Nina Johnson gallery hosts a luncheon on Saturday for New York-based artist, designer and architect R.M. Fischer in honor of his first solo exhibit in Miami. He returns to his well-received, Eighties-era light sculptures for “Lampworks,” which is on view through October 14. A marriage of art and design, mixed-media lamps feature wrapped, bolted, stretched and sewn vinyl and fabric skins. Their colorful, industrial jumbles resemble Meccano construction sets or shaman creatures for an effect that’s both playful and menacing. The exhibit isn’t his only tie to Miami. He was commissioned for a flight tower at Miami International Airport, which was thwarted by 9/11, and his work is part of the Rubell Family Collection. Other major institutions including the Whitney, Dallas Museum and Broad Foundation also collect his work.
LVMH is taking the experiential movement to the next level. The luxury conglomerate launched Clos19, an online lifestyle platform for impeccably curated services, excursions-of-a-lifetime, and tastings and deliveries of iconic wines, champagnes and spirits from its Moët Hennessy portfolio. Founder Stephanie Watine Arnault, niece of LVMH chairman and ceo Bernard Arnault, took inspiration from Madame Cliquot, the legendary host who knew her clientele’s every whim. Besides delivering libations and insider tips from a staff of concierges, the convenient concept orchestrates lavish itineraries from France to New Zealand. For its 8-day Wonders of Antarctica, guests are whisked to the South Pole by private plane for midnight sun skiing, wildlife viewing and hiking Holtanna Peak. Luxury pod suites with dining rooms are appointed in fur and other fine materials.
“Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed sprouted in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. He tapped New York’s Celano Design Studio for the 74-seat eatery’s soft lighting, 20th-century mishmash and subdued Seventies’ earth tones. The Florida-raised protégé of Dean Max and Jean-Georges Vongerichten goes for premier ingredients and knockout presentation. From the raw section, JoJo Tea cured snapper comes with clementine and hearts of palm. Blossoms and maitake mushroom flavor warm celery root in a mustard froth—humbly listed as a “snack.” Local pastry chef Dallas Wynne does her part with stout cake complemented by ginger ice cream. It’s the first of two concepts by Ford and Grove Bay Hospitality Group, whose restaurants include Big Easy, Glass and Vine, etc. Their next collaboration, a-fish-o-na-do, opens in 2019.
CUBA TO CORPORATE
PAMM hosts a VIP reception tonight for the second installment of its multi-part, year-long series “On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection.” The event starts with a preview tour by Pérez, as well as involved artists and curators. Afterward, attendees are invited for a talk between artists Glenda León and Flavio Garciandía. “Chapter 2: Abstracting History” presents approximately 40 works in an array of mediums by Waldo Balart, Teresita Fernández and Alexandre Arrechea (pictured), among several artists who continue the story of the Caribbean island’s rich spiritual and political histories, modern life and diaspora. It opens to the public tomorrow and runs through January 7, 2018. PAMM’s Tenth Annual Corporate Luncheon on September 27 raises funds for its education programs and awards Publix charities.