"City of Shadows" exhibition to open at the Deering Estate
The Exhibit Evening reception for the February Features show "City of Shadows" will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Deering Estate. The exhibit highlights the architectural photography of Carlos Domenech and his documentation of the urban landscape of Merida, the vital capital city of the Yucatan. They posit an immensely rich yet chaotic visual experience for the observer as an exploration of light and shadows that belies conventional spatial readings of a landscape where time, space and memory simultaneously play.
Works were commissioned at the Deering Estate and presented at the 16th International Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. Additional pieces from the Biennale are also on view and feature Domemech's photographs of the architectural work of Jorge Hernandez.
The Exhibit Evening reception on Feb. 20 is free and open to the public. RSVP is preferred on Eventbrite. Included with general admission, the exhibition will be on view daily from Feb. 1 through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout the year, the Deering Estate offers complimentary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary and historic exhibitions inside the historic homes.
Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.
About Carlos M. Domenech, Photographer
Carlos Domenech, born in Guantanamo, Cuba in 1954, immigrated to the US with his family in 1966. He studied at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and received a bachelor’s degree in fine art photography with a minor in architectural photography in 1982. Mr. Domenech commenced his professional career in 1984 by documenting architecture and interiors. He lives in Miami and is presently working on a selection of book projects.
Carlos is an architectural and fine art photographer whose commissions over the last 34 years have extended from the U.S., Europe and South America to Russia and Asia. His editorial work has been published globally in numerous journals, including Architectural Digest, Casa Vogue Spain, AD Italy, House & Garden Australia, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, Southern Accents, and Veranda, and in travel books on China, Istanbul, Ecuador, Guatemala, Russia, Italy and Spain. His photography of the imperial palaces of St. Petersburg was exhibited and included in the catalog "Palaces of St. Petersburg, The Russian Imperial Style." He was sent on assignment to Asia, to photo document Chinese culture and architecture for a traveling exhibition which included the renowned site of the Xian Burial Soldiers. Additionally, his photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries and acquired for numerous private and museum collections.
In the last ten years, Carlos Domenech has fused his architectural and fine art photography, arriving at an artistic intersection, where the qualities of both genres have become one.
He has collaborated with Jorge Hernandez on many projects including the Colonial churches of Santiago de Cuba and The Civic Landscape of the Historical South. He has also photographed the architect's work for the last 25 years.
About Jorge L. Hernandez, Architect
Jorge L. Hernandez is a professor and a practitioner of architecture. Born in Havana, Cuba in 1956, his family immigrated to Miami in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in 1980 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1985 where he studied design, architectural history and theory. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1985, and since 1987, has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Miami.
An advocate of an architecture of place, memory and duty, his professional and research interest advances the necessity of a natural-cultural vision of environmental stewardship. A collaboration with Carlos Domenech, the exhibit, Lightbox, for the European Cultural Centere during the Venice Biennale 2018, explores light as an intellectual, physical and metaphysical agent in shaping architecture. Architecture is made of light.
About the Deering Estate
The Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. The Deering Estate is a 21st Century house museum, cultural and ecological field station, and a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places, owned by the State of Florida and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. From canoe tours to bird walks, and guided museum and natural areas tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy! The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave. in Miami.