Mira Lehr & Yara Travieso for "Dido and Aeneas"

What This Place Does Not Remember
Project commissioned by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for their Centennial Exhibition, "Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya"

2016, Nylon, Resin, Ink, Steel Wire, Copper,
Burned Japanese Paper and Welded Steel

24 x 50 feet

Joining the cornucopia of exhibits that are part and parcel of the Art Basel experience, Miami's iconic mansion cum museum Vizcaya showcased site-specific installations from its Contemporary Arts Program (CAP), that will remain on display until October 2017. The sole performance piece: Mira Lehr and her New York collaborator Yara Travieso's "Dido and Aeneas." 

Lehr, a doyenne of the Miami art scene for five decades, maintains a vibrant, fresh and ever changing vision. Her nature based imagery often takes shape utilizing resin, gunpowder, fire, Japanese paper, dyes and welded steel. "Dido and Aeneas" is a dramatic marriage of Lehr's rigged rope curtains - with elements of copper, resin and mangrove seeds - moving in concert with a dancer to an aria from Dido and Aeneas, and performed by a soprano and cellist.

"It's an exciting story of Dido and her suicide," Lehr told us. "The aria is about wanting to be remembered for her grandeur not her fate. We equated that with Vizcaya which is always crumbling and being restored." 

This year, Lehr was once again featured in the Ink Miami Art Fair and the official Basel artist studio tour. She is represented by New York's Flomenhaft Gallery, and is the subject of a coffee table tome, "Mira Lehr: Arc of Nature." 

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2017 New American Home

Mira Lehr's work was chosen to be presented in the 2017 New American Home, designed by Phil Kean Design Group. This cutting-edge contemporary design unites art and architecture. Included are Robert Rauschenberg, Ross Bleckner, and Will Cotton; on view throughout 2017.


Lost Spaces & Stories of Vizcaya

Photo: Armando Rodriguez, Miami Dade County
Today, we take you to the wild side of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida. Curator Gina Wouters, and artists Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso talk about What This Place Does Not Remember, one of eleven projects in the contemporary art exhibition Lost Spaces and Stories that celebrate Vizcaya’s centennial.

The inspiration for Mira Lehr’s and Yara Travieso’s dramatic Baroque performance installation is a forgotten garden at the edge of the museum’s south property and Henry Purcell‘s Dido and Aeneas, an English opera he composed more than 300 years ago. The opera tells the mythological story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her love for the Trojan hero Aeneas. In What This Place Does Not Remember, the two contemporary artists personify Vizcaya as the legendary Queen Dido. Lehr’s environmental installation sets the stage for Dido’s Lament, the performance that Travieso directs. An opera singer, a dancer, and a cellist enact the queen’s tragic love story within a lyric web of black rope that evokes the surrounding mangroves.
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Project commissioned by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Performance: Mira Lehr (Artist and Set Designer) and Yara Travieso (Director and Choreographer) with Jacqueline Bulnes (Dancer), Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano), Stephanie Jaimes (Cellist), David Redmond (Fabricator and Engineer), and Ingrid Travieso (Costume Designer)

Art Basel Miami Beach ~ Artist Studio Visit

Miami Beach | Dec 1–4, 2016
Artist Studio Visits


Visit and meet artists in their studios in Wynwood, downtown Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables and other locations. 
Download the map.

A | Mira Lehr
5215 Pine Tree Drive

B | Locust Projects
3852 North Miami Avenue

Oliver Sanchez
3940 North Miami Avenue

Obsolete Miami Media
Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer
5 NW 39 Street, Loft #2

C | The Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd Street

D | Magnus Sigurdarson
2628 NW 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor

E | Asif Farooq
4261 NW 36 Avenue

F | Dimensions Variable and Studios of Frances Trombly
and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
300 NE 2nd Avenue, MDC Building 1, 3rd floor
For more information email | artiststudiovisit2016@gmail.com

Image: Mira Lehr, Beachwalk I + II, 2015, Japanese paper, ignited fuses, gun powder, charcoal, 48 x 48"

INK Miami Art Fair 2016

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F L Y I N G   H O R S E   E D I T I O N S
I N K   M I A M I   A R T   F A I R   2 0 1 6

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9am
- to - 
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3pm

Suites of Dorchester
1850 Collins Avenue (@19th St)
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
a few blocks from the Miami Convention Center [map]

Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free Admission

INK MIAMI ART FAIR 2016 Special Events
REGISTER HERE to attend the Preview Breakfast and Pulp Party

Preview Breakfast
Wednesday, November 30, 9:00 - 11:00 am

Pulp Party 
sponsored by XL Catlin
Thursday, December 1, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
The INK Miami art fair is held annually in December during Art Basel Miami Beach. The Fair is unique among Miami’s fairs for its focus on modern and contemporary works on paper by internationally renowned artists. It is presented by the International Fine Print Dealers Association and exhibitors are selected from among members of the Association for their outstanding ability to offer collectors a diverse survey of 20th century masterworks and just-published editions by leading contemporary artists. Since its founding in 2006, the Fair has attracted a loyal following among museum curators and committed collectors of works on paper.

