Magic in Miami: Culture Converges Downtown / Fall 2013
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Magic in Miami: Â Culture Converges Downtown
Downtown Miami, with its majestic view of Biscayne Bay, witnesses a convergence of culture suited to Miamiâ€™s global profile. This culture-friendly convergence transforms our legendary Magic City, so that Downtown Miami increasingly becomes a place to live, work, and play.Â Major cultural institutions lead the way for more to follow. Â Both art and architecture contribute to this transformation.
PAMMâ€™s new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron, facing Biscayne Bay, is a dynamic addition to the cityâ€™s evolving urban core.Â It invites visitors to explore not only the art inside but also in Museum Park, a welcome haven of green space among skyscrapers.Â Says PAMM Director Thom Collins: â€œThe incredible support that Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Downtown Development Authority have given to the arts community has allowed culture to flourish downtown. I definitely see more and more artists, galleries, and art spaces choosing to make downtown home.â€
MDC Museum of Art + Design, established in 2012, makes a mark in the arts community via programs with roots all over the map, including Peru, Cuba, Haiti, India, and Miami. Â Itâ€™s housed in iconic Freedom Tower, a National Historic Landmark.Â Architecture is elegant example of Mediterranean Revival Style, modeled after Giralda Tower of Cathedral of Seville. The building itself is a significant part of Miamiâ€™s history, having first housed the Miami News in 1925 and later, in 1962, served as a processing center for Cuban refugees.
Today, as a museum, itâ€™s reinventing itself as forward-minded cultural player in a city actively reinventing itself for the 21st Century. Â Recently it organized a well-received, overdue survey of Cuban painter Antonia Eiriz (1929-1995).Â Showing leadership worthy of its high-powered neighbors, this MDC museum inaugurates a new exhibition series to showcase exceptional Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts alumni. Thatâ€™s â€œswing/SPACE/miami,â€ with five solo or group exhibitions a year. This new series adds to the city-wide impulse to provide opportunities for young artists.Â Itâ€™s also connecting these young artists with those who began their studies here, but whose careers have often taken them far beyond Miami.Â Among those featured in 2014 are Tatiana Vahan and William Cordova.
â€œThe MDC Museum of Art + Design serves as a bridge to the past while exemplifying renewed commitment to cultural frontiers and civic preservation,â€ says Executive Director & Chief Curator Jeremy Mikolajczak. â€œIt serves as a catalyst to the growing arts community within Downtown Miami while producing structures to support emerging talents from within the local landscape.â€
â€œWe hope that by creating a home for the community and emerging artists while working together with our neighboring, as well as national, arts and cultural institutions we can become a beacon for all of the artistic disciplines we support,â€ says Paul T. Lehr, YoungArts President & CEO.
Downtown Miami itself becomes a bold beacon for culture burning ever brighter.