Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is pleased to present Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya, a two-part exhibition on view from May 2016 through May 2017, in conjunction with Vizcaya’s centennial.
Admission to Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya is included with admission to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
The inspiration for the exhibition is closely tied to Vizcaya’s history, as the property has traditionally been home to commissioned work by contemporary artists. While we know much about the estate’s history, many of Vizcaya’s compelling spaces and stories have disappeared. Lost Spaces will showcase installations in and around the Main House and gardens that aim to bring these lost spaces and stories “back to life.”
Lost Spaces features original installations by eleven contemporary South Florida artists or collaborative teams commissioned through Vizcaya’s Contemporary Arts Program (CAP). The installations all comment on historical elements of the estate, whether physical or narrative, that have been lost to time. The artists presenting their work are Duane Brant, Brookhart Jonquil, Amanda Keeley, Juraj Kojs, Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso, Lucinda Linderman, Kerry Phillips, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, David Rohn, Magnus Sigurdarson and Frances Trombly.
AN EXHIBITION IN TWO PHASES
Phase I of Lost Spaces will be on view from May 2016 through May 2017 and will feature works that relate to the themes of Vizcaya’s Moat, Map Racks, Staff Life and Lost Decorated Rooms. Phase II, on display from December 2016 through May 2017, will focus on four recreational spaces and highlight elements of Vizcaya’s original design intent that no longer exist. These include the Casba, South Property, the Casino and Basement Recreational Rooms. The Casba is a small, exotic pavilion that was originally part of Vizcaya’s southern gardens and is now on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Miami.
Commissioned artists and their works for Lost Spaces include:
Juraj Kojs will create a soundscape of the historic Moat that runs below Vizcaya’s ticket booth, filling it with ambient sound. Also in the Moat, Duane Brant will establish a minimal “white stripe” to indicate the extent of the space. Lucinda Linderman will fabricate a series of soft felted sculpted maps depicting South Florida in the 1920s, now and 50 years from now, thus referencing the original function of the now-empty Map Racks in the Main House. David Rohn will create portraits of former staff, placing them in the spaces they would have served. Frances Trombly will design pulls for the historic bell pulls that summoned staff throughout the Main House. Amanda Keeley’s installation will feature a neon sign translating the Latin quote on the east façade of the Main House, “Accept the gift of pleasure when it is given. Put serious things aside.” Magnus Sigurdarson will film a telenovela in the Enclosed Loggia and East Loggia, two spaces whose furnishings are no longer on display. Sigurdarson’s narrative will incorporate references to the ways in which the spaces were once used by Vizcaya’s occupants.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129