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Sofia Bastidas and Dwelling Projects A Finalist at FEAST Miami

College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) and Dwelling Projects - a traveling residency program founded by Bastidas – have become a finalist for FEAST Miami.

FEAST Miami is a series of vegan pop-up dinners at art venues to financially support new and emerging creative projects. Artists and small arts organizations are invited to present a simple proposal for an art project, and diners vote for the project to be funded. Projects should be innovative, feasible and impact the community. Dinners are held at various art venues throughout South Florida. The meals are healthfully prepared with organic and locally sourced foods by Chef Loren Pulitzer. FEAST Miami is made possible through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight Arts Challenge. (Source: FEAST Miami)

Bastidas will be presenting Dwelling Projects as a platform for “Miami-based artists to connect directly to Latin America and the Caribbean by taking advantage of Miami’s geographical location and local established diaspora,” as explained by Bastidas. “The platform provides artists and cultural developers with tools to extend [beyond] our geographical location by researching, connecting, traveling and bringing back what they experience.” Should Dwelling Projects be chosen as winner, the ensuing funds will be contributed towards the next residency program in Mexico City. Additionally, a printed index will be created to help Miami artists navigate Latin American art spaces and connect specifically to projects and artists that are relevant to Miami’s art scene.

FEAST Miami’s 3rd dinner will take place on Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Ticket can be purchased by clicking here.

Dwelling Projects supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual traveling residency program. It pursues strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs. Residents benefit from its diverse network of partners, which allows for flexibility, customization and access to a wide range of services and resources. It facilitates connections in and outside the art world and offers hands-on production, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities. (Source: Dwelling Projects)

The header image is of Sofia Bastidas planning for a 2014 exhibition with Izam Zawahra, in Zawahra’s Espacio 20-20 gallery in Santurce, PuertoRico. The image is provided courtesy of Valeria Guillén.

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BBC Photography Gallery presents Karina Rocco’s ‘Warmth’

Starting Wednesday, February 4th at the FIU Photography Gallery, located at the Biscayne Bay Campus, Karina Rocco will be sharing her work in the exhibition Warmth.

Rocco is an emerging photographer, born in 1985 in Arica, Chile. In 2001, she moved to Miami, where she is currently based. She is pursuing a dual degree in Fine Arts and Art History at Florida International University, where she will graduate in 2015. (Source: Karina Rocco)

The FIU Photography Gallery – and this exhibition – is directed by Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, Professors of Photography.

Warmth will run from February 4th to March 4th, 2015 at the FIU Photography Gallery: 3000 N.E. 145 Street, Academic II – Room 105, North Miami, Florida 33181. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m..

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Michael Namkung and Nathalie Alfonso Present Large-Scale Exhibition at FATVillage

Assistant Professor Michael Namkung and College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Nathalie Alfonso (BFA ’14) will present Among Body Marks, an exhibition of works by the two artists at The Projects of FATVillage (Flagler Arts and Technology Village). The exhibition is curated by Alfonso, who was once Namkung’s own student at FIU Art + Art History.

Alfonso and Namkung investigate the language of mark-making through rigorous use of the body, producing works that manifest the physicality of movement relying on intense practice and repetition. Among Body Marks also offers rare insight into the student-teacher dynamic in the development of emerging art practices. (Source: Among Body Marks)

Along with the opening of the exhibition will occur a workshop hosted by Namkung (Sunday, February 15th at 9AM), an artists’ talk (Wednesday, February 25th at 6PM), and a closing reception (Saturday, February 28th at 6PM).

Among Body Marks will open on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 6PM at The Projects of FATVillage: 523 NW 1 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304.


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FIU Launches FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative in Partnership with the Creative Class Group

In support of CARTA 2020 and our engaged mission to use the power of architecture + the arts to create, innovate and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, I am pleased to announce a partnership with Dr. Richard Florida and the Creative Class Group and the launch of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative.

Strategically based at CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios, the 3-year research initiative promotes an understanding of the factors accelerating greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy, and specifically, CARTA’s impact on Miami’s creative talent base in the areas of arts, architecture, culture, design, and communication.

CARTA faculty and students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Dr. Florida and the Creative Class Group on research projects and to participate in CCG-FIU joint workshops, design charrettes, and creativity salons.

The first creativity salon will be held on January 29th at the Wolfsonian-FIU and will feature Roberto Rovira, Chair of Landscape Architecture + Urban and Environmental Design; Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine; CCG Founder Richard Florida; and FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. I invite you to RSVP today, as seating is limited.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative immediately positions CARTA with the opportunity to become a regional and national thought leader in how creativity, design, and culture drive economies. It is through dynamic partnerships such as this—partnerships that integrate research, learning, engagement, and entrepreneurship — that we will achieve our vision of becoming the nation’s preeminent College of Architecture + The Arts.

