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 art@mdpls.org.

Reinventing Poetry
Steelpan by Dionne Christopher, Airbrush on canvas.
Reinventing Poetry
By Franchot Peter Moore Sr.
With illustrations by artists: Tony Ryals, Darryl Carter, Nizam “jazz” Aziz, and Dionne Christopher

September 17, 2015 - February 29, 2016
North Dade Regional

These selected poems of inspiration and skillfully crafted airbrush illustrations, is the result of Mr. Moore’s vibrant collaboration with four Uber talented artists.

Franchot Peter Moore Sr. was born on the island of Trinidad, in the City of San‑Fernando on September 25, 1954. He lived his adolescent life in the villages of Penal, Siparia, La Brea, San‑Fernando and Diego Martin until the age of fourteen when he migrated to the United States to join his parents and sisters. Over the past forty‑six years Mr. Moore has used his poetry in his discussions and lectures as a motivational medium and as a contribution to improving the quality of all life.

Franchot is a disabled Vietnam‑era Veteran and feels especially inspired by his past work on behalf of Veterans at the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs in New York City and Florida. He is also a former member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Florida and Washington State Boxing Association in the capacity of a professional Boxing Inspector, Referee and Judge.

Rosa Naday Garmendia Postcard
Traveling to Cuba? A postcard project.
By Rosa Naday Garmendia

September 7 - October 26, 2015
Hispanic Branch

A project at the intersection of social engagement and art making.

This project documents through the use of postcards the natural human communication and exchange that is increasing between people who live in the United States and Cuba despite travel restrictions that have been in place for the last 53 years that affect U.S. citizens, legal residents, Cubans and their descendants who reside in the United States.

Rosa Naday Garmendia was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 8. Her interest in art began at an early age and her talent became evident quickly. She won many local and statewide awards, including the Prestigious Scholastic Art Awards, more recently the Artist Access Grant among others. She pursued her career studies at various universities and art institutes; University of South Florida, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, Vermont Studio Center, and the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute. She is currently a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami.

Artist Talk & Postcard Workshop
With Rosa Naday Garmendia, inspired by her project:
Traveling to Cuba? A postcard project.
Saturday, November 7, 3‑5 p.m.
West Dade Regional

Are you driven by an undeniable human need to connect with others? Then come and stretch the limits of your creativity with this postcard workshop!

Not too many of us get to send a postcard in this Digital Age. A postcard can express your desire to reach out and connect with family and friends no matter how great the distance might be. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own postcards. You can express yourself with hand‑scribbled notes, drawing, using colors or collage, place your own postage stamp, and mail it too.

Margarita Cano: Explorations
Three Women Behind Bars. Cubanas Entre Rejas, 2004
Mixed Media on Canvas, Margarita Cano.
Margarita Cano: Explorations
An artist’s retrospective

Installed & Curated by Oscar Fuentes
July 14, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Main Library, Auditorium

Margarita Cano: Explorations
An artist’s retrospective, features Margarita Cano’s impressive artistic career. The exhibition consists of two dimensional paintings, artist’s books and video installations.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Margarita Cano migrated to the United States in 1962 at the age of 30. An active member of Miami’s artistic and literary community for decades, Cano taps her memories of the island in works of art that convey the feel of the homeland of her youth with an aesthetic that combines mysticism, romance and vital beauty.

Page.Print.Post>Make a Book
Self‑Published‑Artists Making Books, Editions and Zines Exhibition at ARTLAB at Florida Gulf Coast University. Curated by Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer.
Page.Print.Post>Make a Book
Curated by Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer

June 20 - November 14, 2015
Main Library, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

Page.Print.Post>Make a Book aims to foster appreciation and understanding for artists’ books as portable, intimate, democratic and self‑contained works of art. Interdisciplinary artists Juana Meneses and Leila Leder Kremer will curate and commission* artists, with ties to South Florida, to produce limited edition artists’ books The exhibition will also feature artwork connected to the production of the editions, process notes and artwork and artists books from The Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection, creating a unique conversation about then and now. A variety of media and formats will be explored to define the book format in unexpected ways. In the spirit of Page.Print.Post>Make a Book, production resources will be available to the community.

The exhibition features works of: Julia Arredondo, Marina Font & Amalia Caputo, Gamaliel Herrera, Angelica Londoño, Marie Marcano, Sandra March, Ania Moussawel, Markus Oberndorfer, Kerry Phillips, Ingrid Schindall, Evelyn Serrano and Louisa Van Leer and artists’ books from the Miami‑Dade Public Library System Permanent Art Collection.

* The book commissions will be funded by grants obtained by Meneses & Leder Kremer.