2016 Exhibitors
Childs Gallery
Thomas French Fine Art
Graphicstudio / USF
Stoney Road Press
Tandem Press
Susan Teller Gallery
Wildwood Press LLC
Ink Miami Invitational
Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
Flying Horse Editions
Rabley Contemporary
Hamilton-Selway Fine Art

More info at inkartfair.com
Premier Sponsor XL Catlin

Opening of "Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya"

Please join us for the Opening Reception of 
Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya: Phase II

A centennial exhibition featuring commissioned, site-specific installations

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129

The centennial show aims to revive and reinterpret lost aspects of Vizcaya’s history and ventures into the estate’s gardens and leisure spaces with Phase II. 

Performances as part of Mira Lehr & Yara Travieso’s 
What This Place Does Not Remember 
will take place during the reception at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Each performance is approximately 7 minutes long and features Amanda Crider (mezzo-soprano), a cellist and a dancer. 

What This Place Does Not Remember is a site specific installation and performance personifying Vizcaya as the mythical Queen Dido from Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera, “Dido and Aeneas”. The physical installation acts as a re-incarnation of the exotic wildlife once present in the southern grounds, as well as, a framing device of a lost and forgotten paradise that once existed there. When the installation is activated via performance, it transforms into a surrealist theatrical set for Queen Dido’s own loss of a promised future. Confronting a failed utopia, What This Place Does Not Remember is propelled by themes of untamed desires for legacy and grandeur amidst great vulnerability.

The second installation of Lost Spaces features works in four areas related to Vizcaya’s gardens and recreational spaces: the Casba, South Property, the Casino and Recreational Rooms. Like Phase I, these projects highlight elements that have been lost to Vizcaya’s present interpretation and focus on the original design intent that no longer exists. 

Artists include Duane Brant, Brookhart Jonquil, Amanda Keeley, Juraj Kojs, Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso, Lucinda Linderman, Kerry Phillips, Leyden Rodriguez Casanova, David Rohn, Magnus Sigurdarson, and Frances Trombly. All projects will be on view and select performances by participating artists will take place during the reception.

RSVP required: VizcayaLostSpacesPhase2.eventbrite.com 

Image: Mira Lehr, What This Place Does Not Remember (mangrove seedlings detail), 2016, Nylon, Resin, Ink, Steel Wire, Copper, Burned Japanese Paper, Welded Steel, 24 x 50 feet, Installation at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya’s Centennial Exhibition Opens Second Phase on November 29

Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya Ventures into the Estate's Gardens

Vizcaya’s Centennial Exhibition Opens Second Phase on November 29

MIAMI (November 18, 2016) — Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is pleased to announce the opening of 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. The opening reception for this exciting, archive-driven exhibition takes place on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. and is one of many events honoring the estate’s 100th birthday.

Much like Vizcaya founder James Deering, who incorporated commissioned contemporary artworks in his vision for the estate, 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 Gina Wouters, Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. “Through the Lost Spaces project we truly integrate our Contemporary Arts Program within the aesthetic and interpretive framework of the historic site.”

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. 

The Casba is a small, exotic pavilion that was originally part of Vizcaya’s southern gardens and is now on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Miami. Leyden Rodriguez Casanova’s piece will create an architectural reference to the Casba that appears as either unfinished or deconstructed, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso’s installation will personify Vizcaya as Queen Dido, the first queen of Carthage according to ancient Greek and Roman writers. Their work will be activated through performances, and evoke the exotic wildlife that once existed on the South Property. Kerry Phillips will create an installation for the winding white marble staircase in the Shop and Café area that once served as quick access for Deering and his guests from the East Loggia to the recreational rooms. The project will consist of found furniture installed with a sense of movement suggesting that the pieces are rushing down the stairs. Brookhart Jonquil is developing a piece for the two rooms in the Casino on the Garden Mound. This piece will focus on the original fixtures in the rooms, while using architecture and light as a bridge between the physical and immaterial. His work will also speculatively reference the daily activities that might have taken place in those spaces. 

The Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya exhibit has been extended and will remain on view through October 9, 2017. Included in the exhibition is the earlier phase that opened in May 2016 and features works inside Vizcaya’s Main House and Moat by artists Juraj Kojs, Duane Brant, Lucinda Linderman, David Rohn, Frances Trombly, Amanda Keeley and Magnus Sigurdarson. For more information, please visit www.vizcaya.org or call 305-250-9188.

"Earth SOS" 2016-2018 Traveling Exhibition

The "Earth SOS" traveling exhibition will begin at Flomenhaft Gallery with an exhibit of 10 artists’ works from September 8 - October 22, 2016

The goal of this exhibit is to portray art that awakens the public. The works will be by artists that are passionate about the decay of our environment and the future for our selves and generations yet unborn. Highlighting this important topic will make an effort to help save us all from an ecological apocalypse.  

