Ciudad de la gente/A City of The People
In January 2019, as part of its groundbreaking initiative Museum Without Boundaries, the Museum of Art and Design will launch A City of the People/La Ciudad de la Gente, an exciting cross-disciplinary series of programs that will galvanize Miami audiences with thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions that draw from art, music, theater, politics, and poetry. Spread across the city at a wide array of venues, the series features performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings, readings, talks, and workshops that will reflect ideas of what it means to exist in, and as, an urban community. At this moment of radical polarization, cities remain at the forefront of diversity, social progressivism, and environmental responsibility. Cities are the crucibles in which American ideals continue to be forged and realized. A haven for diverse immigrant communities yet among the locations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, Miami itself stands at the leading edge of the issues now facing us. A City of the People/La Ciudad de la Gente will engage notions of urban populations, civic life, public space, citizenship, political agency, and human relations with the natural world, seeking new ways to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to re-imagine our cities and our lives.
MOAD MDC's biggest scheduled exhibition for the coming year is SUPERFLEX: We Are All in the Same Boat, the first large-scale exhibition of the critically acclaimed Danish collective SUPERFLEX in the United States. The exhibition will focus on the group’s humorous and playfully subversive installations and films that deal with the economy, financial crisis, corruption, migration, and the possible consequences of global warming.
The title of the exhibition, We Are All in the Same Boat, sets its tone and theme. The figure of speech envisions passengers together in a ship at sea, and a set of shared risks that may put them in danger. Our collective danger implies a responsibility and a need to collaborate so that our ship does not capsize. The title is both poetic and dark. It refers to the simple importance of sharing and working together collaboratively, but also to problems that we now face and the current global situation. Talk about change is not enough. We need to act.
A long tradition exists within the arts of discussing the relation, and subject, human versus nature, but recently the consequences of human impact, interference, and possible trigger of the 21st century’s climate changes have echoed within the art scene in a more activist way. The Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX was founded by Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger, and Rasmus Nielsen in 1993, and since then the three artists have gained international recognition for their DIY and activist approach.
Alumni Galleries swing/SPACE/miami series
Providing a platform to honor former alumni who have excelled in their respective artistic careers, the swing/SPACE/miami project and exhibition series continues to foster opportunities for further engagement with the next generations of young and emerging artists. The fast pace and flexibility of the series is directly linked to the exciting and ever changing landscape of contemporary art. swing/SPACE/miami artists are selected via an annual competition held in the summer, which is open to alumni of New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College arts programs. The work of three finalists will be exhibited throughout the 2017-2018 season to a wider, more diverse audience by collaborating directly with artist run spaces, public venues and galleries around Miami-Dade to present the selected projects.
GO GO MOAD! -the museum’s FREE community “pop up” kids education program. Offered the third Saturday of every month, GO GO MOAD! features hands-on activities for children of all ages, as well as kid friendly guided tours based on exhibitions at the museum.
This program is offered both onsite and off and often participates in other events, such as The Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami Book Fair International, Little Haiti Book Fair, and many more local festivals and fairs, bringing hands on art experiences to youth throughout the Greater Miami Area.
The Kislak Collection
The Cuban Legacy Gallery of Miami Dade College will present Island Currents by César Trasobares. This installation highlights photographs from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernández projected in sequence on two looped videos. Visitors will encounter a vast range of images that chronicle more than 150 years of Cuba’s landscapes, cities, and people. Recording poetic glimpses of daily life in both urban centers and the idyllic countryside, the images also picture parks, buildings, changing modes of dress and means of transportation, as well as popular events such as carnivals, and personalities from the realms of culture and entertainment.