In participation with Vizcaya Museum & Garden’s CAP Lab program, FIU Fine Art students were invited to conceptualize site-specific projects for exhibition in Vizcaya’s Village. Students used the century long running exhibition, ‘Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya’ as inspiration to consider historic and modern art practices.

The Backstage Performance

The fantasy winter home known as Vizcaya Museum and Gardens required an entire staff to upkeep the grounds and tend to the guests that frequented James Deering’s estate. The staff resided across the street in The Village, supporting the production that is Vizcaya. Considering Vizcaya as a production, one can imagine that the staff emulated stagehands.

In reminiscence of the support his staff provided his guests, I directed a Backstage Performance at The Farm Quad in The Village. The performance reenacted a hair and makeup station where actors are prepped before they appear on stage.

Objects used included a fabricated mirror, vanity, hair and makeup tools, 2-3 stools, 5 Spot Lights. The Team consisted of Director & Lead Hairstylist Solange Sarria, Lead Makeup Artist Mariana Pineda, Assistant Hair Eva Taiibi, Assistant Makeup Heannys Denis, and Photographer Pati Laylle.

The Performance depicted complete1920’s Hairstyle and Makeup Sessions on 2 models each by Solange Sarria and Mariana Pineda. Guests of the opening night enjoyed mini hairstyle and makeup sessions with the team assistants. Guests chose between Slicked Hair, Finger Waves, Pencil Thin Eyebrows or Heart Shaped Lips.