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Beauty at the Bass – More than a Pretty Facade

The Bass Museum of Art is the iconic bright and shiny diamond of the metro Miami art world.  Rising majestically from its glorious location on Collins Avenue, it represents all that Miami has become in the milieu of fine art and innovative programming.

Located on the site originally built to house the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, the building was designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John A. Collins.  First opening its doors in 1963, The Bass Museum displayed a private collection of Renaissance and Baroque works of art that was donated to the City of Miami Beach by John and Johanna Bass. Vastly evolving from its founding collection, the Bass Museum of Art currently offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions exploring the connections between contemporary art and works of art from its permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, textiles, Apulian Vessel Gallery and Egyptian Gallery. Artists’ projects, educational programs, lectures, and free family days complement the works on view.


Architect Arata Isozaki designed an addition to the museum between 1998 and 2002 that doubled its size from 15,000 to 35,000 square feet.  Most recently, the museum selected internationally acclaimed Oppenheim Architecture + Design to lead its first phase of design and renovation tied to the 2010 completion of Miami Beach’s Collins Park. Oppenheim redesigned and relocated the museum’s arrival area to flow from and into the new park on Collins Avenue.
Today, the museum thrives under the leadership of Board of Director President George Lindemann, and Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator.   


With a mission “to inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our historical collections and contemporary art,” Silvia Karman Cubina reflects that “all art was once contemporary and inversely, that all contemporary works of art are part of a continuum of art history.”

Exhibitions at the Bass Museum present art in dynamic conversations spanning time, history and cultures. Their educational programs demonstrate that art is a catalyst for creativity and positive growth, especially in the area of early childhood education. The museum provides affordable resources for the teaching community, based on sound scholarship.

Education through art is paramount for our future.  At the Bass Museum, education is highlighted through some very innovative programs that allow adults and children as young as two years old to appreciate art and learn about its importance in our lives.

The Lindemann Family Creativity Center was inaugurated in the Museum in January of this year. “Finally, we have a place to experiment, essentially create a laboratory for artistic experiments, where teachers, parents and children can be inspired to solve design problems and stimulate their imaginative energies. The specially designed work tables and art equipment make this classroom space unique in South Florida,” George Lindemann.

The Lindemann Family Creativity Center is the home of the museum’s IDEA@thebass programs of art classes and workshops.

IDEA@thebass stands for Identify, Discuss, Envision, Assess.
Developed in conjunction with  Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, IDEA classes employ a method of teaching known as  Design Thinking, an open ended method of problem solving that allows children to brainstorm, work in teams and engage in creative play.
Doodle 4 Google
Doodle 4 Google is a national competition for K-12 students, to create their own Google doodle (the logo that appears daily on Google’s homepage).  Over 100,000 students participated in 2011.

In late February, local students were provided tools (crayons and watercolors) to create artwork for this contest.
The Bass Museum will showcase the five Florida finalists’ art work during the month of June.  On June 24, coinciding with IDEA@thebass monthly family day, there will be a reception to honor these talented young artists.


Never too young…never too old

“Bass babies” and “bass buddies,” launched in February, are programs designed for young children (ages two through four, and four through six, respectively).  These sessions are held semi-monthly throughout the spring, and are led by a Montessori teacher utilizing art as the outlet for creativity and positive reinforcement.


The Creativity Center is also offers Art Club for Adults, lectures, film screenings, and teacher training workshops. Additional children’s programs include pre-school art classes, after school, weekend and summer classes for children. The Children’s Trust Network will provide scholarships to those that qualify.

Furthering art education for all ages is vital – bravo to the Bass Museum for its wonderful contributions to our community.



Admission to the museum and the Lindemann Family Creativity Center: Free for Miami Beach residents.  Cost for non-residents: adults $8, children and students $6, and children under 6 are free.  Museum hours, Wednesday through Sunday, noon until 5:00 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33139, www.bassmuseum.org, 305.673.7530

Arte Americas – Reflections on Latin American Art



Launched in 2003, the year after the first Art Basel Miami Beach, Arte Americas celebrated its tenth edition in early March.  The importance of Arte Americas to metropolitan Miami is paramount.  Not only does our geographic location represent the primary gateway to Latin America, but provides a visible showcase to some of the most important art and artists emanating from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America.

