Miami Design Preservation League is pleased to hosts various events throughout the year that support our mission of preserving, promoting and protecting the Miami Beach Architectural “Art Deco” Historic District. Educating the community we serve through free exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and special events is made possible with the generous support of our individual members, business sponsors, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council and the City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commission.
The Real Houses of Miami Beach
Exhibit Open: February 28 – March 30, 9am – 5pm
A Photography Exhibit:
The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) presents a photography exhibit to highlight Miami Beach’s remarkable architectural heritage and to promote the preservation of single-family homes built in the 1920s – 1960s.
“The Real Houses of Miami Beach” date back to our city’s first Golden Age, from the 1920s – 1940s. Many of these homes were the first structures to be designed and built on man-made islands dredged from Biscayne Bay – including Star Island, Sunset Islands, Venetian Islands – and beautiful neighborhoods like Bayshore, North Bay Road, Pinetree / La Gorce, Nautilus, and Normandy, among others. Design styles include Mediterranean Revival, Streamline Moderne, MiMo and Art Deco, all adapted to Miami Beach’s tropical lifestyle.
Photographer Arthur Marcus has artfully captured a selection of unique homes that dot the shores of our island paradise. Arthur Marcus has practiced architecture in Miami and Miami Beach since 1992. He has worked on numerous historic renovations as well as designed new buildings in the Art Deco Historic District. Mr. Marcus works with a diverse clientele and is skilled in navigating projects through the planning, design, permitting and construction processes. He is an MDPL Board member and an active member of its Public Policy Committee, which advocates for historic preservation in Miami Beach. He is also a self-taught photographic artist.
Join MDPL on a journey to discover the hidden gems of Miami Beach, in its first photo exhibition focused on historical single-family homes. Opening night is Feb 27th at 7pm, and includes a short presentation from MDPL regarding our single-family home preservation efforts. Local media are welcome to attend.
MIAMI BEACH STYLE – Spring Lecture Series
“Miami Beach Style” This series explores how the natural and built environment of Miami Beach and its people inspired local artists and leaders.
March 20 at 7pm
“Andy Sweet Photolegacy Project”
by Gary Monroe
Andy Sweet was part of a small faction of young artist-photographers who were discovering the creative possibilities of color imagery in the mid 1970s, and his fresh aesthetic would be perfectly suited for his subsequent photographs of South Beach. Andy’s saturated beach-ball hues described the vivid light and lively culture he portrayed with intuition and certainty. He rejected formalist theory and idea-driven imagery in favor of immediate and unmediated responses, of living it up and aligning himself with the people he knew he was privileged to photograph. Andy created in this way until his tragic death in 1982, when he was just 29 years old, leaving behind a remarkably mature and thorough body of work.
Gary Monroe and Andy Sweet collaborated on their South Beach project. Mr. Monroe is a native of Miami Beach, and he grew up in South Beach. After receiving a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977 he returned home, where he and Andy Sweet photographed the old world Jewish community that characterized South Beach at the time. In addition to his South Beach opus, Gary Monroe has photographed extensively throughout Florida and Haiti as well as in other countries He also writes, teaches and lectures. His most recognizable title is The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters. He lectures about the Highwaymen and about Florida’s “Outsider” artists, as well as about his own photography, which he continues to practice daily. To see his work, visit www.garymonroe.net and www.floridafolkart.net.
MDPL ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Notice is hereby given for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Miami Design Preservation League, Inc.:
Date of Meeting: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time of Meeting: 7 PM
Place of Meeting:
Art Deco Welcome Center
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
You must be a paid member of MDPL in order to vote at the Annual Meeting!
Special Event Tours
MiMo on the Beach Walking Tour
Tour departs at 9:30am from the SE corner of 73rd St. and Collins on the following dates:
First Saturday of each month
Want to learn more about Miami Modern architecture? The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with North Beach Development Corporation to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour. You;ll learn how to identify the many unique traits of MiMo architecture by visiting a number of different public and private buildings.
Payment by cash or check ($20.00) will be taken at the start of the tour, and no . MDPL members may participate at no charge.
Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour
Fourth Saturday of each month.
The Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this ninety-minute guided walking tour on the fourth Saturday of each month. Tour depart from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. Reservations are not required. Tickets are $20. MDPL and MDGLCC members may participate at no charge.