Wednesday's Best Art Basel Events: Kanye, Pharrell, Kendrick, and PAMM at Last
Kanye's coming, y'all.
Maybe you're not interested in the upper crust Art Basel scene. Maybe you find the exclusive opening parties to be vapid and overblown. Maybe you hate drinking for free in a room full of bizarrely dressed strangers.
Or maybe you just forgot to RSVP this year.
Either way, if you're attending the fairs as a regular ol' plebe, today's for you. The fancy-shmancy opening events are almost over, and most satellite fairs are now open to the public. Also open today: PAMM, offering free admission to its brand spanking new facility for anyone who lives in Miami-Dade.
Here's to you, regular guy. Now get out there and look at some million dollar art.
Aqua VIP Preview: Okay, so maybe it's not all anti-VIP. But this fair at South Beach's Aqua Hotel boasts a chill vibe in an outdoor courtyard, so think of it as VIP Lite.
4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Visit aquaartmiami.com.
Art Basel Kickoff Party with Kendrick Lamar, in conjunction with Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami: This is the ultimate Art Basel kickoff party for music lovers, brought to you by Flaunt magazine and 3P Productions. We've also all but confirmed that Kanye's gonna show up for an art collaboration with his Yeezus stage designer Vanessa Beecroft. But it's a private event, so work your connections, people.
Time TBD. Visit artbaselmanawynwood.com.
Design Miami: This cool counterpart to Art Basel is now open to the general public after yet another champagne-soaked Vernissage last night. You won't get the free booze, but you'll still see an awesome Swarovski installation and snag bites by Michael Schwartz.
Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Visit designmiami.com.
The Drawing Room: A public event with free cocktails! The Freehand presents its Basel version of The Drawing Room, this time with artist Reed Van Brunschot. The Pernod Ricard drinks will flow from 8-9 p.m.
8 p.m. - midnight. Visit thefreehand.com.
Gringo Bingo 1 Year Anniversary: Okay, it's not the official one-year anniversary of bingo at Wood Tavern -- that happened back in October. But why not celebrate the weekly event's belated birthday during Basel? Especially if there's a chance you'll win artsy prizes and even original artwork.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Visit yo-miami.com.
Kanye Everywhere: Seriously, tonight's all about the Yeezy. In addition to his expected appearance at Mana Wynwood (see above), he'll also be one half of a private discussion at the Moore Building. And there are also rumors that Kanye and his Kardashian baby mama will attend "Most Oddinism," a pop-up exhibition at 3250 NE First Ave., right in the middle of Midtown. Basically, if you don't catch a glimpse of Kanye tonight, you aren't trying hard enough.
"Most Oddinism" runs 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Night Court: This year's Absolut Vodka-sponsored Art Basel public spectacle is designed by L.A. artist Ry Rockland. It involves trophies, and a basketball court, but most importantly, it is a bar. Drink up.
Open Wednesday-Saturday, 12 p.m. - 2 a.m.
"Piotr Uklański: ESL": So you want to attend a museum opening, but can't bring yourself to fight the causeway traffic to get off the beach? The Bass Museum has your ticket: an opening reception for "ESL," its latest exhibit by provocative Polish artist Piotr Ulanski.
9 p.m. Visit bassmuseum.org.
PAMM Opening: There's not much more to say about this place. It's big. It's new. It's impressive. And it's the biggest thing to happen to Miami culture since, well, Art Basel itself.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Visit pamm.org.
Silencio: After debuting in Miami during Basel last year, the David Lynch-designed lounge concept is back with pop-up at The Garden Building (175 NE 40th St., Miami) in the Design District. Tonight's opening will be hosted by Pharrell Williams and artist Takashi Murakami.
Wynwood Brewing Company Grand Opening: At long last, WBC is opening its doors for good. Even if you're not a beer snob, it'll be a cool place to check out murals, nosh on food truck cuisine, and generally support the community.
Starting at 4 p.m. Visit wynwoodbrewing.com.
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