The show was created under the direction of Dora Valdes-Fauli; is backed by a veritable “who’s who” in the art world- with Leslie Pantin as President, Emilio Calleja as Vice President, and an advisory committee of over eighty members, including Paul Cejs, Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, Bonnie Clearwater and Silvia Karman Cubina. This year’s fair contained works from forty-eight local, domestic and international galleries, and included several exceptional projects.  “Art Talks,” open to the fair attendees, approached important topics regarding Latin American art – from current trends and history, to collecting and programming.  The panel included our own Arts and Culture Council board member, and Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum-Silvia Karman Cubina.  The final lecture, entitled “Living in Color” featured the life and work of the brilliant Carlos Cruz-Diez.

I was honored to attend the opening night of the fair, and was dazzled by the vibrant sounds, sights and feeling swirling around the space.  While all of the galleries presented beautiful works of art from very talented artists, a few highlights stood out for me.

Most Magical: Rafael Barrios, represented by Art Nouveau Gallery, creates illusions that defy gravity.  His works seem to literally bounce in the air, yet they are masterfully rooted, with a base that appears delicate and improbable.

I had the delight of meeting the artist at his vernissage last month, and have a deeper appreciation of his work.  In addition to the pieces exhibited here, he has also been commissioned by the city of New York, with a series of nine huge pieces adorning Park Avenue from March through June, located directly in front of the Armory building.  The Armory show, the most important contemporary art fair in New York, also occurs in March.

Most Powerful: The powerful work of Manuel Carbonell was highly visible in the fair.  The smooth, strong, black forms are a joy to behold. To quote the artist, “I search in my sculpture for the essence of the forms and the absence of detail while I struggle to obtain a feeling of monumentality…”

Most Dynamic: George Billis and his New York-based George Billis Gallery.  I chatted with George about his Gallery, and the beautiful and whimsical work of Alejandro Mazon, “The Memory of Rabbits” is a collage of nostalgic images- imbued with religion, family, work, love, heaven and beyond.  It is a fantasy created in acrylic, vintage papers, found objects, and mounted on canvas.

In addition to his Gallery, he directs Red Dot Fairs, present at both the Armory and the prestigious satellite during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Most Creative: West Encounters East, “Light and Shadows” curated by Stella M. Holmes

This exhibition is part of an evolving concept created by collector and museum trustee, Stella M. Holmes.  Cross-cultural ties bind all of the artists represented in this exhibition – Latin American artists with Asian heritage.  The influence of multi-cultural backgrounds is apparent in all of their works.  In particular, I was mesmerized by the photography of Guillermo Ueno, born and working in Buenos Aires, Argentine.   His work demonstrates a juxtaposition of light and dark, emotion often hidden from the faces of the subjects, or obscured from view.  Beautiful.

Most Forward-Thinking: Office of Engaged Teaching, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ETSCA), established by Dr. Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU Architecture and the Arts, Chair of the Miami Beach Arts and culture Council.

As previously reviewed in an earlier column, the focus of the Office of ETSCA is “create, innovate and inspire a more beautiful, sustainable, healthy, and just tomorrow” through the Arts.  It is committed to research and activities that will impact the health and sustainability of local and global communities; it will bring together various FIU offices, local governments, business leaders, students, alumni and faculty to accomplish its mission.

FLOR500 is a multidisciplinary project developed by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentenniel in 2013.  500 Floridians will be selected to depict 500 native wild flowers- the same species that adorned the landscape when Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513 and named it “La Florida” from the Spanish word for flower. There will be more exciting components to this project, with connection to the community and the land, thereby fulfilling the mission of the ETSCA.

Arte Americas is an integral and invaluable part of the Miami landscape.  The role of promoting and highlighting a vast range of artists from around the world, with connections and ties to Miami, is critical for the further development of our culture.  From the well-established masters, to the innovative and bold students, the works exhibited at Arte Americas is a beautiful showcase for the past, present and future of art in Miami, resonating with the important heritage from Latin America.

Bravo to the countless individuals who have contributed to the success and ensured the future of this wonderful fair.  We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013!

Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) – the New FIU Creative Think Tank


MBUS, a new addition to The College of Architecture + the Arts of Florida International University (FIU), is home to some very exciting programs and innovative learning opportunities for its students. The College is comprised of seven departments, ranging from Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture to Art and Art History, Communication Arts, Music and Theatre.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Brian Schriner, Chair of our Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture Council, and Dean of the College, about the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) in the newly acquired 16,000 square foot space at 420 Lincoln Rd.  Dr. Schriner explained that some of the reasons they have opened this satellite location is to integrate the Arts and Architecture students with the vibrant city of Miami Beach, and include practical experience via internships and community activities on Miami Beach.  Through this program, the students will acquire a very different perspective from their studies on the main campus location in Miami.

The building itself is located in the center of the pulse of Miami Beach – Lincoln Road, at the main “artery” of Washington Ave.  Creativity and artistic inspiration, paramount to every student in this College, are heightened by the energy and sensorial stimuli that abound in South Beach.

MBUS includes a public gallery, design studios, performance and rehearsal spaces, offices and class rooms.  It is a notably well-designed space, with synergies enveloping the activities and physical needs of the diverse practices.  For example, the rehearsal rooms are integral to the overall layout, yet allow for the requisite sound isolation from the surrounding student workspaces, which have an open format that is conducive to a more collaborative and multidisciplinary creative process.

One of the most exciting aspects of the MBUS is the new Office of Engaged Teaching, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (ETSCA), established by Dr. Schriner.

The focus of the Office of ETSCA is to leverage the Arts to “create, innovate and inspire a more beautiful, sustainable, healthy, and just tomorrow.” It is committed to research and activities that will impact the health and sustainability of local and global communities; it will bring together various FIU offices, local governments, business leaders, students, alumni and faculty to accomplish its mission.

“The establishment of the new ETSCA will certainly prove to be of great benefit to not only Florida International University, but the entire local community,” said Schriner.

The access to this location on Lincoln Rd has been made possible by the generosity of Ambassador Paul L. Cejas, for whom the main campus Architecture School is named.  A strong supporter of FIU for over twenty years, Ambassador Cejas is strongly committed to the future development of the Arts and Architecture.  The new MBUS is an important testament to the possibilities of future innovations within these fields.

Each discipline in The College of Architecture + the Arts draws on creativity and the connection of the world via art.  The educational process draws from understanding the history of the respective subject matter, and bridging the present into the future of new developments.  What better place to learn and innovate than in the heart of Miami Beach?  The Arts and Culture Council is thrilled to support the efforts and successes of this new “think tank,” in particular as it aligns completely with our Mission Statement:

“To proactively enrich and elevate the importance and success of arts and culture within the City of Miami Beach.”

The “New” New World Center… Twenty-five Years in the Making, Celebrates its First Year Anniversary


“What I hope is that the intensity of this experience will stick with people, that it will inspire all they encounter in life.” Michael Tilson Thomas


The New World Center, which debuted on January 25, 2011, marks the centerpiece jewel of performing arts for Miami Beach.  The elegant and dramatic Gehry-designed concert hall is a most suitable home to the spectacular vision of modern performances created under the brilliant direction of its mastermind and highly- awarded conductor and artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas.  In addition to conducting the New World Symphony (NWS) orchestra, and his dedication to helping young artists hone their talent, Tilson Thomas has earned ten Grammy Awards, is the musical director of the San Francisco Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.


Some years ago, I had the immense pleasure of listening to Mr. Tilson Thomas play the piano in his studio loft on Lincoln Road- above the former home of the NWS.  That evening is one of the highlights of my life, in the close and intimate setting, transported by the music, in the presence of this great man.  His vision and talents are simply remarkable.  His contributions to the future of classical music are inestimable.


The NWS, now housed in the New World Center, was created by Tilson Thomas in 1987 as an orchestral academy for young musicians.  The NWS provides a prestigious and rare opportunity for highly talented young musicians to fast-track their careers. Each year, they provide thirty three-year fellowships to graduates of leading universities and music schools. The orchestra performs approximately seventy concerts a year.

The launching of the new Center last year has more firmly placed Miami Beach on the map as a cultural destination.  The range and depth of programs, with the savvy means of appealing to people of all ages and demographics, is the hallmark of a cultural institution that plays the most important role imaginable of creating a future audience for classical music, and other forms of performing arts, for generations to come.


The programming ranges from traditional, to new world, new age, with amazing audio-visual layers that utterly delight the senses.  Performances are often accompanied by preview lectures given by visiting guests and by the young and uber-talented musicians alike, rendering the performances more vivid and personal.


