The Museum of Art & Design Reopens with Incredible Exhibits

♪ [music] ♪ – [Giovanni] After an extensive year-long
upgrade, The Museum of Art and Design in Miami Dade College has reopened
with a refocus vision and restored space, leaving the museum better positioned than
ever to bring significant exhibitions and programs to Miami. Located within
MDC’s national historic landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami,
this space has evolved into a museum without boundaries. Using art and design
to tackle social issues that are relevant to Miami. – [Rina] When I came to the university,
I heard someone saying that the classroom for Miami Dade College was the city and the community, and I thought that that was a fantastic mission for the museum. So,
we attempt to formulate a vision that really reflects those values of Miami
Dade College, and also issues that for any art institution that really
respond more compellingly to the contemporary times where we are. – The inaugural exhibition, By The People,
Designing A Better America, lives up to this mission.
Organized by the Cooper Hewitt’s Smithsonian American design museum,
the exhibit features 60 design projects that explore the challenges faced
by communities across the U.S. and its bordering countries,
including poverty, immigration, race and inclusion. – [Wanda] The curator in New York,
Cynthia Smith, spent two and a half years traveling around the United States to find
these projects, and they’re basically answering her questions on how design
can help Americans solve their problems. – Visitors can even participate
through the exhibits design lab, where they are empowered to identify
Miami-centric issues and examine solutions for improving quality of life.
MOAD’s new initiative, Museum Without Boundaries, moves out from
the walls of the institution and into the city to connect art, performance,
and public programs to Miami’s daily life. The program commenced in January
with Living Together, an exciting cross-disciplinary series that includes
thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions. The culminating
programs, an immersive eight channel video installation titled,
More Sweetly Play The Dance. More than 130 feet long,
the exhibit encircles the viewer in a carnivalesque look at mortality,
and ultimately becomes a celebration of resilience and life. – The work of Kentridge is very much
about inclusion and acceptance of people, of bridging the scenes that separate us
as human beings. But it also, at the end, it’s really about resilience and life
and reaffirming hope for people. – In addition to the museum’s exhibitions,
visitors to the Freedom Tower can connect with local culture through
various permanent installations. The highly anticipated Kislak Center
opened in May, a permanent 2600 square foot exhibition space,
showcasing extraordinary objects including rare books, maps, manuscripts,
pre-Colombian artifacts, and other historic materials. – So, this is very exciting for us and
it’s exciting for the students to be able to come here and look at these
objects first-hand. It’s fascinating. So, people can see the whole history of
Central and Latin America as it affected the states and vice versa. – Made possible by a donation from the
Jay I. Kislak Foundation and assembled over many decades, the collection is
considered one of the most important of its kind of in the United States.
The inaugural exhibition, Culture and Change in the early Americas,
includes Maya art, the first atlas devoted to the Americas, and a first
edition of a 1492 letter written by Christopher Columbus.
Just a few steps away, MDC’s newly renovated Cuban legacy gallery
presents Cuban Streams: 1855-1965, a multimedia installation by
the Miami artist, Cesar Trasobares. The installation features over 1,000
captivating and immersive photo and video projections that highlight the history of
the island nation, from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernandez. – This exhibition was overwhelming
for me personally. I’ve seen, since I’ve lived in Miami,
many photographs of Cubans and Cuba. This is unique because the photographs
are very, very old, some of them, and so there’s five or six diffferent
images on the screen at all time. You sit on the bench and you’re just lost
in this world that no longer exists. It’s really overwhelming.
There are 1,200 images of children, of performers, famous politicians,
buildings that no longer exist, and I think people are going
to really enjoy that exhibition. – In addition to these exhibits,
the museum will host a number of lectures and events to further the conversation
and understanding of these exhibits through September. To learn more about
these and upcoming exhibits and events, as well as the historic Freedom
Tower, visit – And this is pretty much what we try to
do here, to bring more civic engagement to help to sync Miami together,
to try to see if we can make a more powerful movement, the college,
the city, the museum, all of us. – There’s plenty to see and experience in
the museum, and this is only the beginning in an exciting line up of events to come.
Please make sure you visit soon as these exhibits will only be
available for a limited time. For MDC In Focus,
I’m Giovanni Del Fa.

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