MIM Fall 2020 Service Project: Mohan Yatham

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Howdy! My name is Mohan, and I’m a senior pre-med undergraduate at Florida International University. I major in Biology and minor in Business and Chemistry. I want to pursue a dual degree MD/MBA in the future. Throughout my undergraduate career, I believed that exploring is the foundation of a new beginning. Over the past decade, I lived in multiple places, including India, New Jersey, Rochester, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Miami! This allowed me to gain insights into various regions and local traditions. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the culture and history of Miami. As a part of the Honors College, I am thrilled to share my experience and exploration of Doral on this page!

WHO

I volunteered for the Box of Joy, which is an annual Christmas gift ministry organized by local Catholic schools facilitated by Cross Catholic Outreach. This organization sends toys and gifts to children from extreme poverty to receive the joy of Christmas. Box of Joy has delivered for over 75,800 boxes of joy to children in over 7 countries. Volunteers have the opportunity to screen the toys to make sure that all items are safe. Some of the volunteers help to pack and organize the cartons to prepare for shipment. It is crucial to recognize that the children have a hope for joy for once every year and this organization was successful in fulfilling the joy of thousands of children in poverty. 

I also volunteered for the Bakehouse Art complex community project. This project aims to raise awareness about our decaying coral reefs. As it was a community project, an artist led the project in collaboration with a scientist due to common interest in projecting the idea of degrading coral reefs in our oceans!

WHY

The mission was the main motive for my interest in this volunteering opportunity. Although this volunteering opportunity directly does not correlate with my major, I am blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in this great mission of joy. I wanted to engage in a community oriented project that aims to fulfill a goal that resonated with me. I have seen many poverty countries first hand and I always wanted to somehow contribute for the welfare of the people suffering from hunger and lack of joy. I have been to Costa Rica and Villages of India and seen how the lifestyle for many people is. On top of all of the issues, this year has been tremendously rough due to COVID. Christmas is a holiday season that should bring joy and happiness. But unfortunately, the majority of these children can not even have a good meal in a day. When I read about this mission, I immediately signed up to be part of it. 

The coral reef project was probably by far my first direct community related involvement and was very fortunate to have taken the class Miami in Miami. It was a great experience to show how science and art can collaborate to spread crucial information to the community.

HOW

Box of Joy

I had to quarantine myself for about 5 weeks due to twice occurrence of symptoms fpr COVID for myself or someone in my family. Fortunately none of us were tested positive, so finding a volunteering opportunity during these times was a bit difficult. However, when I started to research about the potential volunteering opportunities near me, I found this website HandsOn Miami organization that presented this volunteering opportunity. I immediately signed up myself and invited a couple of my friends to join if they were interested. I had one of my friends join me to volunteer for this event. I got in contact with the opportunity head Gus Cruz and confirmed my schedule. I was lucky to get the volunteering spot since there were only 2 spots left after I signed up. I have the contact information of Gus Cruz to potentially participate in this event whenever it is made available in the future. 

Bakehouse Art Complex

The opportunity to be involved in this project was a part of Miami in Miami class. Professor John Bailly coordinated with the artist and provided the class to participate in the community project.

WHERE & WHAT


At the Box of Joy screening center

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

On December 13th at 11:00 am, I arrived at the box of joy center along with my friend. As soon as I checked in, I met with Guz Cruz (the opportunity head) and was guided to the training session. The training session was about 20 minutes in which I learned the protocol of the workflow in the screening center. I was assigned to pack the boxes and prepare to orient for shipment. I also had some time to sort and screen toys and gifts to make sure there were no harmful gifts being packed. I was also told that due to the government systems of certain countries, toys of the army or any in that category shall be removed since it can affect the children physiologically. Overall, I had a great experience working with everyone and working for the mission.

At the Bakehouse Art Complex

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

On October 25th, I arrived at the Bakehouse Art Complex, a little later our group learned about the project and purpose. Soon after, we learned the technique about how to use the molds to properly assemble the articraft. I had a fantastic experience working with class for the very first time. Coral reefs in our oceans are slowly dying and it is a rapidly increasing issue that needs immediate attention and action. The best way to create conversation is by art and this project reflects the use of art and science to present to our community the importance of decaying coral reefs. The artifacts are designed to represent the coral reefs as they also decay as time progresses. This was a very successful project and I am extremely grateful to be part of it.

