Vizcaya "Lost Spaces & Stories" Commission for 2016 / by Mira Lehr

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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
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.”

AN EXHIBITION IN TWO PHASES
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.