Art Basel (aka the biggest-deal contemporary-art showcase in the country) kicks off in Miami this week. But unless you’re an artist, a curator or a fancy-pants collector, the whole thing can feel a little daunting. Here’s how to navigate the galleries, parties and pop-up events—say, a Frida Kahlo-themed dinner—like one of the cool kids.
Dress The Part
Yep, it’s time to swap your go-to Lululemon leggings and oversized T-shirt for something funky and sharp. You know, like blinged-out heels or sock booties and a lightweight trench or metallic bomber. Art Basel is the place to rock a unique statement piece. Because when else can you pair a velour top with overalls and studded heels?
Four jam-packed days, dozens of events, 4,000 artists and 70,000 expected attendees: Art Basel is chock-full of places to be and people to see, and there’s never enough time. Solution? Make a list of your must-see exhibits and group events by neighborhood. (Because no one wants to spend the weekend in traffic.)
Do Your Research
When we say plan ahead, we seriously mean it. Luckily, Art Basel has a convenient app where you can read helpful information about exhibits, artists and special events, as well as make a personal Basel schedule.
Think Outside the Fair
Take Culinary Detours
We know, we know: It’s about the art, not the food. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention some mouthwatering detours during Basel week. We’re talking cocktail demos and tastings at Hive; the chef’s counter at Norman Van Aken’s restaurant, Three; a Frida Kahlo-themed dinner, and a late-night truffle feast at Yardbird.
When In Doubt, Have Fun
Into outdoor art? Skip the ticketed events and stroll the alfresco public installations. Looking to eat your way through the festival? Go for it! Dying for an over-the-top selfie? Take it. When it comes down to it, this is your experience and you don’t have to be a seasoned art aficionado to enjoy it. Rules were made to be broken, people.