The Bass Museum has always been a beautiful and sort of mysterious place on Miami Beach. The Art Deco coral building sits north of Washington's club central and just far enough away from Lincoln Road's shopping madness that there aren't people wandering in with a Crocs bag, asking to use the bathroom. This location on the ocean, and off the main strip, enhances the experience of viewing some of the best curated local exhibitions. And now add to that sipping a fancy drink and eating a taco or two on the terrace. The Bass is making it easier for visitors to enjoy both the building, the art, and each other with Beats After Sunset, the museum's new monthly happy hour.
The museum's Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiña said, "This monthly Friday night happening is a fantastic opportunity for people interested in art, music, and culture to meet and have a good time."
Recent upgrades to the property have allowed the Bass to fully embrace its location on the beach. The change of its entrance from the back door, which faces apartment buildings, to entering from the Atlantic is also a nice touch. You could literally jump out of the ocean, wander across a parking lot, and enter a world of truly impressive visual stimuli.
One major perk of Beats After Sunset is that once you're in the museum, you can have more than just a glimpse of the art; you have two hours to enjoy whatever's showing (if you've taken your Adderall). The current exhibition features video work by Isaac Julien, including the installation artist's Ten Thousand Waves, and films and photographs from earlier works, which will be up through March 6.
Each month, Beats will feature a different DJ, a mixologist serving a select liquor with a variety of drink options, and, most importantly, something edible. For tonight's, Tasha from the TM Sisters and DJ Hugo will be creating the soundtrack as you suck down Herradura tequila drinks, which will be sopped up by the inexpensive tropical tacos in your belly.
The inaugural Beats After Sunset is free, but the following first Fridays will be free for members only. Non-members can pay the cost of museum admission, a mere $8. The festivities run from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bass Museum ( 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Call 305-673-7530 and visit bassmuseum.org.
Wearing a “beard” she made out of cotton balls and a manila folder, Liz Tracy once introduced herself to Rick Ross as Rick Ross. When she’s not writing articles about the Bawse or the Boss, she’s penning grants at Pérez Art Museum Miami. Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She taught classes on public policy at Florida International University and new media journalism at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Around 2007, Liz figured out that the internet was a wonderful place to express her unpopular opinions, so she established the websites Miami, Bro and the Heat Lightning. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine. You may have seen her as the interviewer in the viral video “Butt Hole Tattoo Girl” that was featured on Real Time with Bill Maher, MTV, and Comedy Central.