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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

Fluorescent Moon

Saturday, November 12, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Main Library – Auditorium

“The world seen by the blinds.”

Fluorescent Moon is an original theater piece by Antiheroes Project, a collective of Miami‑based artists led by individuals with and without disabilities. The piece develops from the personal narratives of artists—in this case three blind actors—and is based on their childhood experiences. The play reveals the ways in which a blind child learns, explores and interacts with the world in terms of sensorial discovery and perception.

The lack of understanding about and access to professional acting training for the blind community and the rare opportunities for blind Latinos to be instrumental in social transformations in our community are at the core of the project. After several conversations and research, the team has found that the shapes, limits of the outer world and images that are elaborated by the brain of a blind person have rarely been translated into theatrical language. This makes Fluorescent Moon a unique, interactive opportunity for Miami audiences to learn about how blind people see.

There will be a Q&A session after the presentation.

Fluorescent Moon Flyer
national association of latino arts and culture
Kiwanis Club Little Havana
Miami-Dade County
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About Antiheroes Project

Antiheroes Project, Inc. was founded in 2011 to work on the creation, production and presentation of contemporary performing arts along with year‑round workshops. In this regard, Antiheroes Project is among the pioneers of the Latino community in consistently providing educational experiences and programmatic accessibility components within our community, which distinguishes the organization’s effort to focus on its mission of “Fostering Inclusion through the Arts and Education.”

Contributing a fresh, innovative voice to the evolution of Hispanic theater in Miami, Antiheroes Project brings to the stage a nomadic spirit of inventiveness, nonconformity and freedom, creating works in an inclusive, collective and non‑linear fashion.

Cast: Roberto Pérez, Danays Bautista, Emilio Bouza
Coach of movement: Lucia Aratanha
Documentation: Jorge Otiniano and Marangeli Franco
Composer: José Luis de la Paz
Artistic direction: José M. Domínguez

A Little Swamp Romance
by Christina Pettersson and Alma Dance Theatre

Friday, December 2, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Miami Beach Regional – Auditorium

“Once upon a time, there was a gator named Aloysius who went on a journey not unlike the Odyssey…”

Join Christina Pettersson and Alma Dance Theatre for a vaudeville‑esque extravaganza utilizing shadow puppetry, video projection, live dance, narration and musical accompaniment in this charming example of magical realism set in the Everglades.

Christina Pettersson explores resurrection and savage demise on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. She writes, "I want to restore that epic and mythological dimension, a sense of awe and reverence for the world. The fact is they are not much about my personality. I want to be a storyteller. I want to believe that life is still wild."

Alma Dance Theatre is a conceptual performance company physically activating spaces, installations and pieces of visual art through collaboration.

Program made possible by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council

A Little Swamp Romance Performance

Rumpelstiltskin Meets Mozart

Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m. ‑ noon
Main Library – Auditorium

Join us for this narrated musical fairy tale performance!
Rumpelstiltskin Meets Mozart uses excerpts from Mozart's famous Symphony No. 40 to create a soundtrack for the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. This Peter and the Wolf style mashup introduces young listeners to classical music in a fun way, while demonstrating the power of music in guiding your imagination.

Hobuco is a collaboration between violinist Belinda Ho and composer Oscar Bustillo. Based in Miami, the duo are musical architects that pair classical masterpieces with childhood stories in a series called Musical Fairytales. Both Ho and Bustillo are active musicians and advocates for music education in the South Florida community.

Rumpelstiltskin Meets Mozart Artwork

September 23 - December 31, 2016
Main Library – Lobby

Writing is an agent of change. It begins with a sentence and leads to a connection, a kinship with a reader and the building of a community. It grows into a realization that each of us has a story to tell that emerges from the sum of our best—and worst—moments. This exhibit assembles writings from prison programs in South Florida facilitated by Exchange for Change, a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of written partnerships to promote dialogue and effect social change. Separated by razor wire, this writing exemplifies what unites us rather than what divides us.

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 24, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

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September 17, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery

The Miami-Dade Public Library is happy to showcase a selection of Pablo Cano's marionette sculptures. This retrospective exhibition will feature a range of unique and detailed marionettes from the artist's personal collection. The exhibition will also feature art talks and hands‑on workshops on how to build your own marionettes.

"A quiet, gentle man, Cano comes to life when describing or operating his marionettes. His childlike delight in the exploits of his creations is irresistible. Throughout history, marionettes have been used to communicate points of view that were difficult or dangerous for people to express. Cano likewise uses marionettes to convey concepts about the human experience. The occasionally biting satire of these productions becomes easily digestible when it is performed by a figure made of bric‑a‑brac."

– Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Vaudeville Workshop with Pablo Cano

Saturday, November 19, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery

Join Cuban artist Pablo Cano for this fun, interactive, hands‑on how to build your own marionette workshop. Cano will demonstrate how he makes his marionettes and show you how to make yours come alive!

“For more than 30 years artist Pablo Cano has dazzled and delighted children and adults alike with the wondrous marionettes he constructs from found objects and performs in front of an eager audience.”

– Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Pablo Cano Portrait

Photo by Stephen Savage

September 9 - December 31
Hispanic Branch

A New York native working in Miami, Susan Feliciano was born to Colombian and Puerto Rican parents. Feliciano creates artworks in a range of mediums working in painting, photography, installation, and poetry. Working in a variety of venues she explores psychological and physical spaces. Through metaphor and abstraction Feliciano uses color as the primary emotional force, and plays between the lines of surface and substance capturing unexpectedly the beauty of impermanence.

