Vizcaya-fy or Bust! included the first presentation of work produced as part of CAP Lab, a new academic initiative. In its first year, Vizcaya’s CAP Lab challenged MFA candidates to create site-specific, collaborative projects. Students were given the same guidelines as the artists featured in Vizcaya-fy or Bust! In turn, the artists served as mentors, providing guidance to students, joining class sessions, hosting studio visits and contributing feedback on student work.
Vizcaya-fy or Bust! presented seven projects by local artists commissioned through Vizcaya’s Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) to create site-specific works for an evening event. The artists were charged with making projects that explored themes integral to Vizcaya, namely the ideas of appropriation and adaptation. Vizcaya is quintessentially American in that it is self-made, aspirational and brings together many borrowed and retrofitted parts. The artists approached their work in this spirit of creative eclecticism. Nearly 20 MFA students participated in CAP Lab. Designed to provide real-world experience, CAP Lab students considered what makes site-specific projects successful and negotiated a group project while navigating the expectations and requirements for mounting work at Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark.
The following students were our partners in 2014: Mariele Capssa, Christopher Barake, Guido Mena, Susan Maas, Daniel Marosi, Joe Locke, Danielle Damas, Britni Winkler, Kim Moore, Javier Cuarezmo, and Diana Garcia.
Studio visits emphasized the principals of collaboration, mentorship and engagement relative to an academic setting and museum practice. Students learned more about the artist process and the concepts of their CAP projects.
Mentor Artists provided professional and project development guidance to Student Artists through class critiques and studio visits. Mentorship is a supportive relationship that increased self-awareness through shared reflections, collaboration, a sense of challenge, and activities that fostered personal and professional change.
Vizcaya’s Barge (off the East Terrace in Biscayne Bay) is playfully reimagined as an inflatable floating sculpture decorated with objects that epitomize Miami: dolphins, flamingos, coladas and quinceañeras. This pastiche of Miami symbolism underscores the emblematic nature of Vizcaya and Miami.
Completed Installation + Opening Night Images
Installation Progress Images
Pomp and Circumstance
A projection of an iconic royal wedding amidst the David A. Klein Orchidarium alludes to the numerous weddings that take place at Vizcaya. The architecture and formal gardens become a backdrop for these ceremonies that parallel the appropriation evident in Vizcaya’s own history.
Completed Installation + Opening Night Images Coming Soon