D.C. art collectors Daniel and Mirella Levinas: ‘Open to what art can be’
The Washington Post, 21 Aug 2011, p. E.1.
Grace (and art) seen in garbage [Vik Muniz’s “Waste Land”]
The Washington Post, 13 Mar 2011, p. E.8.
Collecting Latin American Art in Washington, D.C.: Daniel & Mirella Levinas
Daniel and Mirella Levinas’s mansion in Georgetown is an ultra-modern museum displaying their collection of Latin American contemporary art. He is a trustee of the Hirshhorn Museum who fled the Argentine dictatorship and became a successful businessman in Washington, D.C..
Vik Muniz’s Oscar-nominated “Waste Land” on PBS Tonight
“Waste Land,” a film about the Brooklyn-based, Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz, which recounts a celebrated artist using his work as an instrument to promote social justice.
The documentary accompanies Muniz to Brazil, where he plans to harvest garbage from one the world’s largest landfills and use it to assemble portraits of people who scavenge the dump for their livelihoods. Expecting to be met with hostility, he and an assistant visit the site and discover instead a community of amiable and well-mannered workers. Rather than proceed on his own, he decides to collaborate with the workers on their “garbage” portraits and to return proceeds from sale of the artworks to improve their lives.