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MDC Museum of Art + Design Opens Summer Exhibition Season with New Exhibits by The Miami Herald Photographers and Recent Works by Yovani Bauta


FLASHBACK pairs still photographs inset into period specific television sets.

Miami, May 14, 2013 - The Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will present two new exhibitions opening on June 7, at the Museum located within MDC’s historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. The multi-media photography exhibit FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s and Invisible Presence: Recent works by Yovani Bauta, inaugurate the Museum’s summer season. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s is a multi-medium art project/exhibition conceived by freelance photographer, Alexia Fodere in collaboration with The Miami Herald veteran photographers, Donna Natale Planas and Charles Trainor, Jr. Inspired by Fodere’s interest in the lifestyle and culture of Miami in the 1980’s, FLASHBACK pairs still photographs inset into period specific television sets. The repositioned images and subsequent context of time past captures the violence, excitement and essence of the 1980s in the Magic City.   

Invisible Presence is Yovani Bauta’s first solo exhibition at the MDC Museum of Art + Design. Bauta’s artwork –spanning over 25 years --has manifested in many forms including traditional painting, drawing and sculpture; as well as installation, performance and interactive art. Invisible Presence presents an exhibition of recent works, including a new interactive installation, Head in the Bathroom, which explores levels of privacy and false senses of security.

A complete schedule, including lectures and open discussions to be held throughout the summer will be announced in early June. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 10. Museum hours are Wednesday - Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available.

FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s and Invisible Presence are presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About MDC’s Museum & Galleries of Art + Design

The MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design is a network of venues and initiatives at the College's campuses located throughout South Florida, including MDC’s flagship exhibition venue, the MDC Museum of Art + Design, housed at the historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami. MDC's Museum & Galleries of Art + Design has more than 15,000 running feet of exhibition space in its network of galleries and public art spaces, making it one of the largest and most diverse institutions in the country devoted to the visual arts.

 In addition to presenting external exhibitions and programs, MDC has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the MDC Permanent Art Collection has grown to more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, installation and public sculpture. The collection is known for works by emerging artists, under recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. Among the greatest strengths in the collection are pieces within the movements of Minimalism, Pop Art of the 60s and 70s, Conceptual Art and Contemporary Latin American Art.

 The MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design utilizes its gallery spaces, its art in public spaces, its staff and visual resources (exhibition and permanent collections), as well as the expertise and artistic talents of faculty and students at MDC, to provide year-long programming of activities that offer a unique learning experience through direct contact with the visual arts. Art, concerts, lectures, film, video and much more are part of its network of art spaces, with events that are free and open to the public.


FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s and Invisible Presence: Recent works by Yovani Bauta

  • WHEN: Friday, Jun. 7, 6:00 PM - Saturday, Aug. 10, 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design The Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

For more information about the exhibition, please call 305-237-7700. Specific gallery locations and hours can be found on the Museum & Galleries website:


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