Thursday, March 16, 2017

Miami Social Diary

Jason Schmidt. Artists, 2006. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami. Above, archive as art - nine photographs from Jason Schmidt's more than 600 images of artists and their work places.
Miami Afternoon: Midtown Art + Midcentury Modern
By Augustus Mayhew

With Saturday traffic in near complete standstill along the I-95 corridor from Boca Raton to Miami’s Expressway, I was well prepared for the total gridlock along Midtown’s Northeast 1st Avenue where it only took 20 minutes to drive the three blocks to 36th Street. And with 3,500 additional condominiums expected to reach the Miami market in 2017, I am looking forward to an even greater number of pleasure seekers sharing the Miami Experience.

I was absent from the Margulies Collection’s annual opening last December. On Saturday I stopped by and learned that during Art Basel week paid admissions generated more than $40,000 to benefit the nearby Lotus House Shelter for homeless women and children. “Not only is Lotus House expanding but we are also enlarging our current 45,000 square-foot exhibition warehouse,” said Katherine Hinds, the Margulies Collection’s curator. “The European dealers especially appreciated the Kounellis exhibition,” Hinds added. 
Board members taking a hard hat tour of the new Lotus House Village, scheduled for completion in December, 2017.
Since the 80-degree temperature discounted the thought of walking Wynwood’s maze of redevelopment sites, I motored around the corner to KYU for lunch before heading over to Bay Harbor Islands for a last look at some worthy Midcentury Modern multi-story buildings. Despite being acknowledged among the 2014 National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Buildings in America, it appeared the bulldozers had been in overdrive during the past three years.

As I drove through the numerous construction sites on the 150-acre island, clearly the need for the luxury of modern conveniences has triumphed over the comfort of continuity and character offered by the past. With 170 buildings identified as eligible for local and national historic designation, some designed by architects Morris Lapidus, Henry Hohauser and Charles McKirahan, Bay Harbor’s East Island contained one of the largest collections of MiMo apartment buildings in the country, according to the National Trust’s report. Today, not so much, with only a few exceptions.
Margulies Warehouse, 591 NW 27 Street, Miami. South Florida's leading arts showcase.
Jason Schmidt, Artists, 2006.
Jason Schmidt. Artists, 2006.
Mark Dion. Cabinet of Marine Debris, 2014. Cabinet: wood, glass, metal, paint. Marine debris: Plastic, rope.
The Margulies Collection offers an aesthetic mix.
Mark Manders. Unfired Clay Torso, 2015. Painted bronze, iron, wood.
Jannis Kounellis, 1936-2017. Seven paintings by Kounellis created between 1983 and 2012 are featured at the Margulies Warehouse.
Jannis Kounellis was a prominent figure in the 1960s Arte Povera movement.
Jannis Kounellis. Left, Untitled, 1985. Iron, burlap. Right, Untitled, 1985-1997. I-beams, railroad ties, iron panels.
KYU Restaurant
2017 James Beard Award nominee – Best New Restaurant

251 NW 25 Street – Wynwood

Located at the former Shikany restaurant site amid 25th Street's dense cacophony of murals, KYU's concept kitchen is more amenable than the former Shikany's cuisine described as "bacon dust, dehydrated salmon belly, lavender mousse, and pumpernickel soil." While Miami's calendar of restaurant openings seems endless, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink was celebrating its 10th Anniversary a few blocks north in the Design District.
KYU's Asian graphic is the work of Filio Galvez and Andrew Antonaccio.
Saturday afternoon at KYU, 2:15 pm. Delicious lunch of Roasted cauliflower with Thai creamed coconut spinach ($35 with tax & tip). Much like being seated next to the orchestra, I was at a table in the central area in front of the open work stations where the expeditor shouted "SERVICE" every time a plate was ready for delivery.
KYU restaurant, a vertical garden in the entrance court.
1000 Museum @ 1000 Biscayne Boulevard – Under Construction
Zaha Hadid, architect
"I believe in the idea of the future." – Zaha Hadid (1950-2016).
1000 Museum, west and south elevations, under construction.
Bay Harbor Islands

The Anchorage Cooperative

10001 East Bay Harbor Drive – Wahl Snyder, architect. 1955.
The Anchorage, façade and entrance. Simply spectacular.
The Anchorage, interior courtyard and port cochere entrance.
The Anchorage.
Bay Harbor Continental Co-op Apartments
1135 -103 Street, Bay Harbor Islands
Charles McKirahan, architect. 1958.

Abandoned and vacant, the five-story 35-unit BHC apartment building is apparently scheduled for demolition. The building was historically designated by the county preservation board before the designation was overturned (8-2) by the Miami-Dade County Commission. In April 2015 The Miami Herald reported as many as 30 buildings had been demolished in anticipation of historically designating buildings in prime locations on the 150-acre East Island. At one time, plans reportedly called for the BHC to be replaced by a sleek 7-story $100 million condominium designed by Pininfarina, the Italian car design firm that designs Ferraris. Pininfarina was purchased in 2015 by the Indian automaker Mahindra Group.
Bay Harbor Continental Apartments, detail.
Bay Harbor Island, original plat map and June 2015 historic designation properties. Left, West and East Island with BHC Coop, outlined location. Right, Pink and Sepia colored sites show East Island properties eligible for individual or historic district designation. The west island is single-family residential; the east island is multi-story apartment buildings. Miami-Dade County Historic Designation report.
Bay Harbor Continental Apartments, entrance.
Bay Harbor Continental Apartments, northeast elevation.
Bay Harbor Club, 1155-103 Street, Bay Harbor Islands. Charles McKirahan, architect. Located next door to the BHC Apartments.
Bal Harbour & Surfside
Bal Harbour, oceanfront condominium, view across Indian Creek from East Bay Harbor Drive.
Bal Harbour, view across Indian Creek from East Bay Harbor Drive.
9488 - 95th Street, Surfside. 1940.
9488 - 95th Street, Surfside. 1940.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Palm Beach-A Greater Grandeur