In the paintings Tuscany Series, her process begins with applying multiple layers of pigment. Like an archaeologist, she excavates the different stratum with metal tools. Unearthing is an act of courage causing upheaval as one gets past the superficial. In this work she collages retazos or remnants from other paintings. In the ever flux of change she gives new life to these fragments. These subtle paintings may suggest landscapes, in many ways they are imagined places marking a constructed past.

Feliciano’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions nationally, most recently at the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House at Florida International University. She has participated in prestigious residencies including the Juried Artist Program at ArtCenter/South Florida. Feliciano’s paintings, photographs, and installations have appeared in venues throughout South Florida including Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale, Sublime Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The artist’s works have been included in notable exhibitions such as 100+ degrees in the Shade, 30th Anniversary, and MADMiami. Her works are included in the collections of Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises and Ocean Bank. Feliciano has won awards including the Florida Art Education Association Friend of Art Education Award and Fulbright Memorial Fund—Japan.

Feliciano is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s Art + Art History program and a committee member of the Dade Art Educators Association.

Tuscany #4, Susan Feliciano, Pastel on paper

Susan Feliciano
“Tuscany #4” (2016). Pastel on paper; 40 x 50 in.

February 20 - December 31, 2016
Main Library – 2nd Floor

"Stories to unfold,
numerically aligned,
searching for the one"

“As a child, my mother would take my sister and me to our local library often. During the summer it was my second home, and its workers and attendees my family. From reading competitions to plays, the library was an enjoyable escape from the mundane and a large influence for my love of words."

‘Retrospective Lining’ is an artwork that represents the closing and beginning of a lifelong chapter with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System. When the opportunity presented itself to display an artwork at the Main Library, I was honored and realized that it was there, surrounded by the sea of crisply printed pages, that my imagination was first allowed to run free.

“The anticipation of the unknown formation of letters, the hunt to seek and capture the book you sought, and getting a hold of that perfect story was, and still is, part of the excitement I experience when I enter the library and is a catalyst for this piece.”

Elysa D. Batista

Elysa D. Batista is a mixed media artist who works with language, specifically the multiplicity of meaning according to different contexts. Her three‑dimensional work explores personal experiences with power dynamics in relationships and communication and is interpreted through the use of semiotics.

Recent exhibitions include solo show Textual Undercurrents at O Cinema Wynwood, Miami (2015) and group shows include Drums on Paper: A Risograph Print Show at the Glasshouse in Brooklyn (2015) and Everything Must Go at ArtCenter/South Florida in Miami Beach (2015). She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in NYC in 2013 and a BFA from the University of Miami in 2009.

Retrospective Lining
Retrospective Lining

Elysa D. Batista portrait by artist Nati Marconti.

Synergy and Serenity: Paintings by Pedro A. Figueredo

July 22, 2016 - January 2, 2017
West Dade Regional – 1st & 2nd Floor Galleries

In the tradition of abstract painting, Pedro A. Figueredo's artworks display a combination of spontaneous gestures and the precise application of paint to achieve expressive content. From fleeting sensations to the essence of concepts, his paintings capture the mundane to the sublime. Figueredo finds inspiration in nature, dance, music, emotions, and literature.

Chromatic, luminous, and poetic are qualities often associated with Figueredo's paintings. His use of color ranges from diverse contrasting intensities to a limited palette. Working with acrylic paint on canvas, Figueredo applies multiple layers of color pigments and gels to achieve depth and light. To enhance the abstract content, he gives poignant and expressive titles to his paintings. Figueredo often refers to his paintings as “chromatic poems.”

Pedro A. Figueredo is a Miami resident, born in Bayamo, Cuba, and raised in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Columbia University (New York City), and a Master in Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida). As Art Editor of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Figueredo promotes local, national, and international visual artists.

Amazonas, Pedro Figueredo
“Amazonas” (2013). Acrylic on canvas; 40 x 30 in.

May 28 - October 29
Main Library – Lobby

Little People Playthings – Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals around the world. Pocket of Lollipops will intervene with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s acquired Doll Collection and explore their cultural heritage with an art installation. Each doll has its distinctive style by world region. As part of the MDPLS’s artist pop up studio program, multi‑disciplinary artists Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel will relinquish childhood memories and compose new stories through workshops and performance.

Pocket Of Lollipops is a posh‑punk South Florida outfit made up of husband and wife team Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel. Pocket of Lollipops will swirl together in an indie rock frenzy leaving the listener with a dizzying organic sound that will take him or her to another dimension far in the past or future. In addition to their performances, Urrechaga and Kapel also create individual drawings, books and videos, as well as installations.

Artist Talk with Maitejosune Urrechaga & Tony Kapel from Pocket Of Lollipops

Saturday, May 28, Noon - 3 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Writing workshop with Tony Kapel

This workshop will focus on character development by challenging your level of awareness. He will also discuss his short story based on found voodoo dolls.
Saturday, July 16, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Drawing Workshop

Maitejosune Urrechaga will lead a drawing workshop using the dolls as an avenue to excite the mind to making new works.
Saturday, August 6, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

Performance by Pocket Of Lollipops

Costumes encouraged.
Saturday, October 29, 3‑5 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby

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