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Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery: Past Recordings and Exhibits

Past exhibit descriptions and gallery events are listed alphabetically on this page by exhibit/series title:

Art of Duty

Veteran's Art Exhibit

October 20, 2022 – January 6, 2023

Art of Duty is an exhibit of art and personal stories of military veteran artists. Veterans from the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are represented and their artwork is a visualization of both their military and civilian viewpoints. Much of the material provides an up-close depiction of deployment and a first hand account of serving in the United States military post-9/11 during the Global War on Terror.

This exhibit has been curated as a partnership between the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center and Military Affairs of Nova Southeastern University.

Cine Argentino Art and Film Festival

Exhibited: September 4 – October 16, 2022

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the NSU Alvin Sherman Library will host a free art exhibit and film series. Cine Argentino is celebrating their 20th Festival Anniversary in South Florida. This exhibit is dedicated to Peru, as well as Women in Art and Cinema. “The Woman in Art” will feature Latin American Artists and will have a “Tribute to Fernando de Szyszlo”, courtesy of the America Collection Gallery. The 20th Anniversary will be celebrated with photos and posters of previous events.
Sponsors: NSU, ANLE, Consulate of Peru, Consulate of Argentina, Centro Cultural Puerto Rico, and Broward County.

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State: February 1 – March 12, 2022

Produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this rich and engaging exhibit explores the struggle of African Americans for equality in Florida from the end of Reconstruction (1877) through the 1970s. It examines the deep history of black activism in the state and reveals the multi-generational effort of men and women whose courage and sacrifice ended centuries of institutionalized racism. Civil Rights in the Sunshine State is one of the first attempts to view the Florida civil rights movement through a statewide lens. From Miami to Tallahassee and St. Petersburg to St. Augustine, the Florida movement is explored at the local, state, and national levels.


Crossing Borders

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Immigrant artists from Israel, Syria, Turkey, Switzerland, Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. The project entitled “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & the Americas” an art exhibition with cultural events from South Florida’s rich multicultural community. At the exhibit opening, attendants will experience “A Taste of the Middle East, and Latin America,” and engage the attendants in a facilitated dialogue focusing on building cultural understanding, dispelling stereotypes, and fostering awareness of immigrants from the Middle East, the Americas and beyond with stories of their history in the U.S. This will be shared through videos, photos, and text as it contributes to the American fabric.

The Open Classroom

The Open Classroom series is a collaboration between the Farquhar Honors College and the Alvin Sherman Library. This moderated series features an open conversation with scholars from various disciplines who will share their expertise on important issues related to current topics in the news and provide insightful perspectives rarely seen in the media.

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Queer History

In partnership with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, this exhibition explores the LGBTQ civil rights movement from the first part of the 20th century to the present day. Drawing on Stonewall’s vast archive of over six million pages of materials, including many serials and publications, we look at a time when it was illegal for gay people to congregate together. We see how in the 1950s the first gay civil rights movement developed, and many people found ways to communicate, network, and support each other. We see the impact of the 1960s cultural revolution on LGBTQ rights which led to the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The 1970s brought about an age of enlightenment and cultural growth. The 1980s saw a continuation of the fight for legal rights, while at the same time, gay men were confronted with a new and terrifying deadly disease. Despite continued opposition, progress continued, and changes were made to state laws. LGBTQ people began to see success in their professional and personal lives which ultimately led to the US Supreme Court recognizing the right to marry and prevention of discrimination based on sexual orientation.


The Space Between Us

Exhibited: March 23 – 24, 2022

A multisensory exhibition of some of the most difficult and complex issues that the U.S. face today. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression.” Hosted by the NSU Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Office.