Please join me in welcoming Richard Florida, Rana Florida, and the Creative Class Group to FIU and CARTA. The University’s official press release announcing the partnership is included below for your reference.

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MIAMI (Jan. 20, 2015)- FIU and the Creative Class Group (CCG), founded by Richard Florida,  have joined forces to launch the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, a project to harness creative and entrepreneurial forces that can help accelerate greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative will engage political, business and cultural leaders, faculty, students, alumni and the greater community in a dialogue on how creativity, culture and design can drive a regional economy.

“At FIU we see creativity and the arts as equal partners with technology and entrepreneurship in moving our economy and job creation forward,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative is our way of helping to galvanize these forces in our community so that we create solutions, take full advantage of the opportunities that exist and create new ones.”

The three-year initiative, which will be based in the College of Architecture  + the Arts‘ Miami Beach Urban Studios, on Lincoln Road, will kick off with an event on Thursday, January 29th at 6 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

This first salon will focus on the topic of creating public spaces that ignite creativity and promote community, often referred to as “place making.”  The discussion will feature Florida in conversation with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Chairperson Roberto Rovira. Florida, Levine and Rovira will discuss Miami Beach’s creative future around arts, design, culture, innovation and entrepreneurship and invite ideas on how to further support the revitalization and creative energy around the Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road and Washington Ave. area. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

“The key asset to any city is talent,” said Levine. “We are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem where existing talent will want to stay and work and where new talent will want to launch startups.”

In addition to other salons throughout the year, CCG will conduct research to further understand and define Miami’s creative economy and its impact on the region. The study will examine Greater Miami’s talent base, greatest needs and talent-based advantages.

“Greater Miami is at an inflection point,” said Florida.  “Its economy, historically based on tourism and retirement, is shifting to a more robust creative economy, built around its stature as a global city: its ability to attract talent from Latin America, Europe and around the world; its global airport, its natural assets and quality of place; its arts and culture; educational institutions, and the ongoing resurgence of its urban core. These assets will be critical economic drivers for Miami’s future. We are looking forward to partnering with FIU to bring the city some insights.”

FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton noted that this initiative is directly tied to goals in the strategic plans of the College of Architecture + the Arts and FIU.

“Traditionally universities have served as catalysts for the creative economy, helping to create ecosystems where creative talent and enterprises thrive,” said Furton. “We want to use all of our resources, including the talents of students and faculty in the College of Architecture + The Arts, to spur economic development in Miami and beyond.”

About CARTA:  
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture and the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty in nationally ranked programs in the heart of Miami and Miami Beach — two of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at carta.fiu.edu.

About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

About CCG:  
The Creative Class Group (CCG) is an advisory services firm composed of leading next-generation researchers, academics, and business strategists. Utilizing its unique approach and metrics,  CCG works with companies and governments worldwide.  Founder, Richard Florida, the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at The University of Toronto’s, Rotman School of Management and Global Research Professor at NYU.  He is Senior Editor at The Atlantic where he cofounded and serves as Editor-at-Large for City Lab and is a Visiting Fellow of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Rana Florida, CEO of who writes on business and entrepreneurship for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, serves as Director of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Steven Pedigo, Director of Research at CCG is a Visiting Fellow.  Reham Alexander, CCG’S Director of Events will run the events programming for the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  www.creativeclass.com

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‘Shallow Depth,’ Exhibition by CARTA Chairs, Opens at MBUS

On Thursday evening, January 15th, Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami opened at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

The exhibition includes work by Jason Chandler (Chair of the FIU Department of Architecture), Jacek J. Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Department of Art + Art History), and Roberto Rovira (Chair of the FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design).

Shallow Depth drew more than 50 viewers that included students from the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design & Planning. In attendance were also CARTA Dean’s Distinguished Fellow Alastair Gordon and Christian Larsen, curator of the Wolfsonian-FIU.

Shallow Depth is the first collaboration of Jason Chandler, Jacek J. Kolasinski, and Roberto Rovira, an architect, an artist, and a landscape architect, respectively. The exhibition collapses the disciplinary boundaries of these three educators to reveal the complexities of the city in which they live and work. For each of them, Miami is a context that frames and provides source material for their individual métiers. Miami’s surreal aura of geological flatness and precarious nature, mixed with the global ambition and subtropical context of a famously diverse city, enriches and challenges the work of this trio.

This collaboration reflects a long and sporadic conversation about how three individuals could make a shared exhibition that would be greater than the sum of its parts. The three represented disciplines are closely allied, and each participant is engaged in practice. Drawing, photography and the making of books and printed material were valued modes of representation.

Shallow Depth: Seeing and Making Miami will be on display until March 5th, 2015 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL. Free and open to the public.

