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 Miami Beach Century
The City of Miami Beach will be 100 years old in 2015. To kick off the Miami Beach centennial celebration, the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) will open a museum about the city’s architecture and history in October of 2014 at the Art Deco Welcome Center. The Center is located at 10th and Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. MDPL has a 16-month program plan including exhibits, lectures and special anniversary editions of their daily Art Deco Walking Tour and their annual festival, Art Deco Weekend.
Thank you to our Centennial Sponsors:
FULL SCHEDULE OF MDPL CENTENNIAL PROGRAMMING:
October 1, 2014: Public Grand Opening of the Art Deco Museum. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm at 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.
October 2014 – December 2014: TOUR: Official Art Deco Walking Tour, Miami Beach Centennial Edition. Leaves daily at 10:30am from the Art Deco Welcome Center (Thursdays 10:30am & 6:30pm). $25 per person. $20 for students, seniors and military.
October 2, 2014: 30th Anniversary of Miami Vice Panel Discussion led by Miami Herald. Art Deco Welcome Center, 6:30PM. FREE Event.
October 7, 2014: LECTURE: 100 Years of Miami Beach History with Historian Seth Bramson. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
October 16, 2014: LECTURE: 100 Years of Architecture with Architect Allan Shulman. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
October, 2014 (DATE TBD): Screening of Miami Beach Historical Documentary. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
November 6, 2014: PANEL DISCUSSION: 100 Years of Tourism led by George Neary, Director of Cultural Tourism for GMCVB. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
November 18, 2014: PANEL DISCUSSION: 100 Years of Celebrities led by Louis Canales, Nightclub Promoter. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
January 16 – 18, 2015: 38th Annual Art Deco Weekend: The Miami Beach Century
The following events will take place in the Museum (for full schedule visit www.artdecoweekend.com):
- Art Deco Comes to Miami Beach: 1925-1935 (Lecture #1 of the Decades of Stories Centennial Series covering: Moderne architecture, Paris Exhibition, 1926 hurricane, Depression, Casa Casuarina)
- Art Deco Comes to Miami Beach: 1935-1945 (Lecture #2 of the Decades of Stories Centennial Series covering the arrival of Art Deco in Miami Beach, 1936 hurricane, WWII)
- Shanghai Art Deco: Preview of the 2015 World Congress of Art Deco in Shanghai
- The Mob in Miami Beach with Meyer Lansky’s grandson and others
- Exhibit: The People of Miami Beach, a photo exhibit of the residents and visitors of Miami Beach over the last century. (This exhibit will remain open until July 2015)
- Miami Beach Visual Memoirs: presentation of two new video products about the history of Miami Beach as told by the people of Miami Beach.
February 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: The Post-war/MiMo Boom: 1945-1955 (Post-WWII boom, Kefauver hearings, Lapidus, MIMO, Fontainebleau). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
March 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: Muhammad Ali and the Beatles: 1955-1965 (Godfrey, Gleason, Sullivan, Beatles, Ali). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
March 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: How It All Began: 1915-1925 (WWI, Collins, Fisher, The Lummus Brothers, Prohibition). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
April 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: An Aging Miami Beach: 1965-1975 (The Decline, God’s Waiting Room). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
July and August 2015: EXHIBIT: 3rd Annual Art Deco Inspired Art Show, a showcase of local artists whose work is inspired by Art Deco and Miami Beach. Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM.
October 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: The Revival Years: 1975-1985 (Capitman, Horowitz, MDPL, Mariel Boatlift, National Register listing, MBCDC, Miami Vice). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
October 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: The Developers: 1985-1995 (Goldman, Gross, Robbins, Versace, Weber, Gay Movement). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
November 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: The New Boom: 1995-2005 (Versace death, Economic resurgence, Lincoln Road). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
November 2015 (DATE TBD): LECTURE: Starchitects in Miami Beach: 2005-2015 (Starchitects: Frank Gehry, Herzog de Meuron, Enrique Norton, Arquitectonica, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Robert A.M. Stern). Art Deco Welcome Center, 7PM. FREE Event.
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.