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.

Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers
Beverly Borland, Simpson’s Stopper, Myrcianthes fragrans, 2013, watercolor on paper.
Botanical Exploration in the Everglades: Braving One of North America’s Last Frontiers

July 11 - September 2, 2014
Main Library

Botanical Exploration in the Everglades features original watercolor portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by 19th and 20th century botanists, and designated with common and scientific names that reflect those intrepid plant explorers. These beautiful plant portraits are exquisitely illustrated by members of the Tropical Botanic Artists. Curated by artist Kathleen Konicek-Moran and Everglades botanist Jimi Sadle.

Tropical Botanic Artists is a collective of local watercolorists established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to pursue the beauty of tropical plants through art. Participating artists include Margie Bauer, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marge Brown, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Duck, Bobbi Garber, Julio Figueroa, Pauline Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Kathleen Konicek&8209;Moran, Carol Ann Lane, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad and Donna Torres.

Photographs of Blues Musicians
David D. Spitzer, Untitled (Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown), 1973-2000, silver print on fiber base photographic paper, permanent art collection.
Photographs of Blues Musicians
By David D. Spitzer

March 19 - September 5, 2014
North Dade Regional Library

This exhibition features David D. Spitzer’s black and white photographs from the series Blues Musicians from the library’s permanent art collection. For almost four decades Spitzer has combined his passion for music with photography, amassing an extensive photographic negative and print archive of jazz and blues musicians. The photographs on exhibit capture the intensity and emotion of some of the most legendary blues musicians taken during their live performances between 1973 through the early 1990s. David Spitzer is a Miami‑based photographer whose work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, books, periodicals, album covers and compact discs.

Emilio Sanchez, Botesito, 1950, watercolor on paper. Luis Alonso, Idioma e identidad, 1981, silkscreen.
Emilio Sanchez: Vista al mar
From the Permanent Art Collection

July 3 - December 6, 2014
West Dade Regional Library

The exhibition consists of works by the late Cuban‑born American artist Emilio Sánchez (1921‑1999), featuring lithographs, watercolors and drawings from the Library’s permanent art collection. Sanchez, a prolific artist who lived briefly in Miami and a longtime resident of Manhattan worked with oils, watercolors, pencil and ink drawings and printmaking. Though he is mostly known for his architectural paintings and his simplified geometric abstractions, Sanchez explored a variety of subject matters from natural landscapes to still lives, urban and rural scenes. Vista al mar includes a series of limited edition works on paper, as well as original watercolors that were influenced by Cuba and the Caribbean where he travelled extensively.

Baxter, Bhakti, Untitled (Stamp Print)
Bhakti Baxter, Untitled (Stamp Print), 2012, from the Permanent Art Collection.
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

September 12 - December 13, 2014
Main Library, Auditorium

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.

Art Talk & Reception: November 22, 2 p.m.
Artist Luis Valle will talk about the Wynwood Art Scene and give a slide‑show presentation of the murals in Wynwood. He will also do a graffiti demonstration of his latest style. Art reception will follow after the art talk.

Mr. Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat
Mr. Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat
By Tulia Lulu and Corrie Rice

September 12 - December 13, 2014
Miami Beach Regional, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

Opening Reception: September 23, 6 - 8 p.m.

This showcase of illustrations presents characters and moments from the book, Mr. Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat. In this series, the viewer takes a journey through the world Mr. Munchlee opens with his magical friends to show a little girl how to cheer up and teach her to pass the discovered happiness along. The process of the book was a collaborative work between the imagination of author, Corrie Rice, and the illustrative work of Tulia Lulu (Cristina Rodriguez).

Art Program / Workshop: September 24, 11 a.m.
This drawing and coloring workshop will invite you to create your own Mr. Munchlee’s Magic Top Hat storybook.

The Imaginary Beings
The Imaginary Beings: A tribute to Jorge Luis Borges
By Elba Martinez and Edwin Villasmil

September 20 - January 18, 2015
Main Library, 1st and 2nd Floor

Opening Reception: September 20, 2 p.m.

Strange creatures conceived through time and space by the artists’ imagination.
This artwork is a powerful act of our minds, conceiving images or objects that are not actually present or are not real.
The Imagination will take you everywhere.
The exhibition is an artistic collaboration between local eco artists Edwin Villasmil and sculptress Elba Martinez.

Art Program / Workshop: October 4, 2 - 3 p.m.
Drawing workshop by the artists: Draw and color your imaginary beings, then cut them into separate pieces. Mix and match the parts to make new creatures.

Zapaticos de Celia

Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Zapaticos de Celia from the Permanent Art Collection.

The Queen Of Salsa: Photographic Portraits of Celia Cruz
By Alexis Rodriguez‑Duarte

September 12 - February 28, 2015
North Dade Regional

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.

Art Program "Guarachando": September 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
IFE‑ILE Dance – Afro‑Cuban Dance Company will perform some famous Celia Cruz hits, rendering tribute to the joy of Cuban music.


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

September 13 - February 28, 2015
Hispanic Branch Library

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 the Peruvian embassy grounds in Cuba seeking asylum during 36 hours in April 1980. Main Library first showed this work for the exhibition 10,865: Re‑encuentro Cubano '80.

Marclay, Christian. Untitlted

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 and Helen Kohen

December 19 - March 31, 2015
Main Library, 2nd Floor Exhibition Space

Opening Reception: December 19, 6:30 p.m.

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