Art Basel/Miami Art Week 2022 just wrapped up, and aside from the art, thousands flocked to the Magic City for a week full of concerts, parties, pop-ups, brand events and more. From private yacht events to exclusive performances, here are a few ballerific moments that took place during the annual event.
SoundCloud hosted its highly anticipated SoundCloud Next Wav event at Supercar Rooms Miami in Wynwood on Dec 1. The day-and-night event was the destination for music discovery, culture, and community featuring epic performances from J.I.D., Smino, Armani White, and KenTheMan. Hosted by Miami’s very own Norma Now with music and vibes from DJ Spinelli, the event’s daytime programming included panels with creatives and industry experts like Tre Trax, Jake Markow, Joe Kay, and more. Artists looking to level up their careers had access to free activations, including a SoundCloud Soundbooth presented by Denny’s and a portrait studio for professional photos with Miami photographer and creative director Derik G.
Prime Video presented a larger-than-life immersive art activation centered around Riches, entitled “The Crown We Never Take Off,” — a follow-up to the series’ first screening during this year’s CultureCon. The experience celebrated elements from the show that exhibited the freedom of expression and identity across the Black diasporic experience through several mediums, including photography, sculpture, painting, music, video, and performance art. Collaborating with curator Donnamarie Baptiste, guests in the exhibit saw various art forms from artists like Marryam Noma, Carlos Idun-Tawiah, Tammie Knight, and Morel Doucet. The exhibition also offered attendees various photo moments like an editorial-style photo op that places guests as the ‘Face of Flair & Glory,’ a highly coveted honor within the series, as well as a DJ, performance, libations, and passed trays.
The metaverse also took the forefront during this year’s events. In partnership with SpringHill, Meta House took over Miami’s Soho Pool House and Sacred Space in Wynwood Arts District to curate a first-of-its-kind mixed reality playground made with artists advancing the next generation of creativity. The three-day experience hosted over 3,000 guests and featured performances by Doja Cat, GloRilla, TOKiMONSTA, and Elena Rose, with DJ sets by Coco and Breezy, Kitty Cash, and more. Interactive AR murals and structures by mixed-reality artists COVL, Morel, and Nina Chanel, were also featured while YONK led VR building workshops. The space also featured an inflatable sculpture garden by Milkman and work displayed throughout by artist Dapper Lou. Alongside SpringHill, Meta also co-hosted the ‘#MakeItTillYouMakeIt’ gallery – a curated, fine art showcase that also held panel discussions moderated by CultureCon & The Creative Collective NYC Founder Imani Ellis.
Michelob ULTRA and the NBA came together Thursday for Michelob Ultra’s Courtside Challenge at Maps Backlot in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The event even featured sets by 21 Savage and Miami’s own DJ Irie. NBA team cans created by artists like Chuck Anderson, Bigshot Robot, and Eric Elms were also unveiled, while basketball fans had the chance to see Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning and Chris Brickley face off against fellow legend Gary Payton and WNBA/Los Angeles Sparks player Nneka Ogwumike.
Cheetos and Rock The Bells hosted the “Yachts, Beats and Art” event on Friday, December 2, with an exclusive Cheetos-inspired sneaker collection designed by emerging designer Whitney House of The Creative Era in collaboration with rapper Flo Milli. The event brought Cheetos lovers, art enthusiasts, Hip-Hop and sneakerheads, and style icons aboard the SeaFair mega yacht to showcase an exclusive sneaker collection.
One of the most coveted experiences that took place during Art Week was the Chase Sapphire Lounge at SLS South Beach, which was exclusively for Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers. The experience featured a performance by Cardi B powered by MACRO Friday night and a private yacht sunset cruise around Miami Beach on Saturday that featured premium food and beverage, spirits, cocktail tasting, and more.