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Spring 2018 Lectures

Jerry M. Fisher Presents: “Carl Fisher: Pacesetter”

Jerry M. Fisher: Carl Fisher: The PacesetterWednesday, March 21st, 2018, 6:30pm at the Art Deco Museum (1001 Ocean Drive)

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Jerry M. Fisher will speak about his cousin, Carl Fisher, Miami Beach pioneer. Jerry will have copies of the 2nd edition of his biography “Carl Fisher: Pacesetter” available for purchase and signature at the lecture. Do not miss this very special event!

For the memory of Carl Fisher this book will be a lasting monument to a man who promoted his products but shunned personal limelight. For Jerry Fisher it is a coming home of sorts. A reconciliation with a family legacy as painful as it is glorious. For the rest of us it is an inspiration in human possibilities and what can be achieved by thinking bigger than our obstacles and working so hard they wither under our passion.

Paul Kaplan Presents: Jewish History in South Florida

Thursday, April 19th, 2018, 6:30pm at the Art Deco Museum (1001 Ocean Drive)

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Author and historian Paul Kaplan will present highlights of Jewish history in South Florida, profiling 2-3 key historic Jewish Floridians, and telling interesting and often humorous/little-known anecdotes behind many of the venues. The presentation also will show some of the vintage photos of the area from the early to mid 20th century. Q&A and a book signing will follow. 

About the book: Jewish South Florida: A History and Guide to Neighborhoods, Synagogues, and Eateries from Pelican Publishing is a hybrid of history and cultural travel. The book presents an overview of Jewish history in South Florida from the 1760s to the present. It summarizes the history of Miami Beach’s founding, its rampant land speculation, subsequent bust and development over the 20th century. It tells the story of the first Jewish settlers in Miami Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach. The book also profiles key Jewish Floridians from history to the present and explains their impact. The travel part of the book tells the story behind many key synagogues, delis, bakeries, community centers and performance centers by county in South Florida. Places covered include the Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach Preservation League, Rascals, Wolfies, Holocaust Memorial, old Jewish downtown Miami, Holocaust Documentation Center in Fort Lauderdale, and weekly film screenings in Palm Beach. All in, about 100 venues primarily of Jewish interest are explained. The book contains interviews with historians, tour guides, curators, shop owners, rabbis, and programming directors and archival research. The book includes about 60 vintage and contemporary photos.

Joel Levine Presents: “Lost Treasures of Sunny Isles”

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, 6:30pm at the Art Deco Museum (1001 Ocean Drive)

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The history of Sunny Isles Beach will be reconstructed from its origins as a mangrove, to the whimsical architecture of the 1950s, up to the present era of high-rise condominiums and hotels. Using postcards, price lists, movie clips, contemporary photos and other archival materials, this virtual tour moves north from Bakers Haulover, stopping to admire Miami Modern structures and their contemporary replacements, with an occasional historical digression to look at factors that affected the city’s development, including the impact of changing transportation technologies, and anti-semitism. The iconic Castaways Motel will be highlighted along with its Art Deco-inspired replacement, the Oceania Condo. Join us on a journey through time and space in an ever-changing Miami city. 

Joel Levine is a Tour Guide and Board Member of the Miami Design Preservation League. For over 30 years he collected and restored radios and wind-up phonographs manufactured from 1900 to 1960, eventually acquiring more than 600 items. While his original interest was in the technical design, Joel’s interests evolved to appreciate the Art Deco and Mid Century Modern cases and cabinets. This presentation is a result of Joel’s interest in both history and design.

Bill Wisser Presents: Doorways in Paradise: The Art Deco Doors of Miami Beach

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018, 6:30pm at the Art Deco Museum (1001 Ocean Drive)

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In the summery Southeast Florida of the 1930s and ‘40s, before most people had air-conditioning in their homes, they would simply throw open their front doors and let whirring electric fans draw cooling breezes in through what are probably the most magnificent screen doors ever made — astonishing Art Deco masterpieces, many of which are now deteriorating or have totally disappeared, though hundreds still remain, especially in Miami Beach.

Many of these historic doors are elaborate confections, featuring painted, pressed-metal sculptures of high-stepping flamingoes and other exotic wading birds, along with stylized sunbeams and undulating ocean waves, plus a flurry of palm fronds and other exuberant flora.

Others feature abstract, curvilinear designs, or perfectly proportioned geometric patterns.

 Many are stunningly sculptural entranceways — not just the screen doors themselves, but the entire door treatments (often including surrounding bas-reliefs in stone, or elaborate Moroccan-like tile work) and they once adorned Miami’s residential neighborhoods by the thousands. Local hotels and other businesses also boasted spectacular door treatments, some enhanced with glowing neon or elegantly etched glass.

