Art Basel 2008 at the Bakehouse Art Complex

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday December 4th: 6-10pm
VIP Opening Reception for Paraphernalia
featuring a live performance by The Spam Allstars,
drinks by Grolsch and food by Dogma. Also, experience the East Coast debut of Randy Polumbo’s 30 foot installation The Garden and Grotto of Manifest Destiny

Friday December 5th: 9am -12pm
Bakehouse Basel Breakfast. Please join our 60+ artists for coffee and breakfast while you tour their studios!

FREE SHUTTLE BUS: 60+ Open Artist Studios
A free Shuttle Bus will run from Midtown Miami to the BAC on a continuous loop. The Shuttle stop is located on the corner of NE 1st Avenue and 34th Street, in between Bridge Art Fair and Art Miami. The Shuttle schedule is as follows:
THURSDAY DEC 4: 1-3pm & 6-10pm
FRIDAY DEC 5: 12-4pm
SATURDAY DEC 6: 12-4pm
The shuttle will stop at the BAC, SculptMiami, and Mid-Town Miami.

Main Gallery: Paraphernalia
Curated by:
Peter Boswell, Miami Art Museum
Carol Damian, Frost Art Museum
Bernice Steinbaum, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

tristan fitch / leanne hemmingway-siebels / moira holoham / jill hotchkiss / stephen barron johnson / kathy kissik / cyriaco lopes / mario marinoni / luisa mesa / deborah m. mitchell / daniel ortiz / tere pastoriza / randy polumbo / susan radau / rosemarie romero / angelika rothkegel / tina salvesen / anica shpilberg / jose pacheco silva / loren squire / kikuko tanaka / ramon williams

The word paraphernalia has evolved over time. What is now loosely defined as “equipment, apparatus or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity”, historically referred to a bride’s property beyond her dowry. Paraphernalia as a word, has taken a new connotation and has become more intertwined with the realm of taboo. Paraphernalia is a means to an end, and is applicable in almost every aspect of life.

The humorous, historical, political and personal aspects of the word or idea of “paraphernalia” is explored in the paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, video and photography in this nationally juried exhibition.

Outside Lot: The Garden and Grotto of Manifest Destiny
From the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada, to the Bakehouse Art Complex here in Miami, artist Randy Polumbo has taken his 30 foot installation across the country. The grotto will be on display in the main parking lot of the Bakehouse from Thursday, December 4th through January 25th, 2009.

Come experience this interactive installation! A flower field comprised of bizarre satellite-shaped blossoms gathered around and inside a modified shipping container lures the viewer into a grotto. These techno-organic LED illuminated flowers with solar panel petals and stamens are made of softly glowing sex toys. Set in the BAC parking lot, this modified ARMY container, punctured with baby bottle nipples cast out of recycled glass amid a pollination frenzy of solar flowers, creates a soft glowing subconscious garden. Visitors become pollinators, tempted by the glass nipples to penetrate the grotto.

on view until January 25th, 2009

Swenson Gallery: 64
BAC artists work within the confines of a 64 square inch artwork restriction. This multi media exhibition will showcase paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media works and photography.