June 2014, Volume 18, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight


A Splashy Spring of Art

More than ever a focal point for Miami’s arts scene, the MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) had its most acclaimed spring season yet, filled with noteworthy exhibitions and exciting events that have highlighted stars from the annals of art history as well as the world of contemporary art.

Feeling the Love

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, MOAD made a splash with Paper Hearts, its first annual fundraiser. Attended by more than 600 people at the Museum’s home, MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, the event was a resounding success.

Guests enjoyed divine food and drink from some of the area’s best restaurants while taking in live performances by Afrobeta, DJ Hottpants and MDC Kendall Campus dancers. In a quieter area, patrons sat for portraits by talented Kendall Visual Arts Student Association students, while works on paper by renowned artists were sold during a silent auction curated by Bernice Steinbaum. The fun night affirmed the community’s support for MOAD, culminating in fresh funding for more exciting programming.

“For decades, Miami Dade College has been on the forefront as a catalyst for the visual arts,” said Museum Executive Director and Chief Curator Jeremy Mikolajczak, “but with the recent launch of the MDC Museum of Art + Design, its signature venue in August of 2012, Paper Hearts was a fantastic means for the arts community to rally around this great institution and invest in its future.”

Strong Showing

Throughout its spring season, the Museum brought to light highlights from the MDC Permanent Art Collection with the first installment of The Influencers, which featured such household names from art history as FranciscoJosé de Goya y Lucientes, Joan Miró,Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. The show’s second installment opened in April with modern heavy hitters including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Joseph Beuys, Frank Stella, Robert Arneson and Alex Katz as well as contemporary artists Arnold Mesches, Lynne Gelfman and Elena Sisto.

On the heels of these impressive exhibitions, Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Collection paid tribute to the CINTAS Foundation’s support of Cuban-born artists who have benefited from its generous fellowships over the past half-century.

Homecomings

Welcoming back successful artist alumni from the College and its New World School of the Arts, the Museum’s swing/SPACE/Miami exhibition series put a spotlight on Tatiana Vahan, followed by William Cordova in May.

“The quality and diversity of concepts that swing/SPACE/Miami artists have presented in the first season speaks not only to the talent of our alums but also to the art faculty at MDC and at NWSA,” said Wanda Texon, MOAD associate curator and director of campus galleries.

MDC Emerging Artists exhibitions also dominated at campus galleries, showcasing work by students at Homestead, Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses.

— MR


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