The new Oceanfront area in Collins Park has been created as a platform for virtually all of Art Basel Miami Beach’s cultural programming. Situated directly beside the beach, the Oceanfront marks the point where the artworld interfaces with the broader public. We are delighted to have Creative Time, the legendary New York City-based public art organization, as a partner in the launching of this new dimen- sion of Art Basel Miami Beach. Having solicited many proposals, Creative Time and Art Basel Miami Beach commissioned Los Angeles artist Pae White to create this “social space?.
Free of any admission charge, the Oceanfront – located at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets – offers visitors many opportunities. In the mornings, they can attend the discussion panels of the Art Basel Conversations series, featuring prominent figures from every artworld domain. And every night during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Oceanfront will feature at least one special event. The evening series will be inaugurated by the annual Art Loves Music concert on the beach; the following evenings feature the Art Perform program curated by Jens Hoffmann of the Wattis Institute, the Art Video program curated by Meredith Johnson of Creative Time and the Art Film evening curated by This Brunner. Rounding out the experi- ence, the Oceanfront Cafe will offer visitors the possibility to have brunch in the morning, then light meals and refreshing drinks from dusk to midnight.
Oceanfront project by Pae White
For the 2009 premiere of the Oceanfront, Pae White will create an immersive and interac- tive cityscape that will provide a new experience with each visit. By day, large color blocks will dominate the landscape. At night, these color blocks transform into a shadowy group of buildings that house various merchants and performers. In addition to this labyrinth-like metropolis on the sand, White will design an open-air stage that will host the Art Video, Art Film, and Art Perform programs and Art Basel Conversations.
Born in 1963 in Pasadena, CA, Pae White graduated from Scripps College, Claremont and received her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. White has exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona (2008); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2007); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio (2007); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004). White was a featured artist in the Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2007 and in this year’s Venice Biennale.
Art Basel Conversations
Thursday, December 3 through Saturday, December 5, 10 – 11 am
As in previous years, the Art Basel Conversations will be inaugurated by the Artist Talk premiere, which this year features Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The Art Basel Conversations are “Museum Directors: Change in Generation,” “Collector Focus: Latin America” and “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum.” There is time allotted after each Art Basel Conversation for the audience to engage with the panel in a more informal fashion.
“Museum Directors: Change in Generation” brings together the next generation of museum and institution directors to discuss their visions for the coming decades. In “Collector Focus: Latin America? prominent art collectors from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico explore the dynamic way in which Latin Americas’ collecting scene has grown and international- ized in the last decade. “The Future of the Museum: The Portable Museum,” will offer fresh insights on future models for exhibition-making.