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(DE)CONSTRUCTION: Bridge Deconstruction Site

Date: Friday, December 1, 2023
Time: 5:31–8pm
Location: The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue

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Bridge Deconstruction continues with a procession led by artist Loni Johnson and a conversation on Miami's historical and current infrastructure issues. Honoring a century of service workers and Black culture, Johnson's 5:31: Sundown Procession references Miami Beach's former "sundown town" laws barring African Americans from residing within the city and requiring them to cross the causeways to the mainland before nightfall. Meet at the beach entrance on 10th Street and Ocean Drive to accompany Johnson as she bridges past and present, guiding you from the boardwalk, down 10th Street, and into The Wolfsonian, where an altar will be activated. Immediately following will be an interdisciplinary panel discussion, moderated by Department of Reflection director misael soto, that sheds light on the intersectional ways public space is political. The panel will include Transit Alliance Miami co-executive director Cathy Dos Santos, Palm Beach bridge tender Sue Welch, and South Florida bridge engineer Andrew Barthle.

Bridge Deconstruction Site—the project's public installation centered around The Wolfsonian's historic streetside Bridge Tender House—will also be open for the night, inviting you to check out the wide array of bridge-inspired works of art and design.

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5:31pm | Loni Johnson's 5:31: Sundown Procession Walking Performance
6:30pm | Bridging the Gaps: The Cost(s) of Miami's Public Infrastructure Panel Discussion