Dog-themed art has a message for you. It doesnt appreciate being reduced to the series of 16 dogs playing poker paintings that Cassius Marcellus Coolidge made in 1903 for a cigar companys ad campaign, and its going to prove it to you at the opening reception for Dog Tales: Words and Images, Fact and Fiction at the Miami-Dade Public Library Main branch.
Independent curator Barbara Young culled the exhibition from a range of Miami artists and collectors, discovering or commissioning great work by local stars such as Bert Rodriguez, Pablo Cano, Jill Cannady, Mette Tommerup, Robert Chambers, and John Bailly. Because its the first night of the exhibition (which runs through August 23), there will of course be wine and cookies, in addition to an appearance by the Miami Poetry Collectives Poem Depot (full disclosure: this writer is a member), in which visitors can order a custom-made poem written on the spot. Suggestion: Ode to a Sleeping Chihuahua. Everything admission, wine, cookies, and poems is free.
June 11-Aug. 23, 6 p.m., 2009