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Unscripted Art Projects

About Unscripted

Unscripted Bal Harbour is the public art program of the City of Bal Harbour in Miami. Founded in 2013 as a means to both support the arts in South Florida and further position Bal Harbour as a cultural destination, Unscripted Bal Harbour endeavors to facilitate critical dialogue while making contemporary art accessible to Bal Harbour residents and guests. The program’s critical component comprises two temporary public artwork commissions, one of which can be found in the permanent of the Art Museum Miami, as well as four annual Art Chats featuring internationally renowned guests that have included Candice Breitz, Tania Bruguera, Christine Y Kim, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Hank Willis Thomas, Don and Mera Rubell, and many more. In addition, Unscripted Bal Harbour's Art Access program provides year round free access to, and private tours of, Miami's top museums, private collections and cultural destinations exclusively for Bal Harbour residents and guests.


Upcoming Unscripted Events for 2016

Please note these events are strictly exclusive to Bal Harbour residents and hotel guests.

ART ACCESS TOUR: Valentines Day Private reception hosted by Art Wynwood Director

February 14 at 10:30am , Tour at 11am

Join us for an Art Wynwood Valentines Day private brunch and tour hosted by fair director Grela Orihuela held exclusively for Bal Harbour residents and guests before the fair opening hours. Guests are also invited to enjoy the fair after the tour.

RSVP by February 9 to

Art Wynwood
2901 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Street parking and fair valet parking available. Meet at the front entrance of the fair.

ART ACCESS TOUR:  The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach with art expert Diana Lowenstein

February 18 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Enjoy a private tour of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach art collection by gallery owner and collector Diana Lowenstein. Diana started her gallery over 25 years ago, and was one of the first to re-locate to the Wynwood Art District. In 2005, she began curating The Ritz Carlton- South Beach collection, a hotel co-owned by her family, among many other corporate collections.  She will share her insights to these works of art, and invite Bal Harbour residents and guest for a drink and discussion at the hotel bar following the tour.

RSVP by February 10 to

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
On street parking and hotel valet available.


March 3 – 6

The Armory Show VIP access to all attending residents, including main fair access and all VIP program tour, exhibition and event access.

Private tour of the Armory show and adjacent Volta art fair by Unscripted Bal Harbour curator Claire Breukel with introductions to key gallery owners.

Private curator led tours of select museum exhibitions (last year included the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum).

Chelsea and Highline walk: enjoy a morning tour of select Chelsea galleries as well as New York’s highline that includes renowned public art projects.

ART ACCESS TOUR: Alan Kluger and Judge Amy Dean’s art collection at their home

March 31 at 6:30pm

The art collection of attorney Alan Kluger and his wife Judge Amy Dean comprises contemporary Latin American art from the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement (1959-1961) to contemporary installations. These include a hammock by Maria Nepomuceno, doors by Jorge Pardo, a table interior by Tunga, graffiti by assume vivid astro focus (AVAF) and installations by renowned artists Alexandre Arrechea and Dario Escobar. Their home, formerly owned by celebrity musicians Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is a sanctuary for their art collection that doesn't shy away from politics or social commentary. This private viewing is open exclusively to Bal Harbour residents and guests.

RSVP by March 26 for address details to

ART CHAT: Franklin Sirmans speaks to artist Teresita Fernandez

April 28 at 6:30pm

Renowned Miami-born conceptual artist Teresita Fernández is best known for her prominent public sculptures. Her work is characterized by an interest in perception and the psychology of looking that are often inspired by a rethinking of landscape, place, and diverse historical and cultural references. A 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist’s Grant, an American Academy in Rome Affiliated Fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, Fernández was appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts from 2011-2014.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) director Franklin Sirmans has vast experience as a curator, writer and editor. In his role as the contemporary art curator and department head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), he curated Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, as well as Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. He is also the former Artistic Director of the 2014 Prospect New Orleans biennial exhibition, and was the U.S. Editor of Flash Art and Editor-in-Chief of ArtAsiaPacific.

