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Blank Canvas: June 19th, 2019, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Blank Canvas: June 19th, 2019, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Katrina Cartwright

On this week’s Blank Canvas we host international guests visiting from the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, located in Miami in the Coconut Grove area. As many here know, this area was settled long ago—at the turn of the 20th century—by Bahamians and the museum has traced records that show Bahamians working as both masons, domestic staff and gardeners. The question of the impact of Bahamian culture and migration on Vizcaya’s design, construction and life on the estate is intriguing.

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Remko Jansonius, the Deputy Director, Collections and Curatorial Affairs, and Wendy R. Wolf, Deputy Director, Learning and Community Engagement, talk about their journey to The Bahamas to research and hopefully find deeper connections between our people and the early days of their museum, putting clear names and histories to faces or names that currently are unidentifiable.

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