As the year winds down and anticipation builds – a heavy mist of excitement spreads throughout the city. The weather cools down as white tents go up, signaling the start of high season and the arrival of Art Basel – already in its eleventh year! Businesses and residents are poised and ready to play host to the thousands of international guests. For art and commerce, this is without question, the most wonderful time of the year.
The Miami Beach Chamber is also preparing for another great year. We welcome Alan G. Randolph as the new Chair of the Arts & Culture Council as well as Seth Bramson as the newest contributor to the Arts & Culture section in the Miami Beach News.
Seth Bramson is a Professor of History and America’s single most-published.Florida history book author. Professor Bramson’s new column is perhaps long overdue, as we have, for some time, been asked why we haven’t done more on Miami Beach’s incredible history. We are in the process of remedying that situation beginning with this issue and a new column on local history, titled: A Special Moment In Time. Bramson is Miami’s foremost and premiere historian and is Adjunct Professor of History and Historian in Residence at Barry University. He is also Adjunct Professor of History at Nova Southeastern University’s Lifelong Learning Institute and is Historian in Residence for Florida International University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. It is my pleasure to congratulate and welcome Alan G. Randolph and Professor Bramson.
David Rifkind, Associate Professor at the College of Architecture and The Arts at FIU, delights and entertains us with his unique perspective in his column “Architectural Ramblings”. This month he reveals the inner workings of Gehry’s New World Center and “how the building opens itself up in surprising ways to create visual connections.” Stay tuned for more of David and his ramblings with his Design Miami piece due out early next year. He will share how the event has, among other things, become an integral part of South Florida.
For my part I write about my experience at Art Basel/Hong Kong. Specifically, I share my picks at this year’s fair; and its decidedly Asian feel. The cutting edge world of digital art brought two brilliant photographers in focus, In Sook Kim and Won Seoung Won from South Korea. As always, we mention and highlight current shows, exhibits and special events of our many local, cultural institutions. Our galleries, theaters and museums all share in this season’s art and culture.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all who have contributed to our Arts & Culture section. A very special thanks to David Rifkind for his expressive writing and great attitude. The same to photographer Manuel Mazzanti — his photos and the consistency and speed in which he produces them are all outstanding. Thank you to everyone at the chamber, the Arts & Culture Council as well as Miami Beach’s art community – I’m grateful for the contributions and all the year’s support.
The Arts and Culture section in the Miami Beach News has had an outstanding year, filled with a curious amalgam of art and culture — here’s hoping, wishing and praying for more of the same in 2014. In Sook Kim’s Saturday Night during Art Basel/Hong Kong.