SocialMiami Arts Encounter: Public Art Downtown
Saturday, May 6, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Public art at the civic and cultural complex includes both outdoor sculptures and murals inside the Main Library by contemporary master Ed Ruscha. His permanent wordplay frames several temporary displays of South Florida’s creative output, including Mark Osterman’s paintings inspired by classic noir film stills, and sketches drawn from the personal papers Cuban-American painter Emilio Sanchez donated to the Vasari Project, the library’s archive documenting regional art history. Influential printmaker Tom Virgin talks us through his exhibition “Open Books and Other Stories,” before a break for lunch (dining together but paying separately) connects participants with shared interests. Then we ride the Metromover to view longstanding pieces and recent additions in and around select stations, like the towering Red M that Miami residents Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt designed 21 years ago for the Magic City’s centennial celebration.