Jason Chandler, A.I.A., is an architect and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture + The Arts at Florida International University. Before teaching at FIU, he taught at the University of Miami and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for its Career Discovery Program. He was appointed chair of the Department of Architecture at FIU in the fall of 2013. Professor Chandler’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute for Architectural Education, the International Hurricane Center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Knight Foundation, the Cejas Family Foundation, the Metropolitan Center at FIU and the United States Department of Education. Chandler’s writing has been published in both national and regional ACSA proceedings and he has co-authored with Shahin Vassigh on Building Systems Integration for Enhanced Environmental Performance (2011). Chandler is the founder and principal of Chandler and Associates in South Miami, Florida. He is the architect of Plaza 57, a mixed-used building in downtown South Miami, as well as a series of infill warehouses in Miami. Chandler has received several distinctions in design competitions: Second Prize in the 81st Paris Prize Architectural Design Competition, Honorable Mention in the 2001 Scattered Housing Competition, First Prize in the 2004 Miami Beach Design Life Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2008 Dawntown Waterworks Competition. His built and unbuilt design work has received awards from the Miami and Florida chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Jason Chandler’s design work has been published by the Princeton Architectural Press, Trama, Florida/Caribbean Architect, and The Miami Herald and has been noted in the New York Times and the MIT Press. Chandler holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. He came to the United States from Poland, where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Kolasinski received his MFA and BFA from Florida International University in Miami. Through his creative work, Kolasinski has tested complex video installations, single and multiple channel projections, as a well as site-specific projects in the context of public architecture. His art work has reached large international audiences through presentations and exhibitions in numerous venues including: the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico; 61 Festival de Cannes – Short Film Corner; Cinema Politic, Barcelona, Spain; and Digital Fringe, Melbourne, Australia, to name a few. Most recently, his interest in “socially engaged academic performance art” has provoked several large-scale trans-disciplinary projects such as TAG (“The Art of Giving”) in Haiti and “Tree of Unity” in Liberty City. These projects are testing boundaries between art and the “aesthetics of philanthropy” by mobilizing a number of what he describes as social actors or archetypes — from cheerleaders and athletes to art students and younger school children – to bring attention to the marginalized communities ridden by serious societal problems.

Roberto Rovira is Chair of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University (FIU) and principal of the interdisciplinary Studio Roberto Rovira, recognized for its creative approach in the fields of landscape architecture, public art, and design. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1990, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998, where he was Dean’s Scholar, recipient of the Award of Merit from the ASLA, and founder of the installation group Guerrilla Gardens. Roberto has lived in Latin America, Europe, and Japan and is a former U. S. Naval Officer, having served primarily in Asia and the Persian Gulf from 1990 to 1994. Roberto has been guest critic at Harvard, UC Berkeley, RISD, California College of the Arts, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya among others, and his research and creative work have been supported by grants from the Van Alen Institute, the US Department of Transportation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Broward, to name a few. Roberto Rovira’s work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, Routledge/Taylor-Francis, HarperCollins, Landscape Architecture Magazine, ACSA, CELA, Univision, the Miami Herald, Fairchild Tropical & Botanical Garden Magazine, Design Book Magazine, Curbed, Miami Today, South Florida Business Journal, Trama, El Nuevo Herald, and others. He was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as Landscape Architect of the Year in 2007, as one of FIU’s Top Scholars in 2009, and in over 10 open and public international competitions including First Place in the Miami Monument Competition in 2005 and an Award of Distinction at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Circle competition in 2009.

The Chairs would like to thank the following exhibition assistants: Martina Gonzalez, Ivan Torrenegra, Brennan Baxley, Esther Monterrey, Ludovico Ferro, Ricardo Lugo, and Joe Locke.

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CARTA Artist-in-Residence Helps Celebrate Biscayne Bay’s 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, January 10th, 2014, p​addlers celebrated Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves 40th anniversary month-long celebration by participating in the of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves concluded with the “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” event, held last Saturday. The participants traveled via catamaran and paddle craft to an island in the northern part of the aquatic preserves in order to celebrate the bay and pledge their own personal eco-action for the stewardship of the aquatic preserves.

The “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” adventure paddle participants were invited to travel via canoes, kayaks kayaked and paddleboards along a three-mile route to Helker’s Island, while non-paddlers enjoyed a catamaran tour of the aquatic preserves aboard Miami-Dade County’s Pelican Skipper.

Xavier Cortada , international eco-artist and artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, led an eco-art project installation on Helker’s Island using green flags painted by schoolchildren from around the county. The students who painted seahorses and text on the green flags were asked to pledge an eco-action — a personal commitment to help Biscayne Bay not just survive, but thrive, for the next 40 years. (See http://cortada.com/2014/LittoralCreatures/EcoActions).

As the paddlers approached the island, they were greeted by a line of painted flags floating on the water and crossing the shoreline and into the island’s tree hammock. Participants followed the line and selected the flags that most resonated with them. On land, they gathered in a circle and read them to each other in a circle, as they, too, pledged their own eco-action.

