The Bass Kicks Off After-Hours Summer Series, Overtime

Korakrit Arunanondchai's 2015 digital video Painting With History in a Room Filled With People With Funny Names 3.
Korakrit Arunanondchai's 2015 digital video Painting With History in a Room Filled With People With Funny Names 3. Courtesy of the artist and C L E A R I N G.
Miami Beach's Bass is gearing up for the local art scene's typically sleepy summer by organizing a set of evening parties. The museum, which reopened last October after an extensive remodeling and went on to win New Times' Best Art Museum this year, is kicking off its summer series, Overtime, with a screening of video artist Korakrit Arunanondchai's latest piece, followed by a party with tunes provided by local DJ Gami, founder of Internet Friends, an ultrafemme trans collective.

The one-night-only event will offer performances, screenings, openings, parties, and complimentary welcome drinks. Overtime is a platform meant to shake up the usual stodgy museum fodder by presenting cultural instigators and creatives who extend beyond the traditional art world. It's combined with a monthly party that looks to capitalize on the dearth of local cultural events from June through September.

"Through Overtime, we're looking to incorporate local and visiting artists in a way that showcases their work or invites them to produce something outside of their typical practice," says Kylee Crook, the museum's director of education.

Born in Bangkok and currently based in New York City, Arunanondchai is a director whose films literally jump out of the screens. His high-art video pieces are usually paired with immersive installations that extend visual tropes from the film into the gallery space. After receiving an MFA from Columbia University, Arunanondchai experienced international art-world acclaim with solo exhibitions at Museion in Bolzano, Italy; Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; MoMA PS1 in New York; and others.

"The work to be presented at the Bass is an immersive environment, along with specially produced lounge pillows. The film features Thai youth styled in Western blue jeans, navigating their homeland with a hip-hop-inspired soundtrack," Crook explains. "Arunanondchai attempts to make a connection between the history of Western painting and the shift in global commerce and consumption, relating the rise of denim culture with the importation and appropriation of Western culture, which affected everything from fashion to modern art."

After the screening, museum guests will be treated to a DJ set courtesy of Gami, whose collective, Internet Friends, has created a social network in the local underground queer scene. Her beats are inspired by an eclectic mix of genres, from dancehall and reggaeton to ballroom and nightcore. And as they groove, guests can sip complimentary welcome drinks in the newly remodeled museum space.

The Bass has come a long way from its recent past, when it was shuttered for more than two years while mired in construction delays and regulatory hurdles. Yet since its reopening, the museum has made significant strides by innovating exciting exhibitions that speak to a younger, art-savvy, local audience. With Overtime, the Bass hopes to keep that energy going well into the summer and beyond.

Overtime. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Bass, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
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Neil Vazquez is an arts and entertainment writer who works at the intersection of highbrow and lowbrow A Miami native and Northwestern University graduate, he usually can be found sipping overpriced coffee, walking his golden retriever, or doing yoga.
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