MIA Galleries

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Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Miami International Airport
Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs


Bel Kongo:
Beauty, Power, Identity

South Terminal Gallery, 4th Floor, Mezzanine

Young artists from the Miami Bridge Youth Crisis Shelters , the Gang Alternatives program, and North Miami Public Library express their beauty and power in works inspired by Haitian carnival, from the papier mâché masks of Jakmel to songs sung to the Haitian kongo rhythm, in collaboration with Miami-based artists such as painter Daleus and master drummer Catelus “Ton Ton” Laguerre.  The exhibition is part of the Carnival Arts, an arts education program inspired by the carnival traditions of the Caribbean and Latin American.
Carnival Arts is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; by the Barry University School of Professional and Career Education and the Barry University Center for Community Service Initiatives; by Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.; and by the City of North Miami, the North Miami Public Library, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Cathedral of St. Mary School; Gang Alternative; Thomas Jefferson Middle School; PACE Center for Girls, Miami; and North Miami Public Library.





A collaboration with the Florida International University, The Wolfsonian‐FIU
North Terminal, Near Gate D31
Opens March 2016


The Wolfsonian’s collection captures the revolution in transportation that took place from the late 19th century onward, with the development of automobiles and air travel as well as the vast expansion of railroads and steamship lines. Commercial posters promoted these new means of travel, drawing aesthetic inspiration from the powerful forms of ocean liners, streamlined locomotives, and airplanes. Faster, Farther and More Comfortable Than Ever Before will showcase more than twenty reproduction posters whose originals were produced from 1900 through the 1930s and are now housed at The Wolfsonian. Some illustrators included in the show are Otto Arpke, Gino Boccasile, Austin Cooper, Aurelio Craffonara, J. P. Junot, Theyre Lee‐Elliott, Giovanni Patrone, Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava, and Filippo Romoli. 


Kanako Sasaki
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 22


Kanako Sasaki, Still Standing, 2004, archival pigment print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery

In her series Wanderlust, Kanako Sasaki (Japanese, 1976) explores her own imaginative world influenced by traditional Japanese novels, Ukiyo-e paintings and childhood memories. Within her surreal and eccentric settings, Sasaki’s characters, usually herself, evoke ideas of isolation, escape and uninhibited freedom. The juxtaposition of bleak emotion within a fantastical landscape leaves the viewer mesmerized with wonderment.  Sasaki’s work also comments on issues such as the female experience, loss of innocence, hopeless romance and how Japanese culture is viewed from the outside.
Kanako Sasaki was educated at the Royal College of Art in London and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.  She has had solo exhibitions in the US, Japan, Bolivia and Hungary, and has been included in many international group exhibitions.  She has participated in artist residencies in Austria, Iceland, Paris, Estonia, Vienna and New York, and has been awarded many fellowships and grants.  She has also taught photography at CUNY Staten Island, NY and the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.  She lives and works in Japan.

Cartographies Tatiana Parcero
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 25
Tatiana Parcero, Re-Invento #18, 2005, acetate and giclee print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery

Tatiana Parcero is a photo and video artist whose work explores the corporeal as a map where she can relate to ideas as different as identity, memory, territory, time and migrations. Blending various techniques and visual media, the photographic work explores hand gestures and postures with ideas of mystical experimentation, contemplation and the human experience of various scientific and religious concepts. Using the technique of superimposing acetates onto photographs, the images have two layers of visual information that stimulate the desire to explore deeply into the pictures.
Tatiana Parcero has a BA in Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an M.A. with studies in Art Theory and Photography from New York University/International Center of Photography (NYU/ICP).  For the past 27 years, she has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: The Museum of Modern Art (NY); Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan); Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL); Houston Center of Photography (Houston, TX); Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA.); The Mexican Museum (San Francisco, Ca.); and the Biennale of Havana, Cuba, to name a few.  She currently lives and works in Argentina.

MIA Portrait Project
Concourse J, Gate 7
Opens December 2015

From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.
 From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.  
The MIA Portrait Project film series is the first original programming of the art-centric video site WAYPOINT, which debuted at CONTEXT Art Miami 2015. The portrait-making encounters between four diverse artists  - Jessie Laino, Christina Pettersson, Kerry Phillips and Kristen Thiele and their subjects, Miami International Airport employees  – are the focus of the new series of films.
WAYPOINT is a public electronic art exhibition project inaugurated at one of the world’s largest transportation hubs, Miami International Airport (with annual traffic of more than 40 million passengers). Its mission is to present and engage travelers with a rich and vibrant stream of programming that includes short documentary films about artists creating work and visually inspiring video artwork by established and emerging artists.

WAYPOINT was developed by the Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, Miami International Airport, in association with contemporary art filmmakers Wet Heat Project.



For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.


Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks
Photography by Clyde Butcher
South Terminal,  Meeter and Greeter Lobby, Third Level
Opens November 2015

Clyde Butcher, Conservation #5, 2004, archival pigment print

Considered one of America’s Best Ideas, the United States National park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. Here in Miami we are fortunate to have three National Parks that are just minutes away: Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
Distinguished photographer Clyde Butcher has captured the essence of these wild and beautiful public lands that are owned by the American people.


For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.