WHEN

Photo of proof of service hours edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Summary

Overall, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I had to contribute to great causes. The box of joy mission really resonated with me and I was very happy to be involved in that event. I had a great opportunity to meet a like minded community that is working hard for the cause. The bakehouse art complex project was by far one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I am lucky to be involved in a project that has a goal of spreading attention about the decaying coral reefs in our ocean. This project involved research from a scientist and the involvement of artists to create a community project that became very successful!

MIM Ineffable Miami Fall 2020: Doral by Mohan Yatham

Student Bio

Photo captured during a medical mission trip to Costa Rica. Photo by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Howdy! My name is Mohan, and I’m a senior pre-med undergraduate at Florida International University. I major in Biology and minor in Business and Chemistry. I want to pursue a dual degree MD/MBA in the future. Throughout my undergraduate career, I believed that exploring is the foundation of a new beginning. Over the past decade, I lived in multiple places, including India, New Jersey, Rochester, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Miami! This allowed me to gain insights into various regions and local traditions. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the culture and history of Miami. As a part of the Honors College, I am thrilled to share my experience and exploration of Doral on this page!

Geography

Photo edited by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

The City of Doral is located in Miami-Dade County in the center of South Florida with boundaries of majorly populated Cities like Fontainebleau, Miami Springs, Tamiami, Hialeah, and West Miami! Due to its location, significant landmarks such as the Miami International Airport and Downtown Miami are easily accessible due to the city’s convenient infrastructure and roads. The City of Doral occupies approximately 15 square miles and is a home for more than 68,000 residents and 100,000 people that actively work within the city. Some of the nation’s largest corporations, such as the Carnival Corporation, Leon Medical centers, The Trump organization, Miami Herald, and Univision, are principal employers for the City of Doral. Doral is a thriving neighborhood with over 10,000 businesses featuring entertainment day and nightlife with exciting shopping and entertainment complexes and delicious South American restaurants. Due to the majority of Hispanic presence in this vicinity, the demand for popularity for South American restaurants has grown exponentially. This diverse community is a place for everyone to visit and explore the City of Doral.

History

Doral is one of the 34 municipalities in Miami-Dade County. During the late 1950s, Doral was a swampland that was part of the Everglades extensions. Real estate pioneers Doris and Alfred Kaskel developed 2,400 acres of land into a hotel and a country club featuring golf courses. The name for this venture was Doral, a mixture of the names of both Doris and Alfred. This structure was the first establishment in Doral and quickly gained traction for people to go and enjoy the day at the country club and hotel. Donald Trump later purchased this hotel, and it became the Trump National Doral Golf Club. The Saturnia International Spa (later named The Spa) was later added to the resort, and it became the largest Spa in Florida and one of the largest spas in the nation. In late 1980-2000, many real estate companies showed interest in developing communities for residential occupancy. The City of Doral rapidly grew as the housing increased, and so did the population. Due to the central location of the city in South Florida, Doral started to attract Fortune 100 companies and now is the hub for many corporations. Some of the largest corporations such as Carnival corporations, Trump National Doral Golf Club, Sears, PBS & J Inc, Perry Ellis International, Brinks, and many other corporations have headquarters in Doral. Not only the large corporations but also many mom-and-pop businesses, start-up businesses, gyms, restaurants, and entertainment hubs have been built as the population began to increase in the area. Florida International University’s Metropolitan center named Doral as the fastest growing city in Florida and 11th in the nation. Doral became an epicenter for world-class parks and cultural activities throughout many recent years, hosts over 50 financial institutions, and 30 chambers and Businesses organizations are present in Doral.

Demographics

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Doral city website projects the total population of Doral overpasses 71,000 with 29.7% ages 0-19, 21.5% aging 20-34, 34.3% aging 35-54, and 14.4% over 55. The median age is 34.2 based on the U.S. Census Bureau and Florida Bureau of Economic and Business (BEBR) estimate of 2019. Due to the vast diversity of cultures in South Florida, Doral’s majority Hispanic population comes from Venezuela. The large Hispanic community directly reflects on the fact that about 90.9% of the population in Doral speak Spanish. Doral stands as the second-highest percentage of Venezuelans and the sixth-highest percentage of Columbians in the United States. An interesting fact is that about 65% of Doral residents are foreign-born. Out of the 71,000 individuals, about 52.1% are female, and about 47.9% are male demographics. The number of households in the City of Doral is about 17,833. According to the U.S census, the owner-occupied housing unit rate is 47.8%, with a median value of owner-occupied housing units of about $393,900. The median income for a household in the City of Doral is about $79,200, which is 24% higher than the United States’ median income. There are over 14,000 businesses established in Doral with a wide range of services and products.