Incoherent Stories Series
Aurora Molina, Incoherent Stories Series, 2015, Hand made paper, thread, fabric.
Incoherent Stories
By Aurora Molina

June 5 - November 8, 2015
Main Library, 1st Floor Exhibition Space

Incoherent Stories is a series of drawings on cotton paper using different mediums. The series is based on random stories Aurora Molina has gathered from trips and those posted on social media, rumors, news, newspaper headlines, mythical stories and history books. Molina has created this collection of drawings, made on cotton paper using thread, scrap fabrics, spray‑paint while experimenting with the quality of free‑motion drawing and textures on papers.

Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z


Sharkabet! A Sea of Sharks from A to Z

May 22, 2015 - January 17, 2016
West Dade Regional, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

Shark! Even the word shark gets our blood up! A fun way to explore sharks, Sharkabet! presents an alphabet of living and extinct sharks in a series of colorful, whimsical, yet scientifically accurate drawings by Ray Troll.

Miami Science Museum

Coming Soon

A view from the ground:<br>
      A photographic journey through the Magic City
Untitled, 2011, Silver Gelatin Print, 8x10, Stephanie Farokhnia
A view from the ground:
A photographic journey through the Magic City
By Stephanie Farokhnia

November 6, 2015 - March 1, 2016
Hispanic Branch

"Downtown Miami has always seemed to me, a place made up of many other parts of the world. Throughout my life, it has served as a point of reference—a visual embodiment of places mentioned in my families’ nostalgic, yet foreign, stories of back home. Though this body of work stems from my re‑imagining downtown Miami as if it were the city in all of those stories, the city I’ve been picturing in my mind since girlhood, what has emerged is an ongoing documentation of a few city blocks and the array of individuals that abound it. These photographs are meant to reflect my own constant quest for cultural belonging; more so, they are meant to celebrate both the timelessness of this city and the beautiful mixture, which brings it to life."

Stephanie Farokhnia
Stephanie Farokhnia is a Miami native who has been photographing downtown Miami since 2010. As a first‑generation American, she has always been interested in exploring assimilation and the concept of the ‘cultural home.’. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Florida International University.

Kiki Valdes

Untitled, work in progress, 2015

Kiki Valdes
Presented by MDPLS' Permanent Art Collection

November 21, 2015 ‑ January 20, 2016
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space

A succession of new paintings by Kiki Valdes created on site through the library's artist pop‑up studio program. The vitality of the large works on view will highlight the painter’s proficiency with materials and surface. Valdes uses a familiar cartoon sensibility in his mark making that is honest in its wistfulness with semi‑abstractions and metaphorical settings.

Kiki Valdes was born in Miami, FL in 1981. He attended The Maryland Institute College of Art where he majored in painting. He has his work in various collections around the country and abroad. Last year Valdes had a one man show at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, sharing the season exhibition catalog with such artists as Edvard Munch and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.

Artist talk and opening reception
Saturday, November 21, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space

Drawing workshop with Kiki Valdes
Saturday, December 12, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space

Pedestrians 1985 & 2015 – Street photography in downtown Miami

Freedom Tower, 2015, Chromogenic process, Type C print on Kodak Premier silver paper

Pedestrians 1985 & 2015 – Street photography in downtown Miami
Photography by Liam Crotty & David D. Spitzer
Curated by Liam Crotty & Oscar Fuentes

February 1 ‑ May 14, 2016
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

The inspiration for this street photography exhibit began 30 years ago when photographer David D. Spitzer created a unique body of work. Spitzer’s concept was to walk up and down Flagler Street – which is considered to be the commercial heart of old Miami – specifically between Biscayne Boulevard on the East and the County Court House on the West documenting people and street life along the way.

Fast forward thirty years.  Spitzer’s concept completely resonated with Miami street photographer Liam Crotty, who had the idea of recreating it – thus playing upon a theme Crotty had used in 2008, when he recreated some of Norman Rockwell’s work in his exhibit: “Finding Norman Rockwell’s Small Town America.”

With his current exhibit, Crotty’s goal is to portray Flagler Street by highlighting the differences that have occurred over 30 years: people, fashion, hair styles, automobiles, signage, businesses… some are the same but most have changed; Crotty uses his camera as a time machine, linking both past and future into timeless photography.

The Medium is the Message
The Medium is the Message
The tapestries of Raimundo Travieso

February 6 - June 4, 2016
West Dade Regional, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

These tapestries are the realization of a long‑held dream. Raimundo Travieso considers himself a poet who writes in a universal language, the language of drawing. He has drawn most days of his life as a form of meditation and prayer. For many years, he has made prints from his drawings that have been exhibited widely. But it is only now, in his third age, that he has achieved what he has always considered the culmination of his art: woven tapestries of his drawings… for you to enjoy!

Raimundo Travieso was born in Havana, Cuba in 1946. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico and Harvard University. He lives in Miami, Florida since 1976. A teaching artist, for several years he has taught art to children and adolescents in various programs and schools.

Artist talk and slide show by Raimundo Travieso
Saturday, February 6, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
West Dade Regional

"To Draw is to Love"
Drawing workshop for children of all ages by artist Raimundo Travieso
Saturday, April 2, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
West Dade Regional