Peter Sheridan: “Deco Radio: The Most Beautiful Radios Ever Made”

On-Demand / Pre-Recorded Miami Beach, FL

View the event on-demand at the following link: click here. Video will be available starting 1/14 at Noon EST. This is the untold story of the Art Deco radio and the extraordinary contributions of famous industrial designers in the 1930s, who contributed so much to the development of radio and the world-wide spread of the […]

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A. Brad Schwartz: “Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News”

On-Demand / Pre-Recorded Miami Beach, FL

View the event on-demand at the following link: click here. Video will be available starting 1/14 at Noon EST. On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of a meteor strike in the New Jersey countryside. With sirens blaring in the background, announcers in the field […]

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Sound and Vision: A Conversation with a Radio Collector

Wolfsonian-FIU 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Beginning with a small, streamlined radio he spotted at an antique show, South Florida collector Harvey Mattel built a collection of radios that now numbers in the many hundreds and includes some of the most coveted receivers in existence. In conversation with Wolfsonian development director Michael Hughes, Mattel will reveal what sparked his passion for […]

When Radio Was New: John Vassos and Design for Mass Media

Wolfsonian-FIU 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

What should a radio look like? How should a tuning dial feel to the touch? More than a half-century before the iPhone, pioneering industrial designer John Vassos addressed these questions, recognizing that the right answers could mitigate fears about new media technologies and inspire people to welcome them into their homes. Danielle Shapiro, author of […]

Deco for a Demagogue: Father Coughlin’s Shrine of the Little Flower

Wolfsonian-FIU 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The Shrine of the Little Flower, a Catholic church built in the Art Deco style outside Detroit, was the center of a radio empire started by Father Charles Coughlin that reached up to 30 million Americans each week in the 1930s. Originally an advocate of President Roosevelt's New Deal and critic of the Ku Klux […]

Joel Levine: The Fontainebleau Hotel: Imagining Paradise

Art Deco Museum and Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

The Fontainebleau Hotel is a Miami Beach icon appearing in more than a dozen Hollywood films, representing  both the city’s splendid glory and sordid historical past. Utilizing  movie clips and other archival material, Joel will explore the meaning of architecture in American cinema and then reconstruct the history of the Fontainebleau while exploring the themes […]

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Deborah Desilets: Spotlight on Art in Public Places

Art Deco Museum and Welcome Center 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

In the 1930s art and national symbolism converged within the Federal Arts Projects, or the WPA Projects, that supported the values of the American Public. The great Depression and these Arts Projects changed the relationship between art and the public and are the harbinger of the relationships of art in the public realm today. Federal […]

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