Landmarks

Doral Central Park

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

The largest park in the City of Doral is located in the heart of Doral, covering 82-acre green spaces and scenic lake views that are ideal for friends and family gatherings and a hub for many local events. This park includes 0.9-mile walking/running trails, soccer field, basketball field, football field, tennis, an exercise station, tables, and grills for a great picnic day! Many events occur in Doral Central Park, such as Drive-In movies, wellness programs, farmers’ markets, holiday lights, boot camps, and even art exhibitions. The Doral Contemporary Art Museum (DORCAM) exhibits contemporary art larger than life sculptures and urban intervention, including monumental sculptures installed in Doral Central Park, Downtown Doral, and many landmarks within Doral. The art exhibition will be available in June 2021 for public viewing. Contemporary artists from around the globe will display in the art exhibition. It is fascinating to see art activities that partake in a local community that can educate stories through art.

Miami International Mall: 

It is undeniable that Miami is one of the most diverse communities in the world. Located near the Miami International Airport (MIA), to balance everyone’s needs, the Miami International Mall features many activities, various food courts, home to top retailers in the world. The mall covers over 1 million square feet with over 140 trending retailers and fashion brands, including Alex and Ani, Express, Forever 21, Gap, Guess, Hollister, Perry Ellis, Pandora, PINK, The Disney Store, Swarovski, Tous, Victoria’s Secret, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Sears, and H&M. Miami International Mall includes 22 eateries including BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and The Knife, and also local authentic Hispanic tastes. 

Downtown Doral

Photo captured and edited Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Downtown Doral features some of the finest shopping, restaurants, homes, offices, schools, and are all connected within 250-acres, which are easily walkable from one place to another. All of the buildings share a typical contemporary Miami architecture and feature some monumental sculptures. The picture above shows the holiday-themed decoration, which creates a festive season for the community. There are over 70 shops and restaurants, including 1 million square feet of offices and luxurious residential apartments. Downtown Doral is a recent development and shows the city’s progression by adding newer homes and businesses, yielding more jobs and flow of the economy. The entire vicinity area is green and brilliant with trees built-in design and designated place for electric vehicles. The interest in electric and solar power would far benefit our climate for the years ahead!

Transportation

The City of Doral implemented a new Doral Trolley as local transportation to shopping centers, restaurants, parks, and recreation connecting to the Metrorail. The Doral trolley system provides a real-time trolley tracker and information about the trolley’s routes and actual status. The tracker can be operated via mobile through the Doral city app. This trolley covers significant landmarks, including midtown Doral, Palmetto Metrorail station, Doral government center, Downtown Doral, Miami Dade College West Campus, City Place, Dolphin Mall, Miami International Mall, and Florida International University. The trolley is closed only on some significant national holidays. 

Food 

Doral is notoriously known for its Hispanic culture and primarily South American food. Some of the most famous restaurants in Doral include a Peruvian and Latin style restaurant called Pisco y Nazca and El Pollo Inka Miami. Many local favorite food places such as Taco Rico Tex-Mex are seen in the picture above. This place is authentic and famous for its delicious Mexican food. If you are an Arepa lover then Arepas at La Uchirena are the most famous local place for Arepas. Many healthy food enthusiasts might prefer Robeks, which is known for healthy treats and smoothies!

Businesses 

Doral is home for over 10,000 local and international businesses. Businesses from many industries and areas such as adult day cares, auto services, barber shops, beauty and spas, car dealers, churches, electronics, dance studios, dining, financial services, fitness, home services, law firms, healthcare facilities, pet services, printing, realtors, and many more retailers are actively open to residents and non residents of Doral. It is estimated that the total merchant wholesale merchant sales in a year grosses over $35 million. 

