September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Mad About MOA+D

Art and life imitate one another masterfully at the MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design (MOA+D) this 2013-2014 season. Showcasing some of the world’s most influential artists alongside world-renowned locals in a treasure trove of exhibitions that both appeal to and reflect our community, South Florida will go mad over MOA+D with impressive showings at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in tandem with the network of MDC galleries across the College’s campuses.

The Swing of Things

The Museum goes into full swing this fall with the inauguration of a new ongoing exhibition series, swing/SPACE/miami, featuring the work of distinguished MDC and New World School of the Arts alumni. The popular series will kick off with an exhibition by Argentina-born Leandro Vázquez, followed by Cuban artist Liliam Domínguez, both New World School of the Arts graduates and local artists.

Another Miami artist and her Missouri counterpart make their way to MOA+D this fall in Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits, in which Kansas City-based artist Anne Austin Pearce and local artist Sara Stites straddle the line between the polarizing nature of historical feminism and the realities of navigating the art world as mid-career artists who are thematically post-feminist.

Caribbean Queens

Antonia Eiriz’s work has left a profound personal imprint on her many students in Cuba and has been admired by and influential to generations of Cuban artists since the 1960s. Her work finds a new audience in South Florida with Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience.

The Caribbean is then revisited through the lens of famed Spanish photographer Cristina García Rodero as she captures the mysticism of religious ceremonies in the exhibition Rituales en Haití, the first major U.S. solo museum exhibition by this Magnum Photo artist.

Galleries Engage

Throughout the College’s campuses, art comes to life this season with exhibitions that engage their audiences on a personal level.

“The whole point is to create programs based on the needs of each campus, and their faculty and students,” said Wanda Texon, Campus Galleries director and MOA+D associate curator.

North Campus opens the season with Venezuelan artist Jorge Dager’s exhibition Modus Perlucidus (Translucent Objects), followed by Spanish artist Horacio Silva’s exhibition Naturalezas. Both artists are donating work to be housed permanently in the Campus’ Human Rights Pavilion.

Homestead Campus opens with Fresh AIRIE: Artists-in-Residence in the Everglades, while Wolfson Campus’ Centre Gallery kicks off with an exhibition by one of the foremost colorists of Ecuador, Cristóbal González Guzmán, who will also give a lecture. For Miami Book Fair International, the gallery will install a special exhibition, Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage. Artist Cathryn Griffith juxtaposes early 1900s hand-colored postcard images of Havana city scenes with recent color photographs of the same sites from the same vantage points.

Kendall Campus’ exhibition Ceramic Sculpture by Zak Hemsteger will also bring the artist to a workshop with students. “We focus in the galleries on getting each artist to engage with the students, faculty and public by doing walk-throughs, workshops, lecture programs and other audience-oriented events,” Texon said.

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— HP

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