Mar 6-8 – Yale ’72 Mini-reunion in Miami Beach: “Art and Architecture in Dynamic and Fascinating Miami Beach and Miami”
March 6, 2020 till March 8, 2020
Hello members of the Yale Club of South Florida,
We invite you to join fellow Yalies from the Yale classes of ’72 and ’73 on March 7 and 8 for an “insiders weekend” in vibrant and fascinating Miami and Miami Beach, hosted by Andrew Capitman ’72 and his wife, Margaret Doyle. Andrew’s mother, Barbara Capitman, was the preservationist hero who “saved” Miami Beach’s unique art deco architecture.
Together, Barbara and Andrew led the campaign to declare the 800 1930’s buildings of South Beach the nation’s first 20th century historic district. It has been said of Barbara: “If not for Barbara Baer Capitman, the magnificent collection of Art Deco buildings of Miami’s South Beach — the nation’s first 20th century National Historic District — would be just a memory, most likely replaced by high-rise hotels and condos.” We are extremely fortunate to have Andrew and Margaret lead us on March 7 and 8 for an insider’s tour of Barbara’s legacy, the art deco architecture of Miami Beach and, in addition, for a fascinating visit to the art and design districts of Miami. We’ll learn, have fun and meet other Yalies which is always stimulating and enriching!
Rob Bildner, ’72 Class Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
The mini-reunion program:
Saturday, March 7
Morning: Insiders walking tour of Miami Beach’s Art Deco district led by Andrew Capitman and Directors of the Miami Design Preservation League, and a curators tour of Wolfsonian Museum of Art and Design, Mitchell Wolfson Jr.’s extraordinary gift to Florida International University, housed in heart for the Art Deco District.
(Lunch on your own in South Beach)
Afternoon: We will meet our tour guide George Neary, the former Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League with more that 20 years in Miami tourism specializing in Arts/Culture.
George will lead us on a tour of the Design and Art districts of Miami, including the De la Cruz collection (MORE/LESS is the exhibit open for viewing with an encyclopedic display of national and international contemporary artists that have captured the art world.) We will have a docent led Tour of the collection.
Following this tour, we will walk next door to Miami’s newest museum, the
International Contemporary Art Miami. We will view contemporary and international artists including contemporary Cuban artists within the international modernist movement. Then we will take a casual walk thru the Miami Design District and experience this newly reimagined/renovated/recreated District. The tour will stroll to the Palm Court and marvel the newly built Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome sculpture. We will make a stop at Estafans Cafe for a Cuban coffee to enjoy a taste of old Cuba. Our bus will then take us to the Wynwood art district, where we will have a docent led Tour, discussing how this once abandoned warehouse district has become a major Miami tourist and art Mecca.We will have a comprehensive tour of the Wynwood walls and their dozens of wall murals, paintings and street art.
Cost of the Saturday, March 7 program = $100
Sunday, March 8
Morning: We will visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, which is a National HIstoric Landmark and the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Vizcaya has magnificent gardens.
After the Vizcaya tour we will have brunch at the Glass and Vine restaurant in the historic Peacock Park in the heart of Coconut Grove.
Cost of the Sunday, March 8 program (includes brunch) = $100
We will hold 10 places for this event for members of the Yale Club of South Florida (There also will be a waiting list).
Questions: If you are interested and/or have any questions, please contact Andrew Capitman ’72, Mini-reunion chair at email@example.com or Robert Bildner, ’72 Class Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org