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November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco and photographer Jacob Hessler


November 3, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Coral Gables Museum presents Boundaries, an original exhibit pairing the poems of inaugural poet Richard Blanco with the photography of artist Jacob Hessler, that will explore the many ways in which we experience boundaries in our everyday life and in society. The exhibition will be on view from November 2, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Richard Blanco will provide a live reading at a private event on November 1st and a book signing during the public opening on November 3rd. While the artist Jacob Hessler will lead an exhibit tour on November 4th. Event details below.



This exhibition will combine poems by inaugural poet Richard Blanco with the artwork of photographer Jacob Hessler in order to explore the physical, imagined, and psychological boundary lines – both historic and current that have plagued our American Society. The exhibit is an extension of the new book Boundaries, which features a foreword by Jorge Ramos, poetry by Richard Blanco, and photography by Jacob Hessler, and is printed by Two Ponds Press. Although the world continues to move its way towards being boundary-less with advances in technology (air travel/social media/etc.), our nation continues to feel more and more polarized, repeating our past mistakes and drawing lines in the sand with an us vs. them mentality. Across this North American continent, lie both visible and invisible boundaries. Sponsored by Two Ponds Press. 



Richard Blanco

Jacob Hessler

Jacob Hessler, Border Wall, Between San Diego County and Tijuana

Jacob Hessler, Cloud Anthem


Exhibit Sponsors

Two Ponds Press


Museum Season Partners

Withers Transportation

Abraham Foundation

Batchelor Foundation

City of Coral Gables

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

State of Florida Cultural Affairs



 Richard Blanco Book Signing on Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Gallery Night Live!

November 3, 6pm-10pm

The Coral Gables Museum presents the public opening of new exhibits Boundaries and Sheltering Survivors. Meet the creative team, poet Richard Blanco and photographer Jacob Hessler. Enjoy the opportunity to have your favorite Richard Blanco book signed by the author himself! Lost your favorite Blanco book? No problem! The Museum Gift Shop will have books available for sale. Live music and cash bar tonight and every first Friday of the month in conjunction with Coral Gables Gallery Night.


 Meet the Artist: Exhibit tour with Jacob Hessler

November 4, 1pm

Photographer Jacob Hessler will give a tour of the exhibition and discuss themes of boundaries.

Free for members; $10 for the general public.



Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco joined the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou; he stands as the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work.

 He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey; and Boundaries, a collaboration with photographer Jacob Hessler. With Ruth Behar, he is co-creator of the blog Bridges to/from Cuba: Lifting the Emotional Embargo, which provides a cultural and artistic platform for sharing the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cubans across the globe.

 Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Blanco lives with his partner in Bethel, ME.



Jacob Hessler’s photography has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and formalistic. His work focuses mainly on human’s impact on, and interaction with, the natural world. Finding serenity and beauty in disaster, his images are a form of quiet activism. Focusing primarily on large-scale landscapes, his keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. Hessler’s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors around the world.

In 2007, he graduated from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After Brooks, Hessler assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high-profile projects, including work for New York Magazine, Time and Wired. Following Greenberg Studios, Hessler moved to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in graphic design at Parsons, The New School for Design. After Parsons, he worked in New York as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer.

In 2011, Hessler left New York and moved back to his childhood hometown in coastal Maine to pursue fine-art landscape photography. For the last five years he has been teaching photography workshops at institutions around the country and running Hessler Creative, a branding and photography agency, with his wife Alissa Hessler. 



Two Ponds Press is devoted to celebrating and reinventing the fine art press. We curate projects with world-renowned artists to create new and exciting works of fine printing.

Our mission is to collaborate with some of today’s leading writers, artists, photographers, designers, printers and bookbinders on projects in a variety of fields. Our list of upcoming books includes poetry, children’s literature, photography, culinary arts, history and more. Original material presented in classic and modern formats will be our hallmarks.

 We are rooted in the traditions of classic fine printing, but also explore the newest technologies available. Metal type letterpress, polymer plates, photogravures, wood engravings, etchings and more will all be utilized in the creation of our books, portfolios and broadsides.



 The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the 1920’s planned community of Coral Gables and presents exhibits and programs that examine the built environment.

 The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.

The Museum is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not for profit 501.c.3 corporation operating an educational cultural institution within a City owned facility.  The Museum raises its own operating budget to fund the exhibitions and educational programs it provides, through memberships, private and government grants, admissions, earned income and, most importantly, with contributions from community members who believe in our mission.


Museum Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12pm-6pm

Saturday: 11am-5pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Monday: CLOSED


Admission fees:

Adults – $10

Seniors and Students – $8

Children ages 3-12 – $3

Members – FREE