Every year during Art Basel Miami Beach, the Rubells, Miami’s foremost art-collecting clan, invite guests to their 45,000-square-foot Wynwood home/museum for an artful breakfast. Last year the fare was oatmeal, and you served yourself through a ritualized process that featured mounds of spoons and sugar packets, stacks of bowls, rows of milk, and a phalanx of crock pots — each component a dwindling sculpture.
This year the breakfast exhibition, organized by Jennifer Rubell, is called Incubation and it is as much cultured as cultural.
This year the breakfast exhibition, organized by Jennifer Rubell, is called Incubation and it is as much cultured as cultural. Open to the public every morning through Thursday, Incubation starts at a white cube in which two white-clad women are culturing yogurt behind a large glass window. Periodically, they come to the window and pass you yogurt in sealed glass jars through a slot in the wall.
Next stop: a white pedestal upon which honey is dripping from the sky. There is a hole in the top of the podium for the sweet runoff, but the honey is nonetheless spilling over the sides. There are different ways to get the honey into your jar. You can scoop a helping off the top of the podium or try to catch a drizzle as it falls. This second way is more fun than the first, but it’s a recipe for sticky fingers.
The freshly cultured yogurt is very thin, milky. You can eat it with a spoon or simply drink it. It’s delicious.
Incubation is open to the public until noon every morning through Sunday. The Rubell collection itself is open to 6 p.m. every day during Basel for American Exuberance, an enormous exhibition featuring the work of 64 contemporary artists that we previewed earlier this week and included in the Art Basel To Do List. It’s well worth a visit this overloaded Basel weekend. Fair warning: You may get stuck there.