Summary 

Doral is located in one of South Florida’s most abstract areas, surrounding significant towns and populations. The city of Doral is a home for thousands of individuals, primarily Venezuelans. The community was built by attracting entrepreneurs and corporations to develop and expand the potential of the city. Most of the town has been developed over the past two decades; hence we can observe the modernistic communities that are green and glorious. The central park is one of the most fascinating parts of Doral due to the presence of multitude of activities, sceneries, and most importantly the community events that take place occasionally. One of the awaited events for Doral is the contemporary art exhibition by the Doral Contemporary Art Museum (DORCAM) that will be available for public viewing in June 2020. The prevalence of the vast hispanic population in Doral is one of the main reasons for its current state. The South American restaurants are famous for their authenticity and the home taste of hispanic nation. The city of Doral has an interesting program for their residents, which is the city mobile app that allows the residents to claim any issues that may partake in the community. Additionally, I noticed many homes in the modern style which are interesting due to the unique designs that resemble the communities of Doral. All of the latest developments seem to follow a similar pattern. Most of the newer developments follow a green protocol, which would have a tremendous impact on our climate. Overall, I found that the City of Doral holds a crucial presence in South Florida due to the immense developments that have been done in recent years to improve the standard of living and embrace Hispanic culture. The City of Doral maintains a balance of day life activities and nightlife actives with recreation and futuristic developments that will only grow in the future and therefore increase the prevalence of the City and attract more people to the city!

Citations

“U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Doral City, Florida.” Census Bureau QuickFacts, http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/doralcityflorida. 

“Downtown Doral in , FL.” In , FL, http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/thing-to-do/shopping/downtown-doral/16228. 

Museum, Doral Contemporary Art. “Art Museum – Doral, Florida.” DORAL CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM, dorcam.org/. 

“Doral Business Directory.” Florida Shopping Guide, flshoppingguide.com/doral-business-directory/. 

“Dining News in Doral.” Dining News in Doral · City of Doral, http://www.cityofdoral.com/visitors/dining-in-doral/. 

Mohan Yatham: Miami as Text

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Photo captured during a medical mission trip to Costa Rica. Photo by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Howdy! My name is Mohan, I’m a senior premed undergraduate at Florida International University. I major in Biology and minor in Business and Chemistry. I want to pursue a dual degree MD/MBA in the future. Throughout my undergraduate career I believed that exploring is a foundation of a new beginning. Over the past decade, I lived in multiple places including India, New Jersey, Rochester, Daytona Beach, Orlando and Miami! This allowed me to gain insights about various regions and local traditions. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the culture and history of Miami. As a part of the Honors College, I am thrilled to share my experience and exploration about Miami in this page!

Deering as text

Visual of the deering estate nature preserve and the tour given by professor Bailly. Logo by: https://www.deeringestate.org/ All photos in the collage are captured and edited by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Miami’s Preserved History!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU at The Deering Estate, 2 September 2020


<p class="has-drop-cap" style="line-height:1.8" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The Deering Estate preserves not only a European style mansion but also entire conservation of multiple rare species of plants, ferns, trees, and a diversity of wildlife, such as coyotes, snakes, spiders, foxes, and many more! It is also an excellent place for hiking and immersing in nature. One can only appreciate the value with live visualization of land that has an ancestral background. I can say that I am a lucky Floridan to have walked on the same road as the regular trade road for the Tequesta tribe. One of my favorite views throughout the hike had to be the Pine Rocklands with spectacular views. The quote below resembles to the fact that we should embrace the footprints of our ancestors and connect with the history. However, I did have an adventure walking through the poison Ivy plants with a missing sole on my boots!The Deering Estate preserves not only a European style mansion but also entire conservation of multiple rare species of plants, ferns, trees, and a diversity of wildlife, such as coyotes, snakes, spiders, foxes, and many more! It is also an excellent place for hiking and immersing in nature. One can only appreciate the value with live visualization of land that has an ancestral background. I can say that I am a lucky Floridan to have walked on the same road as the regular trade road for the Tequesta tribe. One of my favorite views throughout the hike had to be the Pine Rocklands with spectacular views. The quote below resembles to the fact that we should embrace the footprints of our ancestors and connect with the history. However, I did have an adventure walking through the poison Ivy plants with a missing sole on my boots!

Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!

