Gables museum underappreciated

 

While so much attention, understandably, is devoted to the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Arsht Center and the New World Center, the “little engine that could” gets overlooked.

The Coral Gables Museum remains an underappreciated gem. In addition to its permanent exhibit on the history and architecture of Coral Gables, the museum hosts concerts, exhibitions, talks and presentations from the historic to the most contemporary and cutting edge.

In its brief two-year history, the museum has hosted an eclectic variety of several dozen exhibits ranging from Spanish exploration of Florida to the graffiti glories of the Miami Marine Stadium. Currently the museum is hosting a stunning exhibit, Marking the Millennium, hosted by Beth Dunlop, that celebrates Miami’s dramatic emergence on the forefront of 21st-century architecture and theatrically presents its fellow museums and public buildings around the bay.

When extollng South Florida’s cultural emergence, the Coral Gables Museum should be included on that list of glorious institutions.

Patrick Alexander, Coral Gables

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