Diplo, Chloe Wise and More Toast the Opening of ICA, Miami's Newest Museum
During Art Basel Miami Beach, the art in question is sometimes an after thought to all the parties, openings, and corporate sponsorships that seem to explode during this annual extravaganza by the water. But on Tuesday night, it was the work that was under the spotlight: A brand-new museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA, opened in the heart of this tropical city's Design District. As Baselistas flitted between shindigs at the Prada and Loewe stores nearby, a phalanx of celebrities and art connoisseurs toured the palatial new facility and its inaugural show organized by rock star curator Gartenfeld, “The Everywhere Studio,” which brings together 20th century masters with contemporary artists, like the German Anna Oppermann—whose work is exhibited in an immersive gallery—and the Haitian-American Miami artist Tomm El-Saieh, who was being shown in a museum for the first time. Petra Levin, one of the museum's board members and among its most prominent advocates, followed the opening with a dinner co-hosted with W and editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi at her home, which once upon a time was owned by Alex Rodriguez and features an art collection that is easily more expansive than some museum's. Perhaps it was those blue chip pieces that drew the blue chip crowd, including Diplo, Jeremy Scott, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, model Isabeli Fontana, and art world movers and shakers like Zoe Buckman, Maria Baibakova, Chloe, Wise, Casey Fremont and Daniel Arsham.