“The installation referenced the interconnectedness of land and water,” said Cortada. “It also emphasized our role as stewards. The actions we take or fail to take on land directly impact on our precious bay.”

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Pip Brant Featured in PAXy’s First Community Event “I’m sick of Symmetry.”

Associate Professor Pip Brant will be featured in I’m sick of Symmetry., the first community event of non-profit cultural arts organization PAXy.

The exhibition of visual arts, music, architectural installation, and performances is curated by Odalis Valdivieso, who co-founded FALL SEMESTER (CARTA News: September 2014).

The event is described in the following statement:

Untitled Stage, 2015: In the fashion of design, a group of artworks are arranged as bodies of a total entity; Each one pointing out shapes, gestures, and collages, fragmenting of the world of representation. Separate realities merge into one as the stage is an object as much as the theatre itself, the audience, the lights, the video, the painting, the collage, and the photograph, The group of artists selected, present works that seem open, transitional; somehow reflecting their studio practice privileging experimentation and depth within their tasks. (Source: PAXy)

I’m sick of Symmetry. will feature the following artists, musicians, and designers:

Angela Valella
Antonia Wright
Bhakti Baxter
Consuelo Castañeda
Diego Singh
Gustavo Matamoros
Loriel Beltran
Mauricio Gonzalez
Pip Brant
Sara Stites

10PM – 11PM: Deaf Poets
DJ AlexAlejandro
DJ SirChampa

Architectural/Lighting Installation
Alan D’Amore
Fabio Segre
Francesco del Conte
Luis Valdes Bartroli

I’m sick of Symmetry. will take place on Saturday, January 17th, 2014 at 5PM at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse: 404 NW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33127. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. For more information on the venue, visit www.miamilightproject.com.

The header image is provided courtesy of PAXy.

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Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) Exhibits Work at PAMM and New York’s Garth Greenan Gallery

College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Victoria Gitman (BFA ’96) is exhibiting her paintings and drawings at Garth Greenan Gallery in New York. The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 8th, and it is the first U.S. exhibition of Gitman’s since 2011. On view are seven naturalistic paintings and eight figure drawings created between 2012 and 2014. In addition, Gitman will present a mid-career retrospective entitled Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Thursday, February 26th.

Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery focuses on two bodies of her recent work—life-sized “portraits” of fur purses and a series of diminutive drawings based on compositions by the Old Masters. Set against shallow, neutral-colored backgrounds, each of the fur purses is meticulously rendered from close, direct observation. Gitman paints in oils, hair by hair, creating surfaces that are soft and seductive, yet austere in their precision. Many of the purses feature abstract patterns evocative of early and mid-twentieth century painterly traditions. Evoking modernist compositional techniques, Gitman’s paintings are resolutely frontal, their imagery extending nearly edge-to-edge. A number of the paintings reinforce this subtle formal dialogue by incorporating veiled references to canonical artists like Kazimir Malevich and Mark Rothko. Like her paintings, Gitman’s new figure drawings are also about the erotics of vision. Her tightly cropped figures hover just on the surface of the picture plane, almost within the viewer’s reach. Simultaneously, the medium—graphite on Mylar—lends the images a kind of evanescence, an immaterial quality that makes them difficult to fully grasp. (Source: Garth Greenan Gallery)

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye at the Pérez Art Museum Miami will feature 19 works that represent four phases of her career and 14 years of creativity. PAMM said, “set against shallow backgrounds of neutral color, Gitman’s depictions of necklaces, beaded purses, and fur purses make a powerful impact that belies their small scale and banal subject matter.” (For more information on her upcoming exhibition at PAMM, click here.)

Victoria Gitman’s exhibition at the Garth Greenan Gallery (529 West 20th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10011) will run until Saturday, February 14th, 2015. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 6PM For more information, please contact Garth Greenan at (212) 929-1351, or email garth@garthgreenan.com.

Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye will run from February 26th to May 31st, 2015 at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM): 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. For hours and admission information, click here.

Victoria Gitman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History from the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts, and she graduated through the FIU Honors College. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo (CARTA News: August 2014), the David Nolan Gallery in New York, the Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The work is also in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among others.

This article was written with the help of the Garth Greenan Gallery.

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FIU Art + Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition Featured at Untitled Art Fair

Art Week featured the culmination of the 2014 collaboration between Untitled Art Fair and the College of Architecture + The Arts Department of Art + Art History.  Graduate Master of Fine Arts students whose works were displayed in an Art Week exhibition at Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery were featured in a “mini documentary”  that played in the VIP lounge during the run of the Untitled Art Fair.  Student video interviews allowed the artists to explain the works on exhibition and speak about their artistic process and theoretical framework. CARTA sincerely thanks Alan Randolph and Jeff Lawson of Untitled for generously offering this opportunity for our students to be featured at one of the most prestigious art fairs.  We look forward to continued and expanded collaboration throughout 2015.

