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Four Awesome (and Free!) Art Basel Miami Beach Events Open to All

December 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

YAY—it's Saturday! Let's talk Art Basel Miami Beach. The annual contemporary art event—which encompasses several art fairs, art installations around the city, and a gajillion parties—brings in the big spenders and the struggling creatives alike for four days of fun in the sun.

The official dates are Thursday-Sunday, December 6-9, but it's this weekend that sees the most interest from people outside the art & design industries. Yes, even regular people can attend. Though tickets to hit any of the main fairs cost double digits, there's plenty gratis happenings for a sweet taste of this infamous event.

Here's our four favorite free events, open to all:

· "Moving the Still" GIF Festival
Presented by Tumblr, Paddle8, Smartwater and NYC creative company Milk, the "Moving the Still" fest is well-funded for a backlot art show of a primitive file type. Before entering a huge, pitch-black warehouse, you'll encounter an informal food truck fest. That's reason enough to go; we score some deep-fried Oreos for $5 and they still occupy our thoughts, day and night.

Inside the warehouse, head towards the middle to enter a labyrinth of projections, each a moving GIF selected for the festival by a panel of judges including Michael Stipe, James Frey, Nicola Formichetti, RIchard Phillips and fashion duo Rodarte. To add to the fun, each has created their own GIF; Stipe's "End of Stream" is a personal favorite, as is the one titled "Endeavour Space Shuttle." You'll know why.
Location & Hours: Wynwood. 318 NW 23rd Street (enter down an alley on NW 2nd Street). Open through today (Saturday) until 7pm. FREE.

A highlight from Art Basel Miami Beach 2012's GIF Festival from Jaunted on Vimeo.

· "Make Flight" by LAN and TAM Airlines
Participating in Art Basel is a first for the South American airlines, who this year celebrated their partnership and now express it in a performance art piece by installation artist Ryan Farrell. The idea is to pedal bikes—15 of them—which then power three real airplane propellors, which then create enough lift to send a crafted model of a 787 Dreamliner into the air. It's made of ripstop nylon and chicken wire, but it took three sketches, two small-scale models and a lot of leg power to reach this final presentation.

The whole idea is to take the idea of an airline "making flight" and allow the public to do it, to turn LAN & TAM's passion for service and travel into a passion for art as well. Speaking of the public, the large "Make Flight" space is open to all, plus has a chill-out area and a bar stocked with Argentinian wines.

Oh yeah—and you may register to win free flights to South America. Can't forget that.
Location & Hours: Wynwood (right around the corner from the GIF Festival), at the Maps backlot, 342 NW 24th Street. Open Saturday 2-10pm and Sunday, 2-6pm. FREE.

· The Wynwood Walls
Set foot in the Wynwood neighborhood and you'll be stopping every block to marvel at the graffiti and large-scale street art blanketing nearly every wall. It's a district riddled with galleries, cafes and the awesome Panther Coffee, but it's the Wynwood walls that ensure the Miami Beach crowd crosses the causeways for an afternoon. Artists with large-scale murals include Os Gemeos, Sheperd Fairey, Ryan McGinness, Invader and Ron English. Though The Walls are a defined area, walking any streets around them will yield just as much art eye candy.
Location & Hours: Wynwood. NW 2nd Street between NW 25 & 26th Streets. No hours. FREE.

· Warhol at Fendi Casa
If you've been to a few internationally recognized museums in your lifetime, then you've likely chanced upon a Warhol or two (or two hundred). Fendi Casa understands, and thus will bring out some of his greatest masterpieces, focusing on women. Specifically viewers will see "Venus" and "Annunciation." Google Image Search to see what we're talking about.
Location & Hours: Design District. Fendi Casa, 90 NE 39th Street. Today (Saturday) until 4pm, and on through December 20. FREE.

[Photos and video: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]

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