Music performed by the NWS comes alive, presenting the audiences classical performances in a modern and memorable format.


A propos, the First Anniversary Gala will tie its musical presentation to Alfred Hitchcock’s classical films, and aligns with the “real life” timing of the 2012 Academy Awards.


The Black-Tie Gala promises to be filled with surprises and delights, beginning with the NWS signature Blue Carpet arrival greeting the 400 patrons, and the added audio-visual drama of the state of the art 7,000 square foot projection wall on the exterior of the New World Center.  A seated dinner will be staged in various locations of the building, which will be transformed for the evening to evoke Hollywood glamour and Film Noir ambiance. Thierry’s Catering will prepare a sumptuous meal and Triton Productions will create enchanting décor, accompanied by musical interludes throughout dinner performed by the talented New World Symphony Fellows. Afterwards, the Gala dinner guests will be joined by another 200 guests, and all patrons will be ready to dance the night away in the ’40s jazz club tunes of a full Big Band.

Tickets start at $1,250 for the Gala, with a limited number of $150 tickets available to VIP members of Friends of NWS’- the institution’s young patrons group. All proceeds from the Gala will benefit New World Symphony and its mission of preparing gifted young musicians for careers in professional orchestras, while providing meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community.

New World Symphony presents 2012 Gala: An Evening of Suspense

Music and Scenes from Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Friday, February 24, 2012 at the New World Center

Aspirations Founder Judy Holm appointed as Vice-Chair of Art and Culture…

I attended Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) 2010 in preparation for my work in Venice at the 2011 Biennale.  After a ten-year absence from the area, I could not believe the incredible and wonderful evolution of this city and the entire region, particularly in urban development and cultural innovation and maturation.  Specifically because of my perception of creative opportunities and this aspirational spirit of Miami Beach, I made the decision to relocate from San Francisco. 

The importance of art and culture has not only an important image impact on the community, but specifically with the advent of Art Basel Miami Beach, there is a discernible ripple effect on the entire economic growth of the city and its surrounding neighboring cities.

Art Basel is considered by most of the art world to be one of the most prestigious and financially important organizations worldwide.  In fact, ABMB has eclipsed the Basel fair as the largest sale of art worldwide.  This year, according to ARTLOG, the early estimates are $1 billion of art sold, and 50,000 attendees in the 260 gallery, 2,000-artists’ exhibition.  Additionally, fourteen satellite fairs, all of the important museums and other cultural organizations, countless galleries, murals (!), design showrooms, restaurants, and retailers all presented art and benefitted economically with raised visibility within the ever-growing and prestigious domestic and international base of attendees.

The zenith of this fair, and its related overwhelming positive financial and cultural impacts have brought unprecedented and inestimable value to Miami and Miami Beach.

The long-term potential of Miami and Miami Beach as a serious cultural center is at a critical stage of development.  The local level of dynamism and creativity is intense, but the international interest in the region as a cultural hub is still fragile, and largely linked to the presence of Art Basel.  The annual infrastructure of this most venerated exhibition, the continued cultural and related economic growth in our community- fueled by international art collectors, gallerists, and critics, is an exciting element of the cultural organic growth of our community.

As Vice-Chair of Art and Culture for the new council at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, I believe that one of the most important aspects of the group is to communicate, promote and highlight the jewels of our city.  The relevancy of art and culture is particularly critical today, as the public education in our schools has eliminated much of the funding, and related programs for our children. 

The future of art and culture, as with anything, lies with the future generations.  The need to educate and provide access to art and culture is therefore paramount; ultimately with the goal to incite interest and support.  One of the best ways to grow a business, is to attract lifelong “customers.”  Creating interest and passion about the myriad of categories in art and culture will help ensure commitment for generations to come.

We will be (PRE)viewing and (RE)viewing several different organizations and events each month, to ensure that our members and the constituency of the Miami Beach News are well informed.  Please, let us know if you have any ideas to share, or would like to recommend an organization or event to be featured- and we will let you know what we think!

This council was formed by Jason Loeb and Jerry Libbin.  I am honored and thrilled to spearhead the group with Brian Schriner and Alan Randolph.  The importance of arts and cultural and connection to businesses in Miami Beach was iterated by our Chairman Jason in his December 14, 2011 cover story introduction of our new council , “The economic forces of these art programs are huge and every business can benefit in some way.” .  Thank you Jason and Jerry for the tremendous opportunity to be help lead  such an important and passionate group!

