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Miami Dade College Presents Utopía Posible, an Exhibition by Felipe Dulzaides

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Miami, February 17, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Art Gallery System, in collaboration with Wolfson Focus on the Humanities, MDC’s Miami International Film Festival, and the University of Miami’s Cuban Culture on the Edge, presents Felipe Dulzaides’ exhibition, Utopía Posible, March 3 – April 28 at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. An exhibition opening and public brunch reception with remarks by the artist will take place Saturday, March 3, from 11 am – 1 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 

Utopía Posible is a body of work that addresses the architecture and the completion process of Cuban National Art Schools (Instituto Superior de Arte or ISA). Even though three of the five buildings remain unfinished, the schools are acknowledged as the most outstanding architectural achievement of the Cuban Revolution. Felipe Dulzaides was born in Cuba, to a family of musicians and writers. He studied drama at ISA. Working in a variety of media, his work departs from autobiographical experiences, actions with allegorical resonance and trans-cultural notions.

Dulzaides’ work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. The project Utopía Posible was included in the 7th Gwangju Biennial and the 10th Havana Biennial. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Cintas Fellowship, Creative Work Fund, Art Matters and the Rome Prize. He also has developed public art projects that include billboards, interactive inflatable sculptures and a video piece for LAX. Dulzaides, who studied documentary photography at Miami Dade College and received a MFA from the New Genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute, is also an educator. 

The exhibition opens during the college’s Miami International Film Festival, which is presenting a related documentary, Unfinished Spaces, about the National Arts School. Dulzaide appears in the film and will also participate in a discussion panel, Architecture of the Art Schools: Time & Passion, which will bring together documentary directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray from New York to discuss how Unfinished Spaces was made and what it means for Americans to shoot a film in Cuba. Roberto Gottardi from Havana will address his experiences as an architect in Cuba during the early years of the Revolution and his plans for the school of drama. Dr. Eberto García Abreu represents the theater arts program in Havana’s University of the Arts School and will detail the challenges of working in one of the “unfinished spaces.” Dulzaides will share his experiences studying and creating at the school.

The panel will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Freedom Tower. It is presented by the University of Miami's Cuban Culture on the Edge and MDC's Miami International Film Festival and is organized by Dr. Lillian Manzor and moderated by UM Architecture Professor Jean Francois LeJeune. Co-sponsors include the University of Miami's School of Architecture, University of Miami's Center for Latin American Studies, Miami Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives at Miami Dade College, and Women's and Gender Studies at University of Miami; it is supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Italian language and culture at the University of Miami. Seating is limited to 75 people, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cuban Culture on the Edge brings to Coral Gables and the larger South Florida community new, cutting edge programs from and on Cuba rarely seen or discussed in S. Florida. Curated by Dr. Lillian Manzor and hosted by the Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, it is the only space that brings Cuban artists and scholars form the island to Coral Gables and it is one of the few platforms in S. Florida that brings together alternative, young Cuban artists with their American and US-Cuban counterparts.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960.

For additional information, please contact MDC’s Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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