Miami’s Freedom Tower is not only a historic beacon of opportunity with a storied history of hope for Cuban refugees, but it’s also a venue for continued storytelling and a cultural mainstay. Home to the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at Miami Dade College (MDC), let’s just say that starting November 6th you’ll be making several trips to the Freedom Tower because there will be not one, but three groundbreaking exhibitions calling the institution home.

Running November 6th through May 1st, you’ll be able to get an in depth view into work and practices of three of the most compelling local and international artists today: Icelandic artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Cuban American Jorge Pardo, and Miami-based Venezuelan American Loriel Beltrán.

Hreinn Fridfinnsson: For the Time Being

Continually making art accessible here in the Magic City, MOAD has done it yet again by being the first American museum to host an exhibition by Icelandic artist Hreinn Fridfinnsson. The exhibition aptly titled For the Time Being spans six decades of his work and beautifully highlights his use of minimal gestures to transform everyday materials into symbolic and poetic art. From his early work in land art and photoconceptualism to the transformation of ordinary objects into thought-provoking pieces, you will have the chance to traverse Fridfinnsson’s full range of achievements that will take on a life and effect of their own at MOAD.

Jorge Pardo: Mongrel

For Jorge Pardo’s Mongrel, you’ll have to head to MOAD’s Skylight Gallery where he has created a distinct world of his own that will give you an emotional look into his life. The site specific installation, complete with custom-fabricated chandeliers, modernist chairs and carpet designed by Pardo himself, pays homage to his emigration from Cuba with his family as refugees. Passing through the Freedom Tower himself as a child, his memories are unlocked in this exhibition. The welcoming architecture of the landmark married with trauma and loss are illustrated further with drawings and art using family photos, photos of the Freedom Tower years ago, and more. His montage of reconstructive work reflects the assimilation that he and other immigrants in a new land undergo as well as the “mongrel” condition that can exist between cultural, ethnic, and racial identities. Witness history and emotion come to life.

Loriel Beltrán: Constructed Color

The inauguration of MOAD Projects, a new series of exhibitions featuring the works of Miami-based artists, Loriel Beltrán’s Constructed Color is a dive into his recent work of innovative abstract paintings that dazzle viewers optically. A visual illusion of color, his paintings seem almost intangible. Explore his work as he wanders through the world of contemporary painting and puts Miami on the map in the art world.

These three solo shows will be on view November 6th through May 1st. You can find tickets and details here. To celebrate the grand opening of the exhibitions, MOAD will be hosting a free reception on Saturday, November 6th, with live music, light bites and more. You can RSVP here.

All photos courtesy of MOAD at MDC