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011… what a decade!

Judy and Champagne, "Diva" necklace from Antico MuranoIt’s Monday morning after “Art Basel week” and for art lovers around the globe it feels like the day after Christmas or Hanukah.  All the bright, shiny presents were opened, ripped open, to discover the joys inside.  The new toys have been discovered, played with and now put away in the closet.  The new sweaters tried on and now folded neatly in their new drawers.  The memories of rich meals still heavy in our bellies. The new gym routine can wait a few more days.

It’s time to relish the gifts of the past week.  Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, or ABMB, concluded the tenth consecutive year.  The year-long preparation culminated in an intense myriad of art, performing art, design, jewelry, cars, fashion, music, dancing, food and wine. 

While the figures of the sale of art are still being compiled, the ripple effect of the frenzied week of art fairs and exhibitions with their competing vernissages is indelible in our minds…

I visited Miami Beach last November, specifically to attend ABMB 2010.  The trip was comparative research for my pending projects in the forthcoming Venice Biennale.  Nothing prepared me for the experience, and how incredibly consuming the week of art has become here.  Returning back to San Francisco, I announced to my friends and colleagues that I was relocating to Miami Beach. Yes, relocating.

Flash forward to ABMB 2011, and here I am, a proud newcomer to “the beach.”  I share with my friends around the world every day (thank you fb) how ecstatic I am to be living in this amazing city.  And now, the day after ABMB 2011, I am even more delighted than before.

The pulse of Miami Beach, already vibrant, races furiously for this week of art and culture.  During the past year of preparation, art aficionados train like triathletes.  Who’s going to be hot this year?  What will surprise us?  Who will disappoint?  Who’s buying?  Who’s gone up, and who’s gone down?  How much can we consume of the simultaneous fairs and programs that now compete for our attention… How can we measure the success- from the actual sale of art to publicity, buzz, press, social media tweets and face book postings?

ABMB has spawned fourteen collateral fairs, spread across Miami Beach and over to Miami.  Here on Miami Beach, the centerpiece is the official show in the convention center, with 260 international galleries representing the most prestigious art on the market today, and more than 2,000 artists.  Most serious art collectors and their agents make their deals prior to arriving, and show up privately for a few hours to complete the transactions.  Millions of dollars exchange hands quietly, before the frenzy.

Rippling out from the epicenter, are not only the fourteen parallel fairs, but countless other exhibitions, galleries, restaurants and hotels- all showcasing some form of art. 

Art, art, art is everywhere.

After my personal experience from 2010, when, as a benefactor to MOCA Miami and the Guggenheims, I had “invitations” to some of the most elite openings and associated parties; I still wanted an even better experience this year.

And I got it.  Through “Special VIP” status, art collectors, press, and other connected and hip art “people” gain access to the inner sanctum of the VIP Lounge, hosted by the top fair sponsors, from UBS, Cartier and Net Jets to Bally and Ruinart Champagne.

Perched on my lovely central spot in the lounge, courtesy of Ruinart, I greeted friends from London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I met new friends.  “Wow, amazing” I thought… we’re all here at the same time- gathered for art, art, and more art.

From this preview spot, we were all able to compare notes.  Notes about the art world and its people.  Notes about summers in St. Tropez and Ibiza.  Notes about which parties were supposed to be the most fun.  And back to art.  And so on.

The proliferation of art and culture centered in Miami Beach is truly impressive.  This beautiful jewel of a city shines with its dynamic and strong pulse, friendly and hospitable inhabitants, fascinating and complex international influence and forward-focus on the importance and practice of art and culture.  Thank you ABMB.  Thank you Miami Beach for this warm welcome.


Best Show: ABMB

Best Concept and Program: Arts for a Better World

Best Lecture: Art Basel Conversations- Karl Holmqvist poetry reading

Strong Showing: Art Miami, NADA, Design

Most Exciting: Bass Museum/Art Public (Collins Park)

Always Amazing: New World Center

Best Party: Shelborne Hotel/Art of Night

Best Kept Secret: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Special Thanks: Bob Goodman, Aaron Resnick, Dorothy Bakker Lee and Julie Christensen (Ruinart Champagne), Roderick Kukurudz (Arts for a Better World), Sebastien Laboureau (Moonstar Fine Art Advisors), Dream Hotel, The Standard Hotel and Spa

Solo exhibition by Antonio Pio Saracino @ LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea TRIESTE

We are happy and proud to announce Antonio Pio Saracino’s solo exhibition at LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste. The name of this stunning exhibition is “UNITAS MULTIPLEX – A New World”.

