PULSE Miami Beach is pleased to announce its programming for the 2016 edition. Returning to Indian Beach Park from Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, December 4, 2016, PULSE will continue to build on a legacy of strong programming to complement its diverse community of local and international exhibitors and showcase the most stimulating examples of new and emerging art movements through the exploratory platforms of PLAY, PROJECTS and PERSPECTIVES. This season PULSE presents a focus on new media and performance and its most robust programming to date.

PULSE kicks off with its Private Preview Brunch on Thursday, December 1 from 10am to 1pm, providing press, collectors, and enthusiasts with first access to its vibrant exhibitors and their artists. Upon arrival guests will be greeted by Anne Spalter’s stunning Miami Marbles, which will be presented as part of the first PROJECTS Special Commission and will be on view for the duration of the fair. Adding to the excitement of opening day will be a special PROJECT by Erica Prince entitled, ‘The Transformational Makeover Salon’. Through this relational project and participatory installation (supported by Qapital), Prince experiments with her subject’s physical appearance as a means of liberation. Prince will be accepting online reservations for a limited number of sessions during the Brunch (link) and Young Collectors Cocktails (link). Beach Sessions, started in The Rockaways, New York, by curator Sasha Okshteyn, joins PULSE in Miami Beach and will commence during the Brunch. Sessions include new pieces by choreographer Loni Landon and ‘For the Toward’ by New York-based dance project BOOMERANG in which performers strain against crushing weight as they coax, ride, and hurl steel sculptures. The Young Collectors Cocktails on Thursday, December 1 from 5pm to 7pm will also include a contemporary Caribbean dance performance by Miami-based Peter London Dance Company, presented by the Knight Foundation. In addition, PULSE will launch the inaugural Miami Mornings program. Presented by Morgan Stanley, Miami Mornings will offer complimentary admission to Miami-Dade residents on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 from 10am to 12pm.



Loni Landon by Arnaud Falchier, Courtesy of Beach Sessions Dance Series


PULSE Miami Beach programming highlights include the following:


PROJECTS will feature large-scale installations and a series of thought-provoking performances. For the inaugural PROJECTS Special Commission, PULSE invited digital artist Anne Spalter to present Miami Marbles, a group of massive vinyl spheres installed in the fair’s entryway. The installations offer an alternate view of Miami’s architecture and topography through digitally manipulated photographs and videos. An augmented reality component will allow guests to engage with the orbs through an interactive interface. Viewers will be able to explore kaleidoscopic moving videos on the spheres and discover virtual orbs around the fair through the custom Marbles app.

PULSE will also present the following works as part of the PROJECTS program: Zoe Buckman’s Champ, 2016, a neon work created in response to the attack on Planned Parenthood in the United States, the consequent deprivation of access to free sexual health care for underserved women, and the attempted curtailing of a woman’s right to make choices concerning her own body; Pupa, 2016 by Jason Hackenwerth, a site-specific floating web-like dome of 12,000 latex balloons aiming to call attention to the meditative space between the past and the future; a painting installation of  ephemeral abstracts presented on canvas made by Jinie Park in 2016; No Future Plans, 2016  a signature text-based mural exploring grammar and phonetics by Ben Skinner; Optical Vortex (Spinning Eyes), 2016, a densely packed meticulously rendered mural representing contemporary chaos and the current disillusionment with the human condition by Andrew Schoultz; and Dragonfruit, 2014, a sculptural installation created as a homage to adornment, decoration and material culture of Thai Buddhist temples by Amelia Toelke. To learn more about PROJECTS, please visit http://pulse-art.com/miami/about-pulse/projects/


Following a successful open call resulting in 800 submissions, guest curators Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, co-founders of Gateway Project Spaces and Project for Empty Space Gallery, selected 10 finalists to be presented onsite at PULSE Miami Beach. Unified by the curatorial theme “Body As…” the videos will be presented by Casper in a ‘theater-style’ environment where visitors can experience the works without ever leaving bed. For more information, please visit: pulse-art.com/miami/about-pulse/pulse-play/


PULSE has partnered with The Creator’s Project to present a series of videos engaging a select group of artists about their work and inspiration for PERSPECTIVES, bringing the talks into the digital realm for the first time. Three artist interviews will be released prior to the fair, followed by a number of interviews filmed live onsite at PULSE created as a means to share and explore the personal experiences of professional artists and uncover the challenges, motivations, and inspirations behind their artistic practices. The Creators Project will release video interviews with Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Jean Pierre-Roy and Erica Prince starting mid-November.


This edition marks a special partnership with the Pérez Art Museum Miami where associate curator Maria Elena Ortiz will select 20 works that exemplify the museum’s mission and vision. PAMM Picks will be designated by wall stickers placed next to the work and can be identified on social media using the hashtag #PAMMPicks. Ms. Ortiz will also lead a tour and discussion about her selections on Friday, December 2 at 2pm. For tickets please visit: www.pulse-art.com.


PULSE Contemporary Art Fair would like to express enthusiastic appreciation to its sponsors and partners including: Morgan Stanley, Perrier, Qapital, Casper, Area Environments, Artsy, Jadot, FIOL, One Bay, Angelo Poretti Beer, Arthena, Lyft, SPACE | design + production, Hedley’s Inc., Spuntino Catering and Malin + Goetz.

Founded in 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar and is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today. For further information about PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, please visit www.pulse-art.com.


PULSE Miami Beach I Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4, 2016
Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140


PULSE Miami Beach I December 1 – 4, 2016
Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140


Thursday    December 1
Private Preview Brunch (by VIP invitation)         10am –   1pm
Public Hours                                                         1pm –   7pm
Young Collectors Cocktails                                   5pm –   7pm

Friday        December 2                                      10am –   7pm

Saturday    December 3                                      10am –   7pm
Miami Mornings                                                   10am – 12pm

Sunday       December 4                                      10am –   5pm
Miami Mornings                                                   10am – 12pm




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