RSVP by April 20 to

ART ACCESS TOUR of Dr. Carmen and Dr. Marino Molina

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm

Bal Harbour residents Dr. Carmen and Dr, Marino Molina began collecting art after moving from Washington D.C. to Miami in 1993. Carmen is a pediatrician specializing in Integrative and Functional Holistic Medicine and Marino is a child, adolescent and adult Psychiatrist from Cuban and Peruvian decent respectively. Their personal collection reflects their heritage and warm personalities, and comprises artists from Cuba, including Jose Bedia, Mario Garcia Portela, Lester Campa, Aisar Jalil, Guy Garcia, Humberto " El Negro," and Peru, including Joseph Firbas, Amelia Weiss, Carlos Quispes Asin, Tilsa Tsuchiya, Fernando De Sizlo, and more.

RSVP for further details by May 8, 2016 to

Bal Harbour Recommends: The Best of Art Basel 2013

Unscripted Bal Harbour Curator Claire Breukel shares her Top 10 list

Image courtesy: Hunter Barnes and the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation

Art enthusiasts have just five days to see some of the world's leading exhibitions during Art Basel Miami. With over 22 art fairs and hundreds of featured exhibitions visitors can take in the best of the best as recommended by Claire Breukel, curator for Unscripted Bal Harbour, a public art initiative launched in 2012 that provides artists with a platform to pursue their creativity and features a popular Art Chat series featuring public art experts from around the world. Breukel's Top Ten list features a varied mix, from performances and sculpture exhibits to photography and includes world-renowned Tracy Emin's exhibit at MOCA and a show at the Rubell Collection.

Bal Harbour guests and locals get a special treat through the destinations' new Museum Access program that provides exclusive entry to the area's leading museums. This includes free admission to the Wolfsonian Museum and the Bass Museum of Art, and full membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Miami Art Museum (that reopens in December as the new Pérez Art Museum Miami), allowing Bal Harbour guests to be among the first to get a peek at the new space.

Top Ten shows not to be missed this season

#1 Ai Weiwei:According to What? at the Perez Art museum Miami (PAMM)
As a social, policital and artistic hero, Chinese artist Ai WeiWei is known for his audacious performances and creative provocations. Experience this at the Herzog and De Meuron-designed museum.

#2 CasaLin Hosts Hot Bed; Reverence in collaboration with Wet Heat Projects

Each year CasaLin hosts a curated 'backyard' exhibition. This year Miami filmmakers Wet Heat Project bring "Hot Bed" to the yard--a project that features exciting performances by promising New World School students. 

#3 Contender, New Works from Kenton Parker at Primary Projects

Each year a line of people stand outside Primary Projects for an awe-inspiring artist collective show. Focused on street art and alternative practice, Parker will undoubtedly offer an LA-inspired rebellious, site-specific installation.

#4 França at Fairchild curated by Cristina Grajales at Fairchild Tropical Gardens

Experiencing the sculptural designs of Brazilian artist Hugo Franca within lush gardens is the perfect moment of calm in an otherwise busy art fair.

#5 Hunter Barnes photography installation in the City of Opa Locka

Barnes ambitiously lends his expertise with the concept of street photography by placing human-sized billboards in the city. The installation results from a two-week residency during which Barnes sensitively documented Opa Locka residents: it's a slice of the city's contemporary history that promises to be fascinating. 

#6 Nicholas Hlobo’s Intethe (A Sketch For An Opera) at Locust Projects

Having a fellow South African showing in Miami’s premiere non-profit arts space where I was formerly Director makes this exhibition a personal highlight. Internationally renowned, Hlobo’s poetic installations are made of an unexpected combination of materials.

#7 Ping Pong 2013 curated by Sue Irion

Featuring artists from Basel Miami and Los Angeles Ping Pong is an annual cross-cultural exchange exhibition that offers witty artwork, upbeat displays and clever cross-city dialogue.

#8 Piotr Uklański: ESL at the Bass Museum of Art

The moment I stood on Uklanski’s neon floor at the Pinault Collection, Venice, surrounded by constructed images of Nazi officers (titled “Dancing Nazi’s”), I was intrigued. Uklański’s work never fails to challenge and ESL (English as a Second Language) is certain to provoke on the subjects of immigration to America and acceptance of cultural norms.

#9 Tracey Emin: Angel Without You at MOCA, Miami

Known for her public confessions and enigmatic one-liners, this is Emin’s first solo exhibition in the US. Focusing on her large body of neon works, it will add significant depth to Miami’s already neon allure.

