On Wednesday in Miami, The Sagamore hotel held an opening reception for its exhibition “I’m Not a Trophy,” welcoming more than 1,000 guests to preview the unique presentation. Featuring works by French artist and photographer Arno Elias, the show’s purpose is to spread awareness surrounding the detrimental effects of poaching and trophy hunting on the species and African Tribes whose lives depend on a precariously balanced ecosystem.
During the event, guests including Asha Dorsey, Rony Ben Joseph, Noelle Fleureau, Pascal Blondeau (whose installation The Giraffe Lounge is on view), curator Sebastian Laboureau, and Bernard Markowicz enjoyed signature cocktails during a journey through the series of one-of-a-kind works depicting Africa’s iconic wildlife, like rhinoceros, gorillas, cheetahs, elephants, and lions. Attendees were also treated to an immersion into African culture through a presentation of tribal artifacts, exclusive video footage, and a performance by the Delou African Dance Ensemble.
In conjunction with the show’s opening, Original Penguin by Munsingwear also held an unveiling of a collaboration with Vic Garcia in The Sagamore Garden. For the project, Garcia created a canvas of designs exclusive to his partnership with the brand, including the witty Original Penguin mascot, Pete.
“We are honored to serve as a platform for so many respectable artists during Art Basel,” said Ronit Neuman, owner of The Sagamore Hotel. “Beyond this prestigious art fair that takes place yearly in our very own community of Miami Beach, our gallery walls and hotel garden will be filled year-round with beautiful pieces of art that we have commissioned for both residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate.”