Exhibitions at the Library Art Services & Exhibitions Department
The Library System has a long history of cultural and educational exhibitions, and makes a special call to artists on a rolling basis for temporary exhibitions that correspond to selected annual themes and/or that highlight the library’s special collections and services.
Additionally, the Vasari Project is an archive that documents the development of the visual arts in Miami‑Dade County since 1945.
For more information about the art collection, exhibition programs or the Vasari archive, call 305‑375‑5599 or e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Visual Narrative
Miami-Dade Public Library System's Permanent Art Collection and Exhibitions
For the Love of Art An Exhibit by Dade Arts Educators Association (DAEA)
January 14 - June 1, 2017
West Dade Regional – 1st & 2nd Floor Galleries
Artists create artworks for a variety of reasons. They may produce art to show the beauty that they perceive, to tell a story, to express thoughts and emotions, to express feelings about the world around them, to educate, to shock, to make you think or just simply for fun. Regardless of the specific reason, artists create For the Love of Art. DAEA artists educate young minds and pass on their knowledge to future generations. This exhibit presents the artist inside the art teacher who creates For the Love of Art.
The Dade Art Educators Association, Inc. is made up of Miami‑Dade art educators, artists, retired teachers and community art leaders invested in the future of arts in education. We welcome public, charter and private school teachers, working artists, museum art professionals and any person with a vested interest in arts education. Together we act as one voice to advocate for awareness about the many challenges that face 21st century art education.
La lotería Multimedia Installation by Paloma Dueñas
January 2 - June 4, 2017
The lottery game originated in Italy in the 15th century and was brought to New Spain (Mexico) in 1769. La Lotería Mexicana is often referred to as Mexican bingo. Anyone who has had the opportunity to play la lotería will find similarities with American bingo. However, the Mexican version is much more visually and intellectually engaging than the American bingo game, but equally as fun. Since poetic license is afforded to the announcer of la lotería, the success and popularity of the announcer depend on his cleverness and style. La lotería has been played as a game of chance, as a pastime and for educational purposes. Because the lotería cards include the name of the pictured character, they are used to teach reading, writing, history and social values. Many bilingual teachers use the game as a teaching tool in the United States.
Multidisciplinary artist Paloma Dueñas was born in Mexico City and has lived in Miami since 2001. She graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Music Therapy. Her life experience in Boston exposed her to many different cultures and gave birth to a creative process that expanded from music to a 35mm camera and the visual arts.
Paloma created photography by paloma in 2006 with her first solo photography exhibition. In 2010, the first installation of her self‑portrait photo work Catarsis was displayed in Wynwood followed by a solo exhibition in 2011 of the same work for the Day of the Dead celebration at the Mexican Consulate in Miami. Catarsis is a collection of self‑portrait photography work reflective of widowhood and death. Since 2014, photography by paloma has expanded more into the artisanal work of handcrafting shadowbox art and jewelry participating in many different pop‑up market events with a booth filled with unique, creative handmade work and jewelry inspired by Mexican themes like Día de Muertos, la lotería and Frida Kahlo, and of course her original photography prints and products.
Noir Narratives by Mark Osterman
December 10, 2016 - June 1, 2017
Main Library – Auditorium Gallery
Noir Narratives is inspired by film stills from Hollywood's classic film noir period stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir is associated with a low-key black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. These films brought a dramatically shadowed lighting style and psychologically expressive approach to visual composition that relates to expressionist painting. Love, fear, sexuality, mistrust, bleakness and loss of innocence are readily evident in film noir narratives. For these reasons the film stills illicit an intensity of emotion and meaning that is fertile ground for painting subject matter. By reducing detail in each image, the specifics and context of the situations remain elusive and open to interpretation. The artist’s use of classic painting techniques, high contrast and or harsh black and white compositions and minimalist aesthetic offers a dichotomy of historicism and contemporaneity within the work.
Mark Osterman received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and his M.A. at New York University. Osterman is an artist whose work has crossed multiple mediums including drawing, sculpture, installation, digital collage and painting. While living and working in Miami Beach, he has focused on and explored digital collage and painting at length. Drawing upon mass media culture and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, Osterman has refined his visual and conceptual vocabulary to create open ended narratives for the viewer to contend with.
Tuscany By Susan Feliciano
September 9, 2016 - April 1, 2017
A New York native working in Miami, Susan Feliciano was born to Colombian and Puerto Rican parents. Feliciano creates artworks in a range of mediums working in painting, photography, installation, and poetry. Working in a variety of venues she explores psychological and physical spaces. Through metaphor and abstraction Feliciano uses color as the primary emotional force, and plays between the lines of surface and substance capturing unexpectedly the beauty of impermanence.
In the paintings Tuscany Series, her process begins with applying multiple layers of pigment. Like an archaeologist, she excavates the different stratum with metal tools. Unearthing is an act of courage causing upheaval as one gets past the superficial. In this work she collages retazos or remnants from other paintings. In the ever flux of change she gives new life to these fragments. These subtle paintings may suggest landscapes, in many ways they are imagined places marking a constructed past.
