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Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design Opens New Season Sept. 6

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Miami, August 23, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower (formerly the Art Gallery System) kicks off its 2012-13 season at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, with two exhibitions by two extraordinary artists – Jaimie Warren and Elena Sisto – who each offer unique perspectives on women. The opening reception also serves as the launch party to the newly renamed MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design and in support of Miami DDA’s DWNTWN Art Days. A special live performance by Jaimie Warren is scheduled for the opening. The opening reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Jaimie Warren’s exhibition, The WHOAS of Female Tragedy, is a history of ten years of self-portraits by the artist, as well as a new series of photographs that are recreations of photo-shopped collages of art historical paintings and visual pairings of pop culture icons created by anonymous users found on the internet.Warren collaborated with artist Lee Heinemann who created custom makeup, props and masks. Warren is a curator, performance artist, photographer, and co-creator/co-director of the faux public access television show "Whoop Dee Doo." She lives and works in Kansas City, MO, and has exhibited at White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Smith-Stewart, New York; The Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Atlanta; Max Wigram, London; Showroom for Media and Moving Art, Rotterdam, NL, Getsumin, Osaka; Colette, Paris, Higher Pictures, New York, NY, among others. Her photography has been published in dozens of national and international publications. The WHOAS of Female Tragedy will be on exhibit through Oct. 27. There will be an artist lecture on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m.

In partnership with the University Galleries at the University of Florida, and Lori Bookstein Fine Art, NYC, New York artist Sisto presents Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow, 28 paintings created over the past ten years. The young women in her paintings are simultaneously interactive and introspective, and also some of her own art students. The paintings reach out to relate and also the viewer a chance to look within. They are seemingly autobiographical or somehow familiar. Holding and impressive track record of important solo and group exhibitions, numerous residencies, workshops and grants, Sisto is an acclaimed artist who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University and the New York Studio School. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow will be on exhibit through Nov. 2. There will be an artist lecture on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m.

The Freedom Tower is located at 600 Biscayne Blvd. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon - 5 p.m.


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