With Miami Art Week in full swing, we’re taking a look back at events like the opening of the NBA’s art exhibition, “Momentum,” Rashaad Newsome and Swizz Beatz’s The King of Arms Ball, and more.
On Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) celebrated the opening of its first art exhibition, presented in collaboration with Franchise and AMP. On view at the hotel Nautilus by Arlo, “Momentum” (open through December 8) explores the relationship between art and basketball culture through a presentation of art surrounding the sport, including works by Andrea Bergart, Andrew Kuo, Eric Elms, Ashley Teamer, and Devin Troy Strother.
Later in the day, The Dean Collection’s Swizz Beatz and Oolite Arts presented Rashaad Newsome’s live experience, The King of Arms Art Ball at the Soho House Miami Beach Tent. The ball, which first began in 2013 as a platform for the LGBTQ+ community, has celebrated the work of artists of color like Zanele Muholi, Nick Cave, and Mickalene Thomas. The artists are judged in categories throughout various disciplines of pageantry and performance in an space that creates a safe and welcoming environment, clear from the gender binaries that are often associated with the ballroom.
And that evening, Phillips and The Bass Museum of Art hosted a celebratory dinner at Mr. Chow honoring Lara Favaretto and her commission Gummo VI, which will join The Bass’ permanent collection. Attendees included hosts Vivian Pfeiffer and Silvia Karman Cubiñá and guests like Mera and Don Rubell, Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Sarah Arison, Lily Kwong, Polina Proshkina, Rodman Primack, and Andrea Glimcher.
Last night, Swarovski held a cocktail celebrating its presentation at Design Miami/, which features wallpaper by New York-based Calico Wallpaper and lighting installations by Dutch designer Tord Boontje. Guests in attendance (including Boontje, Nick and Rachel Cope of Calico Wallpaper, Aric Chen, Blair Clark, Caroline Baumann, Maria Cristina Didero, Cole Akers, and Jeremy Higginbotham) joined together at the penthouse of the Miami Beach EDITION for drinks, breathtaking ocean views, and a preview of some of Swarovski’s new designs, which are the product of the brand’s work with leading sustainability initiatives.