SCAD at Miami Presents Theater of Self featuring Daniel Lismore

The use of clothes to define, defend and defy societal conventions is at the center of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) presents SCAD AT MIAMI – Theater of Self: An Exploration of Identity, featuring works by  Daniel Lismore and photography by SCAD graduate student Bin Feng (M.F.A. Photography) that I previewed last week.  

The core of the exhibition is a phalanx of 20 Daniel Lismore life-size mannequins festooned in his spectacularly designed creations that are accompanied by five light boxes of photos of Lismore taken by New York-based photographer Colin Douglas Gray. These five featured looks are also included in Lismore’s upcoming monograph, published by Skira Rizzoli in collaboration with SCAD entitled Daniel Lismore: Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, due out for international release in February 2017.

As I walked around each exciting ensemble, I realized that I could spend hours looking at Daniel Lismore ‘s creations and still not be able to fathom all the intricacies involved in creating them.   

Accompanying Limore’s works, Bin Feng’s self-portraits of himself living a stylized version of the  “American Dream” offer profound insights to the subjects of class, race and gender from a non-Western perspective. This inclusion of Feng’s works could not have been more timely as the recent brutal election season has shown that we Americans have vastly different interpretations of what those “dreams” mean as well how we should attain them. 

Also included are works from SCAD graduates including exquisite furniture designed Kalin Asenov and Eny Lee Parker,  thrilling paintings by Whitney Wood Bailey and  gorgeous lighting fixtures with embroidered cotton corded shades by April Rivers Locke.   

In addition to all this, SCAD AT MIAMI also is showcasing the world’s first ever virtual reality musical “Say It With Music”, produced &* written by Joshua Howard and directed and performed by SCAD students.  Fortunately, Howard was on hand along with SCAD student Lubomir Kocka to walk me through the process of getting set up and viewing this amazing production.

This totally immersive experience was extraordinary – it felt like I was not watching a musical as so much as being a silent participant .  While you will have to go to the exhibition to experience this, you can see a “behind the scenes” look here .

Here are more pics from the exhibition: 

Details are as follows (corrected from original post on 12/11/16):

Theater of Self

Dec. 2-13

11–6 p.m. daily


1601 N. Miami Ave.

Miami, Florida

Make sure to see this before it closes if you are in the area! 

Photo Credit: Simone Todd 

Art Basel Miami Beach 2015 Week Guide

This week the contemporary and modern art and design worlds turn their focus on to Miami Beach, Miami and its surrounding areas in South Florida and yours truly, Mone Knows, will be out and about taking a look at at the main shows as well as the myriad of events, happenings, parties and openings!

Plus, I will be taking pics of all the glorious street-style fashion to post on my Instagram, so say “Hi” if you see me!

Here’s my #mustsee guide:

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

DESIGN MIAMI/ (Dec 2 – 6)
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street
Adjacent to the Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, USA

Deauville Beach Resort
6701 Collins Avenue
Miami, FL 33141, USA


SCOPE Miami Beach (Dec 1-6)
801 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, Florida

UNTITLED, Miami Beach (Dec 2-6)
Ocean Drive and 12th Street
South Beach, Miami

PULSE Miami Beach (Dec 1-5)
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140

SUPERFINE! House of Art & Design (Dec 2-6)
8300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138

Make sure to follow me here on my blog and on all my social media channels for updates during this most exciting art/design week of the year!

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*All photos except those courtesy of Art Basel, Untitled and Superfine! by MoneKnows

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Wrap Up

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 has wrapped up another successful edition. As their latest press release states:

