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SOLD OUT | “Wish Towers” Opening Reception

Wish Towers opening night, November 9

Wish Towers” marks the return of the Contemporary Arts Program. Inspired by the native coral limestone that was used extensively in the creation of the gardens, Jaime and Javier Suárez explore how art and nature intersect at Vizcaya. They have created a modular sculpture made of fossilized coral collected from Puerto Rico’s shores.

The sun-bleached coral is turned into unique pieces that link together creating vertical structures, described by the artists as stalagmites. Functioning as a nurturing vessel for mangrove propagules that can be watered with public participation, Jaime and Javier’s installation responds to the ongoing challenges posed by climate change, including sea level rise and increases in seawater temperature, and thus honoring Vizcaya’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

THE OPENING RECEPTION

Join us on Sunday, December 3, for the opening reception of this new installation, celebrating the return of the Contemporary Arts Program to Vizcaya.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and check-in continues through 10:00 a.m. The Artists Talk will take place in front of the piece at 10:00 a.m. The Artists Talk will feature Vizcaya Curator Helena Gomez and artists Jaime and Javier Suárez for an informal conversation about “Wish Towers” and the artistic process.

Please note that arrivals after 10:00 a.m. will not be admitted. No-shows and late arrivals are not eligible for refunds.

SCHEDULE

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Check In
  • 10:00 a.m. – Artists Talk
  • 11:00 a.m. – Brunch in the Fountain Garden; mimosas and pastries

TICKETS | $5, General Admission; FREE for Vizcaya Members
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Twin brothers Jaime and Javier Suárez Berrocal were born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982 and raised in Puerto Rico, where they were exposed to ceramics, woodworking and fishing from an early age. Their passion for the arts and the ocean guides their interest in environmental forms of expression.

They create artistic interventions in nature to bring awareness to ecological concerns, define cultural identity, inspire a feeling of belonging and encourage responsibility for the natural world around us. They completed a BA in Fine Art at the University of Puerto Rico (2007 and 2008) and obtained MFA degrees in Artistic Production with a focus in Public Art (2010) from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain.

They currently live in Puerto Rico and work collaboratively, guided by the tenets of their artistic manifesto titled VientreCompartido (SharedWomb).

The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is a commission-based exhibition series that provides artists with the creative challenge to develop original, site-specific work in response to a historic site. Since 2006, CAP has provided our visitors with new ways of seeing the historic estate and strengthened relations with contemporary artists.

CAP was inspired by the dynamic, creative spirit that characterized Vizcaya’s inception one hundred years ago, and it continues James Deering’s tradition as a patron of the arts. From John Singer Sargent, a house guest who painted watercolors of the estate, to A. Stirling Calder, who sculpted the figures on the Barge, and Robert Winthrop Chanler, creator of the Swimming Pool Grotto ceiling mural, Vizcaya continues a dialogue between the historic and the contemporary. As was the case one hundred years ago, Vizcaya’s singular sense of place remains the point of departure for artists.

The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is supported by The Danielson Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RESCHEDULE NOTICE | This event was originally scheduled for November 9 and was rescheduled for December 3 due to the approach of Tropical Storm Nicole. Ticket buyers can request a refund up to 48 hours prior to December 3 by sending an email to rebecca.peterson@vizcaya.org.

To promote inclusion for all, Vizcaya ensures that all community programs, after-hour and weekend events for locals, feature activities that are physically accessible to all visitors. While not all areas of the estate are wheelchair accessible, community programs are purposefully located in areas without stairs or that can be accessed via a ramp.

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129 United States
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Event Category:
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Venue

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129 United States
+ Google Map
Website:
www.vizcaya.org