Art of Fusion MIA is a first-timer at Miami, smartly making its debut as a pop-up in a giant tent in the Wynwood District. And getting noticed for it: The New York Post named Art of Fusion as their Number 1 event beyond Art Basel. (And as Art of Fusion’s media sponsor, CARTWHEEL is pretty excited about that!)
Sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka as part of their Fly Beyond programming, Art of Fusion features emerging artists from the Caribbean and African Diaspora, curated by L.A.-based arts collective Artist Muse founder Wil Phearson. Major highlight, not be missed: A conversation with the amazing, iconic and groundbreaking artist Betye Saar, moderated by MSNBC correspondent Dr. James Peterson on December 7 at 11am. (Los Angeles based Saar, famous for both her prints and profound and stirring assemblage is being honored by Grey Goose with their “Fly Beyond” award on December 6th).
Art of Fusion MIA promises
to be an immersive, interdisciplinary, multimedia experience bridging themes of cultural identity and diversity, sensuality, self-realization, the humanistic struggle and socio-political perspectives.
The gallery exhibition will include various works and installation by acclaimed and emerging artists Miles Regis, Toni Scott, Roni Feldman, Duane Paul, Cole James and others. Art of Fusion is open to the public Wednesday, December 4 to Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 10pm. Attached to the exhibition is the Fly Beyond Lounge, featuring Grey Goose vodka drinks and a sculpture garden, open til 1am nightly. The lounge is 21 and over.
Both the exhibition and events December 4th, 6th and 7th are free and open to the public unless other stated (registration is strongly suggested; to register you’ll be asked to fill out a quick Grey Goose survey, and then will be directed to the EventBrite Art of Fusion page).
December 4th, 7pm: Women Who Rock, a preview to Miami Fashion Week, featuring avant garde fashions from designers Art of Shade, Julian Chang, Viviana G for Petit Pois, Fabrizio de Castro and Tanya Maria. Live musical performances and an awards presentation will be a part of this memorable evening, as will delectable treats from today’s hottest celebrity chef and Grey Goose signature cocktails.
December 6th, 10am to noon: Miami Global Fusion Brunch (offsite at Little Haiti Arts & Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th St.) Visual artists from Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean nations join Caribbean consul generals and international leaders for a mixer brunch that will highlight the culinary artistry of Celebrity Chef Wendell Price. Grey Goose’s “Celebration” signature champagne cocktail will be served during the brunch.
December 6th, 3:30 to 6:30pm; Live Mural painting by Trek 6.
December 6th, 10pm to 12am Fusion Friday Night Live as Jill Tracey presents a great night of music and art with South Florida’s #1 for today’s hits and oldies HOT 105, co-host Tamara G starring Big Brooklyn Red and Friends. The party will broadcast live with James T and feature Grey Goose cocktails.
December 7th, 11am to 12:30pm: A conversation with Betye Saar iconic “Fly Beyond” award winner, moderated by MSNBC correspondent Dr. James Peterson.
December 7th, 3:30pm to 6:30pm: Live mural painting by Chro Boogie.
December 7th, 7pm to midnight: Chicago-based multi-media troupe Elevation will incorporate components of theater, art, video and live-music improvisational performances using painters, musicians, fashion designers, DJs, sculptors, videography installations, dance and spoken word to create a unique environment from 7pm to 9pm, followed by performances from SZA, Tiny Hearts, an DJ Waajeed.