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CARTA Dean’s Fellow Robert Zuckerman Conducts Workshop at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High

Braddock’s LAMP students sponsored a workshop for parents, faculty, students, and staff members on Thursday, November 20th with celebrated photographer Robert Zuckerman, Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at the College of Architecture + The Arts.

Zuckerman captivated a room full of 44 participants, speaking about his career and life experiences with photography and film. He engaged the students with methods and techniques that they could apply to their own personal photographs; afterwards participants were able to apply those methods, capturing photographs of one another.

Cynthia Camacho and photographer Robert Zuckerman take time to
pose for a photo opportunity
Senior Marcos Rodriguez
Students moving about the space for photo opportunities
Zuckerman speaking to participants involved in workshop
Taking a photo, of a photo?
BTV, Sabrina Angel-Bello
Junior Stephanie Jorge
Junior Kassandra Fallon preparing her camera

This article was reposted from Braddock Visual & Performing Arts. All photography in this article is the property of Braddock Visual & Performing Arts.

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MFA Student Leandra Arvazzetti Collaborates with Chris Bosh on New Tie Line

Leandra Arvazzetti, Master of Fine Arts candidate at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, and two other artists have collaborated with Miami Heat player Chris Bosh on launching his new fall collection of neckties and bowties, called Mr. Nice Tie. The unveiling of the tie line and Arvazzetti’s work will take place on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Bosh will be at Little Haiti’s Yeelen Gallery to present works by artists Jerome Soimaud, Tim Okamura, and Leandra Arvazzetti. Arvazzetti has made two pieces out of Bosh’s ties, one being a dress and the other an installation. Okamura’s “Love, Strength and Soul” exhibition features large-scale portraits of empowered African-American women in urban settings. Soimaud’s painting “I Am a Man” is a nod to relationships between fathers and sons. (Source: SouthFlorida.com)

The unveiling event will occur on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 from 9PM-Midnight at Yeelen Galler: 294 NW 54th St., Miami, Florida. Free and open to the public. There will be live music, a photo booth, food by Smoothies Candy and cocktails by Premier Beverage.

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Catch FIU Art + Art History at Art Basel week!

The FIU Art + Art History Department will be heavily involved in Art Basel week yet again! Please see our listing below of Department students, faculty, and staff and their corresponding events. We hope you enjoy the most exciting week of the year in Miami art and culture!

 A+AH Activities – Art Basel 2014

MFA Grad Seminar I
Jacek J. Kolasinski, Chair of FIU Art + Art History Department
Vizcaya-fy or Bust!
Contemporary Art Project
Opening hour: From 8pm To 11pm
With invitation or Art Basel VIP card; RSVP

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) has commissioned seven local artists – Felecia Carlisle, Adler Guerrier, Brookhart Jonquil, Jillian Mayer, Emmett Moore, Christina Pettersson and Magnus Sigurdarson – to develop artwork inspired by Vizcaya for onsite installations and to mentor Florida International University’s College of Architecture and the Arts Master of Fine Arts students. Students will work collaboratively with each other throughout the fall semester to create site specific artwork to be staged at Vizcaya and on display alongside the works of commissioned artists on December 6, 2014, in an exhibition titled Vizcaya-fy or Bust!

Vizcaya-fy becomes a verb for the notion of rewriting history. Vizcaya’s creators liberally appropriated during the creation of the estate resulting in themes of originality, authorship, authenticity, pastiche, eclecticism and identity. The artists’ and students’ artwork will reflect the theme of appropriation and adaptation. These themes are also integral to Miami, begging the question: is Vizcaya so Miami or is Miami so Vizcaya?

MFA Thesis Show
Bill Burke, Professor
MFA Thesis Show  – Egress
Miami Beach Urban Studios
MFA candidate: Nick Gilmore, Andrew Horton, Joe Locke, and Gardner Cole Miller
December 1st, 2014, 6:00PM-9:00PM
Special Art Basel Reception: December 5th, 2014, 6:00PM-9:00PM

An exhibition of our Master of Fine Arts candidates Nick Gilmore, Andrew Horton, Gardner Cole Miller, and Joe Locke, who are all in their 3rd year in the program at the Department of Art + Art History.

