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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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Head Wraps

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Head Wraps

Head Wraps

      Editor’s Note:  In 2016, Inspicio published a video interview with artist Firelei Báez, whose exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) featured large-scale portraits of Black women wearing headscarves.  During the video interview, Ms. Báez discussed the historical significance of headscarves, noting that around the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1804, AfroCreole women in Louisiana were forced to keep their heads covered.  In resistance, the women adopted elaborate headscarves and created a subversive form of beauty. ...

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Finding Purvis Young

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Finding Purvis Young

Finding Purvis Young

          “All my life in Florida, you know where the train tracks is: Colored Town….I been used to seeing the railroads. I’m scared that I might go to another part of America and they ain’t got no railroads! [laughs] I love railroads! I put it in my artwork. Railroads. Run-down houses. It’s all in my artwork.”       Walk into the special collections archive at Florida International University’s Green Library and ask to watch VHS no. 1568. Purvis Young appears in the video, sitting in a familiar pose —...

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How Berenice Abbott’s Photographs Look to a 21st Century Photographer

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on How Berenice Abbott’s Photographs Look to a 21st Century Photographer

How Berenice Abbott’s Photographs Look to a 21st Century Photographer

      When I delved into photography in the mid-1970s, Berenice Abbott became known to me as one of the greats of modern photography.  Her work informed and influenced my early work and still interests and inspires me forty years later. Now, having had a successful career of my own in photography, when I study Ms. Abbott’s photographs on exhibit at The Wolfsonian-FIU, I do not find them as aesthetically compelling as some of her renowned contemporaries like Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Robert...

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Berenice Abbott Photographs
at The Wolfsonian–FIU

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Berenice Abbott Photographs
at The Wolfsonian–FIU

Berenice Abbott Photographsat The Wolfsonian–FIU

      In 1954, photographer Berenice Abbott journeyed along the length of U.S. Route 1, capturing the road, its towns, and inhabitants. From Florida motels made out of buses to Maine potato farmers, Abbott documented communities up and down the East Coast. During the trip, Abbott shot more than four hundred 8×10-inch photographs, and over two thousand smaller images using her Rolleiflex camera, representing her largest portfolio of photographs devoted to a single subject.  North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1 is a...

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Free Art

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Free Art

Free Art

        “Put that in your story, bro.  Put that in your friggin’ story.  I do this for free, you get me?  Free.” I had just fallen off the top of a 9-foot ladder while helping Hec One Love, a local Miami artist, paint one of the walls in the Wynwood Art District — an expansive wall with an abstract background and lettering that read, “Love Harder.” We had been working since 9:00 am, putting up chalk lines and painter’s tape to create straight, crisp, and clean white lettering on an abstract spray-painted background. ...

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Ellen Salpeter Directs the New ICA Miami

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Ellen Salpeter Directs the New ICA Miami

Ellen Salpeter Directs the New ICA Miami

    Introduction to Ellen Salpeter:  1:01 min.   Photo: Elman + Zummar.  Music: Carmen Cicero.   Ellen Salpeter assumed the role of Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (“ICA Miami”) in December 2015. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience advancing the missions of a wide range of nonprofit arts organizations, working to strengthen community outreach and engagement, increase cultural partnerships, and build diverse audiences and financial bases of support. At ICA Miami, Salpeter oversees the museum’s...

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Understanding the Value of Art Education: A Video Discussion with Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Understanding the Value of Art Education: A Video Discussion with Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Understanding the Value of Art Education: A Video Discussion with Alberto Carvalho,  Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

    Introduction to Alberto M. Carvalho.  1:27 min.  Photo & Design: Raymond Elman.  Music:  Julie Maxwell, Map of Schiaparelli.   Alberto M. Carvalho (b.1965) was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.    “From the time I was a little boy, I remember being poor, but feeling absolutely rich.  I felt rich because every time I left my little apartment, I was greeted by absolute beauty.  The architecture, the paintings in museums that I could access for free, the fountains, the poetry, the music that rang throughout the old quarters...

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Arquitectonica Now (2016): A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Arquitectonica Now (2016): A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica Now (2016):  A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

  INTRODUCTION: 1:11 min. Introduction to Bernardo Fort-Brescia.   Bernardo Fort-Brescia is a founding principal of Arquitectonica.  A native of Lima, he did his early studies in Peru and Europe where he learned multiple languages which would later prove useful for his international career.  He studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he later taught.  He moved to Florida in 1975 to teach at the University of Miami.  In 1977, he co-founded...

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