Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design presents The Influencers I: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection

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Miami, January 13, 2014 – The Cuban Art Project –  Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Museum of Art + Design(MOAD) will  present The Influencers I: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection, part one of a two-part exhibition highlighting the collection’s expansive holding of works by influential artists. Opening Friday, January 17, the exhibition is organized by the museum and curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Jeremy Mikolajczak. The Influencers I: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection opens the winter season at the college’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark  Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

 Collecting works of art since 1960, Miami Dade College has amassed an expansive collection that includes works dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Although the majority of the collection is composed of post-modern and contemporary works by artists created from 1960 to today, a small but significant number of works by history’s most revered artists encapsulates the depth of the collection’s earlier holdings. The Influencers I: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collectionhighlights eighteen works by thirteen of history’s most prominent artists including: Benjamin West, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Honoré Daumier, Frederick Law Olmsted, Max Klinger, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, George Rouault, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Arp and Marc Chagall.

The artists and specific works in the exhibition are directly linked through ways in which each influenced or are inter-related with each other. In addition to the provenance of the artists included, the chronological exhibition portrays a history of artistic mediums, an artist’s studio practice, the essence of the historic “Renaissance Man,” and explorations within new and experimental concepts. The Influencers I provides a poignant art historical perspective on the interrelated workings of artists and how each has made a significant impact not only on the general history of art, but on generations of artists to follow.

 Public talks and gallery tours throughout the duration of the exhibition will be announced in early February. The exhibition will be on display through July 12. Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available.

About MDC Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.

The Influencers I: Prominent Works from the MDC Permanent Art Collection
  • WHEN: Friday, Jan. 17, 3:00 PM – Saturday, Jul. 12, 6:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Museum of Art + Design The Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

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