Pip Brant, Associate Professor
Zones Art Fair – Goat Mountain Tango
Little Haiti Arts District 8325 NE 2nd ave, Miami FL (Performance on Saturday, Dec 6, 7:00pm  – Flux Functioning

“Zones Art Fair is concerned with the limits of visual and living arts and the performance space.  Zones Art Fair is an opportunity for the public to come face-to-face with the breadth and depth of performance art and offers visceral and challenging performance works. This annual event evokes  innovation, critical thinking, and social engagement in Miami. Events are free. The Festival offers the public an opportunity to discover a realm at the edge of artistic disciplines.” http://www.zonesartfair.com/

Pip Brant, Associate Professor and alumni John Bailly and Ralph Provisero
Meeting House
Meeting House, Huntington Building, 168 NE 1st Street, PH Floor
December 4-6 Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00PM
Reception: Thursday,  December 4th 5:00 PM- 8:00PM

Peggy Nolan, Adjunct Faculty
Miami Projects Art Fair
Dina Mitrani Gallery
Event sponsored by Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art entitled The Importance of Women Artists I Today’s Market.
December 5th Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Peggy Nolan, Adjunct Faculty
American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection
Museum of Art Ft Lauderdale exhibition, Director’s brunch – invitational
December 6th  Time: 11:00AM -3:00PM

Andrew Nigon, Visiting  Assistant Professor
Primary Projects
Primary Projects – “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists
Reception Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 PM

“Primary Projects (“PRIMARY”), in association with FAMILY, presents “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists—including Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Gavin Perry, Asif Farooq, Magnus Sodamin, Cole Sternberg, Cody Hudson, and Michael Vasquez—titled in reference to Kim Jong-il’s gift pavilion of the same name. On view during Art Basel Miami, with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m., the exhibition pays homage to the nature of contradiction, a concept ironically exemplified in the aforementioned kitsch-and-propaganda-filled pavilion in North Korea.” http://www.familyartists.com/posts/international-friendship-museum

Andrew Nigon, Visiting  Assistant Professor
Rigina Rex Pop Up Exhibition.
Rigina Rex Pop Up Exhibition. (Emerson Dorsch Front Lawn)
Curated by Regina Rex Project Space
Dec 2 – Dec 7

Andrew Horton, MFA Candidate
Primary Projects
Primary Projects – “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists
Reception Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 PM

Lissette Schaeffer, Adjunct Faculty
Studio Crawl
ArtCenter/South Florida | 800-810 & 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 7-10pm

Leandra Arvazzetti, MFA candidate
Mr. Nice Tie / Chris Bosh
Arvazzetti will unveil a Mr. Nice Tie-inspired piece. he Yeelen Gallery on Dec. 3 from 7-12
Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St., Miami

Brittni Winkler, MFA: Curatorial Practice Major candidate
Friday, December 5th / 6-10pm
7212 NW 35 Ave

“Unestablished is a space where students can come explore, create, network, and exhibit their work without standard industry settings involved. The project was created in 2013 by Ashley Suarez-Burgos and Ian Duffy. The two saw a need of a new support system for our local Miami Artists to grow and flourish.” http://unestablished.co/about

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John Bailly, Pip Brant, and Ralph Provisero Involved in Meetinghouse, A New Miami Collective and Exhibition

College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus John Bailly (FIU BFA ’90), Pip Brant (Associate Professor at FIU Art + Art History), and Ralph Provisero (Adjunct Faculty at FIU Art + Art History) will be featured in a new collective project and exhibition called Meetinghouse.

Meetinghouse is a collective project and exhibition driven to create a visual dialog based on an appreciation of objects and object-making in several disciplines of the arts, architecture and design. Meetinghouse stresses the appreciation of time with an object and its inherent poetic narrative both as a viewer and as maker. Meetinghouse looks to past collectives such as Roycroft, Bauhaus and Shaker communities for context, guidance, and inspiration. (Source: Meetinghouse)

The artists participating in Meetinghouse are:

Moira Holohan
Stuart Sheldon
John Bailly
Pip Brant
Kathleen Hudspeth
Frances Trombly
Robert Thiele
Austin Matheson
Jacob Brillhart
Molly McGreevy
Tamara Gubernat
Carolina Moscoso
Jenny Brillhart
Sebastian Gray
Ralph Provisero
Kristen Thiele
Alice Raymond
Juana Valdes
Tom Virgin
Jeff Brillhart
Chris Page
Veruska Vasconez
Philip Bonnery
Alexandra Katzman
Rocco Ceo
Benji Cospolite

Meetinghouse will open on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 6PM at The Huntington Building: 168 SE 1 Street, PH Floor, Miami, Florida 33131.

An Art Basel Party for Meetinghouse will take place on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 5PM-8PM at The Huntington Building.

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Peggy Levison Nolan Featured in Girls’ Club Exhibition and Panel Discussion at Broward College

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s Peggy Levison Nolan, Adjunct Professor, is featured in a new exhibition by Girls’ Club called Making Space: Beyond a Room at Broward College’s Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery. Nolan was also a participant in a a panel discussion for the exhibition that took place on Thursday, November 20th.

The following information about the exhibition is provided by The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery.

