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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

A Visual Narrative
Miami-Dade Public Library System's Permanent Art Collection and Exhibitions

Library Artist-in-Residence Program
Interview with Jacob Brillhart, Rocco Ceo, Victor Deupi

Pablo Cano's Library Exhibition
Pablo Cano To The Eye Behind The Keyhole — 1979‑2016

Library Exhibitions

Pedestrian 1985 & 2015
Street Photography In Downtown with Liam Crotty and David Spitzer

Current Exhibitions & Programming

Drawing of group of insects
Alberto Meza
Omnivorous Dwellers, 2012
Forgiveness Poem Typeset over collage of abstract shapes and colors
Lea Nickless & Michael Hettich
Forgiveness, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print
Poetry Written Among Abstarct Space
Michelle Weinberg & Denise Duhamel
Sculpture Garden, 2011
Digital Print
Poem Written Inside Silhouette Composited with a Large Field
Lara Stein Pardo & Nadege Green
Tie Your Waist, and Gather Your Strength, 2012
Laser Print
Poem Written Between Abstact Composite of Birds Flying Among Light Bulbs
Joe Nicastri and Astrid Justine Nicastri
She Slips, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print
Poem with Illustration of a Vulture
Birds are Nice and Diane Arrieta
Vulture, 2012
Laser Print
Gary L. Moore and Joanne Hyppolite
They Will C U, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print
Abstract illustration of animal cellular hybrid
Lea Nickless and David Gonzalez
During the Summer Months in Florida, 2009
Carbon Pigment Print
Poem framed by an abstract stary night, birds and set of glaring eyes with a finger pointed to them
Tom Virgin and Campbell McGrath
Propaganda of the Fragment, 2012
Letterpress Relief Print

To the Barbershop, Call and Response Series #2
By Richard Davenport and Noelle Théard

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

February 1 - June 2, 2019
Miami Beach Regional

For this exhibition, the Miami‑Dade Public Library System invited Miami photojournalist and documentarian Noelle Théard to create a new body of work in response to a series of photographs by Richard Davenport from the library’s Permanent Art Collection. Théard responded to the Davenport photographs, which depict black barbershops in Miami during the early 1980s, by revisiting some of the same barbershops in December of 2006. The Library acquired this new set of photographs for its permanent art collection.

Special thanks to Mr. Kelly and Clabon Leslie of Green and Fort, Mr. Payne of Caring Touch Barber Shop, and Mr. Johnny and Roosevelt of Mop City.

Patron getting haircut while others wait in conversation
Richard Davenport
Untitled (From Barbershops in Miami Series), ca. 1980
Black and White Photograph
Wide Shot of Barber Cutting Patrons Hair
Richard Davenport
Untitled (From Barbershops in Miami Series), ca. 1980
Black and White Photograph
Close Up of Young Boy Getting Hair Trimmed
Noelle Théard
Zay Zay

“O, Write My Name”: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes
By Carl Van Vechten

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

February 1 - May 29, 2019
West Dade Regional

In celebration of Black History Month, the Miami‑Dade Public Library System is exhibiting this special selection of portrait photographs from the Carl Van Vechten portfolio that are part of the Library’s Permanent Art Collection.

The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s. Van Vechten, a writer, critic and accomplished photographer who counted Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and many major figures of the Harlem Renaissance among his closest friends, documented the extraordinary “Heroes” seeking to create a photographic record and let their legacies live on. The images are from a selection created by Eakins Press Foundation with Van Vechten’s photographs reproduced by Richard Benson in hand‑pulled gravures in 1983.

Black and White Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston
Carl Van Vechten
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937

Little Haiti, Miami
By Gary Monroe

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

February 1 - May 28, 2019
North Dade Regional

In 1985, photographer Gary Monroe captured a series of black and white photographs to document Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. The photographs give us a deeper look into the collective cultural information that is visually present in the area. The light and atmosphere reflected in the photographs evoke a sense of simplicity and tell the story of everyday life in the Little Haiti community. Images of children playing together in the yard and groups of friends gathered together at church reflect important facets of Haitian culture and tell much about the people who live there. Monroe’s Little Haiti, Miami photograph series prods us to take a look at our own neighborhood and the collective cultural information it emits.

