Each year, The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach hosts a brunch to close out the busy art week. This year, it celebrated its 18th Annual Sagamore Brunch—first greeting guests to a rhythmic Africa drum performance by the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble. As guests made their way into the property, they viewed the newly installed exhibitions “I’m Not a Trophy” by artist Arno Elias and “The Giraffe Lounge” by Pascal Blondeau. After viewing the exhibition, guests enjoyed fresh pastries and seasonal fruit, as well as coffee, tea, and mimosas before entering The Sagamore pool deck.
“Miami Beach welcomed hundreds of thousands of people for Art Basel, and we feel overjoyed to have once again welcomed an elite crowd of guests throughout the week, including our Annual Sagamore Brunch,” said Ronit Neuman, owner of The Sagamore Hotel Miami Beach. “We continue our commitment to serving as more than a hotel destination, but also as a platform in our community for arts and culture.”
Throughout the brunch, guests—like Blondeau, the Neuman family, and the Ben-Josef family—mingled with attendees while enjoying two performances. The first, by the South Florida Symphony, soothed the crowd with classical melodies. And the second performance, a collaboration between the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble and artist Pascal Blondeau, was a one-of-a-kind performance comprised of the rhythmic beats and Blondeau guiding guests in a giraffe mask—an effort to represent the dwindling population of giraffes due to poaching and wildlife hunting.
“I’m Not a Trophy” by Arno Elias is on view to the public through February 2020.