Tuesday, December 22, 2015

South Florida Social Diary: Miami + Palm Beach

Constance Collins Margulies and Martin Z. Margulies welcomed more than 350 supporters to the 10th Anniversary Gala for Lotus House, a facility dedicated to the support, education, advancement and social inclusion of homeless women and children. Along with cocktails, dinner and dessert bars, guests previewed an Anselm Kiefer exhibition featuring 53 paintings and four massive sculptures encompassing 10,000 square-feet of space. Four immense rooms within the Warehouse were built to house this significant exhibition.
Miami + Palm Beach
By Augustus Mayhew

Lotus House celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a spectacular Anselm Kiefer exhibition. Bal Harbour Shops turns 50 with a proposed plan for a $400 million makeover. Restaurant impresario Stephen Starr opens Le Zoo. Elle Décor will open its 2016 Modern Life Concept House in Wynwood with a benefit for the Sylvester Cancer Center. Buccan hosted the No Kids Hungry benefit with an SRO Sunday night crowd at its South County Road venue.
Bravo ! Constance Collins Margulies and her husband developer-art collector Martin Z. Margulies founded Lotus House to aid homeless women and children — the invisible homeless. Beginning with one shelter ten years ago, today Lotus House assists more than 200 women and children daily.
Lotus House Gala @ Margulies Warehouse
591 NW 27th Street – Miami

Swept up by Saturday's Miami monsoon while motoring from Bal Harbour to Wynwood, I experienced a Hitchcock moment when I found myself at the causeway bridge as it was opening. Suddenly, uncountable flocks of blackbirds flew up, swarming the cars and darkening the sky. In seconds, they were gone; 45 minutes later I arrived at the Margulies Warehouse. Located only a few blocks from trendy Wynwood and the gilded Design District, the Lotus House Shelter has provided a sanctuary for more one thousand women since it opened in 2006. The overwhelming majority of these women were victims of physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, or other severe traumas. I can never understand how a nation that prides itself with so many thousands of house museums could allow so many to remain homeless, living in alleys, scavenging dumpsters and sleeping in bushes along the side of the road.
Guests gathered in the Great Hall during the cocktail hour to hear future plans on how Lotus House will become Lotus Village.
A must for every event.
Katherine Hinds, curator of The Margulies Collection, told guests that 100% of the Margulies Art Warehouse proceeds from ticket sales and contributions benefit Lotus House. Anna Frusciante, Lotus House director.
Laura Klinefelter, assistant director of Lotus House, introduced a recent alumna of Lotus House who has become an Operations Manager for the facility.
The incomparable Constance Collins Margulies, president and executive director of Lotus House. Top abd above: Guests braved a torrential rain to attend the event.
Eloise Carroll.
Chandra and Michael Rudd.
Allan Farago and Lisa Versaci.
Ciara Jones and Gregory Pierre.
Frank Sotolongo.
View from Joan Miro's bronze Oiseau looking toward Anthony Caro's steel sculpture Ruanda.
Artful Portraits

Guests were photographed with sculptures from The Margulies Collection, including works by Joan Miró, Willem de Kooning, Tony Smith, and Anthony Caro.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before dinner.
Portraits by photographer Pieter Hugo.
Manabu Yamanaka. Dohshi series. Gelatin silver prints.
Dinner in the Galleries
The vegetarian dinner was delicious, provided by Catering by Lovables – Marilyn McSwiggan-Nolan and Elizabeth Silverman.
"Anselm Kiefer is one of the most important European artists of the past four decades," says curator Katherine Hinds. "In our ongoing process of building the collection we recognized that Anselm Kiefer was critically important. We searched for pivotal works that would demonstrate the diverse and powerful body of painting, sculpture and installation that has made Kiefer one of the world's greatest living artists. We are honored to present this exhibition, which is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the collector Martin Z. Margulies and the artist. We see this exhibition as a fulfillment of our educational mission at the Warehouse to produce powerful exhibitions of seminal work by the greatest international artists of our times."
For this gallery, the installation is made up of 48-framed pictures that are installed in a composite configuration to form two 55-foot long parallel walls of connected images. Each individual picture has Kiefer's emblematic raw and powerful materiality utilizing organic detritus such as charcoal, dirt, ash, straw, lead, plaster and cracked terra cotta with iconic imagery including dried ferns, sunflowers and plants, ashen sack cloth dresses, and German and Latin language text. Also in the 2,500 square-foot room built specially by the Margulies Collection to house Geheimnis der Farne, are two concrete structures. Weighing a combined fifty thousand pounds the concrete structures were shipped to Miami during the summer in massive sea freight containers from the South of France. Encompassed by the wall panels, the two monumental concrete structures correspond with the subject matter of the paintings. There is charcoal pouring out one of the structures onto the ground, which references the human instinct to hoard fuel. "Carbon", "Coal for two thousand years" is inscribed in German across the top of the structure. – The Margulies Collection.
Mammoth dried ferns are strewn on the ground and attached to the concrete. Geheimnis der Farne (The Secret of the Ferns) references Paul Celan's enigmatic poem, of the same name, that was written during his occupation as an editor and translator in Bucharest in 1946. Celan is often cited as a poet that Anselm Kiefer has revisited as a source of inspiration on numerous occasions and to whom the work is 'dedicated', as noted by the inscription. In 2007 a version of Geheimnis der Farne was created and then exhibited at Anselm Kiefer's exhibition Sternenfall at the Grand Palais. - The Margulies Collection.
In 2015 during a visit with the artist at his home and atelier on the outskirts of Paris, the collector Martin Margulies saw the work for the first time and determined to acquire the work and exhibit it to the public at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Over the course of a year, Kiefer made a special selection of images, materials and layout for the Margulies Collection version of Geheimnis der Farne. The Margulies Collection.
Centerpiece for the Language of the Bird Room.
Odipus auf Kolonos, 2008. Detail.
Sheryl Satunino and Trevor Ronderos.
Lynne Latham and her guest.
Bal Harbour Shops celebrates 50th

