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. 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 Collection highlights 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.
Organized by the MDC Museum of Art + Design and curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator, Jeremy Mikolajczak. MDC Museum of Art + Design is generously supported in part by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support for this exhibition provided by I’ve Been Framed.