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.

Paint Splash: Before Wynwood Art‑Walk

Bhakti Baxter, Untitled (Stamp Print) 2012,
Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

Paint Splash: Before Wynwood Art‑Walk
A collaborative exhibit featuring works from the Permanent Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System and works by Wynwood muralist Luis Valle

December 15, 2014 - May 3, 2015
West Dade Regional

Wynwood muralist and gallery Curator/Director Luis Valle works with the Miami‑Dade Public Library Systems' Permanent Art Collection to create a unique conversation between what is currently happening in the Wynwood Art Scene and how it’s shaping and adding to our Miami art history.

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New

Christian Marclay, Untitled (The Coasters, Janet Jackson, Soul Asylum, You Can Go and Three Mix Tapes), 2008, unique Cyanotype print, from the Permanent Art Collection.

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New
Works from the Permanent Art Collection
Curated by Barbara Young, Helen Kohen and Margarita Cano

December 19, 2014 - May 6, 2015
Main Library, Auditorium Exhibition Space

Cultivated Under The Sun, Something Old, Something New, “is just a sampling of what’s in the library’s art storage, on the inside walls of its buildings, and in the case of Culmer / Overtown Branch, on its exterior walls (Miami artist Purvis Young did the mural). It’s the Library’s way of paying tribute to a community that accepted a fresh idea. Confirmed it, and provided the backing for it to flourish and multiply. By those means the Permanent Art Collection of the MDPLS is a true reflection of the interest of this community, how it grew to know visual art, to support it, to buy it and to give it away for the public good.” – Helen Kohen

"Out of Chrysalis"

Deming King Harriman, Flower Portrait, collage.

"Out of Chrysalis"
Curated by: Tesoro Carolina

January 31 - May 30, 2015
Main Library, 1st & 2nd Floor Exhibition Spaces

This exhibition highlights the works of selected female artists from MDPLS’ Permanent Art Collection, as well as the works from five female artists that have been making a name for themselves in the local Miami Art scene.

Guest artists: Tesoro Carolina (street artist & photographer), Aquarela Sabol (street artist & oil painter), Leah Guzman (painter inspired by the brain & heart), Kat King (artists book maker), and Deming King Harriman (paper collage artist). Female artists from our Permanent Art Collection featured in this exhibition include: Carol Todaro, Faith Ringgold, Charo Oquet, Pamela Vander Zwan, Kathleen Hudspeth, Vanessa Tomchik, Michelle Weinberg, Vera Arias, Karla Turcios, Margarita Cano, and many more.

Influential Women at Work: A Panel Discussion & Presentation
Saturday, May 23, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd floor exhibition space.

Moderated by local poet and fiction writer, Julie Tyler.

With an all-star panel of influential women featuring: Tesoro Carolina/ Maria Lino/ Ellen Kanner/ Glenda Galan/ Juana Meneses/ Laila Leder Kremer/ Aquarela Sabol/ Kat King and Leah Guzman.

**With a special flamenco performance by experimental flamenco artist Niurca Marquez
**Live painting by the “Out of Chrysalis” artists.


Fernando Garcia, 10,865, detail, 1980, mixed media and newspaper, from the Permanent Art Collection.

By Fernando Garcia
From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

March 13 - August 29, 2015
North Dade Regional

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift, the Library presents work from its Permanent Art Collection: 10,865 by the late Cuban conceptual artist Fernando Garcia. This seven‑piece installation consists of mixed media on front pages from The Miami Herald; visible underneath is original news coverage of the events surrounding this mass migration, mostly by boats and rafts, from Cuba to Miami. The title of the piece refers to the number of Cubans who entered Peruvian embassy grounds seeking asylum during 36 hours in April 1980. Main Library first showed this work for the exhibition 10,865: Re‑encuentro Cubano '80.

The Queen Of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz

Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Zapaticos de Celia, Permanent Art Collection of The Miami‑Dade Public Library System.

The Queen Of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz
By Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte
From the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System

March 13 - August 29, 2015
Hispanic Branch Library

Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte took these photographs of the late legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz (1925‑2003) during the last 15 years of her illustrious life. The series of black and white photographs captures the “Queen of Salsa” in moments and places few other photographers were granted access. The photographs form a selection from Rodriguez‑Duarte’s 2004 book Presenting Celia consisting of private, backstage settings and onstage performances before rapturous live audiences.

About the artist:
Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte is a professional freelance photographer and author of the book titled Presenting Celia Cruz (Clarkson Potter, 2004). He and his family fled Havana, Cuba in 1968 through the Freedom Flights program and settled in Miami. His interest in photography was sparked when he received his first camera at age 10. Rodriguez‑Duarte’s work has appeared in many fashion magazines and books, including Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue, British Vogue, The New Yorker, The Advocate, Town & Country and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and his photographs could be found in private and public collections.

Coming Soon

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

Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk
Saturday, June 20, 2‑5 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

Books as Idea Generators

With curators Juana Meneses and Leila A. Leder Kremer
Saturday, June 27, 2‑4 p.m.
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

This workshop will explore zine making and its multiple possibilities for creating narratives, focusing on themes of identity, home and the geography of our port city: Miami. The workshop will engage participants to write/tell a story or memory about “home” and Miami. The workshop will concentrate on simple book formats; investigate the relationship between mass‑produced and one‑off publications. Participants will briefly explore the history of zines and books, look at examples from the exhibition, and finally will have the chance to make their own book. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring paper clippings, prose, or other imagery to use in their zine.