The Art of Illumination 11.10.12

Benefiting The Wolfsonian–FIorida International University

Josh & Aimet Oberhausen

Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The Moore Building
4040 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami Design District

It’s Time to See the Light(s) – Don’t Miss The Wolfsonian’s Visionaries’ 11.10.12 Fundraiser!

Yes, it’s true. They are lighting up the night and want your company for what promises to be an amazing evening. Art of Illumination 11.10.12 is the third annual fundraiser hosted by The Wolfsonian’s Visionaries. They promise it’s going to be the best yet. This celebration of The Wolfsonian takes place exactly one day before the official 17th anniversary. So go ahead and let a little light into your life! Plan to make your way to the historic Moore Building in Miami’s Design District on November 10 from 9 p.m. until the wee hours to celebrate seventeen spectacular years and to raise funds to continue The Wolfsonian’s great work as a guiding light in Miami’s art and design world.

Take advantage of the special early-bird rate, offered through October 10. You’ll enjoy only good things – dancing, fantastic food, incredible cocktails, fun music, surprise performances throughout the event, and most intriguingly, the evening’s theme of light. As part of that theme, the Visionaries have conceived and integrated into the fundraiser a participatory design element for a group of Miami’s top designers and architects. “We’ve come up with the Lighting Design Challenge,” explains Olga-Granda-Scott, Chair the Visionaries Host Committee. “We are asking ten local designers to create a functional design piece using lighting. The pieces will be auctioned off during the evening.” Participating designers will be announced at a later date.

Michelle Areces and Nima Vandy

Granda-Scott explains that the evening’s theme is inspired by the museum’s innovative digital technology and lighting project, The Art of Illumination: Illuminating the Arts, which will transform the building’s exterior façade into digital exhibition spaces, showcasing still images, text, and video. Launching this fall, The Art of Illumination is designed by the internationally acclaimed L’Observatoire International.

For food, the Visionaries have invited local restaurants and caterers to showcase their signature dishes. Visionary host committee member Michelle Areces of Petit Pois, a catering and event design firm, is organizing the event and donating event planning services.

The early-purchase price for tickets is $125 per person; after October 10 the rate will be $150. For more information about the Art of Illumination 11.10.12 or to purchase tickets, e-mail or call 305-535-2626.

The Lighting Design Challenge is conducted in conjunction with and with support from FIU’s School of Architecture. The Moore Building is generously donated for the event by Dacra, with top shelf spirits provided by Bacardi. We’ll keep you updated on the evening as more details are added, including information on performances, participating restaurants and caterers, and additional sponsors.

Susanne Birbragher, Rene Gonzalez, Iran Issa-Khan

About The Wolfsonian-Florida International University

The Wolfsonian is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, political, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.

The Wolfsonian is located at 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, and children age 6-12; and free for Wolfsonian members, State University System of Florida staff and students with ID, and children under six. Contact us at 305-531-1001 or visit us online at for further information.

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