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MDC Museum of Art + Design Hosts Conversation about Miami in the 1980’s with Veteran Miami Herald Photographers and Famed Special Guests July 11


FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s. Installation view. 2013 Image courtesy of Miami Dade College and MDC Museum of Art + Design.

Miami, July 8, 2013 -

The Miami Dade College (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will host an informal conversation about the life and times in 1980’s Miami at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Museum located within MDC’s historic Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. The conversation and exhibition, which will be open late on July 11, is free and open to the public.

In support of multi-media photography exhibit FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s, the panel-style conversation features exhibition photographers Alexia Fodere, Donna Natale Planas, and Charles Trainor, Jr., in addition to famed special guests Rick Hirsch, 30-year veteran of The Miami Herald and Managing Editor; Major Delrish Moss, 29-year veteran and Chief Spokesperson of the Miami Police Department; Maggie Steber, National Geographic and award-winning photographer; and Ed O’Dell, former reporter, anchor, producer of NBC-WTVJ (NBC 6) and Corporate Director of Media Relations and Community Outreach of Jackson Health System.

FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s is a multi-medium art project/exhibition conceived by freelance photographer, Alexia Fodere in collaboration with The Miami Herald veteran photographers, Donna Natale Planas and Charles Trainor, Jr. Inspired by Fodere’s interest in the lifestyle and culture of Miami in the 1980’s, FLASHBACK  pairs still photographs inset into period specific television sets. The repositioned images and subsequent context of time past captures the violence, excitement and essence of the 1980s in the Magic City.   

The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 10. Museum hours are Wednesday - Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Admission is free, and private tours are available.

FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s is presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About MDC’s Museum of Art + Design


The MDC Museum Art + Design is the College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, located within the historic MDC Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. The Museum of Art + Design presents year round exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and preserving its expansive permanent art collection. With a mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement, original works of art, design, and related creative processes are available to the public five days a week.  As an admission FREE institution with a diversity of patrons and visitors, the Museum is one of the largest and most accessible institutions in the South Florida devoted to visual arts and design.

In Conversation: FLASHBACK: Miami 1980s

  • WHEN: Thursday, Jul. 11, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design The Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

For more information about the exhibition, please call 305-237-7700. Specific information can be found on the Museum website:

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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
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