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Miami Dade College Presents invasion invasión l’invasion, an Exhibition by Jean Marc Calvet

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Miami, February 17, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Art Gallery System, in collaboration with Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, the Americas Collection, and the Miami International Film Festival, presents Jean Marc Calvet’s exhibition, invasion invasión l’invasion, March 9 – April 28 at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. A lecture presented by Calvet will take place Friday, March 9, from 1 pm – 2 pm. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public. 

Featuring 33 large-scale paintings and an installation of miniature sculptures, invasion invasión l’invasion, is Calvet’s first solo exhibition at the Freedom Tower. A legitimate self-taught artist, his work and passion as an artist are marked by sophistication, yet maintain the spirit of the true brut style. Based in Granada, Nicaragua, Calvet has exhibited his work in Europe, the United States and South America, including several solo shows in New York and Nicaragua. His work is held in several private collections and museums.

The exhibition opens during the college’s Miami International Film Festival, which is presenting a related documentary, Calvet, based on his remarkable story. Before he had any thought of being an artist, Calvet was a bodyguard to the stars in Cannes. Living by impulse, he became disconnected from his family and young son, fell in with a Miami mobster and wound up hiding out in Nicaragua in a drug-fueled haze. At the age of 38, he started to paint as a form of recovery. That was seven years ago. Director Dominic Allan and Jean Marc Calvet bring to the big screen a film about struggling for a second chance.

The opening screening and Directors Q&A will take place at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960.

 For additional information, please contact MDC’s Art Gallery System at 305-237-7700.

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