Art At The Miami-Dade Public Library System
|Once Upon a Time in Almeria
April 26 - June 3
During the 1960s and 1970s, the region of Almeria in Spain, was host to dozens of filmmakers who constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia. Films shot here include Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, of which some were inspired by both real-life events and fictional plays by Spanish poet/author Federico Garcia Lorca. Film directors sought to manipulate the otherwise uninhabitable landscape in order to create a world more imaginary than real. Four decades later remnants of the old movie sets remain in the desert, providing seemingly tangible evidence of human settlements that never really existed.
This series of photographs focuses on the architecture and locations used in classic films over the years. Some of the buildings shown were constructed solely as temporary sets, while others are pre-existing structures with their own history, discovered and reused by foreign movie directors. The prints on display are limited-edition digital prints made using archival pigment inks.
From the Permanent Art Collection of the
Miami-Dade Public Library System
January 5 - September 23
The Miami‑Dade Public Library's Permanent Art Collection includes works on paper, photographs, paintings, artists' books, multiples and publications. Much of the work references language, literature, or Miami life and history. This exhibition highlights new additions to the collection from 2009 to the present. Paintings, prints, sculptures and artists' books by Bhakti Baxter, Jenny Brillhart, Ramon Carulla, Jason Hedges, Kathleen Hudspeth, Brandon Opalka, David Spitzer, Sam Winston, and many others will be on view.
|Agustin Fernandez: 20 Años de Exilio 1959-1979
January 5 - August 31
'O, Write My Name'
American Portraits – Harlem Heroes
Carl Van Vechten
March 16 - October
Harlem Renaissance novelist, music critic and photographer, Carl Van Vechten (1880 - 1964), photographed fifty highly acclaimed African American artists, writers, and musicians during 1930 through 1960. This exhibition features part of Van Vechten's O, Write My Name' American Portraits – Harlem Heroes portrait series. The photographs themselves were reproduced using the hand gravure technique of ink printing from copper plates by photographer/printer Richard Benson. Alongside each portrait is a literary quotation by or about the subject, together with a biographical note.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Art Services and Exhibitions Department curates a year-round program of exhibitions, performances, lectures, panel discussions, and community art projects. All of these are free and open to the public.
We also maintain a special collection of over 2,200 works of art. The collection includes works on paper, photographs, artists’ books, and small sculptures, with a focus on African American, Latino, and Miami artists. Additionally, the Vasari Project is an archive that documents the development of the visual arts in Miami-Dade County since 1945. It contains correspondence, press clippings, photographs, oral histories and other materials. The public may access both of these collections for research and reference.
For more information about Art at the Library, contact Art Services at 305-375-5048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about the Vasari Project, a collection of printed matter and items of ephemera that document the history of art in Miami from 1945 to the present, contact email@example.com
For artists and organizations interested in exhibitions at the Miami-Dade Public Library System, click the link below to download the proposal guide.