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Exhibitions at the Library

Art Services & Exhibitions Division

About

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 permanent art collection 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, call 305‑375‑5599 or e‑mail art@mdpls.org.

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

A Closer Look at the Artwork of Emilio Sanchez
A Closer Look is a series dedicated to highlighting Library’s Permanent Art Collection

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

Library Exhibitions

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

Current Exhibitions & Programming

Highlights

From the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection

November 14, 2022 - February 9, 2023

Miami Beach Regional Library


The Highlights exhibition showcases a sampling of the wide-ranging use of materials by artists whose works are a part of the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection. The framed pieces and objects highlight the work of artists Damian Rojo, Tom Schmitt, Judith Page, Valeria Yamamoto, Purvis Young, Edwin Villasmil, Gustavo Oviedo and many others.

Abstract metal sculpture

Adriana Carvalho, Vowel, Steel wool, wire mesh, assorted metals. From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System


Painting of woman balancing on tightrope at nighttime

Margarita Cano, Balancing Act, 1995, Giclee Print, Cuba Paradise Lost Artist Book. From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System

Artist Books:

Featuring Margarita Cano, Pedro Hernandez and the Library’s Permanent Art Collection

November 1 - December 17, 2022 

Main Library

Join us as we celebrate a fantastic exhibition of books at Main Library from the Library’s Permanent Art Collection including the work of artist, community culture activist and former art librarian Margarita Cano and Cuban American sculptor and cut-drawing artist Pedro Hernandez.


Photographs of Jazz & Blues Musicians by David Spitzer

On View Until March 18, 2023

Shenandoah Branch Library

Music and photography come together in this digital exhibit featuring black and white photographs by David D. Spitzer from the Jazz and Blues Musicians series from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.  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 seen here 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.

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Cover of poetry book La Perla de las Antillas

La Perla de las Antillas

An Exhibition from the Library's Collections featuring items with a focus from the late 1800s to the early 1900s

Westchester Regional

Special Collections & Archives and the Permanent Art Collection present La Perla de las Antillas, an exhibition intended to share a time of Cuba for those who have never known it, have forgotten, and for those who will never forget. The exhibition will feature rare books, lithograph prints, ephemera, photography, poetry, and more celebrating Cuba's history, poetry, and architecture of the 1800s and early 1900s.

Pearl of the Antilles was dubbed so after the romantic title given to Antonio Carlo Napoleone Gallenga's journey to Cuba in 1873, seeing as it was the largest island of the West Indies upon his arrival. Used as a base to continue Spanish colonization and travel to neighboring lands, settlers prospered from her rich soil plantations of tobacco, coffee and sugar. The Cuban people would soon earn their independence from Spain in the Spanish American War of the late 1800s, a fight bridging together a relationship between the United States and Cuba which would later sever at the dawn of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Prior to the embargo and the island being held in time, it was a destination for many—hypnotized by the fascination and magic of Cuba which could awaken the imagination of travelers, scholars, writers and artists from all over the world.

Poets from the island that are included in this exhibit showcase the illustrative power of language and poetry. Jose Marti, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Jose Maria Heredia, and Dulce Maria Loynaz are showcased in this exhibition as examples of poets that have received international recognition and success as masters of their craft. Provided in Spanish and English, the sections of poetry have been chosen for a variety of reasons including their popularity within the culture, their elegance of execution, and their connection to the island's natural majesty.