Text-based contemporary art exhibitions are not a new phenomenon. Hans Haacke famously queried guests at New Yorks MoMA with a poll subversively critiquing the activities of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (a museum board member). Lawrence Weiners typographic texts have been sprawled over locations ranging from the Whitney Museum to our humble Aventura Mall. This Monday, Boston-based artist Franklin Einspruch walks the talk (and vice versa) with The Talk That Walked, an exploration of text and image at the Miami-Dade Main Librarys first-floor exhibition space (101 W. Flagler St., Miami). Pairing bits of widely known poetry with images of modern culture, Einspruch overlays a sequence of events illuminating a new take on aged verses. Not to exclude his decade-long experience in web development, the artist has created a website that allows visitors a virtual exhibition complete with source texts and background info. Educated at the highly regarded Rhode Island School of Design and University of Miamis painting program, Einspruch has been a longtime fixture on the Miami contemporary arts scene and has been associated with big-time acts such as the Dorsch Gallery and the former Margulies/Taplin Gallery in Coral Gables. The library is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through Dec. 19, 2010