Glenn Kaino: Levitating The Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship)

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Levitating The Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship)
Glenn Kaino: Levitating The Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship)
Curated by: Christine Y. Kim

2100 Collins Avenue
33139 Miami Beach
November 30th, 2011 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

miami beach
Wed-Thu,Sat-Sun 12-5; Fri 12-9
mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, figurative, sculpture


Glenn Kaino: Levitating The Fair (The Flying Merchant Ship)

 will be one of 24 projects on display at

Art Public during Art Basel Miami Beach

 December 1st - December 4th, 2011

Bass Museum of Art - Collins Park, Miami Beach

 Opening Night:

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

8:00pm - 10:00pm

(Los Angeles, CA. November 16, 2011)   Los Angeles-based artist Glenn Kaino will present his art installation at Art Public for Art Basel Miami Beach on the evening of Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, and will be on display until Sunday, December 4, 2011.  This year, Art Basel Miami Beach is collaborating with the Bass Museum of Art located in Collins Park where Kaino's  artwork will be presented (2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL).

Glenn Kaino will gather hundreds of volunteers to stage an unprecedented collective action that proposes to rekindle our belief in the value of art and artists in this time of crisis. Informed by the history of world fairs and their relationship to mass-consumerism events, Kaino's project asks volunteers to help lift a 20' x 20' sculptural platform invoking the iconic attractions of the 1939 New York World's Fair throughout the entire duration of Art Basel Miami Beach, running from December 1st to December 4th.

An endurance performance and visualization of collective labor, Kaino's project tests our physical investment and personal commitment to the realization of creative moments.    This platform will be lifted off the ground in an act of endurance, for as long as volunteers can sustain it in the air, while simultaneously recruiting other willing participants.

Invoking the carnivalesque origins of the world fair, the work examines and complicates how Art Basel Miami Beach and other art fairs operate in the current landscape of cultural production as both a sustaining force and problematic platform of artistic output.

PLEASE VISIT: to sign up to participate in this event. 

VISIT: to see pictures of the platform under construction.

Art Public, curated by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA and Co-Founder of LAND, and will transform Collins Park in Miami Beach, from the Bass Museum of Art to the Oceanfront. For more information on Art Public, please visit