The Bass Museum of Art, one of Miami Beach’s key cultural landmarks, along with a select group of the local leading arts patrons and philanthropists, hosted “A Night at the Museum”. Guests enjoyed #Escadaescapes champagne lounge by ESCADA, specialty cocktails by Miami Club Rum & Tito’s Handmade Vodka, hors d’oeuvres by TiramesU, a guest DJ Mauricio Parra, an artfully inspired silent auction and a private preview of the Bass Museum’s new exhibition, Vanitas: Fashion and Art.
“Vanitas: Fashion and Art” is curated by Harold Koda, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition examines the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media. It includes works by contemporary designers and artists Isaac Mizrahi, shoe icon Manolo Blahnik, alongside dresses by Yohji Yamamoto and Iris van Herpen, among others. These pieces from the world of fashion will be juxtaposed with film and video works by Sam Taylor-Johnson and Greta Alfaro, photographs from Pinar Yolacan’s Perishables series, and Ori Gersht’s Blow Up, a large scale photograph of an elaborate floral arrangement based on a nineteenth-century still-life by the French painter Henri Fantin-Latour.