November 2012, Volume 16, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

Artful Itineraries

As South Florida’s art fair season begins its crescendo, MDC’s art institutions are participating full throttle with sophisticated events and exhibitions that place its students, artistic vision and wholehearted commitment to culture front and center.

The Fabric of America

Art, fashion and love intersect at the MDC Museum of Art + Design in TOLEDO/TOLEDO Full Circle, a retrospective of work by fashion designer Isabel Toledo and her husband, artist Ruben Toledo. The poetry of their collaboration gains an added dimension in this exhibition because of its location: the Freedom Tower, where they began their lives in the U.S. as political refugees from Cuba.

The Toledos have truly become part of the fabric of American society, not least for Michelle Obama’s selection of Isabel’s creation of the famed yellow dress and overcoat ensemble that Michelle wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration.

On view through Feb. 2, the Toledo exhibition is presented by Terra Group and with support from Bacardi.

Whimsy makes its case in FOREVERGLADES, a special exhibition at the Museum of environmentally minded art by Cracking Art Group and William Sweetlove. On view through Jan. 26, the show is presented in partnership with Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, the Consulate General of Italy in Miami, the Consulate General of Belgium in Miami, Everglades National Park, the U.S. National Parks Conservation Association, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Big Cypress National Park and the European Ministry of the Environment. It is sponsored by Girard-Perregaux with additional support from Gulliver Preparatory School.

A New World Order

Museum patrons will enter the mind of an artist in Where Ideas Are Born: A Juggler’s Notebooks. Featuring Manuel Estrada’s journals, this show is a collaboration with MDC’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA).

The conservatory’s talented students are taking over, for the fourth year in a row, The Yard @ Casa Lin, a beloved off-the-beaten-path exhibition site that holds A-list status on the official Art Basel Miami Beach calendar.

Student artists will also bask in the Basel bustle at ArtSeen, the conservatory’s exhibition space in the Wynwood Arts District, and at the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Fair. Sponsored and curated by Wet Heat Projects, Hotbed 2012 at NADA will feature, for the third consecutive year, videos by NWSA students juried by important figures in the film industry.

“The NWSA Department of Visual Arts has a special kind of character; a genuine, generous nature that makes students comfortable enough to mine their most personal experience in developing an active art mindset and practice,” said Wet Heat co-founder and producer Grela Orihuela.

— MR

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