Calling all artists to submit work related to a fundraiser for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach March 5-10, 2014.
Artscape will be held on Thursday March 6, 2014, and will include an art auction and entertainment. Professional and amateur artists, crafts people, print artists, designers and photographers, are invited to submit entries for this exhibition by Friday, February 7, 2014.
This was not part of the [insert lesbian equivalent to Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech].
For those who haven’t seen it, this is artist Browyn Lundberg’s interpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, starring prominent lesbian figures. Those with the VIP seating include Ellen Degeneres, Heather Matarazzo, Jane Lynch,K.D. Lang, Kate Moennig (as Shane from the L Word), Lily Tomlin, Linda Perry, Melissa Etheridge,Portia de Rossi, Rachel Maddow, Rosie O’Donnell, Sandra Bernhard, and Wanda Sykes.
Yay so I didn’t write this post two days later… Booooo I am writing it a week later. There really isn’t any excuse for it other than I have been busy at work so whatever I suck. But here is my final Art Basel posting *cues cheers*
So after meeting the incomparable Theaster Gates , Reny and I made our way to the Fusion Fashion Event benefiting Project Save Imagination (@saveandimagine). Project Save Imagination‘s goal is to help keep the arts/music in the lives of young people (especially necessary in light of the constant attacks on education budgets). That was enough to place several servalites (think: community service + socialites) in the building.
Ok. Ok. Ok. I should have written this post two days ago… but the awesomeness that was that night rendered me physically incapable to express myself… read:I ain’t feel like it. *shrugs*. I had a really good Basel part 3 (and in retrospect my last good Basel night) in 2 stages.
After stopping by the Red Dot Air Fair to say hello to Lisa (and take a sip or 2 of Garden Lemonade) we decided to find the Black Art in America Media Mixer (@doyoubasel)…. until we couldn’t find it. I actually still have no idea where it was. But as they say all good things happen to those who wait, or in my case, should have taken a better look at the Google maps, but let’s not split hairs.
As we roamed around Wynwood in search of the elusive mixer, we ended up behind a group of lovely Buppies and Bohos heading to a gallery which seemed to be a hub for beautiful bohemian folks. See Jesus did want me to mingle. Reny and I (oh yeah my partner in crime was in attendance) walked into the beautiful venue, Locust Projects, where we were introduced to the amazing work of Theaster Gates.
Soooo yeah I was supposed to write this yesterday….. but I was sleepy. And in reality I am really freaking sleepy right now too BUT I said I was going to write about my whole Basel experience. So here goes.
Tuesday was greeeeeeat. On the schedule was the Gentlemen Jack (@jdxus)-Art+Beats+Lyrics event. I linked up with my girl Mila who I haven’t seen in ages and she brought a group of her friends as well. You all know I am not a real people person but they were all really nice. [pause] Oh before I forget shout out to @msingridb for the info on this FREE splendiforous event. If you are into the neo-soul scene, follow her. Link up with her and check out the Bohemia Room which is the must attend for the grown and sexy, urban scene.
Let me first say I have never been that person that talks about where they go and who they know and all that BS. Mostly because I don’t go, and don’t know nearly as many places and people, as my counterparts. Keep in mind I went to school with and have palled around with some real local movers and shakers that put my little social calendar to shame. So when one of my friends said that I should start blogging about my misadventures in Miami (since I have pretty much run out of gay-isms) I gave her a brief side-eye… So don’t expect any wave riding, bottle popping “I’m cool” posts… more like a “I like to get in where I fit in”.
For those who do or do not know, Art Basel has invaded Miami this week. Art Basel is a big deal art show that they have once a year that peter-pipers a lot of people from across the country for a week of art, music and liquor. LOTS OF LIQUOR. I have a very lofty goal of attending an event every single night of Basel without breaking my bank. It may or may not happen but I am up for the challenge. I will be updating y’all every day with the events I attend and hopefully some good stories as I go along…
Tuesday – Red Dot Fair Miami Opening
First stop on my Art Basel tour was the Red Dot Art Fair opening night event.Reny (my Basel 2012 partner in crime) and I were given VIP passes by the lovely Lisa of the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce . No real reason to give them a plug other than the fact that they have donated over 1.4 million dollars to local LGBT initiatives in the Miami area. I have the pleasure of working with them this year on their annual Her Winter Party event but that’s a whole other post. Anyway muchos besos to Lisa for the hook up! We appreciate it.