MIRA LEHR
What This Place Does Not Remember
Project commissioned by Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for their Centennial Exhibition, "Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya"

2016, Nylon, Resin, Ink, Steel Wire, Copper,
Burned Japanese Paper and Welded Steel

24 x 50 feet

Performance: Mira Lehr (Artist and Set Designer) and Yara Travieso (Director and Choreographer) with Jacqueline Bulnes (Dancer), Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano), Stephanie Jaimes (Cellist), David Redmond (Fabricator and Engineer) and Ingrid Travieso (Costume Designer)

Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya is a two-part centennial exhibition celebrating the estate's history through contemporary art. 

Much like Vizcaya founder James Deering, who incorporated commissioned contemporary artworks in his vision for the estate, Vizcaya Curator Gina Wouters envisioned this contemporary exhibit as a vehicle to revive forgotten aspects of Vizcaya’s history.

"Following the tradition of James Deering’s patronage, we’ve commissioned local artists who have a unique perspective on Vizcaya’s place in Miami’s cultural landscape to bring back lost elements of the estate’s original design," says Gina Wouters, Curator of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. “Through the Lost Spaces project we truly integrate our Contemporary Arts Program within the aesthetic and interpretive framework of the historic site.”

The Casba is a small, exotic pavilion that was originally part of Vizcaya’s southern gardens and is now on the grounds of the Archdiocese of Miami. Mira Lehr and Yara Travieso’s installation will personify Vizcaya as Queen Dido, the first queen of Carthage according to ancient Greek and Roman writers. Their work will be activated through performances, and evoke the exotic wildlife that once existed on the South Property. 

The Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya exhibit has been extended and will remain on view through October 9, 2017.


Available now:
MIRA LEHR: ARC OF NATURE
Hudson Hills Press and Hard Press Editions announce the publication of MIRA LEHR: ARC OF NATURE, a five-decade overview of Lehr's expression of nature that emphasizes light, transparency and layering through a variety of media including gunpowder, fire and resin. Arts and cultural critic Eleanor Heartney analyzes Lehr's work, her background, the process involved in her artistry and her drive as a woman artist. The book features a 2014 interview conducted by art historian and critic Irving Sandler at Lehr's home in Miami Beach and a foreword by Thom Collins, Director of the Barnes Foundation. Lehr's own writing and reflections throughout the book reveal her metaphysical nature. A large format book, Mira Lehr: Arc of Nature features over 100 images of Lehr's art—compelling paintings, sculpture and video—in brilliant color.
Available online
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