#10 28 Chinese at the Rubell Family Collection

After the success of 30 Americans, this show will be just as interesting—even with two less artists! Housing one of Miami’s most dynamic private collections, the Rubell’s and Director Juan Valadez will undoubtedly curate another defining show.


Bal Harbour's Second "Unscripted" Public Art Commission Debuts

Christy Gast creates Unscripted’s latest installation inspired by the history of South Florida

Photo credit: Simon Hare, courtesy Unscripted Bal Harbour and Christy Gast

Bal Harbour, Fla. – May 15, 2013

As the next iteration of its ongoing support for the arts in South Florida, Bal Harbour has unveiled “Self Portrait As a Barefoot Mailman,” by artist Christy Gast as part of the destination’s public art program, “Unscripted.” Gast’s 12-foot high sculptural installation, will be showcased in the center of Collins Avenue, on Bal Harbour’s Founder Circle through the summer. Installed headfirst in the ground, as if blown-over, the faux bronze sculpture made of fiberglass is a testament to the area's legendary barefoot mailman, a real historic figure who delivered mail on the first U.S. mail route between Palm Beach and Miami in the 1880's before there were major roads. Drawing on the history of South Florida as well as Miami Dade’s history of public sculpture, Gast has created a playful alternative to the traditionally overstated and masculinized civic monument.

Past artworks by sculptor and video artist Christy Gast often feature herself in costume as the central character, making it natural for Gast to transform this mailman figure into her likeness. Gast had a laser scan taken of herself dressed up as the legendary mailman assuming a monument-like posture, and used this as the basis for the sculpture. In doing so, she presents a subterfuge – an impersonation of the character of the mailman, infused with her female persona. Gast also adds another dimension of humor and unexpected subversion by having “Self Portrait As A Barefoot Mailman” upside-down and partially buried as if having been blown over by a strong storm and landing head-first, a witty gesture to having one’s head quite literally “buried in the sand.”

The program is supported by the Unscripted Art Chat series that features two chats this season. The first, on Thursday, May 16 is entitled “Christy Gast in conversation with Thom Collins.” Thom Collins, Director of the Miami Art Museum talks to Christy about her public art installation, her per-formative practice and the support of public art by artists living and working in Miami. On Thursday, July 11, Unscripted will feature “The Economics of Public Art: A conversation with Christine Y. Kim, and Michael Spring”. Public Art Commissions are notoriously expensive and logistically difficult but the art world views these public projects as important. Ms. Kim, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Mr. Spring, director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for Miami-Dade County will discuss their public art partnerships and how they have ensured the economic viability and sustainability of their projects.

Art enthusiasts can take home a piece of Unscripted, Bal Harbour’s art installation by purchasing a one-off limited-edition print created Christy Gast for this project. This special edition of 50 prints is available through, the premier online platform for discovering, discussing and collecting art. Profits from all sales will go directly back to fund future “Unscripted” commissions.

Gast has exhibited her past work in the U.S. and internationally, including at the Miami Art Museum in Miami, MoMA PS1 in New York, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in California, Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile.

Created to support and challenge the artistic talents in South Florida, “Unscripted” was launched in November 2012 with “Pax Americana” by first winning artist George Sanchez-Calderon. His two iconic art installations, “Americana” and “Levittown House” were also inspired by Bal Harbour’s storied history, both as one of the first planned communities in South Florida as well as home of the original Americana hotel that hosted many presidents and political events.

“Unscripted” is curated by Claire Breukel, who consulted with contemporary art and public art experts including Yvonne Force Villareal, President and Co-Founder of the Art Production Fund; Solita Mishaan, a Bal Harbour resident, collector and member of the International Council for TATE London; and celebrated artists Hernan Bas and Hank Willis Thomas on the selection of the winning artists.

For more information on “Unscripted,” please visit: and follow Bal Harbour on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Releases

Bal Harbour announces Christy Gast as the next "Unscripted" Public Art Commission winning artist – Feb 25, 2013

Bal Harbour announces winner of the first "Unscripted" public art program – July 18, 2012

Bal Harbour, Florida provides Behind-The-Scenes access to the arts – October 12, 2012


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