The Miami Project Preview: Jemima Kirke, Obama, and Seven More Things Not to Miss

Photograph by Gesi Schilling courtesy Miami Project
Jemima Kirke by her artwork at The Miami Project
The second edition of The Miami Project opened Tuesday night with a preview of contemporary and modern art from 60 galleries from across the country. For a rookie fair, it attracted a fairly large crowd, considering bigger veteran fairs like Art Miami and CONTEXT were also showing next door.

Photograph by Gesi Schilling courtesy Miami Project
Live Footage cellist Topu Lyo

Among the things we appreciated at the opening was the live music provided by Brooklyn-based impressionist band Live Footage. Among the things we wish we could have appreciated more but couldn't was the AC, which was set to what felt like below zero to us warm blooded Miamians. (Pro tip: Bring a parka).

But the frigid cold temperature was our only complaint of the night. The artwork on display was as intriguing as the people who were viewing it. Here's a run-through of the night.

Photo courtesy of Fouladi Projects
Domino by Jemima Kirke

9. Jemima Kirke
The artwork of our favorite star of HBO's Girls, Jemima Kirke--who's actually an artist first and an actress second--are on display at Fouladi Projects in booth #617. Kirke was there in all her glory to present her work to the public. We also spotted her perusing the artwork of other artists, perhaps even doing some art shopping of her own.

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8. Obama the muse
You heard it here first: Obama is the new black. At least that's what we were constantly thinking to ourselves (the neon sign pictured above says so, too).

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52 Obamas by Peter Wilde

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Beverly Fishman

Several of the art pieces at the fair featured our president as a muse.

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7. Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
While there weren't any Basquiats for sale, there were a series of portraits of the neo-expressionist painter at Eric Firestone Gallery's booth. One in particular features Basquiat standing alongside Andy Warhol and had us mentally rapping the lyrics off the Watch The Throne album when Jay-Z proclaims: "Basquiats, Warhols serving as my muses/ My house like a museum."

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