Art at the Miami-Dade Public Library System

Ongoing.Miami-Dade Public Library System. Miami ArtThe Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Art Services and Exhibitions Department curates a year-round program of exhibitions, performances, lectures, panel discussions, and community art projects. All of these are free and open to the public. They also maintain a special collection of over 2,200 works of art. The collection includes works on paper, photographs, artists’ books, and small sculptures, with a focus on African American, Latino, and Miami artists. Additionally, the Vasari Project is an archive that documents the development of the visual arts in Miami-Dade County since 1945. It contains correspondence, press clippings, photographs, oral histories and other materials. The public may access both of these collections for research and reference.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Main Library – Auditorium
Jun 21st through Aug 31st, 2008
Highly Variable – See Movie: Albert Robinson
From the Archives of the Vasari Project and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive.

The late artist Albert L. Robinson (1915-1996) posited “a theory that aesthetics can be reduced to the forces of gravity,” and that there could be “an extra-gravity aesthetics.” During the 1960s and 70s, Robinson worked in his South Miami backyard and garage, creating a body of sculpture and film work as a way to experiment with half-artistic, half-scientific theories about aesthetics, gravity, color, light, and time.

In collaboration with the Library System’s Vasari Project and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive, the exhibition space itself will become a forum to experiment with the presentation of Robinson’s restored, amateur films, photographs, records, and obsessive scientific notes.
Miami Beach Regional
Jun 21st through Aug 31st, 2008
Think it, Ink it, Link it, Sync it: The Conni Gordon School

The self-defined Miami Beach icon and entrepreneur Conni Gordon earned the title of “most prolific art teacher” in the Guinness Book of World Records by teaching millions of students (including marines, IBM executives, and children) how to paint and draw in minutes.

For this exhibition, we invite some of Conni’s former students to submit their landscapes, seascapes, flowers, and faces for exhibition, and asked: Did learning by this process change them? What are their stories? What are the results of a standardized and uniform way of teaching art?
Main Library – 2nd Floor Exhibition Space
Mar 3rd through Aug 25th, 2008
Think it, Ink it, Link it, Sync it: The Connie Gordon School
Stories from the Florida Vault
From the Helen Muir Florida Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System

The Florida Collection has a story to tell. Vintage tourism and hotel brochures, steamship schedules (dating back to the time when Miami was marketed as a package destination with Havana and Nassau), sheet music, posters, and photographs put the Sunshine State in the context of its time, and reflect the evolution of public taste. This assortment of Floridiana follows the history of our fascinating state through artifacts of its tourism, commerce, culture, and everyday life.

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