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Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design Announces Groundbreaking 2013-14 Season

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Ice Vinyl by Ivan Abreau. Photograph, 2006, from the series: m(rpm)2006-2013. Image Courtesy of the Artist & CINTAS Foundation

Miami, July 23, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) recently announced its 2013-14 season. Housed at MDC’s Freedom Tower, a National Historic Landmark, the Museum is the college’s flagship institution dedicated to the exhibition of visual art and design. Now in its second year of programming, the Museum will present an array of exhibits and programs that explore various thematic and cultural frontiers, while also showcasing local and distinguished alumni.

With a mission to encourage the appreciation and understanding of visual aesthetics through direct engagement with original works of art and design, and serve as a catalyst for the cultivation of creative dialog and diverse perspectives through the arts, the Museum hosts a multitude of programs to engage the public. The new season exemplifies support of the vast local artistic community and provides a platform for major exhibitions by world-renowned and emerging artists.

MOAD’s 2013-14 season:

Skylight Galleries: Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience

September 13 – November 17, 2013

Organized by MOAD and curated by artist Michelle Weinberg, Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience explores the impact and influence of Antonia Eiriz (1929-1995), who developed a highly personal style as a painter, boldly addressing themes such as the machinations of power, propaganda and human suffering in a manner suffused with wry metaphors, irony and dark humor. Her work was influential to a generation of Cuban artists in the 1960s, and she left a profound personal imprint on her many students in Cuba. Her works are related to parallel developments in painting by American and European artists who explored surrogate motifs for the human figure, such as Philip Guston and John Walker. The intensity of the surfaces she crafted provide an analog for human physical and emotional suffering.

Main Gallery: Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits. Anne Austin Pearce & Sara Stites

September 13 – November 17, 2013

Curated by MOAD, Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits is an exhibition of new works by Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites. The exhibition exemplifies the contemporary shift in the execution and appreciation of traditional drawing and painting. Pearce and Stites use nature, decay, personal landscapes and the ironies of contemporary society as a vehicle to inspire and inform their process-driven work. Both straddle the line between the polarizing nature of historical feminism and the realities of navigating the art world as mid-career female artists who are thematically post-feminist.

Cintas Gallery: CINTAS Foundation Fellows Finalist Exhibition in Visual Art

October 10 – December 15, 2013

In partnership with the prestigious CINTAS Foundation, MOAD presents the 50th edition of the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Finalist Exhibition in Visual Art. The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition, and the visual arts by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States, who was also a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts.

Skylight & Main Galleries: Rituales en Haití. Cristina García Rodero

December 4, 2013 – March 29, 2014

A partnership between the MOAD, the Consulate of Spain in Miami and Centro Cultural Español Miami, Rituales en Haití is a series of works by famed Spanish photographer Cristina García Rodero that debuted at the 2001 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. García Rodero’s ground-breaking work and expansive career documents and celebrates the mystified worlds within ritualistic ceremonies in Haiti, as well as festivals – religious or pagan – throughout Spain, India, Mediterranean Europe and the United States. For Rituales en Haití, García Rodero traveled to Haiti over a period of four years, where she documented vodou rituals, producing a series of expressive portraits and moving scenes flanked by engaging documentary observations. Rituales en Haití is the first major solo museum exhibition by the Magnum Photo photographer in the United States. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout the world, including MoMA PS1, New York, N.Y.; Museo del Prado, Madrid; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Bogota Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia; and Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris.

MDC Gallery: Leonard Turkel. Following Your Own Sense of Justice

January 17 – March 29, 2014

Organized by MOAD, Leonard Turkel. Following Your Own Sense of Justice is a special exhibition dedicated to Leonard Turkel, coined the “Father of Florida Condominiums” by The Miami Herald and is noted as the pioneer of the Florida condominium development boom. Behind the exterior of the successful entrepreneur, Turkel had a social conscience that proved much greater than that of the typical businessman. In addition to leaving behind a legacy for equal rights, inner-city housing, mobile health clinics and midnight basketball for at-risk teenagers, Turkel was an artist who created hundreds of collages and assemblages that mirror his morals of social justice. Following Your Own Sense of Justice is a retrospective of his rarely seen artwork and is a true testament to the legacy of a man who proved to be one of Miami’s greatest mavericks of civic equality and community building.

Cintas & MDC Galleries: The Influencers I & II: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection

January 17 – July 12, 2014

Organized and curated by MOAD, The Influencers I & II: Prominent works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection highlights works by some of the most influential artists in historical and local context. MDC has been collecting art at its individual campuses since the 1960s. Over the years, the 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. Featured artists include Benjamin West, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Joseph Beuys, Frank Stella, and Robert Arneson, as well as contemporary artists Arnold Mesches, Lynne Gelfman, and Elena Sisto, among others.

Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation

April 25 – July 12, 2014

The legacy of Oscar B. Cintas has fostered the development of Cuban artists outside of Cuba for the last 50 years, promoting the professional development of those artists and the continuity of Cuban traditions in art. Impact and Legacy celebrates 50 years of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, which is composed of works donated by the fellows in appreciation of the fellowship award. The Collection has grown to be one of the largest bodies of Cuban art outside of Cuba and continues to expand each year. Past recipients include writers Oscar Hijuelos, Maria Irene Fornes and Reinaldo Arenas; visual artists Cundo Bermudez, Baruj Salinas, Luis Gispert, Félix González-Torres, Teresita Fernández, Carlos Alfonso and Andres Serrano; architect Andres Martin Duany; and composers Orlando Garcia and Tania León. The Cintas Foundation is the oldest entity in the United States dedicated to the support of artists of the Cuban diaspora.In 2011, MDC and the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, which are housed at MOAD in the Freedom Tower. 

North Gallery: swing/SPACE/miami

September 20, 2013 – July 12, 2014

The Museum inaugurates a new exhibition series featuring the work of distinguished MDC and New World School of the Arts alumni. swing/SPACE/miami is an ongoing series featuring five solo or group exhibitions per year, providing a platform to re-engage alumni and foster opportunities for young and emerging artists throughout South Florida. Artists in the inaugural season include Leandro Vazquez, Liliam Dominguez, Lauren Pascarella, Tatiana Vahan, and William Cordova.

About MDC Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate, and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. 

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