Art At The Miami-Dade Public Library System
Art at the Library
(Admit That There Is Enough Room
in the World for All Hands
to Work Side-by-side), 1973, silkscreen.
Prints and Other Works from the Permanent Art Collection
December 2 - February 27, 2014
North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183 St. • 305-625-6424
The works of various African-American artists are found in the Library’s permanent art collection. Though the exhibition consists of a small medley of those works, the images are rich and diverse in style, content and technique. Included here are lithographs, silkscreens, intaglios and paintings by Romare Bearden, Kabuya Pamela Bowens, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Lloyd McNeill, Bety Saar and Lou Stovall.
watercolor on paper. Luis Alonso,
Idioma e identidad, 1981, silkscreen.
From the Permanent Art Collection
December 2 - March 4, 2014
Hispanic Branch Library
1398 SW. 1 St. • 305-643-8574
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.
Silkscreens from the Permanent Art Collection
December 2 - March 5, 2014
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way • 305-553-1134
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.
The Permanent Art Collection
The Miami-Dade Public Library System has a permanent art collection of more than 2,200 works of art. Cultivated for more than forty years, the art collection consists of works on paper, photographs, paintings, multiples, artists’ books and small sculptures with a focus on African American, Latino, and Miami artists; national and international artists are also represented.
Art Exhibitions at the Library
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, exhibitions program or the Vasari archive, call 305-375-5572 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.