The Miami News facilities as seen in the 1940's.
MDC Museum of Art + Design History
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings, including Miami Book Fair International, The Center for Literature and Theatre, Miami International Film Festival, the Cuban Cinema Series, MDC Live Arts, Prometeo Theatre, and the Miami International Sculpture Park.
Since 2005, the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College has served as the flagship venue for premier exhibitions and the administrative offices of MDC's Museum of Art + Design. Established as a formal "museum" in August of 2012 and with more than 17,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Museum is known for its presentation of exhibitions by emerging artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art. The vision of the MDC Museum of Art + Design is to present world-renowned artists, support the vast community of local emerging and established artists, and serve as a platform to present exhibitions by MDC's many distinguished students, alumni and faculty; while building a world-class collection of art. The Miami News facilities as seen in the 1940's. The MDC Permanent Art Collection contains over 1900 works in all mediums and genres, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, film, installation and public sculpture. MDC's Permanent Collection is known for works by emerging artists, under recognized artists, as well as major figures in the modern, post-modern, and contemporary art. Among the greatest strengths in the collection are pieces within movements of Minimalism, Pop Art of the 60's & 70's, Conceptual Art and Contemporary Latin American Artists. MDC has presented numerous exhibitions from its collection such as The Influencers in 2014 and currently on view Recent Acquisitions + Highlights from the MDC Permanent Art Collection.
Since its ongoing transformation as a community educational and cultural center, the Museum of Art + Design has provided residents and visitors access to unique cultural, historical, and educational exhibitions that enrich our community. Notable exhibitions and events at the Museum have included the first Florida exhibition of the complete etchings of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes; Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection; The Killing Machine & Other Stories installations by Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, a collaborative exhibition with Perez Art Museum Miami; Under a Brilliant Sun, a major retrospective of work by Cuban master Cundo Bermudez after his death in 2008; The Wind Doesn't Have a Plan, by Italian artists Blue & Joy; Utopia Possible, MDC Alumnus and Rome Prize Winner Felipe Dulzaides'; recent Guggenheim Fellow Elena Sisto; a retrospective of fashion and illustration by famed husband and wife, Isabel & Ruben Toledo; works by noted Spanish designer Manuel Estrada; a major lifetime retrospective by American painter, Arnold Mesches; a lifetime retrospective by notable Cuban artist Antonia Eiriz; and a World Premiere performance and exhibition by famed Chinese artist and choreographer Shen Wei.