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Train Travel at the Center of Student-Curated Exhibition at Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower

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Miami, March 10, 2014 - The Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will present Beyond The Rails: Notes on Trains, Travel and Society, a student-curated exhibition that explores the railroad industry through an examination of gender, class and regionalism. There will be an opening reception at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the college’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.    

Beyond The Rails is curated by MDC and New World School of the Arts (NWSA) students Damarys Alvarez, Olga Garcia-Mayoral, Dayana Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez-Lima, Stephanie Hadad, Yanai Nassar, Gabriella Perez, Shiori Ramos, Rafael Rodriguez, Michael A. Rosario-Figueroa, Irina Slizskaya and Lisa Sole Williams.

It is the culmination of a two-semester MDC Museum Studies course offered by MDC and NWSA at the new Wolfsonian-FIU in downtown Miami. The course places students in an environment that fosters professional development with hands on experience curating art exhibitions and attending lectures delivered by museum and collection industry experts. The Museum Studies course and the exhibition Beyond The Rails is made possible by the support of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation.

The exhibition includes advertising ephemera, historical artifacts, photographs and art works selected from the Wolfsonian-FIU downtown collection to engage viewers and showcase the powerful role that rail travel played in society and industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. Men and women from divergent socio-economic classes and cultural backgrounds had the freedom to experience life on the rails although separated by class. Rail travel offered a way to experience new landscapes and cultures while safely surrounded by modern comforts. The rails also provided connections to previously isolated regions and served to develop tourism, commerce and industry. 

Beyond The Rails runs through April 29. There will be a closing reception on Monday, April 28, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Freedom Tower, including a panel discussion with Mitchell Wolfson Jr. and other special guests at 7 p.m.

MOAD is located inside the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Boulevard. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. 

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