The Drug of Choice at Art Basel Was a Gal Named Molly
For good reason, Miami is known as a cocaine town. The skyline is built from the stuff. But the girl on everyone mind and in everyone’s cerebral cortex this year was Molly, and she made this one of the most touchy feely, affectionate Basel editions thus far. According to insider Basel sources, everywhere one went, the quest was on to link up with Molly, otherwise known as MDMA, or Ecstasy, or the drug that shut down nightlife as we know it in New York City.
We were at the Delano, discussing this fact with Jen Gatien (daughter of Peter, and producer of a great doc about her eye-patched pops called Limelight, that screened at Art Basel this year, and which happens to chronicle the rise of ecstasy and subsequent demise of the NY night), while watching two pretty young Basel girls in town from LA, fondling each other under the Molly spell.
Also in on the conversation was a striking med student studying to be a neurosurgeon, in town from Washington DC. Both girls had never tried the stuff, and were talking about pills this and pills that, when someone pointed out that the preferred medium for Molly these days–certainly among the Basel set–is the pure powder form. Then, we also remembered that Jen also produced the wonderful Holy Rollers, which stars Jesse Eisenberg as a hasidic jew who flips E in New York City. Yet she seemed blissfully unaware of the physical properties of the drug itself–commendable for someone who grew up in what the federal government alleged was "a drug supermarket." (The crack aisle must have been entertaining).
So in conclusion: Molly put the E in Art Basel this year, and really seemed to take the edge off the otherwise uptight, elite art world that descends on Miami for their annual Spring Break.