Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma

Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma


Saturday, August 21, 2021    
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


MAD Arts
481 S. Federal Hwy, Dania Beach, FL, 33004

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The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma will take art enthusiasts through a lifetime of experiences spotlighting Steber’s innermost subconscious memories and thoughts of her dark alter-ego Lily LaPalma. Revealing a lifetime of accumulated experiences, fears and most private memories can sometimes look like wallpaper on the wall. This cinematic exhibit shares what that wallpaper would be for the artist. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has noted that the photographs depict a disjointed world of dark and sinister forces that reference nightmares as both a cinematic model and the idea that the photograph is equal parts witness as well as catharsis.

Documentary photographer Maggie Steber is a Guggenheim Fellow and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist who has worked in 71 countries photographing stories about the human condition, cultures, histories, and science. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine and was named as one of 11 Women of Vision by the Magazine in 2013. Her ongoing personal project, The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, is supported by a two-year grant from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Other honors garnered by Ms. Steber include the Lucie Award for Photojournalism 2019, Overseas Press Club President’s Award 2019, Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 2020 for commitment to the craft of visual journalism that advances the profession, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation and Pictures of the Year Awards, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation Grant. Aperture published her monograph on Haiti entitled DANCING ON FIRE. Her photographs are included in the American Women Collection at the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Richter Library and many private collections.

These works will be on display through October 2021 during MAD Arts operating hours of 10am -6pm (Monday through Friday) and by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays. MAD Arts studio is located at 481 S. Federal Hwy, Dania Beach. For more information, please visit or call 754-206-2243.

About MAD Arts

MAD Arts is a new initiative within the MAD agency that was created to provide a playground for art and artmaking. MAD understands and acknowledges the importance of free studio space, equipment, and exhibition space for artists’ creative practices to be focused, experimental, and rigorous as well as to thrive in their community. MAD Arts is committed to facilitating the growth and cultivation of artists and creatives at different stages in their careers and to leverage the creative energy generated in the space to create exceptional arts programming. Founded in 2016 by Marc Aptakin, the MAD Arts studios and galleries are driven by the continuous desire to explore and strengthen the cultural and artistic significance of its creative community. The studio provides artists with a workshop in which to facilitate their initial ideas, offering its tools, education, and MAD’s agency expertise and resources to help aspiring and established creatives achieve their vision. For more information, please go to

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