Building the City: Works from the Permanent Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System
June 1 - December 2
North Dade Regional Library •
2455 NW 183 Street •305-625-6424
Building the City takes its name from an artists' book by seminal Miami artist Purvis Young. It and other works from the Library's permanent art collection were selected from the exhibition Assembling an Era: The Miami-Dade Public Library System, 1971-1989 at Main Library earlier this year. Building the City focuses on personal aspects of public life in the volatile Miami of the 1970s and 80s, a time of great progress, upheaval, and change; it includes work by Roland Woods, Lloyd McNeil, Richard Davenport, Gary Monroe, Shirley Henderson, and others. This is part of a year-long series of exhibitions that celebrate the Miami-Dade Public Library System's 40th anniversary.
Forty Years of Collecting Selections from Miami-Dade Public Library System's Permanent Art Collection
October 11 – March 8, 2012
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way
This year, the Miami-Dade Public Library System celebrates its 40th anniversary and 40 years of collecting, maintaining, and preserving an increasing and special art collection of more than 2,200 works of art. This collection is a visual reference that reflects Miami's cultural composition and chronicles its artistic and social history. The works on display represent what the Library's permanent art collection is about - works by artists from multiple generations and cultural perspectives who have or have had a relationship with Miami. Forty Years of Collecting consists of works on paper, photographs, paintings, artists' books, and small sculptures spanning four centuries – the 1970s to the present.
From Ephemeral to Enduring: Stories and Histories through Scrapbooks, Notebooks, Journal Books and More
November 4, 2011 – January 5, 2012
Main Library, 1st and 2nd floor exhibition space
101 W. Flagler Street -
This exhibition is the last of an exhibition series celebrating the Miami-Dade Public Library's 40th anniversary. From Ephemeral to Enduring will explore the ways in which people have collected, documented, and preserved experiences, memories, and events. Through scrapbooks, travel journals, notebooks, diaries, these compilations of records and memorabilia – sometimes considered as leisure pursuits - provide the viewer with an amalgamation of visually engaging accounts that are of personal, historical, cultural or social significance. Components of the exhibition will look at the cultural phenomenon for the need to protect, document, and mostly preserve our past and investigates the different ways in which we have translated and converted paper, photographs, newspaper clippings and other ephemeral materials into albums and books that preserve memories. On exhibit will be A Tale of Trail Blazers – a scrapbook from 1923 consisting of maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, and descriptions documenting a road trip from Ft. Myers, Florida to the Everglades; scrapbooks from the Miami Beach Chamber Commerce; WTVJ scrapbook from 1968-1974;and a collection of more than 40 contemporary and "digiscraps" created by library patrons; and more.
Retracing Our Steps:
A Photo Journey through 100 Years of the Republic of China
November 4 – January 12, 2012
Main Library Auditorium - 101 W. Flagler Street- 305-375-2665
Reception: Friday, November 4, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
R.S.V.P. by November 1 to 305.375.5501 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Miami-Dade Public Library System hosts this exhibition in partnership with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami. Retracing Our Steps was developed by the Government Information Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to celebrate its 100th anniversary. A series of historical photographs explore the Republic of China's development over the past century, "encouraging visitors to remember the past, cherish the present and look forward to the future. All aspects of life are on display: politics, the economy, education and culture, agriculture, technology and the environment, as well as social welfare. These pictures illustrate the nation's transformation and the blossoming of diversity, creativity and tolerance in the hundred years since the founding of the ROC.
Sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami.