Footnote: Typoe and La Menesunda

Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge's.

Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge’s.

Typoe standing inside Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge's.

Typoe standing inside Getting Up (2015), Casa Claridge’s.










I recently visited Typoe’s installation at Casa Claridge’s and felt as though I had been transported back in time, beyond my birth and to another South American capital: Buenos Aires, 1965. Given the nature of Getting Up it’s no wonder so many visitors were open to time travel. And given the Faena Group’s roots it’s no wonder I chose to travel to Argentina.  Continue reading

Review: Object of My Affection by Doris Bravo


For nearly a month Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) hosted Alma Leiva’s exhibition, Object of My Affection: San Pedro Nos Ve (San Pedro Watches Over Us). During this span of time Leiva channeled the nearly real-time voice of Honduras’ lost youth into the MOA+D, which occupies the Freedom Tower. Between 1962 and 1974, this building served as a processing center for Cuban refugees. Despite this brief history, Freedom Tower remains a potent symbol of freedom within Miami’s Cuban-American community to such an extent that there are permanent exhibitions documenting the Cuban experience off the entrance lobby. One of the most remarkable elements on display is a map of the U.S. highlighting the Operation Peter Pan experience. Dozens of historic photographs dot the expanse of the United States, potently bringing to life the story of the American dream as a salvation for all the children air-lifted…

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Miami Beach’s Flamingo Hotel: A President, a Pachyderm, and a Publicity Hound: Photograph Albums From the Wolfsonian Library Collection

Wolfsonian-FIU Library


It was New Jersey nursery owners and farm machinery suppliers, John Stiles Collins (1837-1928) and his son-in-law Thomas J. Pancoast who first began to clear the mosquito-infested mangrove swamp covering much of the desolate barrier island within sight of the burgeoning town of mainland Miami. But in beginning this transformation, Collins and Pancoast aimed to transform the wilderness into a garden of sorts, an agriculturally productive farming community. It was left to automobile aficionado and promoter, Carl G. Fisher (1874-1939) to envision and create a very different future for the island of Miami Beach—a playground for the rich and famous.


Having made a fortune in the automobile business, Fisher had promoted the first trans-continental highway, and then used his considerable influence to promote the Dixie Highway from Indiana in the North and ending in Miami Beach in the South. Snubbed as “nouveau riche” by the wealthy elites that wintered in…

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