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UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall 2019: Lecture Series

October 24: Deco Business – Talk 

Join us for our first lecture:

DECO BUSINESS

October 24th, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Art Deco Wing of the Besty Hotel, 1433 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Speakers include:

Tanya Bhatt

Claire Tomlin

Christina Cuervo

Moderator: John Stuart

Doors open at 6pm

Admission is free but seating is limited, please make sure to arrive on time

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November 21: CULTURE CRAWL at the Art Deco Museum 

Join us to celebrate Culture Crawl!

Come dance with us to the 1930s and attend the opening reception of our new Featured Local Artist: Sara Schroeder.

Music by Owani Master of Ceremony

In participating in our event you will receive a coupon of “BUY 1 GET 1 DRINK FREE” at La Sombra Restaurant & Lougne at the historical Fairwind Hotel .

To RSVP, click here

December 7: VIP Preview of the Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2020

The Miami Design Preservation League is thrilled to invite you to:

A special Miami Art Week celebration in anticipation of America’s largest indoor antique show – The Original Miami Beach Antique Show – taking place Jan 4th to 8th 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Obtain your free passes to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show, when registration opens click here and enter code ARTDECO1

This event will also include the unveiling of the Art Deco Weekend 2020 poster.

Art Deco attire is encouraged.

RSVP is required

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December 19: CULTURE CRAWL: “CARTOONS – The Art of Marian Del Vecchio” – Book Release 

The Miami Design Preservation League is proud to announce the release of

“CARTOONS – The Art of Marian Del Vecchio”,

a collection of drawings by the much beloved and recently departed South Beach icon.

It’s Culture Crawl! Join us and celebrate a unique spirit who made us laugh, made us cry and stipulated that all proceeds from sales of “CARTOONS” be donated to support MDPL, a cause she dearly loved. (How’s that for team spirit?)

Free Admission, to RSVP click here

PAST EVENTS

October 17: Culture Crawl at the Art Deco Museum

Join us to celebrate Culture Crawl!

Come see our Fall 2019 Exhibition “DECO FASHION: PAINTED ILLUSTRATION” showcasing the art of Andres Conde & Barbara Hulanicki and dance with us to the 1920s with DJ Owani!

To RSVP click here

 

October 10: Arts & Culture – Talk 

Join us for our second lecture:

ARTS & CULTURE

October 10th, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Speakers include:

Hannah Baumgarten

Jo Manning

Sandy Shapiro

Nina Weber Worth

Moderator: George Neary

 

Admission is free but seating is limited, please make sure to arrive on time

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September 19: Opening Cocktail for our new Special Fall 2019 Exhibition: “DECO FASHION: Painting Illustrations”

Join us for our New Special 2019 Fall Exhibition

DECO FASHION: PAINTED ILLUSTRATIONS

Featuring the works of Andres Conde and Barbara Hulanicki

Thursday September 19th, 2019 from 6 to 9 PM

at the Art Deco Museum, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Refreshments offered by A fish Called Avalon

Free Admission, to RSVP click here

September 12: The Dawning of Deco – Talk & Annual Meeting 

 

This event will start with our Annual Meeting and then will follow with our first lecture:

THE DAWNING OF DECO

September 12, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Speakers include:

Barbara Hulanicki, Fashion Designer

Merle Weiss, Activist

Diane Camber, President Diane W.Camber & Associates LLC

Moderator: Herb Sosa

Admission is free but seating is limited, please make sure to arrive on time.

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July 31 – Art Deco Dance Party

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Join us for an amazing dance party at the Art Deco Museum for our current exhibition: “If Seats Could Talk: the Story of the Miami Marine Stadium”

Live Music by the legendary Shack Daddy’s

Musical Chairs with 2019 Art Deco Weekend poster prize for the winner!

Artist Talks 

Bites from A Fish Called Avalon

Dress in your best Art Deco attire!

