December 16 2013

There was a day of presentations by museum professionals from as far away as Germany and Brazil, an evening with world-renowned architects, and a party celebrating Rebirth of Rome to the beat of French swing music. These were just a few of the many events, some public and some private, that took place at The Wolfsonian during the week of Art Basel Miami Beach, in early December.

The museum kicked-off Art Basel week with a December 2 talk by Coco Fusco, an interdisciplinary artist and scholar. Fusco, the 2013 Visiting Master Artist in FIU’s department of art and art history, discussed the work of dissident artists in Cuba.

The American Museum Network Conference MUSCON 2013, co-presented by The Wolfsonian, Design Miami/, and Vitra Design Museum, took place December 4. The event is an opportunity for museum professionals from around the world to network and present traveling exhibitions and future projects. Several Wolfsonian staff members participated or attended. Sharon Aponte Misdea, deputy director for collections and curatorial affairs, delivered the institutional introduction, curator Christian Larsen spoke at the event, and curator Silvia Barisione led multiple tours.

The Architects Dinner, co-organized by Terra Group and The Wolfsonian, brought an amazing, international group of architects and designers to the museum for a reception and dinner on December 4. Included in the gathering were Dror Benshetrit, Andrés Duany, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Norman Foster, Rene Gonzalez, Bjarke Ingels, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, Chad Oppenheim, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Terence Riley, Shohei Shigematsu, Laurinda Spear, and Monica Vazquez. The dinner, which was covered by the New York Times Style Magazine’s blog [1], was generously sponsored by David Martin of Terra Group, who is a member of The Wolfsonian’s advisory board.

The museum hosted its well-attended annual Art Basel VIP party on December 6 in celebration of the Rebirth of Rome exhibitions, along with the installation Bust of a Doctor by Gideon Barnett in the museum’s Bridge Tender House. The evening featured French Swing music by Albert et son Orchestre, with Albert on the accordion. 

Captions (click below to enlarge):

Albert et son Orchestra
Photo: Ryan Troy, World Red Eye

Supporting Images:
Cathy Leff and Shohei Shigematsu at The Architects Dinner
Photo: Patrick McMullan Company 

Micky Wolfson and Rochelle Ohrstrom
Photo: Ryan Troy, World Red Eye

The Wolfsonian’s library during the Art Basel VIP party
Photo: Ryan Troy, World Red Eye

Donatello Inabinette, Susie Kim, and Richard Miltner
Photo: Ryan Troy, World Red Eye

Luca Artioli and Silvia Barisione
Photo: Ryan Troy, World Red Eye


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