411: A Bejeweled Night at the Museum

We enjoy a visit to the Bass Museum of Art, one of Miami Beach’s key cultural landmarks, just about any time, but no visit compares to touring this gorgeous museum alongside the city’s leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers after hours. We had the opportunity to do just that on Thursday, March 14, as the Bass hosted its annual fundraiser, A Night at the Museum, for which more than 500 fashion-forward art lovers gathered to enjoy a private preview of From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler curated by Diane Venet, which features over 200 beautiful, wearable “shiny things,” created by 135 artists. Needless to say, our inner (and outer) jewelry addict longed for “one of everything.” The exhibition, presents an intimate and often whimsical side of some of the greatest artists of recent times, each offering a singular vision of adornment. The exceptional, little-known works of wearable sculpture offer new insights into the creative genius artistic giants including: Andy Warhol, Georges Braque, Louise Bourgesois, Lucio Fontana, Salvador Dalí, Louise Nevelson, Man Ray, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono and Anish Kapoor.

Throughout the evening, we mingled, enjoyed cocktails and refreshments from Miami Club Rum, Pavan, Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water, Soyka and TiramesU and danced to beats by Johnny the Boy, while marveling at the exhibition.

Notable attendees included: Bass Museum of Art Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá and Bass Museum of Art Board President George Lindemann; A Night at the Museum event co-chairs Criselda Breene and Christina Getty-Maercks; curator of the exhibition Diane Venet and her husband, artist Bernar Venet; local artists: Agustina Woodgate, Manny Prieres, Frances Trombly, Leyden Rodríguez- Casanova, Carlos Betancourt, Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Monica López De Victoria, George Sánchez- Calderón, Christy Gast and Sinisa Kukec; gallerists Fred Snitzer, Nina Johnson, David Castillo, Robert Fontaine and Anthony Spinello; collectors: Robert Blumenthal, John Lin, Kathryn Mikesell and Tara Sokolow Benmeleh and Jack Benmeleh; Commissioner Jerry Libbin, Terence Riley, Sam Robin, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz and Fernando Wong; Bass Museum of Art Board Members: Cathy Vedovi, Ali Matlick, Jose Miguel Net, Laura Paresky Gould, Ramiro E. del Amo, Alan Randolph, Cricket Taplin, Richard Toledo, Brian Ehlrich, Sarah Harrelson, Elizabeth Spill and Tom Murphy and his wife, Suzanne Murphy. From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler is on display through July 21. For more information about the exhibit, visit here:

Celebrity Sightings:

On Tuesday night, celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffmann debut her highly anticipated LATIN D’LITE: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist cookbook at the gorgeous Ornare showroom in the Design District. Guests got to taste Hoffmann’s favorite dishes from her cookbook during the signing and exclusive meet and greet.

Also on Tuesday night, New York Times bestselling authors, Jill Martin and Dana Ravich celebrated the launch of their new book, The Weekend Makeover, at an exclusive gathering at the Soho Beach House. Martin drew a slew of photographers to the beach the following day as she laid out on the beach at SBH.

Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh celebrated his birthday Wednesday night at Bamboo Miami Beach with friends: Ne-Yo, Dwyane Wade, FLOrida, actor/comedian Dee Ray Davis and Pleasure P. Miami Heat’s official DJ, DJ IRIE kept the party going until the early morning.

On Friday night, music producer, Pharrell Williams, celebrated his 40th birthday at Arkadia and LIV at the Fontainebleau with famous friends: Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne.

On Sunday, the 6th annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon raised $422,626 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and brought out participating celebrities such as: Colin Egglesfield, Greg Ellis, Jason Kennedy, James Marsden, Josh Hopkins, Geoff Stults, Parker Young, Cristian de la Fuente and Monique Coleman. Actress and Broadway signer Laura Bell Bundy and former Dancing with the Stars host Samantha Harris were also on hand for the event but stuck to stage duties, with Bundy singing the national anthem and Harris helping to present checks and medals.

Recently spotted at Zuma Miami: Marc Anthony and his new girlfriend, TopShop heiress, Chloe Green; Luis Carlos Velez and Siad Char, whoannouncedtheir engagement at a romantic table on the riverfront terrace; singer Fher Olvera from Mana and Esperanza Aguirre, Spanish politician and former President of Madrid.

Superstar, Jamie Foxx was seen dining a Baoli last week.

Jewellery designer Orianne Collins, ex-wife of Phil Collins, and co-founder of the Little Dreams Foundation attended the unveiling of FENDI Casa’s specially curated Romero Britto exhibit on Thursday, March 14th at the Luxury Living FENDI Casa showroom. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibit, of which all items are available for purchase, will be donated to the foundation.

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