Exhibitions at the Library

Art Services & Exhibitions Department
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The Library System has a long history of cultural and educational exhibitions, and makes a special call to artists on a rolling basis for temporary exhibitions that correspond to selected annual themes and / or that highlight the library’s special collections and services.

Additionally, the Vasari Project is an archive that documents the development of the visual arts in Miami‑Dade County since 1945.

For more information about the art collection, exhibition programs or the Vasari archive, call 305‑375‑5599 or e‑mail art@mdpls.org.

Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z

 

Sharkabet! A Sea of Sharks from A to Z

May 22 - September 1, 2015
West Dade Regional, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

Shark! Even the word shark gets our blood up! A fun way to explore sharks, Sharkabet! presents an alphabet of living and extinct sharks in a series of colorful, whimsical, yet scientifically accurate drawings by Ray Troll.

Miami Science Museum
"Out of Chrysalis"

Deming King Harriman, Flower Portrait, collage.

"Out of Chrysalis"
Curated by: Tesoro Carolina

January 31 - May 30, 2015
Main Library, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

This exhibition highlights the works of selected female artists from MDPLS’ Permanent Art Collection, as well as the works from five female artists that have been making a name for themselves in the local Miami Art scene.

Guest artists: Tesoro Carolina (street artist & photographer), Aquarela Sabol (street artist & oil painter), Leah Guzman (painter inspired by the brain & heart), Kat King (artists book maker), and Deming King Harriman (paper collage artist). Female artists from our Permanent Art Collection featured in this exhibition include: Carol Todaro, Faith Ringgold, Charo Oquet, Pamela Vander Zwan, Kathleen Hudspeth, Vanessa Tomchik, Michelle Weinberg, Vera Arias, Karla Turcios, Margarita Cano, and many more.

10,865

Fernando Garcia, 10,865, detail, 1980, mixed media and newspaper, from the Permanent Art Collection.

10,865
By Fernando Garcia
From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

March 13 - August 29, 2015
North Dade Regional

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift, the Library presents work from its Permanent Art Collection: 10,865 by the late Cuban conceptual artist Fernando Garcia. This seven‑piece installation consists of mixed media on front pages from The Miami Herald; visible underneath is original news coverage of the events surrounding this mass migration, mostly by boats and rafts, from Cuba to Miami. The title of the piece refers to the number of Cubans who entered Peruvian embassy grounds seeking asylum during 36 hours in April 1980. Main Library first showed this work for the exhibition 10,865: Re‑encuentro Cubano '80.

The Queen Of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz

Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Zapaticos de Celia, Permanent Art Collection of The Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

The Queen Of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz
By Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte
From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

March 13 - August 29, 2015
Hispanic Branch Library

Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte took these photographs of the late legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz (1925‑2003) during the last 15 years of her illustrious life. The series of black and white photographs captures the “Queen of Salsa” in moments and places few other photographers were granted access. The photographs form a selection from Rodriguez‑Duarte’s 2004 book Presenting Celia consisting of private, backstage settings and onstage performances before rapturous live audiences.

About the artist:
Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte is a professional freelance photographer and author of the book titled Presenting Celia Cruz (Clarkson Potter, 2004). He and his family fled Havana, Cuba in 1968 through the Freedom Flights program and settled in Miami. His interest in photography was sparked when he received his first camera at age 10. Rodriguez‑Duarte’s work has appeared in many fashion magazines and books, including Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue, British Vogue, The New Yorker, The Advocate, Town & Country and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his photographs could be found in private and public collections.

Coming Soon

Incoherent Stories Series
Aurora Molina, Incoherent Stories Series, 2015, Hand made paper, thread, fabric.
Incoherent Stories
By Aurora Molina

June 5 - November 8, 2015
Main Library, 1st Floor Exhibition Space

Incoherent Stories is a series of drawings on cotton paper using different mediums. The series is based on random stories Aurora Molina has gathered from trips and those posted on social media, rumors, news, newspaper headlines, mythical stories and history books. Molina has created this collection of drawings, made on cotton paper using thread, scrap fabrics, spray‑paint while experimenting with the quality of free‑motion drawing and textures on papers.

Page.Print.Post>Make a Book
Self‑Published‑Artists Making Books, Editions and Zines Exhibition at ARTLAB at Florida Gulf Coast University. Curated by Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer
Page.Print.Post>Make a Book
Curated by Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer

June 20 - November 14, 2015
Main Library, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

Page.Print.Post>Make a Book aims to foster appreciation and understanding for artists’ books as portable, intimate, democratic and self‑contained works of art. Interdisciplinary artists Juana Meneses and Leila Leder Kremer will curate and commission* artists, with ties to South Florida, to produce limited edition artists’ books The exhibition will also feature artwork connected to the production of the editions, process notes and artwork and artists books from The Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection, creating a unique conversation about then and now. A variety of media and formats will be explored to define the book format in unexpected ways. In the spirit of Page.Print.Post>Make a Book, production resources will be available to the community.

* The book commissions will be funded by grants obtained by Meneses & Leder Kremer.

Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk
Saturday, June 20, 2‑5 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

Books as Idea Generators

With curators Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer
Saturday, June 27, 2‑4 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

This workshop will explore zine making and its multiple possibilities for creating narratives, focusing on themes of identity, home and the geography of our port city: Miami. The workshop will engage participants to write/tell a story or memory about “home” and Miami. The workshop will concentrate on simple book formats; investigate the relationship between mass‑produced and one‑off publications. Participants will briefly explore the history of zines and books, look at examples from the exhibition, and finally will have the chance to make their own book. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring paper clippings, prose, or other imagery to use in their zine.