During the past five years my aim, among others, has been to uncover hidden histories. A number of museums, both in the United States and abroad, have been sources for my research and this has afforded me the privilege of meeting and interviewing museum directors, administrators, and staff. My research also includes those museums that are falling short of their mark. One cannot help but wonder if a “leadership crisis movement” is the cause. In the name of good journalism and the quest for truth, we contacted the Miami Museum to ask poignant questions to the new museum director, Thomas Collins, but alas, he did not return our phone call.
The following questions arise:
Why the need of recently firing a loyal 6 years employee?
Is their business model failing? Is their staff burned out? Back on April 2, 2000 the Miami City Commission voted to accomplish the revival of Bicentennial Park. During that time, the Miami Museum of Science and the Miami Art Museum completed a multi-year site and funding analysis for the development of two new world-class institution at BicentennialPark.
The following facts are for the readers consideration:
Scheduled construction on January 2011 |
Completion Spring 2013
Open to the public fall 2013-
Budget construction $131 million
Endowment $69 million
Transition $20 million
Total $220 million
Public funding $100 million
Private funding $120 million².
WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE IN THIS MATTER? Warren Bennis, founding chairperson of the leader institution at the University of Southern California, negates the myth that leaders exists only at the top of the organization and that leaders are born, not made. I feel that nothing could be more further from the truth. Leadership is more about “creating environments that influence staff and others to achieve group goals.” The leadership model at Dale Carnegie Training emphasizes empowerment, rather than making people meet deadlines and objectives. We must focus on developing skills based on relationships, self-directed individuals and work groups that lead to continued growth and improvement. The apparent egotistical, conflictive nature of some of the local museums in Miami has motivated me (and hopefully my readers) to visit more museums. I strongly suggest that you give yourself a holiday and New Year’s gift to visit four museums that I consider to be inspiring models that understand and live up to their mission. They are the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (MOA), the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA), The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and the Wolfsonian Florida International University Museum. These museums value their audience, their staff and the benefits of teamwork across departments. Their leadership and exhibition teams provide educational and programmatic excellence.
In an attempt to turn my disillusionment of my experience with the Miami Art Museum to something postive IRREVERSIBLE continuously celebrates powerful examples of empowerment. None of us can see what directions the world will take in the future, and events that seem monumental today might turn out to be mere pebbles on the road of history. But there are some achievements so notable, so ground breaking, that even within the short space of a decade we can feel their impact. The New World Symphony America’s Orchestral Academy could not be a better example.
Frank Gehry said
“I am very proud of this building, which results from a close working relationship with my lifelong friend Michael Tilson Thomas and brings to life his dream for New World Symphony and the entire world of classical music. I hope the spirit of creative engagement that Michael and I have enjoyed will live on in the building’s spaces. They are designed to encourage young musicians, their mentors and their audiences to try new things, interact in new ways and remain open to new experiences.”
See you at the Fairs!
I do not feel inhibited or bound by what I am.
That does not mean that I have never had bad scenes relating to being an immigrant and /or a woman,
it means that other people’s craziness has not managed to make me crazy.
I write from my knowledge not my lack thereof, from my strength not my weakness.
I am not interested if anyone knows whether or not I am familiar with big words,
I am interested in trying to render big ideas in a simple way.
I am interested in being understood not admired!
Lucille Clifton (American poet, 1936- )
1.Urban Design Museum Park (Bicentennial Park) Master Plan. City of Miami planning department | http://ci.miami.fl.us/planning/pages/master_plans/Bicentennial.asp
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AIDA TEJADA PHOTOGRAPHY
Visible Magic BY Lynne Bentley-Kemp
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In today’s world of instant gratification and software that creates images that seem much more complex than they really are, Aida Tejada comes up with a retort to the software virtuosos. Her vision articulates the effects of light and how it is captured in ways that render her subjects through time and space, not Photoshop. Her camera is a means of transport from the everyday to the interior of the soul. She uses the shutter like a paintbrush and color and light emerge as the objects of her camera is a means of transport from the everyday to the interior of the soul. She uses the shutter like a paintbrush and color and light emerge as the objects of her gaze.
The fact that Tejada has earned degrees in psychology and communication, and not photography, adds intrigue to the substance of her visual vocabulary. She routinely signs up for workshops to add to her already intuitive knowledge of photography. Tejada’s passion is for learning how to expand her visual vocabulary, a mission that will never end.
Lynne Bentley-Kemp, PhD Instructor, Dept of Art and Art History
Florida Atlantic University
A resident of Cudjoe Key, Florida and a Photography Instructor with the Department of Visual Art and Art History at Florida Atlantic University, Lynne Bentley-Kemp has had a longstanding relationship with photography and its impact upon visual literacy. Much of her involvement with the visual world has been grounded in the social and historical influences of photography. Interested in studying the impact photography has had on culture, Lynne entered the Ph.D. program in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University in 1999 as a member of its inaugural class.