Miami Dade College's Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is opening its fall season on Thursday, September 12 at the Freedom Tower with two showcases celebrating female artists. The first, "Elaborate Webs/Striking Exploits," features sketched and painted works by Anne Austin Pearce and Sara Stites, both of whom use nature and the human form as symbolic vessels. Meanwhile, 10 artists take part in a collaborative tribute to Cuban painter Antonia Eiríz in "Antonia Eiríz: A Painter and her Audience.
Born in Cuba in 1929, Eiríz rose to prominence in the '50s and '60s, but after some of her works attracted attention for being critical of the Cuban government, the artist went on a 20 year hiatus, not resuming painting until the early 1990s, when she moved to Miami to live out the last few years of her life. Images of haunting, disfigured characters recur throughout her oeuvre.
Both shows will remain on view through November 17. The September 12 opening reception (7-9 p.m.) is free and open to the public, with food and drink by Brother Jimmy's BBQ and Bartenura Moscato Wine. 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-237-7702