February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight


Sparking Dialogue Through Art

Thought-provoking art is in full bloom this spring at the MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D), which boasts a packed roster of interesting exhibitions that explore the visual arts from a kaleidoscopic array of perspectives.

At its flagship headquarters in MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami, the Museum launches its spring offerings with Fountains & Galaxies. This exciting exhibition by Hemingway Award-winning writer and artist Bernard Cooper is presented in conjunction with the release of his most recent memoir, My Avant-Garde Education. Accompanied by a reading and book signing held in partnership with The Center for Writing and Literature @ MDC, Fountains & Galaxies showcases Cooper’s recent series of digital montages by the same title. His first solo museum show, the exhibition opens Feb. 12 and will remain on view through June 7.

Shortening Distances

Also opening on Feb. 12, 90 Miles hits close to home. The multimedia installation by Carlos Alejandro consists of a 1.5-mile long stretch of crocheted yarn that, once unraveled, equals 90 miles – the distance between the United States and Cuba. Alejandro aims to spark a dialogue on immigration and human rights that is especially timely given recent developments in U.S.-Cuba relations. 90 Miles is presented in collaboration with Word and Image Lab (WAIL) and the Center for Writing and Literature @ MDC. A knitting/ poetry workshop inspired by the show and the book When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka takes place Feb. 14. The exhibition runs through April 19.

In the upcoming edition of the swing/SPACE alumni exhibition series, New World School of the Arts alumna Alma Leiva (’07) will explore sobering subject matter in San Pedro nos ve (San Pedro Watches Over Us), in which she connects her artwork virtually to her hometown of San Pedro Sula in Honduras, a place unfortunately known in recent years as the “murder capital of the world.” Throughout the course of the interactive installation featuring video and a site-specific installation, patrons will be able to scan QR codes using their smartphones to pull up recent stories of violence in San Pedro Sula. The powerful show opens Feb. 12 and runs through March 22.

The recent month-long residency of Miami artist Odalis Valdivieso in Berlin culminates in Arrhythmic Suite, opening on Feb. 20 at MOA+D. In this exhibition, the 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellow seeks to establish a dialogue between a sense of place and the artist’s practice with ephemeral images that relate to organic shapes resembling graphite or charcoal, yet designed to feel light and pictorial.

Fun in Vogue

Free-flowing fun takes over the Museum on March 22 with the Big Funky Fashion Brunch. The fundraiser will feature a fashion exhibition, artist swap shop, live music, pop-up performances, a “battle of the brunches” and open bar, which altogether promise a fantastic evening of funky fun. To learn more about the brunch or exhibitions, call 305-237-7722 or visit the website at www.mdcmoad.org.

— MR

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