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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 & Programs

MDPLS Author Series

Lunchtime Poetry & Jazz @ the Library
Featuring Caroline Cabrera and Madison Whatley


Thursday, August 1
Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Main Library

Join us for an interactive poetry and jazz program featuring Caroline Cabrera and Madison Whatley, who will read their works while accompanied by live music performed by the Diego Melgar Jazz Trio.

Hosted by Miami-Dade County Poetry Ambassador Nicole Tallman and Library Curator and Poet Oscar Fuentes.

All ages.


Documents inside artistic wooden box
Margarita Cano, Cuba: Paradise Lost, 2004

Cover to Cover: Book Arts in Miami

Presented by the Library's Vasari Project


June 29 – August 24

Main Library

Dive into the world of artists' books and zines with Cover to Cover: Book Arts in Miami. Explore the unique creations that stretch our imagination of what a book is and can be. These works of art challenge formal ideas and play with our sense of the traditional book form.


This exhibition was made possible through generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs.


yellow fish in Miami Beach Near Shore Reef

Discover the Miami Beach Near Shore Reef

with David Grieser and Dr. Allyson DeMerlis 


Tuesday, June 25
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

Miami Beach Regional Library

Enjoy a panel discussion and presentation about the efforts to safeguard the Miami Beach Near Shore Reef, a hidden and vibrant reef located just off the South Beach Shore, featuring Miami Beach resident and environmental advocate David Grieser and Dr. Allyson DeMerlis from University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science.

Moderated by Ombretta Agró Andruff, ARTSail


Black and white image of curled-up book

De Natura Libris

By Álvaro Alejandro López


June 21 – September 19

Westchester Regional Library

Revel on the bold photographic series titled De Natura Libris as it portrays our interactions with books – both physical and abstract. The corporeality of a book is captured through its structures, textures, forms and signs of use. Experiences brought on from reading and touching a book are ultimately individual, evoked by various attributes, such as the contents of a book, its textures and smells, the memories it awakens or simply the aesthetic beauty of its parts. By reading and using books, people create connections. Each journey through a book is personal, as are the interpretation of these photographs.


Black and white image of people protresting

Martin’s Footprints: Marches in Coconut Grove & Goulds

By Symone Titania Major


June 28 – September 2

North Dade Regional Library

Martin’s Footprints: Marches in Coconut Grove & Goulds is a documentary photography series by Symone Titania Major, a recipient of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation’s 2021 Knight Arts Challenge Award. The black and white photographs in this series document the duality of two historical marches that took place in Miami during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first march was held on June 13, 2020 in Coconut Grove as a protest toward police brutality. The second march was held in the Goulds neighborhood of Miami on April 10, 2021 and protested for an end to gun violence. This series was originally exhibited in 2022 at the Historic Coconut Grove Museum and a selection of these photographs have been shown at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Augusta Savage Gallery as part of the group exhibition titled As We Move Forward curated by Nhadya Lawes and Juana Valdes.


Art installation on beach
 

Become Ocean: Art from World Ocean Day Celebrations

Curated by Ombretta Agró Andruff, Founder and Executive Director at ARTSail


May 1 - August 31

Miami Beach Regional Library

In commemoration of international World Ocean Day on June 8, ARTSail in partnership with the Blue Scholars Initiative, gives rise to the power of visual arts as a creative champion of environmental stewardship with their annual World Ocean Weekend Celebration. Crafted with the aim of promoting ocean conservation awareness, ARTSail offers an array of free activities during the event, including art installations, recreation, impact, science, education, and entertainment.

This exhibition presents a selection of the entire Ocean Flags collection, commissioned annually by ARTSail from different artists. These flags, celebrating the beauty and urgency of marine ecosystems, are unveiled each year at the World Ocean Day Celebration. Three artists/collectives have contributed since the program’s inception in 2021.

Featured artists: AMLgMATD, Beatriz Chachamovits, Deborah Mitchell (post June 8), Maria Useche (post June 8), Marina Zurkow with Una Chaudhuri.