About the Artist
Gary Monroe is a Miami native who is best known for his photographs of the now gone old world Jewish community of South Beach, his work with Haitians in South Florida and in Haiti and his photographs of tourists at Disney World, which he describes as “a rite of passage.” His photographs also include those that look at the homogenized architecture around Florida and images of people around the world.

Monroe has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council and Fulbright to support his photography. Monroe was best described by Miami artist Salvatore La Rosa as “a Miami icon.”

More of his photography can be seen at and the Gary Monroe MDPLS Digital Collection

Photo of a Woman Walking with a Column Partially Obstructing View
Gary Monroe
Untitled, 1985
Black and White Photograph

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

February 1 - May 27, 2019
Hispanic Branch

Mostly renowned for his fashion and commercial photography, Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte’s photographs of legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz capture the diva during the last 15 years of her life, both on and off stage. This exhibition features a series of black‑and‑white photographs narrating the more intimate stories of the unique friendship and collaboration between Cruz, the “Queen of Salsa,” and Rodriguez‑Duarte. Photos include tender images of the singer along with Pedro Knight, her lifetime love, and a close‑up of her treasured four‑inch heels made of steel.

Artist Bio
Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte was born in Havana, Cuba, and in 1968 left with his parents through the Freedom Flights for Miami where he was raised. At the age of ten, he was given his first camera by his grandfather, which sparked his interest in photography. Today, he is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. Rodriguez‑Duarte is known for his elegant fashion photographs and celebrity portraits. His subjects have included Gianni Versace, Gloria Vanderbilt, Andy Garcia, and Enrique Iglesias.

Black and White Portrait of Celia Cruz Clapping Hands Walking on New York Street
Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte
On the Street Where I Live (4), 2001
Fiber‑print photograph
Black and White Photo of Celia Cruz's Unique Shoes Close Up
Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte
Los Zapaticos de Celia, 2001
Fiber‑print Photograph

Upcoming Exhibitions & Programs

Gleason W. Romer

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

May 27 - August 29
Miami Beach Regional

Gleason Waite Romer (1887‑1971) photographed South Florida from 1925 until the early 1950’s. Upon his arrival in South Florida, Mr. Romer took a job as a photojournalist for the Illustrated Daily Tab, an early Miami newspaper. Later, when the Tab closed, he became a commercial photographer. He also opened his own photography lab. It’s because of his different occupations and his wonderful eye for capturing a moment in time that we have beautiful and enduring snapshots of life in early South Florida.

A man dressed in white formal attire sitting on a miniature car looking back at the camera.
Gleason W. Romer, Henry F. Ewald: Comedy In Small Auto

CUBA: 1930‑1958
Photographs by Dr. Roberto Machado

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

May 28 - August 28, 2019
Hispanic Branch

Dr. Machado was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1905. He practiced medicine in Cuba for 26 years before he immigrated to the United States in 1960. A physician by training, Machado was also an accomplished photographer who devoted considerable time and passion to photography. His legacy includes over 700 negatives of Cuba created from the 1930s through the 1950s.

These photographs were printed by Cuban‑born South Florida photographer Silvia Lizama. The images on exhibit are from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

Two women riding on a Harley Davidson motorcycle along side a car
Dr. Roberto Machado, Dos Mujeres en un Harley Davidson, Malecon de la Habana, Cuba, 1950s photograph.

Photographs of Jazz & Blues Musicians
By David Spitzer

From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

May 29 - August 27, 2019
North Dade Regional

Music and photography come together in this installation featuring black and white photographs by David D. Spitzer from the Jazz and Blues Musicians series from the MDPLS 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 jazz and blues musicians taken during their live performances between the early 1970s 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.

See more of Spitzer’s photographs in our Digital Collections.

Close up portrait of B.B. King playing live
B.B. King by David Spitzer, black and white photograph
From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System