Daniel Arsham, installation in the semi-circular fountain. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Anna Gaskell, installation of Still Life in the Theater Garden. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Cristina Lei Rodriguez, installation of Struggling for Grandeur in the Enclosed Loggia. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Naomi Fisher, installation in the Grottos. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Emily Sundblad performing in the Courtyard. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Robert Chambers’ Intervention on the South Terrace. Photo courtesy Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Ball of Artists, December 6, 2007
Ball of Artists was an inversion of the traditional notion of a ball. It was casual when it was expected to be formal, formal when it was expected to be casual; quiet when expected to be loud, loud when expected to be quiet; cheap when expected to be expensive, and expensive when expected to be cheap. The project was curated by Richard Massey, a Miami-based descendent of James Deering who was instrumental in establishing the Contemporary Arts Program (CAP).
During the one-night project, guests encountered works throughout the house and gardens. Highlights included a sound piece by Liam Gillick, a transformation of the house and gardens through a light composition by Carsten Höller and the integration of newly commissioned projects by CAP artists Anna Gaskell, Cristina Lei Rodriguez and Catherine Sullivan. At the stroke of midnight, the evening culminated in an explosion of Mylar onto the South Terrace orchestrated by Robert Chambers. Other artists that participated include Roger Andersson, John Armleder, Daniel Arsham, Jim Drain, Naomi Fisher, Jason Hedges, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Gary Rough, Emily Sundblad and Jordan Wolfson.