Making Space: Beyond a Room is a multi-media exhibition that builds upon the discussion of women’s creative practice and access presented in Virginia Woolf’s 1929 feminist essay, “A Room of One’s Own.”  This exhibition examines the current status of creative space for female artists today and how this space is constructed and defended by both male and female artists. The works in the exhibition incorporate solutions that are abstracted, actual, invented and psychological, demonstrating the myriad ways that artists make space, and the diversity ultimately produced by them.

Curated from the private collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Making Space features contemporary work from internationally and nationally renowned artists as well as prominent local artists, including: Tracey Emin, Mickalene Thomas and Rania Matar, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Scott Daniel Ellison, Kate Gilmore, Peggy Levison Nolan, Teresa Diehl and Julie Davidow.

Public programming accompanying the exhibition includes a panel discussion and a poetry reading.

The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is located at 3501 SW Davie Rd Building 6, Davie, FL 3331 and is free and open to public. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday from 9am – 3pm, with extended hours on Wednesday from 9am – 8pm, or by appointment.

For more information please contact Angel Clyman, Gallery Director, via phone (954-201-6984) or email (aclyman@broward.edu).

About the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery
Since 1965, Broward College Central Campus Fine Arts Gallery has exhibited art works from over 150 regional, national and international artists such as Carl Andre, Hernan Bas, Judy Chicago, Angi Curreri, Yuri Dojc, Duane Hanson, Kenneth Huff, Nam June Paik, Pilar Tobin and Pablo Picasso. In 2012, Broward College opened the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, located in the state-of-the-art Visual & Performing Arts Building. The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery is a non-profit institution serving BC student, faculty and the greater south Florida arts community.

About Broward College
The Visual & Performing Arts Department at Broward College has been presenting works of exceptional artistic quality to the viewing public since 1960. Productions in Dance, Theatre and Music along with Visual Art Exhibitions have thrilled and educated thousands of satisfied patrons.

Join us on the web at www.mybrowardvpa.com for information about our faculty, classes, programs of study and our performance and exhibition calendar.

Making Space: Beyond a Room runs from November 20th, 2014 to January 21st, 2015, with an opening reception on November 20th from 6PM-9pm and a panel discussion at 6:30pm, and a closing reception and poetry reading on January 21st, 2015 from 6PM-7:30pm.

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Peggy Levison Nolan and Alumnus Augusto Mendoza Host Discussion at Miami Book Fair International

PLN-BTOn Saturday, November 22nd, Peggy Levison Nolan, Adjunct Professor, will host a discussion at Miami Book Fair International about “words and pictures, pictures with words, words with pictures, words, and pictures.” Nolan will hold the discussion at the fair’s EXILE Book Lounge. Books Are Nice!, a publishing and graphic design organization founded by Augusto Mendoza (FIU BFA ’12) in 2011, is co-hosting this event with Nolan.

EXILE Books is presenting the first Artist’s Book Lounge at Miami Book Fair International this year. EXILE Books is a pop-up artist’s bookstore that migrates throughout Miami. At every venue EXILE evolves, presenting a thematically-curated selection of titles and public programing, including lectures, performances, workshops, and events. At the Artist’s Book Lounge, EXILE surveys the radical history and legacy of artists’ publications. In addition to interactive happenings exploring print culture, EXILE will showcase an accessible cross-section of independent and self-published books, monographs, periodicals, zines, ephemera, editions, and other printed matter. (Source: Miami Book Fair International)

Peggy Levison Nolan’s discussion will take place on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 at 2PM, at the Exile Book Lounge of Miami Book Fair International: Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132, Room 2103 (Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 2103).

The featured image above is “Untitled (stickers), 2011″ by Peggy Levison Nolan.

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11 / 11 Exhibition Features Faculty Member, Alumna

11 / 11 – Eleven Artists on the Eleventh Month, a new exhibition in the Miami cultural community, will feature Associate Professor Pip Brant  and alumna Mary Larsen (FIU BFA ’12). The exhibit is curated by Rafael Lopez-Ramos, in cooperation with Sergio Payares Studio in support of Miami local artists.

This exhibition “includes 11 artists and is occurring in the eleventh month of the year, November – a coincidence that turns into synchronicity. Thus, the 11:11 numerical sequence popped-up. There is no better image / concept to found an artistic project on than these numerals, evocative of human growing and spiritual enlightenment –a path especially important in times of turmoil and distress as the ones humankind is going through now.” (Source: Rafael Lopez-Ramos)

This show is about gathering art works on a true spirit of friendship, and these works result from a similar concept of art that seeks a balance between a thoughtful narrative and a crafting that corresponds to its aesthetic and semiotic needs, but is in no way an end by itself. Art is a way of thinking with the tip of the fingers, while teaching its viewers to think with their eyes. (Source: Rafael Lopez-Ramos)

The artists in the 11 /11 exhibition are:

Pip Brant
Adriano Buergo
Randy Burman
Ana Albertina Delgado
Miguel Dotres
Tomas Esson (on loan from the Stefania Barrionuevo Collection)
Mary Larsen
Rafael Lopez-Ramos
Sergio Payares
Natasha Perdomo
Magin Perez Ortiz

11 / 11 – Eleven Artists on the Eleventh Month opens on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7PM at 1480 NE 131 St. Unit 105, North Miami FL 33161. For more information, call (305)-338-2968.

