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Join world explorer, philanthropist, collector, and visionary museum founder Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson, Jr. for a lively hour of conversation on our architectural heritage. For Micky, preservation not only promotes identity and stimulates the economy, it reveals the role of design in shaping our perceptions of communities. This conversation with Jackie Drake, member of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission, centers on the role of signature architecture of two Florida cities, Miami Beach’s dazzling Art Deco district—home to The Wolfsonian—and the grand mansions of Palm Beach.
Born in Miami and raised in Miami Beach and Asheville, North Carolina, Wolfson’s world view expanded rapidly after extensive travel, a degree in International Relations and diplomatic posts overseas. He is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A.) and the Paul N. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna (M.A.) In 1986 he founded The Wolfson Foundation of Decorative and Propaganda Arts to promote research and scholarship in his period of interest. He began publishing the acclaimed Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts and stewarding the evolution of The Wolfsonian–FIU, a museum and a research center in Miami Beach, and its sister institution, The Wolfsoniana, in Genoa, Italy.
With more than 180,000 objects, The Wolfsonian Collection includes fine art, decorative art, photography, posters, industrial design, architectural archives, rare books, periodicals, and ephemera. In 1997, Wolfson gifted The Wolfsonian including its collection and buildings to Florida International University. In a similar vein, Wolfson donated his collection in Italy to the Fondazione Regionale per la Cultura e lo Spettacolo, an entity of the regional government, to ensure ongoing public programming and scholarly access.