Each December since 2007,1 my buddy Jason and I have met up for Miami Art Week. We’ve learned a lot in the past 10 years about how to ‘do’ art fairs (perimeter first, then the middle). And, although the bazaar atmosphere can be overwhelming, the week is as a chance for us to quickly take the pulse of all things aesthetic and critical. We’ve never really set an agenda. One year he’ll wander over to DesignMiami, another year I’ll make a point of going to as many boutique fairs as possible, and still other years we’ll spend more time chatting over good food than doing anything else. It’s a circus, to be sure, one that it is increasingly popular to ridicule, but it happens here in South Florida and it’s directly related to things that are important to us, so we go.
Technically, I wasn’t late to see Get Out. Like my all-time favorite movie Fight Club, in the months leading up to its release, Get Out was somewhere in the back of my mind where I knew very little about it other than that the teaser images looked very, very good, very intriguing. So, as I happened to with Fight Club, I saw Get Out on opening night. And then again later that week. What!?
My favorite thing about Get Out is the way that it taints the “Good ThingsTM“. It questions – as we should – the provenance, purpose, maintenance, and significance of leafy suburbs, interest in Black lives, and everything (milk and cereal, tea services, slacks, basements, hats, TV sets, law enforcement, the UNCF slogan…) in between.
Alex Mitow is the co-founder and director of Superfine! who along with his partner James Miille began the organization a little over two years ago. A Florida native, Mitow grew up around the food and beverage industry and made the likely transition into the business, garnering his own success. His crossroads came at a culmination of events including catering an art fair, meeting Miille (an artist in his own right), and reminiscing on early Miami Art Week experiences. The pair decided to take on organizing a solo show in New York, exhibiting Millie’s photographs and the inspiration grew from there.
Michael Mut is a multitasking musician from Hialeah who plays in a couple of different bands around town. We met a few months back at work, where we bonded over the bass guitar and our love of music. Michael plays everything from classic rock to new wave 80’s music but his main project Electric Piquete is a funky Latin fusion that gets your body moving.
I’ve been thinking about formality. For just a minute, not long at all. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the effect of ‘Gonzo Journalism’ on non-fiction writing and also as a symptom of lost formality in general. Formality. Like ‘going out’ clothes:
There must be five dozen happy hours all over Miami, Wood Tavern in Wywood has one of my favorites. Tuesday nights there are free tacos & half off drinks, Wednesdays there are free drinks for the ladies from 5-8pm with 50 cent wings. Friday night DJ Kumi is more often than not spinning all of my favorite Hip Hop jams in the back patio & all drinks are half off from 5-8pm. The vibe Kumi creates with his positive energy and song selection make this the best night at Wood; where else can you hear Souls of Mischief, Eric B. and Rakim and Tribe Called Quest in one set?
I knew I liked David McCauley immediately when we met on South Beach a couple of years ago; he has a welcoming and easy going aura about him. It wouldn’t be until much later, after attending an event at his Laundromat Art Space, that I learned about the innovation and detail he puts into his work. David is a multi-disciplinary artist who thinks outside the box; he can turn any found object into a work of art. I admire his ability to transform these used and discarded artifacts, whether it be words, skateboards or steel. By redefining the objects, he creates an awakening of the hidden beauty and adds a depth of meaning.