Point of View

November 24, 2010, 9:43 pm
Filed under: My POV

Basel is back, and the Adrienne Arsht Center is thrilled to celebrate the return of the most dynamic visual art festival in the Magic City… and add our own artistic voice to the mix!  This year, we will throw our doors open – presenting a full complement of exciting performances, special events, and educational activities all designed to spotlight the intersection of visual art and performing arts in unique and inspirational moments on every square inch of our campus.  

Kicking off our nod to Basel is the iconic Merce Cunningham Dance Company, appearing at the Center as part of the company’s farewell Legacy Tour, honoring Cunningham’s astounding body of work and remarkable contribution to American modern dance, art, and culture.  Thanks to the generous and visionary support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Cunningham company’s residency features an extraordinary week of six special performances, live music, free community master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations for the entire South Florida community. 

Nurturing the diverse and dynamic talent in our own backyard is part of our everyday mission at the Center, and during Art Basel week we are honored to host the premiere of Miami’s newest local theater company, Zoetic Stage.  In a wickedly funny new theatrical comedy by Michael McKeever called South Beach Babylon, this brand new troupe offers a story of five artists and their madcap adventures in the weeks leading up to Art Basel.  It’s an ode to Art Basel on stage! 

Art is everywhere this month, especially since we recently unveiled Lincoln Center’s List Art Collection in Miami.  On loan from our sister performing arts center in New York, the exhibition showcases more than 30 fine art editions by some of the most acclaimed visual artists of our time.  The collection graces the halls, lobbies, and public spaces of the Adrienne Arsht Center, underlining our goal to serve as a town square for world-class artistic programming and meaningful community building, welcoming each patron and passerby to experience first-hand the transformative power of the arts.   

From Merce Family Hour dance for toddlers to a special photo exhibit by Julian Lennon to a site-specific installation by acclaimed Miami/New York visual artist Daniel Arsham, the Center will present six full days of dance, theater, music, and art – all designed especially for South Florida’s Art Basel adventures.  We hope to see you on our campus for Arsht does Basel 2010! 


M. John Richard,

President and CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center


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