Art Deco Weekend

Miami Beach. From January 18 through 20, 2013.

Art Deco Weekend, presented by the Miami Design Preservation League, sees world-famous Ocean Drive even more energized with 300,000 visitors, checking out the local establishments and hundreds of vendors exhibiting their wares. Whether artists, craftsmen, chefs, bartenders, car collectors, or any variety of Art Deco retailers, all showing the best they have to offer.

Throughout the weekend the Leslie Hotel Facade will serve as a screen for a 30-minute 3D Mapping Project titled “Faces of the Decade” by Alternative Media International (AMI). This is a piece focused on the stars of vintage cinema, set to remixed Art Deco Era Jazz. Four Art Deco related movies will be shown on the lawn in Lummus Park at 8th Street. Scheduled for this year’s Art Deco Film Festival are: “Some Like It Hot” (1959), “The Artist” (2011), “The Great Gatsby” (1949), and “Midnight in Paris” (2011).

As part of the Lecture Series, renowned authors, educators, and experts will gather at the Wolfsonian/FIU to discuss the people, art and architecture that helped define the Art Deco Culture in Florida. Among the lecturers and discussions are Sharon Koskoff, founding president of The Art Deco Society of the Palm Beaches, Zora Nearle Hurston, Florida’s contribution to the Harlem Renaissance, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal (The WPA in Florida) and Bok Tower, America’s Taj Mahal, a Landscape Architect’s Gift to Florida.

Art Deco Weekend also includes a Music Festival known as Wimbash. Three days of eclectic performances by the finest of international and local musicians. Led by Living Colour bassist Doug Wimbish the show opens with an evening of Jazz (directed by virtuoso violinist Christian Howes), continues through the weekend with Reggae, Funk, Rock, Country, Pop, Soul, and closes with the high energy Latin Horns of local favorite Suenalo.

Set to a collection of remixed 1930s jazz standards, Bettie Page Clothing models will walk the runway at the Art Deco Welcome Center. In her own quirky “deco” style, Miami Design Preservation League’s resident artist and vintage fashion expert, Iris Chase will MC the Art Deco Fashion Show.

Three individual exhibits most directly represent the Art Deco theme of the Weekend: The Modernism Furniture Expo and Sale at The Art Deco Welcome Center; The Original U.S. Antique Show, which will preview in a tent at Ocean Drive and 5th Street; and The International Map Fair, a preview of the HistoryMiami’s exhibit of rare books, documents, and objects related to the 500th Anniversary of Florida.

And still, there is so much more happening during Miami’s Art Deco Weekend, so please visit their website for a complete schedule of events.

Art Deco Weekend
Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

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