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Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya Ventures into the Estate's Gardens

Vizcaya’s Centennial Exhibition Opens Second Phase on November 29

MIAMI (November 18, 2016)

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is pleased to announce the opening of the next phase of Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya, a two-part centennial exhibition celebrating the estate’s history through contemporary art. Phase II will venture into the estate’s gardens and leisure spaces. The opening reception for this exciting, archive-driven exhibition takes place on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. and is one of many events honoring the estate’s 100th birthday.

Much like Vizcaya founder James Deering, who incorporated commissioned contemporary artworks in his vision for the estate, Vizcaya Curator Gina Wouters envisioned this contemporary exhibit as a vehicle to revive forgotten aspects of Vizcaya’s history.

"Following the tradition of James Deering’s patronage, we’ve commissioned local artists who have a unique perspective on Vizcaya’s place in Miami’s cultural landscape to bring back lost elements of the estate’s original design," says Gina Wouters, Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. “Through the Lost Spaces project we truly integrate our Contemporary Arts Program within the aesthetic and interpretive framework of the historic site.”

This second installation of Lost Spaces features local artists creating works in four areas related to Vizcaya’s gardens and leisure spaces: the Casba, South Property, the Casino, and Basement Recreational Rooms. Like Phase I, these projects highlight elements of Vizcaya that no longer exist or are inaccessible to the public. 

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. Leyden Rodriguez Casanova’s piece will create an architectural reference to the Casba that appears as either unfinished or deconstructed, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso’s installation will personify Vizcaya as Queen Dido, the first queen of Carthage according to ancient Greek and Roman writers. Their work will be activated through performances, and evoke the exotic wildlife that once existed on the South Property. Kerry Phillips will create an installation for the winding white marble staircase in the Shop and Café area that once served as quick access for Deering and his guests from the East Loggia to the recreational rooms. The project will consist of found furniture installed with a sense of movement suggesting that the pieces are rushing down the stairs. Brookhart Jonquil is developing a piece for the two rooms in the Casino on the Garden Mound. This piece will focus on the original fixtures in the rooms, while using architecture and light as a bridge between the physical and immaterial. His work will also speculatively reference the daily activities that might have taken place in those spaces. 

The Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya exhibit has been extended and will remain on view through October 9, 2017. Included in the exhibition is the earlier phase that opened in May 2016 and features works inside Vizcaya’s Main House and Moat by artists Juraj Kojs, Duane Brant, Lucinda Linderman, David Rohn, Frances Trombly, Amanda Keeley and Magnus Sigurdarson. For more information, please visit www.vizcaya.org or call 305-250-9188.

 

MEDIA IMAGES

PHASE II Photos, Opening November 29, 2016 (Photo Credit: David Almeida, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens)

PHASE I Photos, Currently on view (Photo Credit: David Almeida, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens)

Historic Photos (Photo Credit: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Archives)

 

“A Fragmented Casba” by Leyden Rodriguez Casanova

Photo Credit: David Almeida, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Caption: Leyden Rodriguez Casanova’s piece will create a reference to the Casba that appears as either unfinished for deconstructed, depending on the viewer’s perspective.

 

“Glass House and Invisible Sun” by Brookhart Jonquil

Photo Credit: David Almeida, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Caption: Brookhart Jonquil’s piece will focus on the original fixtures in the two rooms in the Casino on the Garden Mound, using architecture and light as a bridge between the physical and the immaterial.