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.

Margarita Cano: Explorations
Three Women Behind Bars. Cubanas Entre Rejas, 2004
Mixed Media on Canvas, Margarita Cano.
Margarita Cano: Explorations
An artist’s retrospective

Installed & Curated by Oscar Fuentes
July 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Main Library, Auditorium

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 29, 2 - 5 p.m.

Main Library, Auditorium

Margarita Cano: Explorations
An artist’s retrospective, features Margarita Cano’s impressive artistic career. The exhibition consists of two dimensional paintings, artist’s books and video installations.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita Cano migrated to the United States in 1962 at the age of 30. An active member of Miami’s artistic and literary community for decades, Cano taps her memories of the island in works of art that convey the feel of the homeland of her youth with an aesthetic that combines mysticism, romance and vital beauty.

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 exhibition features works of: Julia Arredondo, Marina Font & Amalia Caputo, Gamaliel Herrera, Angelica Londoño, Marie Marcano, Sandra March, Ania Moussawel, Markus Oberndorfer, Kerry Phillips, Ingrid Schindall, Evelyn Serrano and Louisa Van Leer and artists’ books from the Miami‑Dade Public Library System Permanent Art Collection.

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

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.

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

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

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

Rosa Naday Garmendia Postcard
TRAVELING TO CUBA? A postcard project.
By Rosa Naday Garmendia

August 7 - October 26, 2015
Hispanic Branch Library

A project at the intersection of social engagement and art making.

This project documents through the use of postcards the natural human communication and exchange that is increasing between people who live in the United States and Cuba despite travel restrictions that have been in place for the last 53 years that affect U.S. citizens, legal residents, Cubans and their descendants who reside in the United States.

Rosa Naday Garmendia was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 8. Her interest in art began at an early age and her talent became evident quickly. She won many local and statewide awards, including the Prestigious Scholastic Art Awards, more recently the Artist Access Grant among others. She pursued her career studies at various universities and art institutes; University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She is currently a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami.