Summers Rolls In

Amy Rosenberg's Miami Arts Recap

Amy Rosenberg
Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts and environmental advocate who founded the Arsht Center’s young patrons group and is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit organization Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the boards of LegalArt, the Funding Arts Network, New World Symphony’s executive committee and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Stacey Londner and Jason Miller
The Palley Glass Pavillion at the
Lowe Art Museum was the site of a special engagement. Stacey Londner was surprised to look into a glass case and see, amongst other objects, a ring sitting atop a stack of gradually smaller white boxes. The card identifying the ring looked exactly like all the other description cards but said: “One of a kind, custom-designed diamond engagement ring.” Stacey said yes to her boyfriend, an attorney at Adorno and Yoss, and we wish the happy couple a bright future!

Friends of New World Symphony marked the end of another great season with three hours of live music. The evening kicked-off with a performance by the New World Symphony under the stars and palm trees on the 17th floor of 900 Biscayne Bay. Trumpet Fellow, Sam Hyken, wrote five original compositions that debuted that night. The pieces were sexy and up-tempo and featured a 12-person ensemble of New World Fellows, along with songwriter/producer Roberto Castillo. Next on the line-up was The Mysterytones – a seven piece explosion of funk, rhythm and blues. These guys “rocked out” with original songs and southern rock favorites. They brought tambourines, morocco’s, bongos and the guests played along while dancing the night away.

Hundreds of young professionals descended on the courtyard of the Miami Art Museum for the annual MAM Contemporaries Social. The Contemporaries, a group of young patrons who support the museum, welcomed arts patrons, attorneys and young professionals from non-profit organizations including Best Buddies, New World Symphony and the Young Philanthropists of Baptist Health. The guests networked and nibbled over cocktails and beats provided by Miami favorite Suenalo.

Guests who made it into MAM were treated to NeoHoo Doo: Art for a Forgotten Faith co-organized by The Menil Collection and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. The title of the exhibition takes its name from Ishmael Reed’s poem “Neo-hoodoo Manifesto” and from its writer’s belief “that every man is an artist and every artist a priest.” The exhibition looks at spirituality through the lens of heritage and ritual and it is not to be missed. Works like Brian Jungen’s twelve foot African totems made out of golf bags elicited smiles and awe from passersby who recognized the ingenious use of the sporting equipment. One of the most powerful pieces was Jose Bedia’s "The Things That Drag Me", a wall and floor work made up of a drawing of a double-headed spectral figure from whose chest emerged two chains that dropped down to a series of boats.

The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation presented Piano Slam: The Music Speaks, a family friendly showcase that featured Dranoff International Two Piano Concept winners Maarten and Jeroen van Veen, acclaimed spoken word artists Deborah Magdalena, Mecca aka Grimo and a number of talented children.

The Miami Rum Renaissance kicked off a series of events celebrating the spirit. The Bacardi Museum hosted a VIP party and private tour followed by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the penthouse of the legendary building on Biscayne Boulevard. The tour was led by a member of the Bacardi family and provided details about the start of the company and its passion for its products as well as architecture and design.

Cocktail attire and dirty boots was the dress of choice for most of the guests at Locust Project’s spring fundraiser in their brand new space. Guests had the chance to bid on silent auction items as they listened to live music from Psychic Youth and sampled Fratelli Lyon’s divine, homemade ravioli. Locust Projects is an alternative art space that has long held favor with Miami’s art cognoscenti.

It wouldn’t be summer without Summer Shorts at the Arsht Center. Summer Shorts encompasses productions for kids, Signature Shorts (dramatic and comedic short plays) and Undershorts (the Luther Campbell of shorts).

Until next time…

Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts advocate who founded the Overtown Music Project and the Arsht Center’s young patrons group. She is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the Board of the Funding Arts Network. She also serves on the New World Symphony’s Friends Committee as well as The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Visionaries Committee.