Miami Dade College

The Kislak Center

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The Kislak Foundation—a nonprofit institution that collects, conserves, and interprets rare cultural artifacts of the Americas—asked Riggs Ward to design their inaugural exhibition, Culture and Change in the Early Americas, in the new and highly anticipated Kislak Center. Located in MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, the Kislak Center boasts access to over 3,000 Pre-Columbian and early American artifacts from the Jay I. Kislak Collection, which is considered to be one of the largest collections of its kind. Through the use of custom artifact mounts, casework, environmental graphics, and interactive media, the exhibition presents a multidimensional view of the cultural change and adaptation that has occurred throughout the Western Hemisphere. Between artifact displays, visitors are able to interact with a large 86-inch digital table that compares historic maps with real geographical features to illustrate changing perspectives and the advancement of knowledge over time. Another interactive invites visitors to explore the Kislak collection of books and to learn more about the collection of Conquest of Mexico paintings by Hernán Cortés. The exhibition allows the collection to speak for itself while also providing visitors with interactive opportunities to spark ongoing observation, research, and discourse.


Miami Dade College


Miami, Florida

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