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The BEST Way to Experience INSPICIO !

The BEST Way to Experience INSPICIO !



NINE complimentary editions of Inspicio’s e-Magazine are ready for installation and download to your Apple iPad (preferably) and iPhone from the Apple App Store.


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THE CURRENT EDITION OF INSPICIO features a video interview with cover person ORLANDO JACINTO GARCIA, a contemporary classical composer, conductor, and educator of distinction.    Through 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary and site-specific works, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles, García has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations.”

One of our favorite Inspicio experiences was recording a video interview with award-winning photographer CONSTANTINE MANOS.  Born in 1934 in Columbia, South Carolina, of Greek immigrant parents, Manos’ photographic career began in the school camera club at the age of 13, and within several years he was a working professional, represented by the world-famous Magnum photo agency.  His early teenage photos range from descendants of slaves on Daufuskie Island, SC to a Klu Klux Klan rally.  Manos’ photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums ranging from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City to the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, and have been published in several books.

Artist TINA SPIRO hung out with Andy Warhol in the late 1960s and was a protégé of famed sculptor David Smith.  But she fell in love with architect & urban planner Eran Spiro and moved with him to Jamaica in 1969, where she still lives in a house by the water and owns a hummingbird farm in the mountains.  Over time, Spiro transitioned from being a sculptor to making large scale paintings that present her concerns with climate change and sea level rise.  Beginning in 1999, Spiro has also maintained a studio in Miami, where she taught at Florida International University (FIU) for a decade.

For museum director SILVIA KARMAN CUBIÑÁ, “It’s all about the Bass.” Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she earned a degree in art history from Boston College in 1987. After Cubiñá joined The Bass Museum of Art as its executive director in 2009, she had oversight responsibility for the two-year expansion and renovation of the building, and the re-branding of the museum as “The Bass.”  The Bass 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 first time we saw the Integrated Media Environment at Los Angeles Airport (LAX), created by architects MARCELA SARDI and MICHAEL RUBIN and their team, we were blown away by the innovation, creativity, and scale of their project.  So our video interview with Sardi and Rubin begins with a 10 minute video that describes how the project evolved and showcases its brilliance.  The other piece of good news is that Sardi and Rubin made the migration from north to south and currently reside in Miami Beach, where they are extremely welcome participants in our arts community.

Despite the pushback from journalists, Inspicio views journalism as an art discipline – after all it does encompass writing, imagery, and video.  So we are pleased to present video interviews with long-time New Yorker magazine staff writer and author ADAM GOPNIK, and long-time Miami Herald art critic ELISA TURNER.  Gopnik was born in Philadelphia, where his parents taught at the University of Pennsylvania, but they moved with their seven children to Montreal in the late 1960s, and Gopnik grew up living in architect Moshe Safdie’s famed Habitat 67, straddling the St. Lawrence River.  Gopnik joined The New Yorker in 1986, and tells us what it was like to write for famed editors William Shawn, Robert Gottlieb, Tina Brown, and David Remnick.  Elisa Turner’s career at the Miami Herald began in 1986. From 1995 to 2007, she was the Herald’s primary visual art critic.  In 2019, she received the Annual Chapter Leadership Award from the Florida Chapter of ArtTable, a national organization for women in visual arts professions.

Dubbed “the most popular poet in America” by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, BILLY COLLINS is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself.  Collins’s level of fame is almost unprecedented in the world of contemporary poetry: his readings regularly sell out, and he received a six-figure advance when he moved publishers in the late 1990s. He served two terms as the U.S. Poet Laureate, from 2001-2003, was New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-2006, and is a regular guest on National Public Radio programs.

NAT CHEDIAK changed the landscape of cinema in Miami when he founded Cinematheque in Coral Gables in 1973.  He went on to become the founder of the Miami Film Festival and served as its director for eighteen years (1984–2001). He is also the author of Diccionario de Jazz Latino and a three-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy award winning music producer.  It was a joy to chat with Nat and learn about his Cuban roots and dynamic family, and how his father rescued the Bacardi logo following Castro’s Cuban revolution.

LES STANDIFORD may well be Miami’s greatest literary lion.  He is the award-winning author of 23 books of fiction and non-fiction, and the founding director of the Creative Writing Program at FIU.  Some of Standiford’s non-fiction books are about massive South Florida projects like the building of the Flagler railroad from Palm Beach to Key West, the development of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, and the carving of Palm Beach from the dense tangle of Palmetto brush and mangroves that greeted Henry Flagler in 1893.  Two of Standiford’s books have been made into movies, most recently The Man Who Invented Christmas:  How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits – starring Christopher Plummer.

Do you like baseball?  Or even if you don’t like baseball.  Meet JANE LEAVY, author of three of the best baseball biographies every written — about Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth.  Before becoming a best-selling author, Leavy was a sportswriter for the Washington Post, and tells a great story about her first encounter with legendary editor Ben Bradlee.  One bonus for the success of Leavy’s Babe Ruth biography is that she was asked to throw ­out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium in 2018.

ANAMARIA CORREA is a force of nature, which will be readily apparent when you view our video interview with her. Correa migrated from New York City to Miami to accept a position as Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) senior director of community engagement. In her role, Correa bridges, deepens and fosters relationships between MCB and the arts, culture, education and local communities ensuring that constituencies have access to and claim a place for themselves at MCB. In her role as a “bridge builder” she is also a “conscience raiser,” leading efforts of equity and inclusion practices and competencies for the organization.

Finally, in “The Last Laugh” section of the current e-Magazine, it is a pleasure to present BOB MANKOFF, a cartoonist and long-time cartoon editor for The New Yorker.  In our video interview, Mankoff explains why he left the premier position in cartooning and moved to Esquire magazine.

We hope what you read, hear, and see in Inspicio adds value to your appreciation of the arts in Miami and South Florida.