For Future Development, Opa-locka Looks to the Arts

July 8th, 2013

http://youtu.be/8L-_u-XV3Ts Long-time Miamians will spot Fernando Peinado's Miami Herald article on Opa-locka's artistic aspirations as the latest in a long line of Herald stories in which an economically troubled community seeks economic salvation through art. Years ago, when Herald scribes wrote about the exciting potential of a rundown oceanfront neighborhood called South Beach, they were, like the legendary prophet Cassandra, heard but not heeded Read More...

Listen: José Vazquez on “Opa-locka: Mirage City”

July 5th, 2013

José Vazquez, curator of "Opa-locka: Mirage City," now on view at HistoryMiami, talks about the exhibition with Marva Hinton of WLRN Radio. His interview, which touches on the development of Opa-locka and Vazquez' almost accidental discovery of the city, also includes photos and additional details Read More...

“Opa-locka: Mirage City” Opening Night

June 28th, 2013

[nggallery id=8] It’s up and open! “Opa-locka: Mirage City,” an exploration of one of South Florida’s most architecturally unusual places, opened on June 27. Learning From Miami was there – here’s what we saw. “Opa-locka: Mirage City” is curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College, and presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Read More...

The Look of Opa-Locka

May 31st, 2013

http://youtu.be/XR8h5-TC-r8 Here's a preview of one of the elements in Learning From Miami's upcoming exhibition, "Opa-Locka: Mirage City" - computer-animated renderings of  historic Opa-Locka buildings. This animated video includes five residential buildings and the spectacular city Bathing Pavillion Read More...