Unscripted Bal Harbour is the public art program of the City of Bal Harbour in Miami. Founded in 2013 as a means to both support the arts in South Florida and further position Bal Harbour as a cultural destination, Unscripted Bal Harbour endeavors to facilitate critical dialogue while making contemporary art accessible to Bal Harbour residents and guests. The program’s critical component comprises two temporary public artwork commissions, one of which can be found in the permanent of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, as well as four annual Art Chats featuring internationally renowned guests that have included Candice Breitz, Tania Bruguera, Christine Y Kim, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Hank Willis Thomas, Don and Mera Rubell, and many more. In addition, Unscripted Bal Harbour’s Art Access program provides year round free access to, and private tours of, Miami’s top museums, private collections and cultural destinations exclusively for Bal Harbour residents and guests.
Upcoming Unscripted Events
Unscripted Art Chat: ICI's Maria del Carmen Carrión speaks with artist Paul Ramirez Jonas
Please RSVP at Unscripted@balharbourflorida.com
Bal Harbour Recommends: The Best of Art Basel 2013
Unscripted Bal Harbour Curator Claire Breukel shares her Top 10 list
Art enthusiasts have just five days to see some of the world's leading exhibitions during Art Basel Miami. With over 22 art fairs and hundreds of featured exhibitions visitors can take in the best of the best as recommended by Claire Breukel, curator for Unscripted Bal Harbour, a public art initiative launched in 2012 that provides artists with a platform to pursue their creativity and features a popular Art Chat series featuring public art experts from around the world. Breukel's Top Ten list features a varied mix, from performances and sculpture exhibits to photography and includes world-renowned Tracy Emin's exhibit at MOCA and a show at the Rubell Collection.
Bal Harbour guests and locals get a special treat through the destinations' new Museum Access program that provides exclusive entry to the area's leading museums. This includes free admission to the Wolfsonian Museum and the Bass Museum of Art, and full membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Miami Art Museum (that reopens in December as the new Pérez Art Museum Miami), allowing Bal Harbour guests to be among the first to get a peek at the new space.
Top Ten shows not to be missed this season
#1 Ai Weiwei:According to What? at the Perez Art museum Miami (PAMM)
Bal Harbour's Second "Unscripted" Public Art Commission Debuts
Christy Gast creates Unscripted’s latest installation inspired by the history of South Florida
Bal Harbour, Fla. – May 15, 2013
Past artworks by sculptor and video artist Christy Gast often feature herself in costume as the central character, making it natural for Gast to transform this mailman figure into her likeness. Gast had a laser scan taken of herself dressed up as the legendary mailman assuming a monument-like posture, and used this as the basis for the sculpture. In doing so, she presents a subterfuge – an impersonation of the character of the mailman, infused with her female persona. Gast also adds another dimension of humor and unexpected subversion by having “Self Portrait As A Barefoot Mailman” upside-down and partially buried as if having been blown over by a strong storm and landing head-first, a witty gesture to having one’s head quite literally “buried in the sand.”
The program is supported by the Unscripted Art Chat series that features two chats this season. The first, on Thursday, May 16 is entitled “Christy Gast in conversation with Thom Collins.” Thom Collins, Director of the Miami Art Museum talks to Christy about her public art installation, her per-formative practice and the support of public art by artists living and working in Miami. On Thursday, July 11, Unscripted will feature “The Economics of Public Art: A conversation with Christine Y. Kim, and Michael Spring”. Public Art Commissions are notoriously expensive and logistically difficult but the art world views these public projects as important. Ms. Kim, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Mr. Spring, director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for Miami-Dade County will discuss their public art partnerships and how they have ensured the economic viability and sustainability of their projects.
Art enthusiasts can take home a piece of Unscripted, Bal Harbour’s art installation by purchasing a one-off limited-edition print created Christy Gast for this project. This special edition of 50 prints is available through artsy.net, the premier online platform for discovering, discussing and collecting art. Profits from all sales will go directly back to fund future “Unscripted” commissions.
Gast has exhibited her past work in the U.S. and internationally, including at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, MoMA PS1 in New York, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in California, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile.
Created to support and challenge the artistic talents in South Florida, “Unscripted” was launched in November 2012 with “Pax Americana” by first winning artist George Sanchez-Calderon. His two iconic art installations, “Americana” and “Levittown House” were also inspired by Bal Harbour’s storied history, both as one of the first planned communities in South Florida as well as home of the original Americana hotel that hosted many presidents and political events.
“Unscripted” is curated by Claire Breukel, who consulted with contemporary art and public art experts including Yvonne Force Villareal, President and Co-Founder of the Art Production Fund; Solita Mishaan, a Bal Harbour resident, collector and member of the International Council for TATE London; and celebrated artists Hernan Bas and Hank Willis Thomas on the selection of the winning artists.