Josiah McElheny is a New-York based artist and MacArthur Fellow who has created a thirty-minute film for this commissioned project. McElheny’s film references a little-known short-story by German writer Paul Scheerbart, The Light Club of Batavia, written in 1912. The characters in Scheerbart’s story become obsessed with the fantasy of constructing an underground light spa built entirely out of Tiffany glass. McElheny substitutes characters drawn from Vizcaya’s history for Scheerbart’s and uses the estate as the ingenious setting for this narrative about the promise of modernity and utopia. The film combines footage of historical and archival documents along with current images of Vizcaya.
Film viewing is free with admission. Runs continuously during open hours.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33129
Visit http://www.vizcayamuseum.org/# for more details!
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