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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 KATJA ESSON, an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker from Germany, who lives in Miami and Havana. I first met Esson at the Historic Hampton House, where she was engaged creating a brief film about the most important crossroads in African-American history, and I was video interviewing patrons and performers from the 1950-’60s. Esson is currently working on a documentary with the working title of Razing Liberty Square.

Author, screenwriter, producer DENNIS LEHANE is a graduate of FIU’s esteemed Creative Writing Program. He is best known for the books and movies Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island, plus the hit TV series Boardwalk Empire. We recorded a video interview with Lehane in the library of The Betsy Hotel in South Beach.

We also recorded video interviews with two multi-faceted artists: SANDRA RAMOS and SRI PRABHA. Ramos maintains studios in Havana and Miami and uses diverse media to create artworks with provacative political content that stimulate critical thinking, while Prabha, a native of India, creates multi-disciplinary works that have spiritual, scientific, and environmental dimensions.

Our conversation with SUZANNE DELEHANTY was a master class in being a museum director. Delehanty has been the executive director of four museums, culminating in an 11 year stint to grow the Miami Art Museum (MAM) into the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

We caught DENNIS LEYVA with one foot out the door from his position as the curator of public art for Miami Beach. Leyva retired after spending over $7 million on artworks displayed publicly throughout Miami Beach. Leyva also played an important role in bringing Art Basel, the largest art fair in the western hemisphere, to Miami Beach.

It was no surprise when designer and environmental activist BARBARA DE VRIES and award-winning architecture critic and author ALASTAIR GORDON moved to Miami Beach and sent their twin daughters to Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). A bigger surprise was their latest collaboration titled Theater of Shopping: The Story of Stanley Whitman’s Bal Harbour Shops, an insightful book about arguably the most beautiful and unique shopping mall in the world.

We were fortunate to interview PAT MITCHELL at the 2019 Miami Book Fair. Mitchell is an ardent pioneer and advocate for women in media, and following a career as a TV journalist and producer was the president of CNN Productions, the first woman president and CEO of PBS, and founder of TEDWomen.

Poet P. SCOTT CUNNINGHAM, another graduate of FIU’s Creative Writing Program, is the founder of the O, Miami Poetry Festival and a doppelgänger for actor Seth Rogen. Cunningham’s warm and witty ebullient demeanor infuses O, Miami with an infectious spirit as he strives to bring poetry to the South Florida masses.

As always we end this edition of Inspicio’s e-Magazine with The Last Laugh. BOB ECKSTEIN is a cartoonist, illustrator, and author, whose cartoons regularly appear in The New Yorker. He was at the Miami Book Fair to tout his books about snowmen: The Illustrated History of the Snowman, and The History of the Snowman.

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