Exhibitions at the Library

Art Services & Exhibitions Department

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.

Photographs of Blues Musicians
David D. Spitzer, Untitled (Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown), 1973-2000, silver print on fiber base photographic paper, permanent art collection.
Photographs of Blues Musicians
By David D. Spitzer

March 19 - September 5, 2014
North Dade Regional Library

This exhibition features David D. Spitzer’s black and white photographs from the series Blues Musicians from the library’s permanent art collection. For almost four decades Spitzer has combined his passion for music with photography, amassing an extensive photographic negative and print archive of jazz and blues musicians. The photographs on exhibit capture the intensity and emotion of some of the most legendary blues musicians taken during their live performances between 1973 through the early 1990s. David Spitzer is a Miami‑based photographer whose work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, books, periodicals, album covers and compact discs.

Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers
Beverly Borland, Simpson’s Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans, 2013, watercolor on paper.
Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers

July 11 - September 2, 2014
Main Library

Botanical Exploration in the Everglades features original watercolor portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by 19th and 20th century botanists, and designated with common and scientific names that reflect those intrepid plant explorers. These beautiful plant portraits are exquisitely illustrated by members of the Tropical Botanic Artists. Curated by artist Kathleen Konicek-Moran and Everglades botanist Jimi Sadle.

Tropical Botanic Artists is a collective of local watercolorists established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to pursue the beauty of tropical plants through art. Participating artists include Margie Bauer, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marge Brown, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Duck, Bobbi Garber, Julio Figueroa, Pauline Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Kathleen Konicek-Moran, Carol Ann Lane, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad and Donna Torres.

Emilio Sanchez, Botesito, 1950, watercolor on paper. Luis Alonso, Idioma e identidad, 1981, silkscreen.
Emilio Sanchez: Vista al mar
From the Permanent Art Collection

July 3 - December 6, 2014
West Dade Regional Library

The exhibition consists of works by the late Cuban-born American artist Emilio Sánchez (1921‑1999), featuring lithographs, watercolors and drawings from the Library’s permanent art collection. Sanchez, a prolific artist who lived briefly in Miami and a longtime resident of Manhattan worked with oils, watercolors, pencil and ink drawings and printmaking. Though he is mostly known for his architectural paintings and his simplified geometric abstractions, Sanchez explored a variety of subject matters from natural landscapes to still lives, urban and rural scenes. Vista al mar includes a series of limited edition works on paper, as well as original watercolors that were influenced by Cuba and the Caribbean where he travelled extensively.

Puerto Rican Poster Art
Silkscreens from the Permanent Art Collection

March 29 - August 29, 2014
Hispanic Branch Library

The posters featured in the exhibition were produced throughout the 1980s – towards the end of one of Puerto Rico’s most culturally defining decades, which started off in the late 1940s. These compelling and vivid silkscreen posters from the library system’s special art collection are an impressive evidence of the power of words and images to communicate and persuade. The origin of the silkscreen poster in Puerto Rico coincided with the foundation of el Taller de Cinema y Grafica de la Comision de Parques y Recreo Publico (Cinema and Graphics Workshop of the Commission of Parks and Public Recreation) in San Juan in 1946. Its purpose was to stimulate artistic production and function as an educational tool for social change. The content of the first posters produced at the workshop was social. By the 1960s, a greater number of artists, institutions, and workshops were producing their own posters on the island and were using the art of the poster to promote cultural activities and events.

The Puerto Rican Endowment for Humanities and the Institute for Puerto Rican Affairs produced the images on display here.