Doors open at 6 PM

Thank you for the support of:

Solomon Search Group

Restore Marine Stadium

Anzhelika Productions

A Fish Called Avalon

Virginia Key Beach Park Trust

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Heineken

The City of Miami

Free admission, all ages 

June 21 – Make Music Day

Join us for a great musical beach event at our Art Deco Stage located on 9th Street and Ocean Drive on the sand for Make Music Day! There will be children’s workshops including drumming, dancing and playing ukulele followed by music performances from local bands! See schedule below:

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Schedule:

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Children’s workshops 2pm – 5pm

2-3 pm Drum workshop and performance by School of Crod

2-3pm Ukulele workshop by Ukulele & Chai Latte

3 – 5 pm Swing Dance by All Swing Miami

Music Performances 6pm – 10pm

6 pm Brennan Sunshine 

6:45 pm The Fortune Tellers

7:30 pm The Wax Worms

8:30 pm FOOM!

9:20 pm Haute Tension

DJ spinning music between all sets and workshops: DJ Owani

June 20 – Deco Drive Diners Club

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The Miami Design Preservation League is excited to announce our second Deco Drive Diners Club for residents and visitors.

“Deco Drive Diners Club” is a monthly breakfast on Ocean Drive where attendees are invited to speak on any topic related to our mission*. Each speaker will be given 2 minutes to address/speak/inform/excite our breakfasting folks.

We will be meeting at different restaurants each month to highlight and support business on Ocean Drive and the News Cafe has graciously offered to be our first and second host.

Each customer will purchase their own food as desired.

*MDPL’s Mission Statement: Miami Design Preservation League is a not-for-profit preservation and arts organization founded in 1976, which preserves, protects, and promotes the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach and the surrounding areas.

PLEASE MEET US AT 8AM ON THURSDAY JUNE 20th, 2019

The News Cafe is kindly offering 15% OFF to all Deco Drive Diners Club attendees on the day of the event.
See breakfast menu below:
http://www.newscafe.com/category/menu/breakfast/


About the News Cafe:
In December of 1988 Mark Soyka and Jeffrey Davis opened News Cafe, a quaint sidewalk cafe newsstand and bookstore at the corner of 8th Street and Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach.
The concept was simple: start with a news kiosk and some bookshelves and surround them with tables. Display a selection of local, national and international publications and play a mix of jazz and classical music, serve from a basic menu of salads, sandwiches, desserts, fresh fruit juices and coffees. Offer patrons a European-Style experience… and see how it goes.

If you would like to be put on the list to speak please select the “2 minutes Speaker” ticket and you will receive an email asking about more details on the topic you will like to talk about.

May 29 – Culture Crawl 

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Enjoy an exceptional evening showcasing our new featured local artist exhibition: SCARFIG and his series called “Lights”. Live music performance, poster signing and video projection of artist in his work process.

About SCARFIG:

Born in Brazil and completing his education in visual arts, Scarfig developed an urge to create and experience art in all aspects, including acting, photography, sculpting, design, poetry and graffiti.

Many of his pieces were made using high contrast colors to build an optical illusion.

“Lights” is a series that enhances visual effects between sets of lights, dimensions and neon colors allowing individuals to experience Miami through an artistic vision.

See more at: www.scarfigarts.com

Enjoy refreshments offered by Bakerly and Patio le Fromage !

This is a free event

Deco Drive Diners Club – Thursday May 23rd 

The Miami Design Preservation League is excited to announce our new program for residents and visitors.
“Deco Drive Diners Club” is a monthly breakfast on Ocean Drive where attendees are invited to speak on any topic related to our mission*. Each speaker will be given 2 minutes to address/speak/inform/excite our breakfasting folks.
We will be meeting at different restaurants each month to highlight and support business on Ocean Drive and the News Cafe has graciously offered to be our first host. Each customer will purchase their own food as desired.

RSVP here 

*MDPL’s Mission Statement: Miami Design Preservation League is a not-for-profit preservation and arts organization founded in 1976, which preserves, protects, and promotes the architectural, cultural, social and environmental integrity of Miami Beach and the surrounding areas.

