Vizcaya Museum and Gardens opens 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. 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 Wouters. “Through the Lost Spaces project we truly integrate our Contemporary Arts Program within the aesthetic and interpretive framework of the historic site.”
The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP), now in its 10th year is a Vizcaya- based commission program that provides artists with the creative challenge to develop original, site-specific work in response to a historic site situated in the public realm.
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.
Photo:David Almeida, courtesy of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Artwork by Brookhart Jonquil