September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

A Renaissance of Art

An unprecedented spirit of renewal is in the air this fall at Miami Dade College’s Art Gallery System as it kicks into gear a highly anticipated exhibition season with a new name, new spaces and a roster jam-packed with major contemporary artists.

The renaissance begins with the creation of the MDC Museum of Art + Design, the new name of MDC’s premier exhibition space at its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. Its completely renovated interior space consists of the new Skylight Galleries, which maximize the signature natural light of the building’s west side, and Black Box Gallery.

“It is with great anticipation and excitement that the Miami Dade Art Gallery System transitions into the new Miami Dade College Galleries of Art + Design and MDC Museum of Art + Design,” said Executive Director Jeremy Mikolajczak. “While South Florida continues to develop as a major worldwide cultural destination, the MDC Museum and Galleries of Art + Design will emerge as a leader among educational art institutions.”

Rich Calendar

Contemporary painting and photography begin the Museum’s season with Between Silver Light & Orange Shadow, featuring paintings by Elena Sisto, and the humorous photographic self-portraits of Jaimie Warren in The WHOAS of Female Tragedy.

Cuban artists then take the spotlight in a series of Museum exhibitions: Fans Forever, bringing together a one-of-a-kind set of fans created by prominent Cuban artists for a 1943 auction in Havana benefiting the church Santa María del Rosario; the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Competition Exhibition, featuring works of artists of Cuban lineage; and The Tower of Snow, a large-scale bronze sculpture by renowned Cuban-born artist Enrique Martínez Celaya in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Pedro Pan Exodus Program.

Basel Boom

During the bustle of Art Basel Miami Beach, Cracking Art Group and William Sweetlove will make their memorable mark on the Freedom Tower with their vibrant installation FOREVERGLADES, presented by the Museum of Art + Design in collaboration with Galleria Ca’ d’Oro. Also during the Fair, the Museum will feature the synergistic work of Isabel and Ruben Toledo, as well as the notebooks and journals of artist Manuel Estrada.

In the spring, the Museum will present a major retrospective of works by acclaimed artist Arnold Mesches. The exhibition will resonate college-wide, with Mesches’ works also on view at Kendall Gallery, North Gallery and West Gallery.

Art on Campus

The MDC Galleries of Art + Design, located at seven of the College’s campuses, have an exciting roster of exhibitions planned, beginning with two photography shows: Silent World Speaks Beauty, with works by Otalio Soca at North Gallery, and After the Storm, a timely exhibition of photographs by Barry Fellman at Homestead Art Space. Shot in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, which struck Homestead and surrounding areas with a particular ferocity, this exhibition hits home as it captures the war-zone feel of the storm’s devastation.

Other exciting shows follow, including three-dimensional works by Camilla Ancilotto at Centre Gallery, and new paintings by Grant Miller at Kendall Gallery and Vladimir Manic at North Gallery.

For the full calendar of exhibitions and events, visit and

— MR

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