the storms also corralled the crowds into PAMM itself, because the building was packed. It seemed like everyone wanted to document their visit. And you know what that means: art selfies.
At PAMM's most popular selfie spot, Western Sun, an awkward scene emerged: a crowd of people, cameras in hand, waiting to take their own photo in front of the neon lights -- but feeling a bit of stage fright in front of so many other would-be selfie stars.
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It was a bit easier to carve out your own perfect selfie at Beatriz Milhazes' expansive exhibit.
Museum explorers also got a taste of Future Brown, thanks to a commissioned video playing in the theater.
Back outside, Kelela crooned to a sparse but engaged crowd gathered along the waterfront. And when Future Brown took the decks, throngs of partiers rushed the stage -- and then past the stage, to watch the "Flyboarders" (you know, those guys flying above the ocean with water-shooting jetpacks attached to their feet) spin and dive to the beats wearing "fb" shirts.
Ocean jetpack bros dancing to club music at an art museum? Must be Basel.
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