Grove residents need not look any further than their local independent bookstore for exposure to world-class museum programming. Miami Beach's Wolfsonian is partnering up with the Bookstore in the Grove for a series of moderated talks aptly titled: "The Wolfsonian in the Grove."
The first will kick off on Saturday, June 27 from 6 to 10 p.m., led by Wolfsonian curators Silvia Barisione and Jon Mogul. The two featured publications will include Myth and Machine: Art and Aviation in the First World War (a book that pairs with the Wolf's recent exhibition focusing on cultural responses to WWI), and The Birth of Rome: Five Visions for the Eternal City (a collection of historical artwork and essays focused on Rome's role in Italy’s "interwar national consciousness").
"The genesis of the project was a chance meeting between [Bookstore in the Grove owner] Jason Dubin and Michael Hughes, Wolfsonian Development Officer, at a Prologue Society event this fall," says Ian Rand, Marketing & Communications Director with the Wolfsonian.
"Their cars were parked next to each other, and Jason has a rather interesting (an old white pickup from the 1940s) vehicle. That led to a discussion, Michael mentioned the Wolf, Jason loves the Wolf, and the partnership idea was planted."
In keeping with the Roman theme, the bookstore's kitchen will be offering an Italian dinner. There'll also be live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and wine. Plus, all attendees will get a 15% off coupon for the bookstore, and a chance to win signed copies of the books being showcased.
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"The Wolfsonian represents ‘Art in function of ideas’," adds Dubin. "As a local, independent bookstore we strive to curate our community with not only a variety of the best literature from around the world but we believe deeply in creating a place that promotes opportunities to bring people together to ask questions and shift our conversations from the problems of the community to the possibilities of it."
As far as what's to come, forthcoming talks will cover upcoming Wolfsonian fall publications, plus related appearances by curators and other Wolf experts. The series will cover the likes of design, history, society and more.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the Bookstore in the Grove, 3390 Mary St., #166. Admission is free. Visit the Bookstore's website for more info.