Since shifting to a contemporary art focus, the Bass has steadily been building a permanent collection. See what it’s been up to at “Call & Response: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection” through April 2019. The exhibit features work by living artists whose impetus lies in the vocal, lyrical and written word, whether athletic team chants or religious ceremonies. For Poteau Mitan, his 2002 interactive installation of rubber tiles, Formica and mirrors, Sanford Biggers was inspired by columns used in West African dance rituals as portals to the spiritual world. The hiss and hum of air conditioners in Mika Rottenberg’s 2015 multimedia installation (pictured) is familiar around Florida. Known for language-based works, Lawrence Weiner’s shell and sea-themed text emblazons a wall. Mark Handforth’s and Karen Rifas’s work has also been added.
2100 Collins Avenue; 305.673.7530; thebass.org
Social entrepreneurs Lorena Miranda and Victoria Cuesta are making a difference. The Miami natives founded Sonder & Holliday, handwoven accessories that give back to their artisans in Africa and Ecuador. Beyond designing chic resort items like straw totes, which double as cool storage and plant holders, their mission involves sustainable practices as well as uplifting communities through teaching entrepreneurship and improving working and living conditions. Their enthusiasm is infectious. Follow their process and progress in these remote villages through videos on their web site. For example, watch Ghanaian craftsmen dye straw in vibrant shades from mustard yellow to emerald green and weave bags such as the signature Victoria style in three sizes. The line is available here at Mandarin Oriental Miami, The Backroom South Beach, Nomad Tribe and Earthy Chic.
NEW AT NOBU
Looking to wow guests at your next event or take a much-needed staycation? The Nobu Hotel Miami Beach debuted three penthouse villas and four penthouse meeting spaces; both categories may be combined for larger layouts. The Rockwell Group, the New York-based design firm responsible for the multimillion-dollar transformation of architect Morris Lapidus’s midcentury-modern Eden Roc into a Nobu property, also took on the penthouses. Featuring white oak floors and Italian marble, they reflect the hospitality brand’s Japanese heritage through artwork, soaking tubs for a traditional bath ritual, and suites named after Japanese words like asahi (sunrise) and mizu (water). Other amenities are terraces, Bose sound systems, and Natura Bissé and Red Flower products. The VIP treatment includes unlimited fitness classes and choice seating at onsite Nobu and Malibu Farm.
4525 Collins Avenue; 305.250.2204; nobuhotelmiamibeach.com.
West Palm Beach’s Pistache is switching out its French fare during Tour du Monde, a monthly, culinary dining series that begins in Mexico on August 18. Complete with a mariachi band, the menu features duck confit tacos, snapper Veracruz, mojo heritage pork tenderloin and red mole short rib. Chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny, pictured, shows off his pickling skills, from cabbage to cauliflower, and love of Tex-Mex cuisine with chili rellenos, whose roasted poblanos are stuffed and soufflé battered, and queso fundido richly flavored with chorizo and green chiles. If there’s still room, coconut tres leches cake with kiwi, strawberry and candied lime awaits. Stamp your passport in all four stops (Morocco on September 22, Spain on October 20, and Brazil on November 17) for a complimentary dinner next tour.
101 North Clematis Street; 561.833.5090; pistachewpb.com