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

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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

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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.

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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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