Please meet us at 8am on Thursday May 23rd, 2019.

About the News Cafe:
In December of 1988 Mark Soyka and Jeffrey Davis opened News Cafe, a quaint sidewalk cafe newsstand and bookstore at the corner of 8th Street and Ocean Drive in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach.
The concept was simple: start with a news kiosk and some bookshelves and surround them with tables. Display a selection of local, national and international publications and play a mix of jazz and classical music, serve from a basic menu of salads, sandwiches, desserts, fresh fruit juices and coffees. Offer patrons a European-Style experience… and see how it goes.
The News Cafe is kindly offering the Deco Drive Diners Club attendees 15% off on the day of the event.
Breakfast menu: http://www.newscafe.com/category/menu/breakfast/


If you would like to be put on the list to speak please select the “2 minutes Speaker” ticket and you will receive an email asking about more details on the topic you will like to talk about.

 

“Ocean Drive”

Part 1: Talk on Wednesday May 1st, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Art Deco Welcome Center / MDPL (1001 Ocean Drive)

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

Join us on Ocean Drive for an evening of reminiscing about its past, present, and future. Speakers include:

Jonathan Plutzik, Besty Hotel

Chauncey Copeland, Victor Hotel

Ricardo Tabet, Optimum Development

Moderator: Susan Askew

Tickets are free but space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, we cannot guarantee seating.

Part 2: Walk on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 10:00am with Joel Levine

Meeting Location: Art Deco Welcome Center – MDPL (1001 Ocean Drive)

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

THIS IS A FREE TOUR BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

Starting May 6th – Tour Guide Academy

Miami Design Preservation League offers its annual Tour Guide Academy which is a training program for those who would like to become volunteer tour guides for MDPL, leading walking tours of the Art Deco District. Individuals interested in becoming certified MDPL tour guides are expected to participate in the full Four-Day course being offered on the following Mondays: 

Monday, May 6th – 10am – 3pm

Monday, May 20th – 10am – 3pm

Monday, June 3rd – 10am – 3pm

Monday, June 17th – 10am – 3pm

By the completion of this program, tour guide candidates will be able to use the buildings to:

  • Tell stories of MDPL and its efforts to preserve
  • Tell stories of the designs we are trying to preserve
  • Tell the story of Miami Beach, providing a context for the stories referenced above

Click here to sign up

 

 

“Lincoln Road”

Part 1: Talk on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Colony Theatre (1040 Lincoln Road)

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

Join us on Lincoln Road for an evening of reminiscing about its past, present, and future. Speakers include:

Michel Hausmann, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Drama at Colony Theatre

Mel Schlesser, Lincoln Road Property Owner

Michael Comras, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Comras Company

Arthur Marcus, Preservation Architect

Moderator: John Stuart, FIU-Urban Studios

Tickets are free but space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, we cannot guarantee seating.

Part 2: Walk on Saturday May 18th, 2019 at 10:00am with Melissa Kishel

Meeting Location: in front of TD Bank (350 Lincoln Road)

Click here to register

40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

THIS IS A FREE TOUR BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

April 24th – Culture Crawl

Join us for the VIP preview of our new special exhibition:

“If Seats Could Talk: the Story of Miami Marine Stadium”

Sixty Artists from Miami were given seats removed from the Historic Miami Marine Stadium to create art with found objects. A limited number of these incredibly creative seat artworks will be presented at the world premier Miami Marine Stadium Talking Seats artwork preview exhibit. The featured artists are: Bibi Andrade, Becca Butler, Alfredo Cappelli, Elisa Cellini, Georgie Hernandez, Adam Thompson, Vickie Pierre, Rush Bowles, Donna Lee Steffens, Enma Saiz, Courtney Einhorn and Monique Lassooij

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* What is the Miami Marine Stadium? https://www.facebook.com/Restoremarinestadium/

The Miami Marine Stadium is an architectural gem – Miami’s Sydney Opera House – on Biscayne Bay housed on Virginia Key in Miami, Florida designed by Cuban exile architect Hilario Candela in 1963 for powerboat racing, boxing and featuring concerts on a floating stage. Some of the world-renowned artists that performed at the Miami Marine Stadium were Jimmy Buffett, Ray Charles, Basia, Sammy Davis, Jr., Chuck Mangione, Bonnie Raitt, Afro-pop superstar Fela Kuti, and hundreds of other performers.

