Art Basel: The 11 Parties to Know Before You Go

Art Basel - H 2014
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Art Basel - H 2014

From a display of Andre 3000's jumpsuits to a performance by Miley Cyrus, here's our top eleven can't miss parties happening this week during the art world's favorite Miami fest

The curators may insist otherwise, but Art Basel is all about the parties. Officially taking place Thursday, December 4th through Sunday, December 7th, the hubbub of events start up on Tuesday and don't stop till the wee hours of the famed art festival's last day. But for those looking to fine-tune their party schedules, here's a top ten list of what to hit -- pending an invite, that is.


Tuesday, Dec. 2

"i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin" Opening  

Start your time at Art Basel off right with a show  presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, featuring Andre 3000's jumpsuits alongside work by artists Greg Brunkalla and and Jimmy O'Neal.

Mana Miami, 318 NW 23rd Street, 8pm, invitation only.

Performa's 10th Anniversary and Ryan McNamara's "ME3M 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet" Party

The Brooklyn-based artist brings a very un-ballet-like ballet to the Miami Grand Theater (the old Playboy Theater) during Art Basel, but first, a celebration: Performa commiserates their 10th year and McNamara fetes his work with the help of Maserati, Artnet and Interview Magazine the night before the performances begin. 

Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 10 pm, invitation only.

W Stories Book Launch Party 

W Magazine has published a hardcover photography tome, and to celebrate the glossy mag's EIC Stefano Tonchi, Ferragamo creative director tk and supermodel icon Linda Evangelista are hosting a glittery cocktail party before W's bigger rager happening later that evening. The Misshapes will perform and word on the street is that A$AP Rocky may pop by, too. 

The Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Avenue, 6:30 pn to 8:30 pm, invitation only.

The W Magazine Art Issue Celebration Party

Stefano Tonchi and Ian Schrager - who has much to celebrate due to the recent opening of the new Miami Beach Edition - will host an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and a performance by Blood Orange - where else? - at Shrager's new hotel. 

The Miami Beach Edition, 2901 Collins Avenue, 8 pm, invitation only.


Wednesday, Dec. 3

Design Miami's Design Visionary Award Dinner, Celebrating Peter Marino 

The designer and architect will be honored with the Design Visionary Award from Design Miami, which nicely compliments Marino's recent display of work: A sprawling exhibit at the Bass Museum by and inspired by the leather-clad artist. 

Location undisclosed, 8 pm, invitation only.

V Magazine Presents Miley Cyrus at The Raleigh

The publication's glossy editorials are nearly as good as their raucous parties. Tommy Hilfiger, Jeffrey Deitch, and V Magazine's current cover-girl Miley Cyrus host a party at The Raleigh complete with a performance by the songstress, promising this party to potentially be the tightest door in town.  

The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Avenue, 10 pm, invitation only.


Thursday, Dec. 4

The Snarkitecture Marble Run with Usher and Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham is no stranger to musicians having collaborated with Pharrell in the past, but this year the contemporary artist partners with Usher for a dinner in his hometown, followed by a party at Le Baron's pop-up space. 

The Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue, 10 pm, invitation only.

Dom Perignon Metamorphosis Party

What would Art Basel be without Dom Perignon's annual late-night soiree? This year, International gadabouts Vito Schnabel (ex of Demi, current beau to Heidi), Stavros Niarchos (beau of Jessica Stam) and Alex Dellal (former flame of Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco) play hosts. 

Wall at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, invitation only.

5th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale

Each year during Basel, Bombay Sapphire, Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons invite a mix of celebrities and art industry influencers to celebrate and engage with the 12 finalists of the annual Artisan Series competition before announcing the program’s national winner. This year, the Simmons plan on drawing quite a crowd - (including Wiz Khalifa, model Emily Ratajowski and Miguel, who will perform) to commemorate their program's 5th anniversary, which will also kick-off the 20th Anniversary milestone of Rush Philanthropic in 2015.

Soho Beach House Tent, 4385 Collins Ave, 7-10 pm, invitation only.


Friday, Dec. 5

MoMA PS1 PResents Zero Tolerance/James Blake

YoungArts pairs up with MoMA PS1, who will bring its Zero Tolerance exhibition down to Miami. R&B singer James Blake will add to the atmosphere, and expect an audience of the nonprofit contemporary art institution's high-profile supporters. 

Location undisclosed, 9 pm, invitation only.

Jack Shainman Gallery Party with Solange Knowles and DJ Kemit

For those winding down their time at Art Basel on Friday, here's a way to do it: Solange Knowles and DJ Kemit will team up at Jack Shainman Gallery's annual beachside soiree at the Surfcomber Hotel. Bonus: Hank Willis Thomas and The Cause Collective's In Search of the Truth will be on display. 

The Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, 9 pm, invitation only.