Feliciano’s work has been presented in solo exhibitions nationally, most recently at the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential House at Florida International University. She has participated in prestigious residencies including the Juried Artist Program at ArtCenter/South Florida. Feliciano’s paintings, photographs, and installations have appeared in venues throughout South Florida including Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale, Sublime Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The artist’s works have been included in notable exhibitions such as 100+ degrees in the Shade, 30th Anniversary, and MADMiami. Her works are included in the collections of Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises and Ocean Bank. Feliciano has won awards including the Florida Art Education Association Friend of Art Education Award and Fulbright Memorial Fund—Japan.
Feliciano is an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University’s Art + Art History program and a committee member of the Dade Art Educators Association.
A Utopian Jungle of his Own by Gustavo Novoa
November 12, 2016 – April 1, 2017
Main Library – Lobby Gallery
A Utopian Jungle of his Own, an exhibition at the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Main Library in downtown Miami, focuses on artist Gustavo Novoa’s time in Miami during his 40‑year artistic career. Novoa believes the ultimate goal of his art is ecological in nature, and aims at improving our awareness toward the animals he portrays. By infusing them with a soul, by having them imitate us and gently mock us, it might—perhaps—tame the predator within and turn us into the safe-keepers that we should be. From the exhibition one will see that Novoa is a keen observer of modern society, its fixations and even its obsessions. Novoa translates what he sees by creating vignettes of expressive and exuberant jungles with curious animals that gaze out at the viewers, always questioning the viewer, society and humanity in general. Many of the works shown seem to catch the animals unaware in private moments, or moments when they are adopting our behaviors and obsessions as seen in Status Zebra (2014. Oil on canvas; 30 x 40 in.) where it becomes blatantly apparent that designer labels often replace one’s natural beauty. Another tradition that Novoa’s animals seem to have adopted is the high school prom mentality—our love of being photographed and the static quality of posing for the camera as seen in The Prom (2011. Oil on canvas; 24 x 30 in.). The animals, though, do not stop at just labels and traditions—or should we say photo ops—but they also incorporate both Hollywood and culture as one can see in works such as Surrender Dorothy (2016. Oil on canvas; 24 x 30 in.). Novoa’s work is interesting when one considers how often animals in “the wild” are photographed, are digitally captured, but here under Novoa’s brush these same animals show how we have forever altered their world and, in truth, how we have altered our world and lives to be just some random moments that others decide when we are and are not valued.
Reception & Artist Talk
Thursday, December 15, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Main Library – Lobby Gallery
Pablo Cano To The Eye Behind The Keyhole – 1979 ‑ 2016
September 17, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery
The Miami‑Dade Public Library is happy to showcase a selection of Pablo Cano's marionette sculptures. This retrospective exhibition will feature a range of unique and detailed marionettes from the artist's personal collection. The exhibition will also feature art talks and hands‑on workshops on how to build your own marionettes.
"A quiet, gentle man, Cano comes to life when describing or operating his marionettes. His childlike delight in the exploits of his creations is irresistible. Throughout history, marionettes have been used to communicate points of view that were difficult or dangerous for people to express. Cano likewise uses marionettes to convey concepts about the human experience. The occasionally biting satire of these productions becomes easily digestible when it is performed by a figure made of bric‑a‑brac."
— Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
A collaborative partnership with Exchange for Change.
Main Library – Lobby
Writing is an agent of change. It begins with a sentence and leads to a connection, a kinship with a reader and the building of a community. It grows into a realization that each of us has a story to tell that emerges from the sum of our best—and worst—moments. This exhibit assembles writings from prison programs in South Florida facilitated by Exchange for Change, a nonprofit organization that believes in the power of written partnerships to promote dialogue and effect social change. Separated by razor wire, this writing exemplifies what unites us rather than what divides us.
Open Books and Other Stories by Tom Virgin
January 21 - May 28, 2017
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery
A lifetime of reading has brought me into the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library, and consequently into our library for exhibition. My very first artist's book, escape*… restrictions apply, would not exist had I not found out how to bind books from a book from this library. Four decades of making related prints, in series, led to book arts becoming central to my studio art practice. A lifetime of reading, combined with a powerful love of books, has made me a storyteller as well.
Open Books and Other Stories is for the most part a stubborn, hardheaded, singular response to the online electronic flood of random information we swim in on a daily basis. I have curated a view of South Florida, national parks, students, teachers… and my personal heroes, writers. Each of these entities has enriched my life, telling stories that tie each of these images together and to me.
Although no batteries are required to upload these works, I can attest to the energy that collaborations and working with others has given me. In almost 25 years of teaching and learning in Miami, I have become an advocate for its residents.
Although born and raised in Michigan, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printing and painting at Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of Miami. I bring Miami to artists' residencies each summer, and my hosts' best practices home to Coconut Grove to share with my students, friends and the community.
— Tom Virgin
Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk
Saturday, January 21, 3 - 5 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery
“The Invisible Borders‑lines” by Pamela Vasquez
September 1 - December 30, 2017
My art exhibition is based on the “Out of Africa” theory, in which all human beings share a common DNA and that the phenomenon of contemporary migration patterns has defined diversity based on acceptance/non‑acceptance of perceived differences. The physical appearances of the models in the exhibition have been manipulated to reflect different racial prototypes. In doing so, I capture the beauty of each individual as well as their racial or ethnic grouping.
