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The BEST Way to Experience INSPICIO !




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THE CURRENT EDITION OF INSPICIO features a video interview with cover person MITCHELL “MICKY” WOLFSON JR., a collector, preservationist, educator and museum founder, who is dedicated to the research, preservation and education of the material culture of the period 1850–1950, through The Wolfsonian–FIU in Miami Beach and the Wolfsoniana in Genoa, Italy.

Octogenarian MIRA LEHR, who is just beginning to peak, is an eco-feminist artist whose career spans four decades. Her nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Lehr’s processes include non-traditional media such as resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes and welded steel. We recorded a video interview with Lehr in the rambling Spanish-style waterfront dwelling that has been her Miami Beach home and studio since she was married.

We also recorded a video interview with Mira Lehr’s son, PAUL LEHR, who lives five minutes away. Paul Lehr serves as the CEO of GroundUP Music which includes on its roster three-time Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy, two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend David Crosby, and 20 other global artists. Lehr grew up in Miami Beach and has been involved in the arts since the age of six, having trained as a classical pianist and worked as a musician, as well as an actor in film and theater. From 2010-2015, he served as CEO of YoungArts.

My video conversation with the multi-talented JOHN WATERS was a trip down memory lane for me. I first encountered Waters in 1971, when he was a clerk at the Provincetown Bookshop on the northern tip of Cape Cod. Waters and Provincetown (aka “The Last Resort”) are a perfect fit, and he has lived there every summer since the late 1960s. In the spring of 1972, I attended the premiere of Pink Flamingos at the Provincetown Movies, enhanced by Kleig lights and the cast arriving in a limo. Waters was not in attendance.

We caught up with MARK LEIBOVICH, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, whose normal beat is politics, when he was discussing his recent book, Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times, at the Miami Book Fair. In addition to his written political insights, Leibovich appears frequently as a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and Deadline: White House with Nicole Wallace, NPR’s On the Media and other public affairs programs.

It was not by design that we interviewed two immigrant women curators who now call Miami home, but it was our great fortune to hear the stories of Puerto Rican-born MARIA ELENA ORTIZ, who is curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and Italian-born OMBRETTA AGRÓ ANDRUFF. At PAMM, Ortiz curated At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean (2014), Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (upcoming), and co-curated Teresita Fernández: Elemental. Since her move to the U.S. in 1998, Agró Andruff has curated solo and group shows in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, collaborating with museums, art festivals, commercial galleries and art fairs, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

In the late 1970s, I read PHILIP CAPUTO’s A Rumor of War, his 1977 memoir about his service in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the early years of the Vietnam War. He blew me away with his honesty and insights. Its success was reminiscent of Norman Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead, and Sebastian Junger’s runaway hit, The Perfect Storm. Caputo has written close to 20 books, and received a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

U.S. Poet Laureate JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. The son of migrant farmers, Herrera moved often, living in trailers or tents along the roads of the San Joaquin Valley in Southern California. An eternal activist, if the American Dream is still within reach, Herrera is its avatar. It was a joy to interview Herrera and inhale his enthusiasm.

WINSTON SCOTT is a former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain. Scott performed a total of five spacewalks on two missions to the International Space Station. We recorded a video interview with Scott when he was in Miami Beach to talk at a weekend concert of “space music” at the New World Symphony. Scott grew up in Miami and is an excellent trumpet player. If you have followed Inspicio, you know that we have published a number of stories about the Historic Hampton House in Brownsville, the most important nexus in African American history. So imagine our surprise when we learned that as a teenager, Scott sat in with several major bands and performed at the Hampton House. Today, Scott still plays trumpet and performs with the Winston Scott Cosmic Jazz Ensemble, when not teaching at Florida Institute of Technology.

As always we end this edition of Inspicio’s e-Magazine with The Last Laugh.

JAMIE ELMAN (no relation to the founder of Inspicio) is the co-creator of the award-winning Yiddish web series YidLife Crisis, which has over 3 million online views and has received four prestigious Canadian Screen Award nominations, including Best Actor and, two years in a row, Best Digital Series. Elman is an actor, writer, director, producer and musician. He has appeared on some of television’s most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and House M.D. and for three seasons of NBC’s critically lauded drama, American Dreams. We had the great pleasure to interview Elman (Elman-to-Elman) at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach where he and his YidLife Crisis co-creator, Eli Batalion, performed the live version of their program.

Throughout history, the arts and humanities have been an instrument for identifying, discussing, and enacting positive social change.

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

– Raymond Elman