All Aboard: Bert Rodriguez Brings High Art to High Seas

If you try to imagine the interior of a cruise ship, you probably don’t think of its art collection first. There’s always an exception, however–in this case, Celebrity Cruises. On board a Celebrity ship, you’re more likely to find a Louise Bourgeois spider painting than the sort of horrible watercolor reproduction you’d expect. WIth a collection of more than 14,000 works, the line even recently introduced a self-guided art tour iPad app for its on board guests.

But Celebrity Cruises hasn’t stopped at wall art and sculpture. On December 3, 2012, L.A.-based, Miami native conceptual artist, Bert Rodriguez, will perform “Everywhere I Look I Only See Myself,” a site specific piece on board Celebrity’s newest ship, Reflections. The performance celebrates the kickoff Art Basel Miami Beach (December 6-9).

Rodriguez’s piece emphasizes interaction and duality: two men, the artist and his “double” will circulate through the event, interacting with guests, while both assuming the identity of “Bert Rodriguez.” The piece deliberately echoes the ship’s name, Reflections; in fact, the entire on board art collection relates to themes of reflections and mirroring.

“Everywhere I Look I Only See Myself” also serves as a fittingly artistic send-off to Reflections, which begins its maiden voyage on December 5.

Kit Warchol