The exhibition exposes the contradiction inherent in the theory that, while it is supported by science, can lead to a dilution in the appreciation of the minority groups created as a result of mass migration. My project also provokes a reflection on the fact that although science has made our common origins undeniable, we still adhere to the conflict‑causing beliefs that we are so different.
Pamela Vasquez is a visual artist who creates multimedia installations based mainly on still photography of concepts that involve social issues and the human condition, and a provocative colorful iconography to suggest similarities and contradictions of the same idea.
“Creating art is my highest passion and I believe that art should provoke, elevate or at least have some meaning or reflection of whatever the subject is. It is the reason why I show concepts through imagery for people to make them understand what is impossible to say in words. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and for several years I have worked at fashion shows and weddings in my home country of Chile. Since 2007, I have worked on my artwork, teaching art/photography and commercial photography.”
— Pamela Vasquez
Party of One
A site‑specific dance choreographed and performed by Stephanie Fuentes.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 3 p.m.
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery
Highlighting the contemporary influence of hashtags and their continual progression on social media platforms, FS Dance Project’s (FSDP) nouveau projet confronts a splintered society by uniting disparate though intricately related struggles in a creatively active encounter against discrimination, silence and oppression. In this non‑violence of creation resounds an echoing: that of a lament in affirmation, in opposition to societal derision and erosion, an affinity for inclusion and discussion.
#PartyofOne is an articulation of movement and gesture accentuating the diversity of the human endeavor. It is also a reminder that although differences exist within and between societies, there are universal factors that bring us together, the sympathy integral to humanity.
Focusing on the hashtags #blacklivesmatter, #lovewins, #weareseeds and #girlboss, FSDP’s emphasis on these contemporary issues reinstates a heightened contemplation of the here and now, encapsulating jetztzeit not only in the tangible via motions, but also in the abstract via concepts.
The primordial conflict of the One and the Other is again re‑examined as FSDP invites us to distort the boundaries dividing you from and I, finding sympathy within and without. Being–the All that is and is not.
Stephanie Fuentes was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Fuentes trained at the Rosario Suarez Dance Academy under the direction of Rosario Suarez, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet under the direction of Ruth Weisen, University of Florida/New World School of the Arts under the direction of Daniel Lewis and Mary Lisa Burns, and at the Martha Graham School under the direction of Virginie Mecene, Denise Vale and Peggy Lyman.
Fuentes is a former dancer of Peter London Global Dance Company and Martha Graham 2, and is also a certified Graham teacher and choreographer. In addition to her prolific training, she has received outstanding recognition and reviews for her work. Fuentes has attended the American Ballet Theatre, the Bates Dance Festival, the North Carolina Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and Contemporary under full scholarship, and the Martha Graham Summer Intensive Program under scholarship from Peter London.
This presentation will premiere during the opening reception for Flat Land: Four Architect‑Artists Project, The City of Miami by Jacob Brillhart, Rocco Ceo, Victor Deupi & Tom Spain.
Flat Land: Four Architect‑Artists Project
The City of Miami by Jacob Brillhart, Rocco Ceo, Victor Deupi & Tom Spain
September 9, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Main Library – 2nd Floor Gallery
The theme of Flat Land references one of the most conspicuous aspects of South Florida—its lack of topography. Between the mountainous sky and increasingly omnipresent water is a city ever‑changing, both ambitiously vertical and sprawling, struggling to accommodate conflicting interests on a thin plane of usable land, lapped by two bodies of water: the Everglades and Biscayne National Park. Nature, unrelenting and leveling through seasonally violent storms, and even less predictable human acts, causes us to react, reflect and weigh these conflicting interests. The four architects/artists will draw, paint and project this place on the ‘other’ flat land of their canvas and paper. The theme of this effort is also a metaphor for an accessible and open dialog between artists and the public, made possible by the opportunity for a shared artists’ studio residency and exhibition at the Miami‑Dade Public Library—a natural place of collaboration, interaction and learning.
Renowned for their drawings and paintings of architecture, the four artists have traveled throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe—often accompanied by students—to depict inspiring cities, buildings, monuments and landscapes. The proposed residency and exhibition will focus on Miami, bringing to light the unknown spaces of the city through a series of newly produced drawings, watercolors and paintings. The exhibition will be accompanied by a video of the four architects and their students sketching and drawing in various locations around the globe. Sketchbooks, drawing materials and additional ephemera (photographs, postcards, promotional material from previous exhibitions) will also be included. In addition to the residency and exhibition, the four architects will give a series of public lectures and classes, demonstrating the value of in situ observational drawing and painting. The exhibition will take place in the 2nd Floor Gallery of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Main Library in downtown Miami for approximately 4 months in the fall of 2017.
The works presented in this exhibition will be created during an artist‑in‑residence program at the Main Library.
Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Saturday, September 9, 3‑5 p.m.
Includes a special premiere presentation of Party of One, a site‑specific dance choreographed and performed by Stephanie Fuentes.