Art Basel’s 13th edition in Miami Beach closed today, Sunday, December 7, 2014,
amidst strong praise from gallerists, private collectors, museum groups and the
media. Highlights of the show included the introduction of the new Survey sector,
which brought 13 art-historical projects to the fair, including many rare works
never before exhibited in an art fair context; and Art Basel’s staging with Performa
of Ryan McNamara’s ‘MEƎM 4 Miami: A Story Ballet About the Internet’ at the Miami
Grand Theater. Solid sales were reported across all levels of the market and
throughout the run of the show. Featuring 267 leading international galleries from
31 countries, the show – whose Lead Partner is UBS – attracted an attendance of
73,000 over five days. Attendees included representatives of over 160 museum and
institution groups from across the world – and a surging number of new private
collectors from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Miami Beach’s leading museums and private collections also timed their strongest
shows of the year to coincide with Art Basel in Miami Beach. The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presented ‘Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict/Abstract Art in the Ella Fontanals-Cisernos Collection’ while the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space showed ‘Beneath The Surface’. It was a year of anniversaries as The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse marked its 15th anniversary, and the The Rubell Family Collection presenting ’50 Years of Marriage’, celebrating Mera and Don Rubell’s half a century of marriage and collecting.

Design Miami, the leading global forum for collectible design, also celebrated its 10th anniversary and also presented their inaugural Design Visionary/ Award to Peter Marino. See more posts about Design Miami here.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami presented Mario Garcia Torres, Beatriz Milhazes and
Geoffrey Farmer. The Norton Museum of Art presented ‘RAW: Klara Kristalova’, while the Bass Museum of Art showed ‘One Way: Peter Marino’. The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale showed ‘Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen’.

Also, Art Basel and BMW announced a new partnership supporting emerging artists. Starting in 2015, the BMW Art Journey will enable emerging artists to go on a journey of creative discovery to a destination of their choice. Functioning
as a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey is open to artists from Positions and
Discoveries, Art Basel’s sectors for emerging artists in Miami Beach and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit


Jonah Freeman + Justin Lowe Performance – The Miami Beach EDITION

One of the highlights of Art Basel Miami Beach happened this past Thursday, December 4th,  when Marlborough Chelsea presented Shadow Pool: A Natural History of the San San International, a performance by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe featuring Black Bananas, at The Miami Beach EDITION

Guests included Ryan McGinley, Bill Powers, Waris Ahluwalia, Marilyn Minter, Jordan Wolfson, Devin Troy Strother, Leo Fizpatrick, Will Cotton, Glenn O’Brien, Nick Jonas, Daniel Heidkamp, Jules de Balincourt, Lucy Chadwick, Tripoli Patterson, Carter Cleveland, Alban de Pury, Sebastian Errazuruiz, David Zwirner, Laurence Chandler, Anne Huntington, Nathalie Karg, Pierre Levai, Capucine Milliot, Shamim Momin, Darren Romanelli.

Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe create immersive environmental installations that play on ideas of drug culture, psychedelia, architecture and film. Shadow Pool employs a mix of theatrical genres ranging from the slide lecture, the fashion show, the sculptural display, and the live musical act as a means to illustrate the fictional parallel world of the San San International, a “hallucinatory mega-convention of staggering proportions”. Conceived in 2008, this multisensory extravaganza has traveled to sites ranging from MOCA Los Angeles to Ballroom Marfa.

Freeman and Lowe’s exhibition Floating Chain (High-Res Toni) is currently on view at Marlborough Chelsea through December 20th, 2014.

Dom Pérignon – Art Basel Miami Beach Dinner and W South Beach After Party

Last night, Thursday, December 4th, Dom Pérignon with Alex Dellal, Stavros Niarchos, and Vito Schnabel hosted its annual Art Basel Miami Beach after party at The WallMetamorphosis – following an intimate dinner hosted by Aby Rosen & Samantha Boardman at The Dutch.

