Events: May 30, 2024

A Rock Sails By

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 8:00 PM - English

Sean Grennan brings audiences another stellar play filled with humor and heart. Dr. Lynn Cummings, an astrophysicist, tries to bring science and faith into balance while grappling with personal questions, reconnecting with her daughter, and mourning the loss of her husband. When an unidentified object is discovered heading toward Earth, a less-than-reputable online magazine misquotes her, casting doubt on her credibility. Dr. Cummings hopes to witness nothing remarkable and thus save her reputation, but there is no telling what she will discover beyond the stars.


Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Map)

Call for Abstracts

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 12:00 AM - English

Embrace the opportunity to be part of the Docomomo US National Symposium, themed "Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern,".

This unique symposium, a collaboration between Docomomo US and the Docomomo US/Florida chapter, promises an immersive experience into the diverse world of mid-century and postmodern architecture.

Submit your abstracts by Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11:59 pm, for a chance to contribute to the exploration and celebration of architectural evolution. Our very own Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, John Stuart, serves on the host committee for this Symposium.


Docomomo US
New York, New York, NY 10023 (Map)

A Night at LIV with David and Isabela Grutman

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 6:00 PM - English

Experience the intensity of entrepreneurship on Miami Beach at "A Night at LIV with David and Isabela Grutman," co-hosted by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, a partner of the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. Join us at the iconic LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for an unforgettable evening filled with music, dancing, and an intimate conversation with the Grutmans. David Grutman, who created LIV and has taught the popular course "The David Grutman Experience" for the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and was recently a celebrated FIU Commencement Speaker, will share insights from his entrepreneurial journey. Admissions $75 - per person, $100 - per pair. Proceeds to benefit the non-profit stylesaves.


LIV Miami Beach Fontainebleau
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL N/A (Map)

Patricia Schnall Gutierrez: Remember Me

Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 12:00 AM - English

The exhibition explores six decades of personal narratives from multidisciplinary artist Patricia Schnall Gutierrez. Working in sculpture, installation, film, collage, and performance, Schnall Gutierrez's work interplays between past and present to consider fresh perspectives on the narratives that shape women's lives. Through interrogating her own identities as a woman, artist, mother, and wife, as well as the realities of others in these roles, the exhibition explores the intersections, tension, acceptance, and challenges of these identities and the experiences they entail.

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New Art Exhibition Spotlights Interdisciplinary Works by Local South Florida artist, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez in a Solo Exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Museum in Buffalo NY.

Buffalo NY, Opening on May 10, 2024, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Patricia Schnall Gutierrez: Remember Me will explore six decades of the multidisciplinary artist's narratives in the Project Space.

Working in sculpture, installation, film, collage, and performance, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez's work interplays between past and present to consider fresh perspectives on the narratives that shape women's lives. Through interrogating her own identities as a woman, artist, mother, and wife, as well as the realities of others in these roles, the exhibition explores the intersections, tension, acceptance, and challenges of these identities and the experiences they entail.

Schnall Gutierrez relocated from the NY metropolitan area to South Florida in 2007. She is a former resident artist of the Bakehouse Art Complex and Fountainhead Studios. She currently has an independent warehouse studio in downtown Hollywood.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is the museum dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and the art and artists of Buffalo, NY, and the state region.


Burchfield Penney Museum
1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, FL 14222 (Map)

Kaleidoscope by Miami-based visual storyteller William Riera

Thursday, May 30, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM - English

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, the Arts Connection Foundation proudly unveils the exhibition 'Kaleidoscope' by lens-based visual storyteller William Riera. Based in Miami, Florida, Riera's captivating work promises to mesmerize audiences.

William Riera's photographic project serves as a profound logbook of his soul and thoughts, capturing daily moments throughout the year 2023. Through 'Kaleidoscope,' Riera translates his moods, reflections, and daily life into a mesmerizing collection of 365 images, revealing the complexities of human existence. Each photo represents a convergence of experiences, memories, and emotions, accompanied by premeditated writings that provide insight into his spiritual and existential journey. This project also reflects Riera's ongoing dialogue with photography, as he delves into its influence on his creative practice and personal growth. 'Kaleidoscope' is not merely a collection of pictures but a rich symphony of reflections on life, death, ego, and the essence of being. It is an intimate exploration of self and surroundings, a transparent dialogue with the artistic medium that defines and motivates him. In looking back, Riera finds clarity for the way forward.

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About the Artist

William Riera is a Cuban American visual storyteller based in Miami, Florida, where he has resided since 1995. After graduating with the highest honors in Software Systems Engineering from Havana’s Technological University (CUJAE) in 1990, he transitioned to a career as a professional Software Analyst and Developer for the Miami-Dade County IT Department in 1998, he has since dedicated himself to this role.

Around the turn of the millennium, Riera discovered his true passion in life: photography and image-making. He honed his craft through studies in black-and-white analog photography at Miami-Dade College. He furthered his skills with a professional photography course at the New York Institute of Photography. Continuously seeking to refine his artistry, he has participated in various workshops and certificate programs at the PaÌgina en Blando Photography School in Mexico City, under the tutelage of esteemed critic, essayist, and curator of Cuban origin, Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. In 2022, Riera achieved another milestone by completing his Master’s Degree in Modern and Contemporary Art with top qualifications from the renowned Casa LAMM Cultural Center in Mexico City. His photographic works have garnered recognition through exhibitions in both solo and group showcases across several cities in the USA, Mexico, and Spain.

Since 2015, Riera has been actively engaged in cultural promotion, organizing numerous exhibitions in the vibrant city of Miami. In 2020, he founded the virtual platform South Florida Latin American Photography Forum (SoFLaFoto), through which he tirelessly champions Latin American and Latinx photography, featuring works by artists residing in both the US and Latin America.

About the Curator

Yenny Hernández is a Miami-based art researcher, critic, curator, and cultural manager. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History from the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. Her research focuses on critical analysis and exploration of visual arts, specializing in contemporary Cuban photography. Additionally, she excels in curatorial work, cultural management, and mediation.

About Arts Connection Foundation

Since its foundation in 2006, Arts Connection Foundation serves as a vital platform for fostering inclusivity, collaboration, and cultural appreciation within South Florida’s community. By providing a space where individuals can share cultural knowledge, enhance awareness, and develop sensitivity, the foundation aims to promote diverse and unique events that delve into crucial issues relevant to modern society. Through their initiatives, they play a significant role in transforming communities and fostering active citizenship by leveraging creativity, cultural practices, and integrating art into urban life.


Arts Connection Foundation
676 NW 23rd ST, Miami, FL 33127 (Map)

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William Riera



The Machine in The Garden: Fall 2023 Laa and Arc Student Work

Thursday, May 30, 2024 various times - English

Check out The Machine in the Garden exhibition to discover the collaborative efforts of the Fall 2023 joint FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design and FIU Architecture design studio. Led by Landscape Architect Roberto Rovira and Architect Cynthia Ottchen, the studio reimagines the factory typology within Miami’s “Lake Belt” industrial quarry district, aiming for a holistic approach that integrates social, economic, and environmental elements. With support from industry partner Jakob Rope Systems, the exhibit highlights the studio's innovative solutions merging industrial functionality with ecological and community benefits. Experience the research, design, and interdisciplinary learning that shaped the students' visionary projects. Free and open to the public.


FIU SoA MBUS, Design Gallery
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

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