The opening will take place on Friday, July 1, starting from 6 p.m., in Trieste.

Our beloved Designer and Artist Antonio Pio Saracino was born in Puglia (Italy) in 1976, and is currently based in New York and Italy. He has conceived a refined exhibition for Trieste, including modular furniture, prototypes, architectural interventions, mixed media drawings and the world premiere of his latest design, the Leaf Chair, produced in Brussels.

Design is the place between humans and nature,” says Antonio Pio Saracino. Inspired by mythology and by such natural forms as plants, bones, animal horns, crystals and microscopic elements, he demonstrates a rare ability to translate exotic notions into feasible blue-prints for construction.

This solo show is an anteprima to an exhibition which will develop in Trieste as a work-in-progress throughout the summer.

For more info click here: > Antonio Pio Saracino @ LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea TRIESTE <

LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea
via Diaz, 4 – 34121 Trieste – Italy
www.lipanjepuntin.com – info@lipuarte.it

Antonio Pio Saracino | info@antoniopiosaracino.com | www.antoniopiosaracino.com |One Union Square West #506 | New York, NY 10003 | phone.+ | fax.+1.212.929.6665

Antonio Pio Saracino - Molecular  Arm Chair

Cricket Fine Art Summer Exhibition – View Trudy Montgomery’s paintings!

Trudy Montgomery - Jamboree

Trudy Montgomery - Jamboree

ASPIRATIONS is happy to announce that our friend and artist Trudy Montgomery has several paintings in this year’s summer exhibition At Cricket Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea!!
The opening will take place this evening – June 28, 2011 – don’t miss it!!!
Cricket Fine Art
2 Park Walk
Chelsea, London SW10 0AD
020 7352 568367
Opening reception: Tuesday 28th June, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs until Saturday 30th July.

Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever at MOCA

Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever (2009-2010) is a seven-movie epic video produced in Miami with collaborator Lizzie Fitch and other contributors ranging from friends and artists to professional child actors.
Ryan Trecartin was rewarded as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties” by Peter Schjeldahl, (The New Yorker, June 27, 2011).
The presentation of Any Ever at MOCA was the first time that the work was shown in its entirety in Miami, the city that was not only the setting for the movies and inspiration for some of their content, but also a character within the works. For the exhibition, MOCA’s galleries transformed into spaces that are quasi-recognizable as particular public and private settings, anchored by key seating elements.

Any Ever is on view at MOCA, North Miami from June 24 through September 4, with another iteration simultaneously on view at MoMA PS1 in New York from June 19 through September 3, 2011.

The presentation of Any Ever at MOCA is organized by MOCA Associate Curator Ruba Katrib.

Vogalonga 2011 – ASPIRATIONS was there!


The Vogalonga is one of the most important event in Venice. It is not a competitive race and there are no winners. Almost all rowed or paddled boats can participate, and there’s even a separate category for kayaks.

The Vogalonga originated 36 years ago with the aim of making Venetians aware of the problem of swell created by engine-powered boats, thanks to the initiative of a group of Venetians who were lovers of rowing and of the traditions of the “Serenissima”. Since then the number of participants, especially from abroad, has continued to grow, with entries totaling up to 1500 boats.

The 2011 edition has taken place on Sunday June 12, and ASPIRATIONS’ Team has been able to watch this colorful happening from its great House terrace in Riva Schiavoni.

In the morning a large number of boats of every type and shape gathered in St. Mark’s Basin opposite the Doge’s Palace to await the start; they then set off on a roughly 30 kilometer long course that winded its way among the lagoon islands before returning to Venice along the Rio di Cannaregio to finish at the Punta della Dogana.

According to Vogalonga tradition, those who are not able to do all the 30 km, are used to organize large tables on the banks of the canals, terraces, roof terraces and wait for their friends to celebrate their transition to offering a good glass of wine.