Who doesn’t like office supplies? If you raised your hand, you clearly haven’t met the right ones. The Museum Shop has a fantastic selection ranging from portfolios to pads to writing implements. Highlights include Italian leather portfolios ($116) in assorted colors—these sleek document folders will instantly make you feel especially good about the work you’re carrying between their very nice covers. If you’re looking for a durable, affordable case for your tablet, the Mighty Case Tablet ($20) is made of tear-resistant, water-resistant Tyvek® (as in express mail envelopes).
Got solutions for our fair city? Don’t keep them to yourself. In conjunction with Power of Design, The Wolfsonian came up with Solve This Miami! to help support positive change on the local level. Through Solve This Miami!, The Wolfsonian is awarding a $25,000 grant to a local not-for-profit with a good idea for addressing a local problem. Organizations have until February 25 to apply online. The grant competition is administered by the Miami Herald and all it requires is a brief statement about how you’d use the funds to rectify a local problem.
The contest is being judged by Miami Herald journalists along with a panel of judges from the community. They’ll pick five finalists, whose proposals will be posted on the Miami Herald’s website, along with video pitches. The public will choose the ultimate winner. The community judges are: Amelia Balonek, a private wealth advisor with Goldman Sachs; Ali Codina, an award-winning documentary filmmaker; Jaret Davis, a co-managing shareholder at Greenberg Traurig Miami; Adler Guerrier, a visual artist; Javier Soto, the president and CEO of the Miami Foundation; and Benoit Wirz, the director of business consulting at the Knight Foundation.
The most recent Wolfsonian research fellow, Josi Ward, spent three weeks in January reviewing the museum’s holdings of materials related to landless farmers and the migratory labor camps established by the Farm Security Administration to provide shelter to this population in the 1930s and beyond. The farmers were driven from their homes by the combination of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and advances in agricultural technology.
The Wolfsonian celebrates the publication of Antonio G. Santagata: Rappresentare la guerra / Rendering War on March 14 at 7 pm. Wolfsonian curator Silvia Barisione will be joined for a talk and book signing by co-contributor Gianni Franzone. The volume, while not an exhibition catalogue, was catalyzed by the Wolfsonian’s current show, Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata, and is the second book to be published in recent months linked to the interrelated exhibitions in The Rebirth of Rome. Antonio G. Santagata, published by Sagep Editori, features essays by Barisione and Wolfsoniana curators Franzone and Matteo Fochessati.
Santagata, a prominent figure in the Italian Novecento art movement, was known for his mural painting. The exhibition and the book focus on his work for buildings of the Association for Disabled and Invalid War Veterans (Case dei Mutilati), which was inspired by his experiences during the First World War. The most outstanding expressions of this body of work were the pictorial cycles he created for the Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, the national headquarters designed by architect Marcello Piacentini. Santagata’s imagery was in keeping with public art of the time that reflected the aesthetic outlook of the Italian state by endeavoring to restore national pride and unity after the war. His work is also a focal point for discussing the ongoing debate on the relationship between visual culture and new architecture.
Discovering Design: When Books Become Art takes place on Saturday, March 1, and launches the museum’s new series of free family days. Discovering Design, for children ages six through twelve and accompanying adults, takes place on seven Saturday afternoons through November and includes a range of happenings centered around a featured guest artist or designer who leads hands-on activities.
The challenge: to represent—through text, image, and sound—sensory perceptions. How to convey narratively and visually such experiences as being a passenger on a train rushing through the countryside, feeling the bumpiness of the ride, hearing the workings of train, and watching the scenery pass by in a blur? The exhibition Modern Beauty?: The Aesthetics of Perceptual Simultaneity, drawn from The Wolfsonian’s collection and on view at the Frost Museum through April 6, showcases a selection of work produced in the early 1900s by a small group of European poets, artists, and architects who were reconceiving the act of perception and the connection between seeing and thinking through the notion of perceptual simultaneity, or the simultaneous sensory experience of sights, sounds, and narratives, which they conveyed in complex and layered creative work.
Is your life better or worse (or both?) thanks to the Internet? How’s your relationship with your smartphone? What degree of intimacy have you reached with your tablet? If you woke up tomorrow in a world with no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, or Google, would you feel despair, elation, indifference, or all of the above? And (you can tell us, it’s okay) when’s the last time you texted while driving?