The Wolfsonian’s shop carries a selection of charming, Miami-specific letterpress greeting cards ($5), many of them featuring a young girl happily exploring her surroundings—on one, she’s lounging on a hammock while the words “chill out” are repeated along the edge of the card; on another, she’s pictured with a cruise ship in the background accompanied by the words “sail the seas.” And for Wolfsonian fans, there is a card depicting the museum, along with the message “Greetings from Miami Beach.”
Though a tiny piece in The Wolfsonian’s collections, measuring only an inch and a quarter in length, the Heinz Pickle Pin is an icon of modern advertising and arguably one of the most important innovations ever made in the field. The tale of how it came to be ranks among the great stories of invention and ingenuity in American business during the late nineteenth century.
The first time he visited the museum, Raul Reis, dean of FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, thought of developing a graduate seminar. “I was really struck by the collection. It is an amazing resource. I wanted to be able to work with students and teach a class at The Wolfsonian.”
“Curating an exhibit is so much more complex than what it seems; the patience, the incredible attention to detail, and the history and story each object tells is very beautiful,” says Gabriella Perez. A sophomore at Miami Dade College, Perez is a member of the curatorial team for the exhibition Beyond the Rails: Notes on Trains, Travel, and Society, on view through April 28 at the Freedom Tower (MDC Museum of Art & Design).
It’s that time of year. Time to celebrate poetry and even take matters into your own hands. It’s National Poetry Month and we want your poems. To that end, we’ve organized O, Wolfsonian!, a day-long program on Friday, April 25, to encourage all of the above. Come visit the galleries, write a poem about something in our collection, and share it with us. Your promised poem earns you free admission to the museum. The event, organized in conjunction with the countywide O, Miami Poetry Festival, is open to all ages. No previous poetry experience is necessary.
BUMMER, the installation curated by designer Todd Oldham from The Wolfsonian’s collection and on view through August, was conceived four years ago, on the occasion of Oldham’s first in-depth encounter with the collection. However, the concept was not realized until the museum’s ideas festival, Power of Design 2014: Complaints, provided a fitting context for the singular installation.
“This country began as a complaint—as a spectacular complaint. I am talking about the Declaration of Independence…The best known line is the nice, positive part, ‘all men are created equal…’ But the rest of the thing? It is nothing but complaints…we essentially whined our way to independence.” With those words, master of ceremonies Kurt Andersen launched the weekend programming for The Wolfsonian’s inaugural ideas festival, Power of Design 2014: Complaints.