An introductory exhibition about Coral Gables’ founder and developer, George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream of a place where "your castles in Spain are made real" into reality. This exhibit addresses local history, including pioneer life, the Florida Land Boom, architecture, urban planning and development. Curated by author and historian Arva Moore Parks.
The exhibition, Coral Gables’ Sister Cities: Partners in Peace,
is dedicated to the City of Coral Gables’ beloved sister cities and the
sister cities movement launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in
1956. Visitors are invited to learn about the history of this international
peace program and uncover the connections between Coral Gables and her
sister cities: Aix-en-Provence, France; Cartagena, Colombia; Granada,
Spain; La Antigua, Guatemala; and Province of Pisa, Italy.
text will tell the story of our nation in a Cold War environment and
how Eisenhower, with his extensive wartime experience and leadership
abilities, rallied the public to reach out to citizens of other nations
in an effort to promote cultural understanding and world peace. "I hate war”, he said, “as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." Each
of the five sister cities will be represented through photographs, objects,
explanatory text, videos, books, maps, and other media. A research library
will be available for those visitors interested in learning more about
a particular sister city.
This exhibition showcases the career of Miami architect Hilario F. Candela, FAIA, by highlighting a number of projects characteristic of his firm’s work from the sixties through the nineties, most in the South Florida area.
The featured projects hold strong iconic presences in our communities, having been active public/private buildings, seen, admired and used by many.
Designed as complement to the current exhibit Concrete Paradise:
the Miami Marine Stadium, the subject of which Candela is also the architect,
the exhibition samples architectural vocabulary and concepts that established
a new understanding in our community of "the modern structure." These landmark
buildings were pioneering responses to our climate, materials and methods of
construction, and changing cultural backdrop.
Curated by Peter Menendez.
The Miami Marine Stadium curated by Rosa Lowinger
October 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014
In the Robert and Marian Fewell Gallery
Presented by the Coral Gables Museum and Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium
Every city has a building that is emblematic of its culture and history. New York has
the Empire State Building and Paris has the Eiffel Tower. For Miami, Florida, that building is the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium, a modernist concrete structure that looks like an origami rendition of the Sydney Opera House. Designed in 1963 by a young Cuban architect named Hilario Candela, this 6,566-seat stadium is a marvel of design and engineering that takes its architectural cues from Havana’s Tropicana Nightclub. With a football field-length roofline (356 ft.) that was the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world when it was built, the stadium was designed for watching speed boat racing at a time when Miami was the epicenter of the sport. The Marine Stadium also mirrored the cultural heartbeat of Miami, hosting stars like Jimmy Buffett, Dave Brubeck, the Beach Boys, and Ray Charles on its dramatic floating stage. Flamboyant enough to serve as a set for Elvis Presley’s film Clambake, it was also majestic enough to host religious services and political rallies.
Though shuttered and neglected since 1992 when the City cited unsafe conditions after
Hurricane Andrew, Miami’s architectural jewel has continued to be a focal point for cutting-edge artistic trends. Graffiti artists and skateboarders have turned its ramps and raw concrete expanses into one of the nation’s most important venues for street art.
Contemporary artists, engineering scholars, architects, photographers, and designers continue to be mesmerized and influenced by its soaring roofline and panoramic water views.
The show will feature artworks by a number of high profile as well as local artists who have used the stadium as subject matter. In addition to the graffiti artists Crome and Fish, we will have works by NY sculptor and video artist Marie Lorenz, and Alexandre Arrechea, whose large scale architectural sculptures were recently featured on the Park Avenue median.
This October, the Coral Gables Museum will mount “Concrete Paradise” - the first ever
museum exhibit devoted to the Marine Stadium’s flashy past, edgy dilapidated present, and its spectacular proposed comeback as a world class sports and performance venue. Featuring film clips, antique hydroplanes, videos of Parkour athletes’ stunts, site-specific graffiti murals, and much more, this multi-media exhibit will bring Miami’s most daringly modern building back to dazzling life.
Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Marine Stadium and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Thank you to our generous exhibit sponsors: American Express, The Suntrust Foundation, The Villagers, Shelley Daniel Rutherford, Claire Frances Whitehurst, Claire-Angel W. Harris, Victoria Louise W. Glattfelder, Todd Kessler of Coralstone Press, Northern Trust Bank and Trigram G.C.
Coral Gables Elementary school figured prominently in George Merrick’s plan for the City. In an early advertisement that highlighted the new school, completed in 1924, Merrick stated: “The Coral Gables School building, now almost completed, marks another advance in the well-rounded development of Coral Gables...better homes, larger breathing spaces in lawns and parks, better air and water; and a far better influence through beautiful things which inspire high ideals in the minds of children.”
In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the Museum will exhibit photographs, architectural plans and memorabilia reflecting on the history of the "A" school and its continuing positive impact on the community. Curated by Giselle Portuondo in consultation with School Principal Graciela Cerra, the School's exhibit advisory committee, and historian Arva Moore Parks.
Are you an alum of Coral Gables Elementary School? Do you want to be featured in the exhibit? Complete this form to be included in the show!
Many thanks to our exhibit sponsors: EWM, Claire Frances Whitehurst,
Al and Andria Hanley, Tony and Mary Castro, Clinton Payne and Popular Community