Chief Si ahl

Some of the other interesting sites include the mangroves with green/blue spring waters. That area can also be described as the “shell island,” considering the number of shells seen in the province. Each shell had a purpose, such as drilling or hunting. The hike had views of large trees, such as the gumbo limbo tree, as seen in the picture above. Image 2 shows beavers’ home, but it is a freshwater canal that was blasted years ago. Photo 3 shows views during the hike when attempting to explore a crashed plane. The last picture served as a trap when animals drop in that area and cannot escape; it is an excellent meal for the wolves and other predators!

Overall, the views were spectacular, and it is one place that everyone especially living in Miami, should visit and embrace the long-lasting history at home!

South Beach as Text

Visual of the south beach area and the tour given by professor Bailly. All photos in the collage are captured and edited by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Compass of South Beach’s Outstanding Architecture!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU at The South Beach, 16 September 2020

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">When you hear the name South Beach, you automatically know that it is one of the most visited tourist attraction! While the streets of South Beach are prominently known for the nightlife, restaurants, beach activities, there is a much more significant reason for its ever-growing popularity. That is how I knew about South Beach until I had the lecture with professor Bailly. I never thought about the preserved architecture such as the art deco design, Miami modern design, and specific details of some buildings for the number of times I walked through the Lincoln road, ocean drive, and many parts of the south beach.When you hear the name South Beach, you automatically know that it is one of the most visited tourist attraction! While the streets of South Beach are prominently known for the nightlife, restaurants, beach activities, there is a much more significant reason for its ever-growing popularity. That is how I knew about South Beach until I had the lecture with professor Bailly. I never thought about the preserved architecture such as the art deco design, Miami modern design, and specific details of some buildings for the number of times I walked through the Lincoln road, ocean drive, and many parts of the south beach.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">South Beach carries the history of a Mangrove Island, which then had several cultural phases shaped to the present South Beach. I can never stop to admire the designs of some of the buildings on the ocean drive. The city of Miami kept the sites of iconic Art Deco buildings and historically prevalent architectural designs. The eyebrow design is mainly known as a sunshade design for many buildings. The art deco consisted of specific patterns that resembled on many buildings. The colors of some of the buildings are fascinating due to the resemblance of the ocean vibes. Some buildings looked like ships and even rocket-like structures. There was a human-made portion leading to the cruise ship docking and the port of Miami. The pandemic emptied the south beach streets, which had impacted many of the businesses that are held closed until the situation settles. From the alleys to the Versace mansion, South beach holds a remarkable history and remains the site of attraction for the entire world!South Beach carries the history of a Mangrove Island, which then had several cultural phases shaped to the present South Beach. I can never stop to admire the designs of some of the buildings on the ocean drive. The city of Miami kept the sites of iconic Art Deco buildings and historically prevalent architectural designs. The eyebrow design is mainly known as a sunshade design for many buildings. The art deco consisted of specific patterns that resembled on many buildings. The colors of some of the buildings are fascinating due to the resemblance of the ocean vibes. Some buildings looked like ships and even rocket-like structures. There was a human-made portion leading to the cruise ship docking and the port of Miami. The pandemic emptied the south beach streets, which had impacted many of the businesses that are held closed until the situation settles. From the alleys to the Versace mansion, South beach holds a remarkable history and remains the site of attraction for the entire world!

Downtown Miami as Text

Visual of the downtown Miami area and the tour given by professor Bailly. All photos in the collage are captured and edited by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Compass of South Beach’s Outstanding Architecture!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU at The Downtown Miami, 30 September 2020

Downtown Miami holds some of the most historical monuments and is filled with iconic multicultural towers along the east coast of South Florida. The origin of Miami’s infrastructure begins at the intersection of Flagler Street and Miami Ave. Having been to other nations such as India, England, and Costa Rica, I appreciate the preservation of historic buildings across downtown Miami. The historical places such as the Gisu Church, Biscayne Key, Miami-Dade courthouse, Freedom tower, Fort Dallas, Wagner House, Brickell Park, and many more built today’s Miami community.  The Gus church played a crucial part in understanding the roots of Christianity in Miami from the Spanish. 