Over the last 26 years, author-photographer Bill Wisser has documented literally hundreds of amazing doors, and his stunning photos of them reveal in microcosm the story of South Florida’s architectural evolution from Mediterranean Revival to Tropical Deco to Miami Modern.

Fall 2017 Lectures

Contemporary Architecture in Ethiopia and Eritrea

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 6:30pm

Learn about African modernism from architectural historian David Rifkind. The last two decades have seen an extraordinary amount of experimentation in the built environment of the Horn of Africa, where booming cities like Addis Ababa boast a diverse range of striking new buildings. Rifkind, who is also chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at FIU, will introduce you to the cityscapes of Ethiopia and Eritrea, which are the subject of his award-winning research.

This lecture is part of MDPL’s Fall 2017 Lecture Series, theme of “International” in anticipation of Art Deco Weekend 2018, Art Deco Around the World. Free admission for MDPL members. $5 general admission.

Watch the lecture recording online: click here.

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Tel Aviv – International Style & Preservation in the White City

Wednesday, October 18th, 6:30pm

Tel Aviv contains more than 4000 structures built in the 1930s and 1940s in the International Style, a close cousin to Art Deco, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Israel has developed a unique approach to historic preservation in modern cities with the dual goals of preserving these structures while minimizing harm and inconvenience to the local population. As a result of this approach, which allows the addition of new floors above the original structure, buildings are renovated, current residents owners are rewarded and the city’s rooftop canopy is transformed. The social, financial and architectural results of this policy will be described and a gallery of photographs will be presented. 

Joel Levine is a Tour Guide and Board Member of the Miami Design Preservation League. For over 30 years he collected and restored radios and wind-up phonographs manufactured from 1900 to 1960, eventually acquiring more than 600 items. While his original interest was in the technical design, Joel’s interests evolved to appreciate the Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern cases and cabinets. Since retiring, Joel and his wife have had the opportunity to visit Moderne buildings in several countries. This presentation is a result of Joel’s interest in both history and design.

View the Lecture recording online: click here.

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West Coast Deco: San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle

Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30pm

This lecture is part of MDPL’s Fall 2017 Lecture Series, theme of “International” in anticipation of Art Deco Weekend 2018, Art Deco Around the World. Free admission for MDPL members. $5 general admission.

Jack Johnson is an inveterate traveler, amateur photographer and architecture buff. He has been able to pursue these interests unfettered since retiring in 2002 from a 32-year career in the New York and Miami offices of the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development. He is a long-time tour guide and member of the Board of Directors of the Miami Design Preservation League, a former Chair of the Miami Beach Community Development Corporation, and a former member of the Miami Beach Planning Board.

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Intercultural Worldwide, Artist Talk

Friday, December 8th, 4pm-6pm

Artist Talk with Sheinina Lolita Raj.

“The intention of INTERCULTURAL is to enlighten cultural ideologies, initiate respect for diversity and unify humanity for a peaceful coexistence worldwide”.

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Spring 2017 Lecture Series

All lectures begin at 7pm in the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive

1. Tuesday March 21st

Bill Wisser, photographer, and Frank Andreou, terrazzo craftsman

Terrazzo floors — Ancient Art goes Modern in Miami

This talk will present photographic examples of terrazzo, especially in Miami Beach Art Deco buildings and be accompanied by a discussion of the challenges and benefits of terrazzo installation and restoration

2. Tuesday, April 11th

Professor Rocco Ceo

Color Takes a Number: The early work of Albert Munsell and the foundation of color theory and practice in America.

The talk is a glimpse into the early 20th century history of color theory and practice and will introduce basic concepts of color harmony and balance.

Photo caption: Albert Munsell’s A Color Notation is representation of the Hue color scale

NEW: Watch the Color Theory Lecture video: click here 

3. Tuesday, May 2nd

Lynn Bernstein, Jane Dee Gross, Saul Gross and Mike Kinerk

Leonard Horowitz, Colorist

Leonard Horowitz co-founded the Miami Design Preservation league along with Barbara Capitman. He is credited with creating the color palette that led to South Beach’s revival. Our hope for this discussion is to illustrate the color of Leonard’s personality and his impact on MDPL as well as his ideas about color.

New: Watch the Leonard Horowitz Lecture video: click here

 

 

4. Wednesday May 31st

Herb Sosa

Preservation Under the Rainbow

Community activist, historian, preservationist and freelance writer Herb Sosa, explores the contributions of the LGBT community in the Historic Preservation movement – locally and globally. Presented in cooperation with the World Outgames