Guests at the dinner included:
ARTS:   William & Donna Acquavella, Maria & William Bell, Nicolas Berggruen, Klaus Biesenbach, Peter M. Brant, Thomas Campbell, China Chow, Michael Chow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Todd Eberle, Yvonne Force, Larry Gagosian, Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, Laura de Gunzburg, George Lindemann Jr., Peter Marino, Tobey Maguire, Alberto Mugrabi, David & Libby Mugrabi, Daniel Neidich, Enoc & Carole Perez, Jean Pigozzi, Lola Schnabel, Barry & Mimi Sternlicht, Bernard & Almine Ruiz-Picasso, Diana Widmaier-Picasso, Owen Wilson
FASHION: Peter Dundas, Archie Drury, Tommy Hilfiger, Adam Kimmel, Heidi Klum, Tamara Mellon, Vera Wang
SOCIAL: André Balazs, Leon & Debra Black, Peter Brant, Simon & Michaela de Pury, Eric & Lisa Eisner, H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan, Jose Pepe, Jr. & Lourdes Fanjul, David & Danielle Ganek, John & Susan Hess, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Nellee Hooper, Wendi Murdoch, Michael Ovitz, Anthony Rodriquez (A-Rod), Aby Rosen & Samantha Boardman, Alex Rodriguez, Allison Sarofim, Bob & Eva Shaye, Judy Taubman, Steve Tisch, Dasha Zhukova

Guests at the Dom Pérignon Metamorphosis event listened to music by Alexandra Richards and DJ Jus-Ske, while experiencing Dom Pérignon’s latest Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen.

After Party Guests Included:
THE ARTS: Alia Al-Senussi, Abdullah Al-Turki, Daniel Arsham, Lil Buck, Jennifer Chaplin, Enrico Marone Cinzano, Carter Cleveland, Will Cotton, Paula Crown, Joe Jonas, Wiz Khalifa, Baz Luhrmann, Miguel, Tony Salame
FASHION: Waris Ahluwalia, Jourdan Dunn, Riccardo Ferragamo, Kate Foley & Max Osterweis, Toni Garrn, Chanel Iman, Mia Moretti
SOCIAL: John & Judy Angelo, Derek Blasberg, Alexandra Chemla, Michael & Jane Eisner, Isaac Ferry, Bethenny Frankel, Nellee Hooper, Omer Karacan, Leandra Medine, Alexander von Furstenberg, Venus Williams.

The Power of Creation: Dom Pérignon
This year Dom Pérignon, always a vintage champagne, announced its exclusive new Power of Creation collaboration with Haute Couture Designer and guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen. The limited edition collaboration is inspired by metamorphosis: signifying the closure of one period and the birth of another, and a powerful symbol of evolution, transformation and renaissance.

Dom Pérignon has long collaborated with some of the greatest creators of their time within art, fashion and design. The Power of Creation is inspired by a mutual goal to push the boundaries of their art, exploring new territory and reinventing the language of their discipline without betraying it.

Previous Power of Creation partnerships include limited editions with Jeff Koons and David Lynch, a collection designed with Marc Newson, an homage to Andy Warhol, a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld and creative projects withRobert Wilson, Lang Lang, John Legend and Alexandre Desplat.

Dom Pérignon:
Dom Pierre Pérignon was the procurator of the Abbey of Hautvillers in Champagne from 1668 to 1715. His life’s work was guided by the single aim to create what he named: the “best wine in the world”. Today, each new vintage of Dom Pérignon is inspired by the same quest. For every vintage is a new beginning, a reinvention. Always a vintage wine, the Dom Pérignon commitment to vintages is absolute: Dom Pérignon is made from only the best grapes and is declared only in the most exceptional years, from a single year’s harvest only. Each Vintage has three Plénitudes, and is a true act of creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy.

Dom Pérignon Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen:
Iris van Herpen, guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, is an award-winning Dutch fashion designer and couturier renowned for her futuristic, darkly fantastical aesthetic. In 2014 she was the recipient of the coveted ANDAM Fashion Award.

Dom Pérignon Metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen also marks the end of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 as we know it in its first Plénitude and celebrates its pending metamorphosis into P2, or Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon. All that we know may disappear for a time, but it will rise again – transformed and reinvented.  Van Herpen has designed two limited edition bottles and gift boxes, for the Dom Pérignon Vintage Blanc 2004 and 2003 Rosé respectively.

The Dom Pérignon Limited Edition by Iris van Herpen is available at fine wine purveyors in America.