Having recently launched its Brickell City Centre project, Matthew Whitman Lazenby, president and CEO of Whitman Family Development — owner of Bal Harbour Shops, has announced a $400 million makeover for the landmark destination, adding nearly 400,000 square-feet of retail and public space and more than 1,000 parking spaces. Plans include Barneys New York's first flagship store in Florida.
Late Saturday afternoon scene at Bal Harbour Shops, packed.
Le Zoo gets Starr treatment. La Goulue outgoing; Le Zoo incoming. I arrived at 3:30 thinking I would avoid the opening day crowd. Instead, it was mobbed. I'd forgotten that 3-to-4 is probably a customary Miami lunch hour. While lunch was very good, the previous day I dined upstairs at The Grill where despite being given the worse seat in the restaurant, under the sound system facing a bus station, the Thai Steak Salad was superb. The Grill at Bal Harbour is run by the same chain that operates the Palm Beach Grill.
Le Zoo's general manager Jean-Marc Etrillard.
From the Bal Harbour Shops second level, a view northeast to Collins Avenue.
Alexander McQueen.
Alexander McQueen.
Tomas Maier.
View of Neiman Marcus, the north end anchor.
Bal Harbour Shops is regarded as the nation's leading luxury destination shopping center.
Oscar de la Renta.
Atrium view, looking north.
The Santa Fe Café.
From the third floor, looking southeast toward the St. Regis south tower and Majestic Towers condominium.
From the Books & Books outdoor terrace, a view of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.
Close Encounters with the Japanese Koi Kind.
Tiffany & Co.
Model of proposed expansion of Bal Harbour Shops, view from 96th Street. The expansion would move the shops closer to Collins Avenue and add elevated terraces. Many of the opaque exterior walls would be replaced with transparent walls to allow pedestrians to see inside the stores from the street. The Collins Avenue parking lot would be converted to a public plaza. The Whitmans have also offered to fund the relocation of the city hall to a larger facility.
Model of proposed Bal Harbour expansion, view from Collins Avenue looking northwest.
Elle Décor 2016 Modern Life Concept House benefits Sylvester Cancer Center
250 NW 24 Street – Wynwood
1 December 2015 – 7-9 pm

Hosted by Elle Décor's editor Michael Boodro and vp/publisher Barbara Freidmann their upcoming 2016 Modern Life Concept House benefit will kick off Design Miami-Art Basel week at 250 Wynwood. Designers Matthew MacDonald, Elizabeth Martin, Sam Robin and Fernando Wong are charged with transforming a 6,000 square-foot apartment into the ultimate in Wynwood style. The signature building was designed by New York architect Laith Sayigh. The site-specific artwork was curated by Miami gallerist Anthony Spinello.
250 Wynwood. Elle Décor's 2016 Modern Life Concept House was a project by the Fortis Development Group headed by David Polinsky.
250 Wynwood.
VIPs receive a tour of the building.
An uptown New York touch to downtown Wynwood.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC)
1475 NW 12th Avenue – Miami

The Sylvester Cancer Center is located in Miami's Health District a few blocks south of Wynwood. Last week marked my eighth year of check-ups at Sylvester with my surgeon Dr. David Arnold, director of SCCC's Head & Neck division. Once again, waiting rooms were filled. An adjunct facility will soon be opening at the University of Miami campus. Here is a look around.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC), courtyard entrance.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC).
A statue of the late Harcourt Sylvester installed on the bench.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC). Sylvester family portraits flank the staircase.
Buccan hosts No Kid Hungry benefit
350 South County Road – Palm Beach

Resident Buccan chef Clay Conley, along with guest chefs Zach Bell, Matt Bell and Marcello Fiorentino, prepared no less than an imaginative multi-course global dinner for 200 on Sunday night benefitting the No Kids Hungry national charity. At its previous event held at Buccan in 2013, the evening raised nearly $100,000 to help feed children in need. No Kids Hungry has provided 1.5 million healthy meals. The seated dinner was preceded by a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception followed by an auction led by "The Culinary MC," Billy Harris in which guests bid on a variety of luxury culinary and travel items.
Buccan, 350 South County Road.
Chef Clay Conley hosted the event.
After the cocktail hour, guests made their way to the main dining room.
Manning the grills.
Plating the first course, a lobster-okra delight for 200 plates.
La Serena's chef Marcello Fiorentino.
Joan Miró. Oiseau, 1981. Bronze. The Margulies Collection.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Lost in Wonderland – Reflections on Palm Beach.