The Bass in Miami Beach Reopens on September 16

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

The Bass in Miami Beach Reopens on September 16:

Artist creates reusable masks to support family businesses in Mexico impacted by COVID

The Bass in Miami Beach reopens on Wednesday, September 16 following COVID-19 closures, making it only the second Miami-Dade art museum to reopen since the pandemic began.

Of course, there are safety protocols including mask-only entry, social distancing, temperature checks, contactless payment options, and “rigorous sanitizing” among other precautions. 

Hours are also being adjusted and will be Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5. Walk-in visits and online ticketing are available. “At this time, timed-entry ticketing will not be in place, however, the museum will operate at a significantly reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing is adhered to,” according to the museum.

For the opening, The Bass will feature a project created by artist Carlos Amorales in collaboration with designer Janet Martínez to provide a free, reusable fabric face mask to each visitor with the purchase of admission (while supplies last). The project, in partnership with the NGO WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing), “began in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to reactivate the family businesses of various sewing workshops in Mexico,” according to The Bass announcement. Amorales lives and works in Mexico City.

Among the exhibits on view is the City of Miami Beach's recently acquired painting Cobalt Blue Earring by Ghana-based artist Amoaka Boafo, on loan for the exhibition Open Storage: Selections from the Collection. The acquisition was made through the City’s inaugural Legacy Purchase Program at last year’s Art Basel fair.

Learn more by visiting The Bass’ website here.

Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. It is free for Miami Beach residents and City of Miami Beach employees (bring valid ID/proof of residence), Active-duty and retired military personnel including one guest, and SNAP EBT cardholders including up to three guests. More info here.

Photo of Sylvie Fleury’s Eternity Now, 2015 courtesy The Bass

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