April 22, 2019 Environment

Orchids and Writers Grow in Tennessee

This summer, my daughter Beatriz wrote a story about a walk in the woods and a wild native Cumberland Plateau, TN orchid. The Downy Rattlesnake Plantain is a cool plant and her article on it is now on the Telling Room website.


A pilot program to bring The Bass Museum of Art, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Wolfsonian Museum-FIU and Young Musicians Unite into six Miami Beach schools with cultural and arts education programming was just approved by the city commission.

January 3, 2019 Art

My Favorite Artwork Ever

Photo Credit:  Attilio Maranzano, courtesy the artist and The Bass. Artnetnews just listed their 10 favorite works of art for 2018 — in the whole wide world. In the article, critic Sarah Cascone refers to Paola Pivi’s “World Record” hanging bed sculpture as “my favorite artwork, ever.” That’s a big statement. Now to be fair, […]

December 18, 2018 Art

The Talk About Blockchains

Caption: Adam Lindemann and Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square Photo Credit: Madison McGaw/ This month the art world convened in Miami. One of the hot topics discussed was how blockchain technologies will impact the art market. My brother Adam Lindemann hosted The Art of Blockchains conference at the Faena Forum on Tuesday, December 4th. During the course […]

December 14, 2018 Art


Museums must constantly ask this crucial question: who do we serve? Last week during Art Basel Miami Beach, the answer became obvious to me. The Bass serves the people of Miami Beach, the broader South Florida community and art tourists.  We serve them all simultaneously. Wednesday night the museum opened for Basel visitors and for […]

November 20, 2018 Environment

Burning Questions: Forest Management and Fire

Carr Fire 2018, Bureau of Land Management California Image. Pictures and videos of large-scale fires are scary to look at and watch; seeing, feeling and hearing a real forest fire is much much scarier. At Coal Creek Farm in East Tennessee, we burn about 500 acres of woods and shrub each year. Flames can exceed […]

October 10, 2018 Art

From Ocean Home Magazine: Art in the Heart

Art museums are about more than the art that hangs on walls and fills collection displays.

October 2, 2018 Environment

Expand protection for Tennessee's rivers

Ecotourism—including hobbies such as paddling, biking, hiking, and birdwatching—brings sustainable jobs and commerce to the region. This year is the 50th anniversary of The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This is the perfect moment to build on the successes of the past…

September 21, 2018 Art


In late 2004, I was working with Mattia Bonetti on designing some furniture for my house. He is as warm and friendly as they get, especially for a superstar designer. When I first met him I expected an air of importance, or stiff European formality. But that’s not Mattia. He is a lovely, soft-spoken family […]