Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Freedom Tower hosts historic art exhibitions
Record crowds gathered at the Freedom Tower last fall for a Florida-first: the chance to see the complete etchings of Francisco de Goya. The success of this exhibition has led to another autumnal collaboration between the College's Art Gallery System and Spain's Caixanova Bank: Salvador Dali's The Divine Comedy.
Created to celebrate Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Dali's 100-piece print series is considered one of the most important works of his career. To involve the community in learning about Dali, the Art Gallery System is hosting weekly gallery walks, lectures on surrealist art and engraving workshops for students. The exhibition is open through Jan. 31.
The Freedom Tower is also hosting an exhibition of never-before traveled works by Italian masters Leonardo da Vinci, Tiziano Vecellio and Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis, and German master Albrecht Durer. The exhibition continues through Dec. 17 and travels to Miami from Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, which houses one of the world's greatest repositories of Humanist learning.
Since the Martin Family and Terra Group generously donated the Freedom Tower to the College, it has been the site of numerous important cultural and educational events. I would once again like to express my gratitude for this priceless gift and would like to thank those organizations that have lent a hand in bringing these beautiful works to our community, notably: Caixanova Bank, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the Beacon Council, the Knight Foundation, the Milan Chamber of Commerce, the Fashion Committee of Lombardy Region, the National Chamber for Italian Fashion, Coveri Couture and Vernissage Fondazione Ambrosiana.