June 2008, Volume 12, Number 6

Cultural Spotlight

Galleries Offer Depth and Variety

There was a great variety and depth in the fine art the College presented during the 2007-08 academic year. These artists confronted contemporary issues with special regard to the unique culture of South Florida. Most exhibitions included educational outreach activities like gallery walks and lectures on art trends.

“Our aim is to stir and engage the community,” said Jorge Luis Gutiérrez, director of the Art Gallery System at MDC. In addition to stellar exhibitions at campus galleries, the College also presented several major exhibitions at the Freedom Tower, Miami’s iconic landmark building.

In the fall, MDC made history when it hosted the complete set of Spanish master Goya’s etchings for the first time in the United Sates, drawing a record number of attendees.

And hundreds of art fans flocked to the opening of Beyond Borders: Modernism Through a Selection of Artwork From the Collection of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, D.C. The exhibition featured the work of Diego Rivera, Keith Haring, Wifredo Lam, Jesus Soto and others.

“By partnering with Miami Dade College in this particular cultural endeavor, the Bank’s Cultural Center is paying tribute to the creativity and imagination of the many artists in our hemisphere,” said Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank.

— Katherine Adjemian

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