Image: Mira Lehr, Coral Accretion 1 and 2, 2016, Resin, Copper Mesh, Steel Wire, Corals, Zip Ties, 32 x 30 x 14 inches

Vizcaya "Lost Spaces & Stories" Commission for 2016

The artist's latest venture is the Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya commission for 2016. Part performance, part installation, referring to a baroque opera happening within the mangroves. Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso’s installation will personify Vizcaya as Queen Dido, the first queen of Carthage according to ancient Greek and Roman writers. Their work will be activated through performances, and evoke the exotic wildlife that once existed on the South Property.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is pleased to present Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya, a two-part exhibition on view from May 2016 through October 2017, in conjunction with Vizcaya’s centennial.

The inspiration for the exhibition is closely tied to Vizcaya’s history, as the property has traditionally been home to commissioned work by contemporary artists. While we know much about the estate’s history, many of Vizcaya’s compelling spaces and stories have disappeared. Lost Spaces will showcase installations in and around the Main House and gardens that aim to bring these lost spaces and stories “back to life.”

Phase I of Lost Spaces is on view through October 2017 and features projects that relate to Vizcaya’s Moat, Map Racks, Staff Life and Lost Decorated Rooms. Phase II, on view from November 2016 through October 2017, will focus on four recreational spaces and highlight elements of Vizcaya’s original design intent that no longer exist. These include the Casba, South Property, the Casino and Basement Recreational Rooms. The Casba is a small, exotic pavilion that was originally part of Vizcaya’s southern gardens and is now on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Miami.

"Second Nature" OPENING at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Mira Lehr
Second Nature
July 23 – October 2, 2016
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center
10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156
Open everyday from 9:30am until 4:30pm

Mira Lehr’s work is a meditation on the natural world—more on what things do, than how they look.
Her connection with South Florida’s unique landscape and its complex relationship to both human and natural forces has been a constant influence on her work. Lehr brings the fragile qualities of nature to the fore through her use of materials. Gunpowder-burned trails as roots and blooming organic forms are juxtaposed in her visual narratives.
The creation of art within Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden offers a synergy where nature and art are intertwined. It captures the imagination of the human spirit, and ideally, we see our existence linked with nature. Lehr hopes to take the viewer into an exploratory journey capturing the spirit of the vulnerable enigma that lives amongst us.
Second Nature is influenced by the concepts of creation and destruction, the hard edge versus the soft focus, the yin and the yang, as well as the harmonious and the enigmatic.

Image: Mira Lehr, Approaching the Singularity (triptych), 2016
Ignited Fuses, Gunpowder, Resin, Inks, & Acrylic on Canvas, 8 x 22 feet

CITYarts Benefit Auction "Make a Difference Through the Arts"

Auction Description
CITYarts is celebrating 48 years of empowering youth to transform their communities and their lives through the creation of public art.  The benefit is also honoring four amazing women, Virginia Zabriskie, Eleanor Flomenhaft, Nada Anid and Cheryl Wills.  All proceeds benefit CITYarts’ mission to "Make a Difference Through the Arts." CITYarts Benefit Auction was held from May 11-17, 2016

Lot Closed - SOLD


Mira Lehr, Stone Flowers (Edition 1 of 10), 2015
Water based screen print, 38.5 x 27 inches


Florida Grand Opera

Showing the work of Mira Lehr at the Adrienne Arsht Center, during the run of the new Opera, The Passenger. The pieces will be installed from April 2nd-April 10th, in the Donor Room.
This image, "The Passenger", was created specially for the opera.

Lehr Speaks Before Boca Museum Collectors Council & Director, Irvin Lippman

Mira Lehr spoke for the Boca Museum Collectors Council and Museum Director, Irvin Lippman, on Wednesday, March 2nd, at the Rosenbaum Gallery. There, four of her resin Jellyfish were greatly admired while she explained different parts of her art making processes. 

A pleasant luncheon followed the morning's presentation. Mira shared the spotlight with another female artist, as she values opportunities to build the community of women in the art world

OPENING Tuesday, February 16th - "Between the Meadow and the Moon"

Between the Meadow and the Moon, an ongoing site-specific installation—including paintings, rugs and sculptures—opens on February 16, 2016 at 6pm. 

Temple Beth Sholom is deeply honored to open 2016 by presenting Miami-based, internationally exhibited and acclaimed artist and sculptor, Mira Lehr. A key feature is the 12x40 foot window made of poured resins. It continues Lehr's focus on the South Florida landscape and the state of our environment.
Arc of Nature, her most recently published book, will be available for purchase at this event*. This is a once in a lifetime not-to-be-missed opportunity for all lovers of art and beauty to expand their vision and interact with the artist and her work in our Welcome Center. The wine and hors d’oeuvres reception honoring Ms. Lehr will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16th and all are invited. *All of Ms. Lehr’s work is available for purchase.
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