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Major Hemispheric Art Exhibition Comes to Miami Dade College’s Freedom Tower as Part of IDB Miami 2008

Frank Sancho enjoys Beyond Borders art exhibit at the Freedom Tower.

Frank Sancho enjoys Beyond Borders art exhibit at the Freedom Tower.

Miami, March 26, 2008 - Diego Rivera’s self portrait welcomed hundreds of art fans to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Freedom Tower on Mar. 25 for the opening of Beyond Borders: Modernism Through a Selection of Artwork From the Collection of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, D.C. Rivera’s timeless paintings are among some of the finest and most provocative pieces created by some of the most prominent modernists of the Americas, which are on display for the exhibition.

With nearly 70 major pieces, the exhibition showcases important works by Rufino Tamayo (Mexico), Wifredo Lam (Cuba), Keith Haring (USA), Thomie Othake (Brazil), Edgar Negret (Colombia), Roberto Matta (Chile), Jesus Soto (Venezuela), Jose Bedia (Cuba), Diego Rivera (Mexico), Joaquin Torres-Garcia (Uruguay), Maria Luisa Pacheco (Bolivia), and Carlos Merida (Guatemala), among many others. The artwork will remain on display through April 26.

Beyong Borders coincides with the 2008 IDB Miami Annual Meeting, the premier global forum on finance, trade, and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The five-day forum, coming to Greater Miami on Friday, Apr. 4, will draw in finance ministers, business leaders, civil society representatives, and top artists from across the hemisphere. It’s been more than two decades since Miami first hosted the meeting in 1987. 

At the opening reception, Jorge Arrizurieta, chair of the IDB Host Committee, talked about the power of the arts in bringing communities closer together. 

“Culture and the arts are among the things that unite everybody, said Arrizurieta. “Bringing this exhibition to Miami is a wonderful kick-off to the meeting and a great opportunity for the college.”  

MDC, a leader in cultural arts, has hosted several major exhibitions at its renowned art galleries and at the Freedom Tower, Miami’s iconic landmark building. Last fall, the college made history when it hosted the complete set of master Goya’s etchings at the Freedom Tower for the first time in the United Sates, drawing a record number of attendees.

Guided tours of Beyond Borders are available for schools, college students and special groups during morning hours. Films and videos about artists related to show will be projected. A series of talks and conferences will be announced. For more information, please call the Miami Dade College Art Gallery System at 305-237-7186 or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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