February 2016, Volume 20, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

Putting the ‘Art’ in Partnerships

A champion of community engagement, the MDC Museum & Galleries of Art + Design (MGA+D) is launching two new collaborative endeavors this spring that support its mission to connect South Floridians with artists of local, national and international scope.

Scrolling Imagination

Brothers William and Steven Ladd are joining forces with the Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) to build onto their current MOA+D exhibition Mary Queen of the Universe with Scrollathon, an educational program aimed at giving elementary and middle school children an opportunity to experience art up close. Generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, live workshops with the Ladds will give students the opportunity to learn about how the Ladds make and use “scrolls” in their artistic practice, as well as create their own individual scrolls and participate in the execution of a mural of scrolls.

“The goal is to enhance children’s understanding of contemporary art, specifically the power to transform humble materials into highly imaginative works of art imbued with deep meaning,” said MOA+D Executive Director and Chief Curator Jeremy Mikolajczak. “This parallels the theme running through the exhibition in which traditional crafts such as sewing, knitting, and quilting are bound to ideas and narratives more commonly associated to traditional fine-art media.”

A New Dimension

An historic partnership launching later this year will create yet another haven for contemporary art at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. Internationally acclaimed artists and New World School of the Arts alumni Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodríguez Casanova are redefining the campus’ third-floor gallery as Dimensions Variable, their lauded artist-run collective previously located just blocks from the campus in Downtown Miami. In the new MDC space, the husband-and-wife duo will continue curating thought-provoking exhibitions while working onsite in studio.

News of the partnership was recently announced in The New York Times and the inaugural exhibition is set for fall: an installation by Colombian artist Leyla Cárdenas. “The pioneers at MDC and the creative community have built Miami to become a major cultural destination that is centered on the visual arts. Now, more than ever, the College can serve as a leader in this community by taking steps to maintain the vibrancy of this great cultural city,” said MDC President Eduardo J. Padrón.

— MR

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