June 2011, Volume 15, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Neuenschwander’s video, Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue.
Neuenschwander’s video, "Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue"

Melding Academics and the Arts

Thanks to a national grant from the MetLife Foundation’s Museum and Community Connections Program, this summer MDC and the Miami Art Museum will be collaborating to present a lecture and exhibition by renowned Brazilian conceptual artist Rivane Neuenschwander.

Out of eight grants awarded to museums for exhibitions and educational public programs, MDC was the only higher learning institution awarded in the state of Florida. Meeting the educational needs of 6,000 college students, MDC’s InterAmerican Campus was chosen for its exceptional ability to reach out into diverse communities, bringing them more access to art and enhanced learning opportunities.

“The summer collaboration between the Museum and MDC’s Inter-American Campus will give our students a unique opportunity to meet the visiting artist, Rivane Neuenschwander,” said Michaela Tomova, chair of the Communication, Arts and Philosophy Department at the campus. “They also will enjoy more art experiences and increase their awareness of career opportunities in the world of art, and most importantly, broaden their vision and appreciation of modern and contemporary art.”

In conjunction with a Miami Art Museum exhibition, Neuenschwander’s video, Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (Ash Wednesday/Epilogue), 2006, will be on view at InterAmerican Campus from July 14 to Aug. 7. At the opening reception, Neuenschwander will give students insights into the ins and outs of the art profession.

“We all look forward to the summer art activities that will bring the Miami Art Museum to our students and community,” Tomova said.

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