Coral Gables Museum exhibits and programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
The Coral Gables Museum is now hosting the following three exhibitions:
An introductory exhibition about Coral Gables' founder and developer, George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream of a place where "your castles in Spain are made real" into reality. This exhibit addresses local history, including pioneer life, the Florida Land Boom, architecture, urban planning and development.
Curated by Arva Moore Parks, designed by Tom Graboski and fabricated by SFY Architectural Signs and Displays, it is housed in Betty and L.D. Pankey Gallery and Coral Gables Galleries — five rooms that were once the Coral Gables Police and Fire Station jail. Now beautifully restored, the rooms provide an intimate space to tell the story from the beginning.
The exhibition, Coral Gables' Sister Cities: Partners
in Peace, is dedicated to the City of Coral Gables' beloved sister cities and the sister cities movement launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Visitors are invited to learn about the history of this international peace program and uncover the connections between Coral Gables and her sister cities: Aix-en-Provence, France; Cartagena, Colombia; Granada, Spain; La Antigua, Guatemala; and Province of Pisa, Italy. Two cities to be added soon: Quebec City, Canada and Curitiba, Brazil.
Images and text will tell the story of our nation in a Cold War environment and how Eisenhower, with his extensive wartime experience and leadership abilities, rallied the public to reach out to citizens of other nations in an effort to promote cultural understanding and world peace. "I hate war", he said, "as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." Each of the five sister cities will be represented through photographs, objects, explanatory text, videos, books, maps, and other media. A research library will be available for those visitors interested in learning more about a particular sister city.
Beauty can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Local artists have grown and developed their styles while responding to their changing surroundings in Miami.
The Bakehouse Art Complex (BAC), originally built in the early 1920's as the American Bakeries Company, became a nonprofit art complex in 1986. Located in Wynwood, nestled amid the I95, the 112 and North Miami Avenue, the artists who reside there are emerged in the heart of Miami urban life, landscape and evolution. The gritty city with its undeniable aesthetic appeal inspires and influences its inhabitants. Images of urbanism mirror the city, creating an echo that vibrates between works of art and the city skyline filled with all of its wonders from skyscrapers to pigeons on electrical wires.
As the Coral Gables Museum is dedicated to the civic arts, including architecture, urban design and development, this exhibit will present selected works by BAC resident artists that respond to the current urban environment.
Featuring artwork by Carola Bravo, Amalia Brujis, Joana Brüssow, Karla Caprali,
Toa Castellano, Silvana D’Mikos, Jorge Enrique, Tony Vazquez-Figueroa, Colleen
Kelley, Ernesto Kunde, José Pacheco Silva, Pamela Palma, Carrie Sieh, Troy Simmons,
Anica Shpilberg, Ralph Ventura, Stephanie Jaffe Werner and Valeria Yamamoto.