Josiah McElheny has created a thirty-minute film for this commissioned project at the Vizcaya Museum. McElheny’s film references a little-known short-story by German writer Paul Scheerbart, The Light Club of Batavia, written in 1912. The characters in Scheerbart’s story become obsessed with the fantasy of constructing an underground light spa built entirely out of Tiffany glass. McElheny substitutes characters drawn from Vizcaya’s history for Scheerbart’s and uses the estate as the ingenious setting for this narrative about the promise of modernity and utopia. The film combines footage of historical and archival documents along with current images of Vizcaya.
Film viewing runs continuously during open hours.
'Josiah McElheny: The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women’s Picture'
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33129
Open daily: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Closed on Tuesdays
19 November 2012 - 18 March 2013
Photo Credit: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Archives