It was a fascinating experience to stand at Tequesta’s capital, where Ponce De Leon first sailed to Miami. The massive apartments and structures were built over the graveyard of the Tequestas.  The Wagner House is the oldest in Miami, which was built by a German in 1855. When I looked at the Wagner House, I quickly recalled a village in India with similar design homes. One of the most interesting parts of the visit to downtown Miami is the Fort Dallas vicinity. That building served as a slave plantation house, and it was preserved as a historic building. The Brickell family is one of the most important contributors to the skyline and infrastructure of the downtown Miami. The architecture of the freedom building resembles the Cathedral Bell Tower in Spain. It is a distinctive landmark known for the Latin heritage and located at the heart of Miami. Miami holds a brief history for the present diverse community and the landscape that made Miami one of the most attractive locations in the world!

Chicken Key as Text

Visual of the chicken key area and the tour given by professor Bailly.  All photos in the collage are captured by John Bailly/ CC BY 4.0

Beyond the Deering Estate, lies the golden key!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU, Reflection of Chicken Key 14 October 2020

Who would say no to canoeing with the professor and classmates for an honors class at FIU? No one!! Although I missed the chicken key visit, from the photos shared by Professor Bailly and my classmates, it was by far the most entertaining educational trip that served a change in the community. From what I have heard from my classmates and my research on sights of the chicken key, it was the most memorable trip that contributed to a bigger purpose. When I first visited the Deering estate, I can feel the blue ocean’s calmness with breathtaking views all around. I believe that cleaning up the trash that potentially harms many fish and sea life around the keys and mangroves is an interminable initiation towards change for the better good.

From what I have heard from my friends, by looking deep inside the island, there was a lot of trash, including big plastic items, caps, and even masks made their way to the small island. The students were paired up when canoeing to the chicken key. Nevertheless, having missed the trip, it only makes me want to visit the Deering estate more often and presumably have a trip with friends to visit the chicken key island to have a closer experience and be part of a positive initiation!

Bake House as Text

Visual of the art structures and the tour given by professor Bailly.  All photos in the collage are captured by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Coral Reef in Art!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU, Reflection of Bake House 25 October 2020

This week was yet another community project representing the combination of science and art to illustrate the importance of coral life in our oceans! I had a fantastic experience working with clay for the first time. Coral reefs in our seas are dying, and it is a rapidly increasing problem that can vastly affect our near future. This project involves the representation of the degradation of corals in our ocean displayed in a clay structure. Instead of the traditional clay structure methods, this project is purposefully designed to show coral overtime progression. Coral reefs are the heart of the ocean that serves as a shelter for various species and helps prevent storms and erosions. This project aims to show the corals’ actual degradation in the sea to bring awareness to the community in art form! Over time, the coral molds would dry off and fall, showing how we are losing coral. 

As a first timer for working with clay, I was amused to observe and apply the process of building clay structures. I used multiple colors of clay to create exciting designs from different molds. This class will be in my memories forever and a great experience to reflect on in the future. I am fortunate to be involved in this project with my peers and talented artists who dedicate a lot of time and effort. 

Rubell Museum as Text

Visual of the Rubell museum area and the tour given by professor Bailly.  All photos in the collage are captured by Mohan Yatham/ CC BY 4.0

Expression of Society through Art!

By Mohan Yatham Of FIU, Reflection of Rubell Museum 18 November 2020

One quote that evokes in my mind after this week’s class at the Rubell museum is that “art speaks where words are unable to explain.” The impact that art has on our society is inarticulate, and I witnessed that in our class this week. Rubell museum displays contemporary artwork from some of the most famous artists worldwide, including artists from Miami! My favorite piece of art in the Rubell Museum is the Infinity mirrored room created by artist Yayoi Kusama. I felt privileged to have experienced the mirrored room through exclusive access to the infinity mirrored room. Many of modern culture was represented in some of the artifacts throughout the museum. 

What fascinated me the most is that some of the visual representations presented at the museum may not be shown at universities. Since the Rubell museum is privately operated, we have the opportunity and freedom to express art and its underlying message to society. I grew up not knowing the importance of art. It was fascinating to see the giant portrait that was created by the same artist as the portrait of President Barack Obama.  Many of the artworks showed the slavery, transgender, cultural revelations that throughout our history. Having been to the museum located here in Miami, my perspective has completely changed, and I genuinely appreciate the art and respect the artists that prepare crafts that represent stories!