Is it possible to be exhausted by Art Basel before it even begins? While most fairs and parties haven't even opened yet (except for those annoying VIPs and press previews), yesterday might have been the unofficial start to this crazed week. Bruce Weber was at the Standard, and Calvin Klein and Ricky Martin were spotted at the Vanity Fair party at MOCA. And the question on everybody's lips and tweets - Will the free tattoo parlor at the Hello Kitty jam on Thursday offer real ink or that temporary shit?
Starting today, the highly anticipated events begin to open their doors to the general public - that's you. Art Basel, the real deal in the Convention Center, is only open to press and VIP today but you didn't care about going to that anyway, right? Leave that to us. We'll be posting a Best Of from the original art fair tomorrow. In the meantime, read on for the best Basel events to do today.
1. Jennifer Rubell, who once built a padded cell out of cotton-candy
bricks, is hosting Just Right, an interactive food installation at the
Rubell Collection. Basically, it's breakfast with a buffet of thousands
of bowls of porridge, sugar, raisins, and milk. Enter through the hole
in the courtyard and look for the empty house. We like a breakfast we have to hunt down.
2. While you're in the Wynwood/Design District area, check out Scope, which opens to
the public today at 11 a.m. Here, at the most internationally recognized
satellite fair, keep an eye for Quick Couture, a project of Miami
designer Karelle Levy.
3. Another highlight in today's events is the opening of O Cinema in
Wynwood. Come get a sneak peek of the art house theater before it
officials opens, watch a docx about Miami (Scissors and Glue), and enjoy a
Q&A with the filmmakers and cocktails on the patio.
4. Design Miami/, now located on the Beach next to the Convention Center,
also opens to the public today. Recharge at the Once Upon a Dream
installation with a comfy bed, a story, and flowing Veuve Clicquot.
5. Once fully rested (or buzzed), check out the Vice magazine party with Richard Kern's Ruckercorp
at Coco de Ville. There were rumors that the XX would be there, but
maybe they're just keeping it confusing to avoid a mob scene.
Metric at 10 p.m. Rock out in the beautiful outdoors while Emily Haines
sings "Buy this car to drive to work / Drive to work to pay for this car
/ Buy this car to drive to work / Drive to work / Buy this car to drive
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to work." Though most of the Basel crowd has more trust fund worries and less
day job anxiety, right? Ugh.
If you haven't already, skim our complete list of Art Basel events here.