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Michele Oka Doner: A Woman of Nature

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Home-Slider, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Michele Oka Doner: A Woman of Nature

Michele Oka Doner:  A Woman of Nature

    Introduction to Michele Oka Donor.  2:58 min.  Includes excerpts from A Walk on the Beach: Based on an installation by Michele Oka Doner at Miami International Airport.  Director:  Nick Merrick.  Director of Photography & Editor:  Athan Merrick.  Producer:  Hedrich Blessing.  Original score for conch shell, Del Mar a la Estrellas:  William Cepeda.     From micheleokadoner.com Michele Oka Doner (b. 1945, Miami Beach) is an internationally renowned artist whose career spans four decades.  The breadth of her artistic production...

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A Video Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Art Spiegelman

Posted by on Sep 23, 2017 in Home-Slider, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Art Spiegelman

A Video Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Art Spiegelman

    Introduction to Art Spiegelman.  1:59 min.  Photo & montage by Raymond Elman.  Music:  My Grey Heaven, from Normalology (1996), by Phillip Johnston, Jedible Music (BMI)   From the Steven Barclay Agency: Art Spiegelman (b. 1948) has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the...

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A Video Chat with Architect Kobi Karp

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Home-Slider, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Architect Kobi Karp

A Video Chat with Architect Kobi Karp

    Introduction to Architect Kobi Karp:  6:03 min.  Photo: Robert Zuckerman.   Kobi Karp (b.1962) is the founder and principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc (KKAID). Karp founded the firm in 1996 and has been the Principal-in-Charge of design since that time. KKAID is a full-service architectural and interior design firm providing an array of services, ranging from the design of large-scale, high-rise condominium and hospitality projects to intimate, small-scale low-rise residential and commercial structures....

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Bonnie Clearwater: Dean of South Florida’s Art Museum Directors

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Home-Slider, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Bonnie Clearwater: Dean of South Florida’s Art Museum Directors

Bonnie Clearwater:  Dean of South Florida’s Art Museum Directors

    Introduction to Bonnie Clearwater.  2:56 min.  Photo by Gary James.  Music:  Amernet Quartet.   From NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale: Bonnie Clearwater joined NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale as Director and Chief Curator in September 2013. An influential leader who played a major role in Miami’s emergence and development as an international arts center, she is widely recognized for her curatorial vision, scholarship and record in administration, public education and community outreach. Ms. Clearwater spearheaded an exciting phase...

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A Video Conversation with
Visionary Craig Robins

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Home-Slider, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Conversation with
Visionary Craig Robins

A Video Conversation withVisionary Craig Robins

    Introduction to Craig Robins:  2:31 min.  Photo: Raymond Elman.  Music:  Carmen Cicero. Design District building photos:  Richard Patterson, Robin Hill, Lala Pereira, ra-haus.   Excerpt from the Dacra website: Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and art collector based in Miami, Florida. As the CEO and President of Dacra, the real estate development company he founded in 1987, Robins focuses on developing creative communities that integrate art, design, and architecture to accelerate asset value creation and...

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Zero Net Energy

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Zero Net Energy

Zero Net Energy

  Let’s Make Miami a Net Zero Metropolis !   The built environment accounts for the lion’s share of climate changing carbon emissions, whether as energy consumed by buildings, or by cars moving through our cities’ streets, or as habitat lost to development. To be better stewards of the Earth, we need to ask how we can reduce the amount of resources used to construct and operate our built environment.     Zero Net Energy buildings, or Net Zero, produce at least as much power as they consume over the course of the year....

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A Video Discussion with
Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg,
the 5th President of
Florida International University

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Discussion with
Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg,
the 5th President of
Florida International University

A Video Discussion withDr. Mark B. Rosenberg,the 5th President ofFlorida International University

    Introduction to Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, 5th President of Florida International University:  1:33 min.  Photos: FIU.  Design:  Raymond Elman.  Music:  Tony Succar.   Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University and former Chancellor of the State University System of Florida (SUS). Florida International University (FIU) is an American metropolitan public research university in Greater Miami, Florida. FIU has two major campuses in Miami-Dade County, with its main campus in University Park and...

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The Surf Club Now, 21st Century

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Uncategorized, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Surf Club Now, 21st Century

The Surf Club Now, 21st Century

        The venerable Surf Club in Surfside, Florida, recently reopened as an ultra-luxury complex that includes a Four Seasons hotel,  condominiums, two restaurants, and four swimming pools to complement its 900 feet of beachfront.  The ’30s era building was purchased by developer Fort Partners from the remaining members of the club, restored to its former grandeur, and is now enveloped by glass towers designed by modernist architect Richard Meier.  It could be argued that the project is recapturing the upper crust...

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The Surf Club Then, 20th Century

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Uncategorized, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Surf Club Then, 20th Century

The Surf Club Then, 20th Century

    In 2012, I had the opportunity to interview Charles Gilatt, the oldest living member of The Surf Club. Charles Gilatt:  The wind used to whistle through The Surf Club because originally they didn’t have a roof over it.  There was a main walkway, but it was open-sided toward where lunch was served.  After World War II, Winston Churchill used to sit in the lunch area with a bottle of scotch.  I was a young man, but we were told, ‘Don’t talk to Mr. Churchill.  He doesn’t want to be talked to.’ The manager of the club...

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The Accidental Dönmeh

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Accidental Dönmeh

The Accidental Dönmeh

        Editor’s note:  In 2016, Alfredo Garcia submitted a story to Inspicio about Jonatas Chimen, a Brazilian-born and raised artist, who moved to Miami at the age of 16.  Though Chimen was Catholic, he was soon being asked if he was Jewish.  That question, and the elusive response of his family, launched Chimen on a ten year journey, culminating in the knowledge that his family was forced to convert from Judaism to Catholicism in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition.  Chimen gathered all of the paperwork he had amassed...

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