In a bizarre and emotionally transparent performance, Miley Cyrus mocked her own music, opened up about her dark year and belted some Led Zeppelin. Oh yeah, and she smoked pot onstage, too.
Wearing a silver metallic Cleopatra wig and bright turquoise eye-shadow, Cyrus kicked off the poolside show at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach singing a duet of "Super Freak" with a topless woman. The Wednesday night performance was one of the top bills during the star-studded week of the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach.
Cyrus played mostly covers, including Led Zeppelin, the Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and Johnny Cash, telling the audience she understood they were serious about real art and probably weren't fans of her pop-music style.
"You thought (Art Basel) was a respected place where you could escape me," said Cyrus, who talked about her difficult year after her controversial gyrating performance at the MTV Video Music Awards and the death of her dog.
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The former Disney star said it took her to a dark place and made her realize many of the things she was doing seemed meaningless.
"This year has constantly challenged me, and that's why I started doing art," she said before launching into a song she wrote after her friend's cat spoke to her in a dream. The macabre song, which she also played on the piano, seemed to get to her and she abruptly banged on the keys at the end, saying she was sick of talking about death and wanted to move onto something fun.
Later in the show, she donned a massive rainbow with a cutout for her head, while two other performers wore mushroom costumes. At one point, two costumed sharks and a penis also ran across the stage. Despite distractions of bubbles floating through the air and falling confetti, one thing stood out — Cyrus' vocal chops.
"Usually I don't smoke weed and drink, well that's a lie ... usually I don't smoke weed and drink on show days, but I felt like it was fine in Miami," said Cyrus, whose boyfriend, Patrick Schwarzenegger, also attended the party, hosted by designer Tommy Hilfiger, art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and V Magazine.
Offstage, art also abounded as a trio of naked ladies covered in body paint, wearing only giant wigs and black thigh high boots posted for pictures. Neon-necklace clad plastic baby dolls were tucked into tree branches throughout the pool deck.
Inside several poolside cabanas, art installations showed video images of Cyrus with a neon green Oz-like background alongside strangely photo-shopped images of her and messages accusing her of torturing her real fans and urging her to "stop posting terrible art."
-- By Kelli Kennedy | Associated Press
Art Basel Miami Beach: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Dec. 4, noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7. One-day ticket $45 adults, $30 students and seniors; run of show $100; combination ticket for Art Basel and Design Miami: $55. artbasel.com.
Aqua Art Fair: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets $15; $75 multi-day fair pass to Aqua, CONTEXT and Art Miami. aquaartmiami.com.
Art Spot Miami: 3011 NE First Ave. (inside Spectrum art fair), Midtown. Hours: 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4-6; noon-6 p.m. Dec. 7; Tickets: included with admission to Spectrum. aldocastilloprojects.com
Fridge Art Fair: Third Street Garage Artspace, 300 SW 12th Ave., Miami. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: free. fridgeartfair.com.
FusionMIA: Northwest Second Avenue at 22nd Street, Miami. Free. Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 4-7; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. //fusionmia.com/
Miami StreetPhotography Fair: Kike San Martin Studios, 2045 NW First Ave., Miami. Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-5; 10-11 p.m. Dec. 6; noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7. www.miamistreetphotographyfestival.org
NADA Art Fair: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Hours: 2-8 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. newartdealers.org
Pulse Miami: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Hours 1-7 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Tickets: $20. pulse-art.com
Rubell Family Collection presents annual breakfast installation. From 9 a.m. at 95 NW 29th St., Wynwood; www.rfc.museum; 305-573-6090.
Art Basel Art Public opens in Collins Park, in front of the Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Ave. 3-11 p.m. Free. Artbasel.com.
Locust Projects, presents a reception featuring Daniel Arsham: Welcome to the Future, and Simón Vega: Sub-Tropical Social Sculptures, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Marcy Building, 3852 N. Miami Ave. locustprojects.org.
YoungArts and Marina Abramović Institute presents The Slow Motion Walk participatory performance, noon to 6 p.m. at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. Free. youngarts.org.
YoungArts presents a performance of FKA Twigs X Clams Casino, at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd, Edgewater. 7 p.m. Tickets from $25. youngarts.org.
Art Basel / Film presents “Radio Ga Ga,” exploring concepts of “radio” and “waves.” 8 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th St., Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.
Perez Art Museum Miami presents Future Brown featuring Kelela. 8 p.m. at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Open to sustaining-level members ($175, join at pamm.org.)
Art Basel / Film presents The Digital Revolutionaries. 10 p.m. at the New World Center Soundscape, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach. Free. Artbasel.com.
Throughout Miami Art Week, Wynwood's most popular baker - Zak the Baker - will be combining a pair of his passions each night until midnight at his shop at 405 NW 26th St., Miami - Gospel Music and Falafel. Each night a different gospel band will take center stage in the dining room, and Zak will be behind the counter, signing, dancing, and serving falafel. "I've always loved gospel music," Zak told us. "It was just something I wanted to do for the community." Here's a look at the first night of the show, with photos by Tomas Loewy.
- Fred Gonzalez
Owen Wilson, Valentina Zucchetti, Peter Brant
INTERVIEW Celebrates Art Basel with DSQUARED2 Dinner
Seagrape Restaurant, Thompson Miami Beach, 4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL
December 2, 2014
Photo - Paul Bruinooge/PatrickMcMullan.com
Models, city leaders and artists all came together for a private reception and first viewing of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Basel exhibit, “Shifting the Paradigm.” The exhibit features the work of Nigerian artists George Edozie and, in conjunction with Edozie’s work, North Miami welcomed the monarch of a Nigerian city as their special guest.
Nnaemeka Ugochukwu Achebe, the leader of the city of Onitsha, walked through the exhibit posing for pictures and greeting about one hundred people Monday night. Achebe will also address the public at a lecture 7 p.m. Friday discussing the role of art in community transformation.
Haitian artist Philippe Dodard was in attendance as well as elected officials including Nigerian-American Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro. Also on hand were members of Oleta Partners including Richard LeFrak and members of MOCA’s new “transitional” board of trustees like Judge Karen Mills Francis.
Residents like Alexis Sanfield, owner of the nearby Luna Star Cafe, said they were impressed by the event and by MOCA director Babacar M’Bow.
“This is the best I’ve seen MOCA look,” Sanfield said. “I feel like there’s a sense of community that hasn’t been here before.”
The grand opening of the exhibit to the public will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday night at MOCA and will be the first of several events throughout the week.
For more information on North Miami’s events visit mymoca.org and for more on Art Basel events across Miami-Dade visit the Herald’s website and miami.com.
The two-artist band The Shoe will appear at the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach Hotel (4041 Collins Ave.) on Tuesday, Dec. 2 for two pop-up performances that are open to the public at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.. The event launches inside Seagrape, the hotel’s restaurant by James Beard Award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, before moving upstairs to Thompson’s cozy Crown Room bar and lounge where guests can enjoy hand-crafted specialty cocktails. Jena Malone, the star of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and fashion model for GAP®, along with bandmate Lem Jay Ignacio, will perform songs from the duo’s sophomore album, “I’m Okay.”
The Shoe’s appearance at Thompson Miami Beach will serve as an encore to the international, four-city “Thompson Hotels X The Shoe Takeover Tour” that took place earlier this year at Thompson Hotel properties in Chicago, Toronto, New York, and London.
Miami Ad School has pop-up events taking place Thursday - Saturday, so the walls are getting ready!