Museum of Up to date Artwork of the Americas Opens in Miami’s Kendall Neighborhood


Suburban artwork fanatics have at all times needed to drive to locations like Wynwood or Miami Seashore to observe their passions. That is about to alter.

A brand new artwork museum has sprung up in Kendall and not using a single brick or stone being laid. Leonardo Rodriguez, founder and president of the Kendall Artwork Cultural Middle, is transitioning the middle into the Museum of Up to date Artwork of the Americas (MoCAA), a bonafide museum proper within the coronary heart of the group.

“There’s loads of weight that comes with the title of museum, and it is a method that we are able to get the state and native authorities to take an curiosity in order that this place can proceed to operate the way in which it’s, free for the group,” says Odette Lopez, director of MoCAA.

The museum formally opened final week at 12063 SW 131st Ave., nevertheless it’s trying to increase to an even bigger location in Kendall ultimately.

“[Rodriguez] has been amassing Cuban artwork since he was 17 years outdated, so he has this enormous assortment,” Lopez explains. “We now have two very massive collections. We now have his work and sculptures, which quantity about 700, and now we have the ceramics assortment, which is about 500 items in whole, and we would wish to exhibit extra of them.”

The brand new museum presents varied packages, together with the Girls Artists within the Rodriguez Assortment program, which celebrates the progressive and inventive work of girls artists from the Caribbean and Latin America from completely different generations.

This program, which takes place in March, is often paired with a solo exhibition from a longtime artist. The latest program highlighted Cuban artist Gladys Triana within the exhibition “Gladys Triana in Perspective.”

One other is the SoFlo New Artists program which companions with graduating grasp of tremendous arts seniors from native and statewide universities.

“We maintain an exhibition for them, so that they full their senior take a look at with us. They get exhibition expertise, curation expertise, they see what it’s wish to set out an actual present, they usually exhibit their work with their professor with out having to pay a dime for it,” Lopez says. “It’s simply so satisfying to see their faces when all of it comes collectively.”

Round 70 p.c of the artists which have been featured on the Kendall Artwork Middle-turned-museum are native artists who’ve emigrated from Latin America and Cuba.

“A couple of are established artists, and loads of them reside and work regionally,” Lopez provides. “[Rodriguez] has actually opened his doorways and offered all of the supplies and stated, ‘I would like you to work, and I cannot cost you something for the area. I am going to provide you with all of the publicity you want, and all [Rodriguez] asks for is that you just give [him] one piece for [his] assortment.'”

With its new platform, Kendall might turn into the subsequent go-to vacation spot for artwork fanatics.

“Kendall is a spot that, as of but, has no actual cultural presence, and Rodriguez and the museum hope to alter that,” Lopez says.

Museum of Up to date Artwork of the Americas. 12063 SW 131st Ave., Miami; 305-778-7739;

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