Art and music coming together at Art Basel

Art Basel has for years been a highlight of the Miami arts scene. Here’s a look at some of the initiatives for this year’s Art Basel, Dec. 5-8.

Design Commission
This year’s Miami Design District annual design commission was awarded to Mexican product and material designer, Fernando Laposse. Marking the fifth anniversary of Miami Design District’s design commission, Fernando’s display will primarily be made up of pink tassels as the running motif throughout his installation. The installation will consist of various displays including hammocks, in collaboration with textile designer Angela Damman, and hairy sloths hanging from trees created using pink sisal fibers. Sprinkled throughout the neighborhood’s focal areas including Paradise Plaza, Palm Court, Jade Alley and more, Fernando’s commission also consists of lines of pink sisal tassels that will guide the public towards the highlight installations.

The pink fibers used in Fernando’s installations will be produced using the fibers of the agave by a collective of Mayan women weavers in Sacabah, Yucatan who will be taking care of cleaning and dyeing the sisal. Additionally, the sisal will be dyed using cochineal dye derived from the cochineal bug.

Virgil Abloh Sculpture
Artistic director of Louis Vuitton Men’s and founder of the fashion label Off-White, Virgil Abloh will be presenting an irreverent take on some of advertising’s most successful campaigns and bringing them into the Design District. Check out Virgil’s sculpture of a Sunoco beacon positioned as a sinking ship, which will be located in Jade Alley. While this is not the first time the fashion designer has a presence in the neighborhood, this marks the first time Virgil’s artwork is installed in the Design District.

MDD Performance Series
Miami Design District’s much-anticipated Performance Series continues to play a huge role in Miami’s cultural fabric. Produced by 19-time Grammy Award winning producer Emilio Estefan in collaboration with Maestro Eduardo Marturet (Miami Symphony Orchestra), Miami Design District’s Performance Series this fall will feature a performance by Jennifer Holliday on Dec. 13.

Photo: Fernando Laposse (Fernando Laposse)

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