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.

Paint Splash: Before Wynwood Art‑Walk

Bhakti Baxter, Untitled (Stamp Print) 2012,
Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

Paint Splash: Before Wynwood Art‑Walk
A collaborative exhibit featuring works from the Permanent Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and works by Wynwood muralist Luis Valle

December 15, 2014 - May 3, 2015
West Dade Regional

Wynwood muralist and gallery Curator/Director Luis Valle works with the Miami‑Dade Public Library Systems' Permanent Art Collection to create a unique conversation between what is currently happening in the Wynwood Art Scene and how it’s shaping and adding to our Miami art history.

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New

Christian Marclay, Untitled (The Coasters, Janet Jackson, Soul Asylum, You Can Go and Three Mix Tapes), 2008, unique Cyanotype print, from the Permanent Art Collection.

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New
Works from the Permanent Art Collection
Curated by Barbara Young, Helen Kohen and Margarita Cano

December 19, 2014 - May 6, 2015
Main Library, Auditorium Exhibition Space

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New, “is just a sampling of what’s in the library’s art storage, on the inside walls of its buildings, and in the case of Culmer / Overtown Branch, on its exterior walls (Miami artist Purvis Young did the mural). It’s the Library’s way of paying tribute to a community that accepted a fresh idea. Confirmed it, and provided the backing for it to flourish and multiply. By those means the Permanent Art Collection of the MDPLS is a true reflection of the interest of this community, how it grew to know visual art, to support it, to buy it and to give it away for the public good.” – Helen Kohen

"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.

Influential Women at Work: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 23, 2 p.m.

Coming Soon

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.