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TALK & TOUR: Transformation of a Masterpiece - The Bass Museum of Art

3/2/24, 8:00 PM

About the Event

As part of Open House Miami, meet and greet New York architect David Gauld who will give an illustrated talk and tour about The Bass building, the jewel of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district, and its transformation over the years.

Gauld was the architect of the 2017 expansion of The Bass and worked with Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Arata Isozaki for the previous expansion in the late 1990’s. Join The Bass and Gauld for an in-depth overview of the approach and process that led to the new dynamic space that is enjoyed by thousands of visitors today.

About the Host

About David Gauld

David Gauld’s award-winning projects include retail stores, public buildings, private residences, and loft apartments. A mountainside house and an important museum expansion he designed are nearing completion.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gauld worked for the eminent Japanese architect Arata Isozaki on the design of several museums, including the Guggenheim Museum SoHo. Gauld’s own work is strongly influenced by Isozaki, who was Gauld’s teacher and mentor at Harvard and then employer. The two have continued to collaborate on projects since Gauld established his own office. “I worked on many projects with Isozaki, which are reflected in the serene spaces and clean detailing of my designs,” he says.

About The Bass Museum of Art

The Bass Museum of Art is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion, and architecture, into the exhibition program. The exhibition program encompasses a wide range of media and artistic points of view that bring new thought to the diverse cultural context of Miami Beach.

Central to the museum’s mission, The Bass maintains a vigorous education program for lifelong learning and visitors of all ages. The Bass IDEAS education initiative uses art as a catalyst for creativity and positive growth, especially in early childhood education. The active school program led by the City of Miami Beach, STEAM+, takes The Bass IDEAS off-site by engaging children in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and integrating arts education into the curriculum.

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