Samuel Miranda's painting Tomeguin que conoce libertad no acepta jaula

University of Maryland Global Campus President Javier Miyares and Judge Peter Messitte of the Greenbelt Division of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland invite you to discover works by area artists Samuel Miranda and Lazaro Batista in Two Wings of the Same Bird.

This exhibition features new work by two Washington, D.C.–based artists, Samuel Miranda and Lazaro Batista. The exhibition's title is from "A Cuba," an 1893 poem by Lola Rodríguez de Tió, in which she says, "Cuba and Puerto Rico are / as two wings of the same bird, / They receive flowers or bullets / into the same heart." Many of the works in the exhibition are collaborative pieces that explore the history and culture of the artists' shared heart: Miranda is of Puerto Rican heritage and Batista is of Cuban heritage. Some of the works were inspired by a trip to Cuba the two artists took in the fall of 2016. Two Wings of the Same Bird, a visually vibrant and contextually rich collection of work, is a celebration of the commonalities of culture.

Esta exposición presenta el nuevo trabajo de dos artistas de Washington D.C., Samuel Miranda y Lázaro Batista. El título de esta exposición toma su nombre de un poema del 1893 escrito por Lola Rodríguez de Tió titulado "A Cuba". En el poema dice: "Cuba y Puerto Rico son / de un pájaro las dos alas, / reciben flores o balas / sobre el mismo corazón". Muchas de las obras de la exposición son piezas de una colaboración que explora la historia, la cultura, y el corazón de ambos artistas: Miranda quien es de patrimonio Puertorriqueño y Batista quien es de patrimonio Cubano. Algunas de estas obras se inspiran por un reciente viaje a Cuba que los dos artista tomaron en el otoño del 2016. "Dos alas del mismo pájaro" es una celebración de los elementos comunes de la cultura y una colección visualmente vibrante y contextualmente rica. 

Exhibition Dates

May 8–July 21, 2017

Exhibition Hours

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 


U.S. District Courthouse
6500 Cherrywood Lane
Greenbelt, Maryland

About Art at the Courthouse

Since its inception in 1996, the Art at the U.S. District Courthouse program has contributed greatly to our region's cultural enrichment. The original purpose of the program was to feature works by Maryland artists, but over the years it has expanded to include international art. With exhibitions in quilting, photography, sculpture, and painting, the Art at the U.S. District Courthouse program continues to call attention to the diverse interests and creative talents of artists and the importance of their contributions to society.