BUSHWICK — Do they serve PBR in South Beach?
A pack of local adventurers is planning to give Art Basel a taste of the Bushwick art scene with a pop-up rave this week — complete with "lots of trash on the floor," organizers said.
In Bushwick Gone Basel, dozens of Brooklyn performers are packing up their art, instruments and party skills to "descend upon the center of paradise" in South Beach for the prestigious arts fest.
"We're creating a pop-up rave space that's going to be like a party in Bushwick," said event promoter and artist Ms. Fitz, who co-organized Bushwick Gone Basel with fellow artist Angelina Dreem, laughing that the party would include "lots of trash in the floor," in true Bushwick style.
"It's about the people and the energy."
Fitz, who noted that this year would be the first time Bushwick has its own specific event at Miami's Art Basel, said the party was not an official part of the fair but that it was crucial to share the influential voice the neighborhood has in the national art scene.
"We believe that Bushwick is a haven for the upcoming and burgeoning artists in New York City, who are paving the way for interesting and groundbreaking new work," said her email announcement of the event. "They deserve a space to showcase and celebrate their art to the greater art industry at Basel. So we are making it happen!"
The artists also plan to "crash" elite parties during the fair, Fitz said, claiming that "if you look fabulous enough they'll let you in."
"DIY raves and pop-up club spaces have become an integral avenue for performance, networking and collaboration," Fitz's email said of the prominent Bushwick trends, "and the art that has emerged from the trash is undeniably influencing mainstream popular culture and contemporary art today."
Bushwick Gone Basel culminates in a party at 2805 Collins Ave. in Miami at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. More details can be found on the group's website.