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Upcoming Events

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.


If you need assistance for accessibility in order to participate in one of our events, please contact us 72 hours in advance. You can reach by phone at (305)672-2014 or by email at info@mdpl.org.


January 6, 2016
- April 30, 2016

Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Fl 33139

Entry in to the Museum and Lecture is $5 (free for students, teachers and Miami Beach residents). The Art Deco Museum and the Exhibit is open daily from January 6 – April 30, 2016 from 10am – 5pm daily (Thursday’s open until 7pm).

The Miami Design Preservation League will have a photography exhibit featuring architecture from Art Deco through modern day featuring local photographers with a love for architecture.

Photographing architecture is a passion that five artists including Arthur Marcus, Albert Barg, Jeff Weisberg, Brandon Quarters, and Vander Bhirtwish all share. Even though these artists all appreciate architecture, they appreciate it in different ways. Arthur Marcus is dedicated to more of an abstract architecture, taking photographs of large entities such as buildings from the mid 1940’s thru the mid 1960s, and removing some of their contents to create new entities. Albert Barg, Jeff Weisberg, and Brandon Quarters are cousins, and it must run in the family, because these artists are all dedicated to landscape architecture such as National Parks, even including wild life at times. They also have a dedication for the SOBE Art Deco District and its brilliant structures. Vander Bhirtwish has dedicated his architecture career to landscape, fashion, and art deco. Each artist is unique in their own way and their passion for architecture runs deep. 

The artists have all been very successful and have had many accomplishments. Arthur Marcus has maintained his current architectural studio for the past 23 years in South Florida. With his selective visioning for architecture, he aims to infuse a certain kinetic energy into the composition. With Architecture as the palette upon which he paints his photographs, light becomes the paint brush giving the photograph its life; with shade and shadow, lightness and darkness, contrast, repetition, color, geometry and pattern as the features which he aims to infuse into his photography. In 1999, he became associated with the Urban Arts Committee of Miami Beach, the organization charged with educating the public regarding the til-then un-heralded local examples of local mid-century modern architecture. ‘MIMO’ stands for Miami Modern and was the name that the committee eventually labeled the local style equivalent. In 2000, Arthur was one of three photographic finalists selected selected to document a wonderful assortment of local architecture. His favorite memory is when he was at Central High in Philadelphia, he had an inspiring English professor — Dr. Gerald Hamm — who would have the class initially write a one-page story. Then have the class summarize that page into one paragraph. Then, the assignment would be to summarize that paragraph into a single sentence. Finally, that sentence was to be summarized with a single word. This is what Arthur strives towards in his photography.

Albert Barg and Jeff Weisberg have been photographing together since 1977, and Brandon Quarters joined them in 1985. Their favorite achievement is the fact that there is only one Art Deco District in the world, and with its architecture, it gave them the inspiration to photograph the radiant structures.

Vander Bhirtwish has been telling stories with pictures since he was a little boy, securing fleeting moments and the allure of his surroundings which set him on many journeys where he was able to capture beautiful images of the world. His affection for photography grew only stronger whilst majoring in advertising in São Paulo, Brazil. Pursuing his passion, he decided to perfect his skills by studying photography, while also acquiring additional knowledge and techniques which would later help him in his career. 2015 was a very special year for Vander. He was invited to several important art shows and made his first collective art display at “Art Brazil.” He is currently working on completing his “Art Deco” project for January 2016 as well as his third solo photo exhibition in Miami Beach in March of 2016. Vander’s favorite quote is “Life is beautiful, but it goes so quickly. My goal is to capture those beautiful moments, freeze time with the click of my camera and preserve those memories forever.”

Come by the Art Deco Museum to experience the Art of Architecture!

Lecture: Observations and Projections of Sea Level Rise in Miami

February 17, 2016 at 7PM

This lecture will introduce the 20-year record of measurements from the tide gauge on Virginia Key.  Trends of sea level rise over the entire period as well as more recent years will be discussed, followed by an overview of forecasts of regional sea level rise rates.

Speaker: Brian McNoldy, Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami

Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (Doors Open at 6:45pm)

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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 ($25.00) will be taken at the start of the tour. MDPL members may participate at no charge.

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Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour

2nd 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 $25.  MDPL and MDGLCC members may participate at no charge.

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