Art At The Miami-Dade Public Library System
Art at the Library
(Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown),
1973-2000, silver print on
fiber base photographic paper,
permanent art collection.
By David D. Spitzer
March 19 - September 5, 2014
North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183 St. • 305-625-6424
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.
Myrcianthes fragrans, 2013,
watercolor on paper.
Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers
April 5 - June 7, 2014
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way • 305-553-1134
Botanical Exploration with Tropical Botanic Artists Program
Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. • West Dade Regional Library
Join a lively presentation about the tradition of botanical illustrations along with field collecting in the Everglades featuring members of the Tropic Botanic Artists. This Spanish presented talk will also discuss native Everglades plants, who named them, and how some are used today by native peoples.
July 11 - September 2, 2014
101 W. Flagler St. • 305-375-2665
Botanical exploration in Everglades National Park
Saturday August 2, 2 p.m. • Main Library, 2nd floor exhibition space
Join an in-depth presentation about the tradition of plant exploration in Everglades National Park by park botanist, Jimi Sadle. This English presented talk will discuss the evolving relationship people have had with plants in one of the nation's largest and most remote wilderness areas.
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.
Hotel Gritti terrace with Church of
the Salute in the background.
Courtesy Ivancich Family Archives.
Presented by Societa’ Dante Alighieri
April 26 - June 2, 2014
1st and 2nd floor exhibition space
Societa’ Dante Alighieri and the Miami-Dade Public Library System present Il Veneto di Hemingway in conjunction with the Library’s 14th Annual International Art of Storytelling: Italy. Curated by Gianni Moriani and Rosella Marnoli Zorzi, this exhibition consists of black and white photographs that recreate the Veneto through Ernest Hemingway’s experience during his stays in Italy from 1948 to 1954. Nobel Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway (1899 - 1961) arrived in Italy as a young man, volunteering for the American Red Cross during World War I. Fascinated by the region, lifestyle and culture, Hemingway returned many times to Italy where his experiences there provided the creative source for several of his short stories and novels, including A Farewell to Arms.
Il Veneto di Hemingway is a Venice International University project supported by the Veneto Region.
watercolor on paper. Luis Alonso,
Idioma e identidad, 1981, silkscreen.
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.
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.
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.