The Miami Marine Stadium was shuttered after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 by the City of Miami. The Stadium’s structure was not damaged in the Hurricane. The City of Miami, along with many acclaimed architects, is now developing a road map to restore the Miami Marine Stadium. The Miami Marine Stadium features the best views of the skyline of Miami and Miami Beach.

There will be 1930s music, artist talks and drinks & small bites.

April 12th –Remembering Bill Farkas

Join us on Friday April 12th, 2019 to celebrate the life of Bill Farkas.

At the Oceanfront Auditorium / Art Deco Museum located at 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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April 7th – March with Us at the Pride Parade

Miami Design Preservation League invites you to join us for the Pride Parade on Sunday April 7th!

Check-in at 10 AM and Parade starts at 11 AM. Check-in at 5th street and Ocean Drive.

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NOTE: All parade participants must sign the Parade Release form at the link below. Please write “Miami Design Preservation League” as the participating organization when you sign the form. Online forms must be signed by April 5th at 5pm.

Click here to see the parade release
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Spring 2019 Lectures – “Great Streets of the Art Deco District”

“Española Way “

Part 1: Talk on Wednesday March 27th, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Tapas Y Tintos (448 Española Way)

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

Join us on Española Way for an evening of reminiscing about its past, present, and future. Speakers include:

David Berg, Infinity Real Estate / Clay Hotel

Todd Tragash, STA Architects

Scott Robins – Owner/Developer on Española Way, Paseo Hotel

Michael Blandino, Scull Sisters

Moderator: Susan Askew, RE:Miami Beach

About Española Way: Española Way is a historic street between 14th and 16th street on Miami Beach, stretching from Washington Avenue to the western corners of Drexel Avenue. Española Way is a quaint and picturesque Spanish-inspired village designed in Mediterranean Revival style. It is a festive street where locals and travelers congregate to commiserate, create and celebrate. With 17 dining locations, a new art gallery, hotels, retail and nightly entertainment, Espanola Way provides visitors with an immersive experience on South Beach. All Miami/Dade locals receive 20% savings through a loyalty card which is downloaded via Smartphone.

About Tapas Y Tintos: Tapas y Tintos, the house of paella, is a restaurant & tapas bar that brings authenticity and heart to the Spanish-inspired, historic streets of Española Way in Miami Beach, Florida.

Dining Reservations: Tapas Y Tintos invites all attendees for dinner before or after this event. Reservations can be made here. All MIami/Dade locals get 20% savings with ID. See the menu here: https://www.tapasytintos.com/home/menus-overview/ 

Part 2: Walk on Saturday March 30th at 10:00 am with Sandy Scidmore

Meeting Location: Corner of Washington Ave & Española Way

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

THIS IS A FREE TOUR BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

“Collins Avenue / A1A”

Part 1: Talk on Thursday April 11th, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Art Deco Wing of The Betsy Hotel (1433 Collins Avenue)

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40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

Join us on Collins Avenue for an evening of reminiscing about its past, present, and future. Speakers include:

Peggy Benua, Director at the Dream Hotel 

Allan Shulman, Principal at Shulman + Associates

George Neary, Culture & Tourism 

Moderator: Jeff Donnelly, Public Historian

Part 2: Walk on Saturday April 13th, 2019 at 10:00am with Julie Fornary

Meeting Location: Art Deco Welcome Center – MDPL (1001 Ocean Drive)

Click here to register

40 years after the Art Deco District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, we’re highlighting the great streets of the district that have helped it to become an internationally known arts, culture, tourism, and heritage capital.

THIS IS A FREE TOUR BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

View the Lecture recording online: click here.

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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