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Lidu Yi Curates Exhibitions by Wang Qingsong and Koizumi Kishio at the Frost

Wang Qingsong, New Women, 2000, Chromogenic print, 47 ½ x 86 ½ inches, Collection of Craig Robins

Wang Qingsong, New Women, 2000, Chromogenic print, 47 ½ x 86 ½ inches, Collection of Craig Robins

Dr. Lidu Yi, Assistant Professor, has curated two exhibitions at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum – Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum (opens this Wednesday, November 8th) and the Wolfsonian-FIU Teaching Exhibition Koizumi Kishio—Remembering Tokyo.

Wang Qingsong is considered one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists. He turned from painting to photography in the late 1990s, and currently works in documentary, staged and scroll photography, computer-generated images, and sculpture. ADinfinitum features large scale photographic masterpieces which show the earthshaking changes occurring in contemporary China, and the contradictions and problems brought about by this rapid transition. (Source: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)

Pagoda of Tennoji Temple at Yanaka, April 1936

Pagoda of Tennoji Temple at Yanaka, April 1936

Woodblock print artist Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945) produced a famous art series between 1928 and 1940 that hearkens back to memories of Kanto before the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. This earthquake was the worst natural disaster ever to strike Japan. Using art as a social record, Kishio produced works that are fond memories of the old imperial capital as well as accounts of the resurrection of Tokyo. (Source: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum)

Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum will open on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. The Wolfsonian Teaching Exhibition Koizumi Kishio—Remembering Tokyo is currently on display and will run until January 11th, 2014. Free and open to the public.

The images in the header image are: “Memorial Hall for the Great Earthquake, September 1932″ by Koizumi Kishio, Courtesy of The Wolfsonian-FIU and Follow Me, 2003 by Wang Qingsong (Chromogenic print, 47 ¼ x 118 ¼ inches), Courtesy of the Artist.

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Chair Jacek Kolasinski, Vizcaya CAP Collaborator 2014

On Wednesday, November 5th, Chair Jacek Kolasinski will participate in a panel discussion at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) is a commission program that invites artists to develop site-specific work inspired by Vizcaya. The program, which was initiated in 2006, is intended to reinvigorate Vizcaya with the creative dialogue that characterized its foundation and to provide visitors with new ways of seeing the historic estate. (Source: Vizcaya Musuem & Gardens)

On November 5th, Professor Kolasinski and six other CAP participants will discuss “Evolution.” The museum describes the discussion in the following statement:

Over the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about what it means for the museum, its visitors and artists to commission contemporary art at an historic place. We’re taking the opportunity to reflect: bringing back past CAP artists, connecting with this year’s artists and positioning where we might take the future of contemporary art at Vizcaya. (Source: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens)

The discussion will be moderated by Susan Caraballo of ArtCenter/South Florida (and former CAP Assistant Curator/Producer) and will feature:

Gina Wouters (Curator, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens)

Gustavo Matamoros (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2007/2013)

Ernesto Oroza (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2011)

Naomi Fisher (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2012)

Robert Chambers (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2013)

Felecia Carlisle (Vizcaya CAP Artist 2014)

Jacek Kolasinski (Vizcaya CAP Collaborator 2014)

“Contemporary Arts Program: Evolution” will take place on Wednesday, November 5th from 6:30PM-9:30PM at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens: 3251 South Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33129. Free and open to the public, but requiring RSVP at capevolution.eventbrite.com.

The image featured is provided courtesy of Vizcaya Museum & Gardens.

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Michael Namkung in Rio de Janeiro to Host Drawing Gym Workshops and Performance at Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

Assistant Professor Michael Namkung will be in Rio de Janeiro for the week of Monday, November 3rd. As a Visiting Artist, he will host Drawing Gym workshops at the Universidade Federal Do Estado Do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and he will be doing a performance at the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum.

Although Namkung’s drawing practice is known for its emphasis on the human body and movement, his practice crosses disciplinary boundaries. His work employs live performance, drawing and video installations, training performance groups, and other socially engaged practices.

“The Drawing Gym projects encourage people to become aware of their bodies and to explore their physical limits during the activity of drawing,” said Namkung. “I’m interested in testing discomfort, giving permission to experience pain, and the meaning of failure. I have a continuing preoccupation with the expression and representation of the vulnerability that is exposed under these conditions. These experiences are also registered as biomorphic drawings composed of marks that refer directly to spatial and temporal measures of the body, as well as to attempts to repeatedly delineate and reveal its shifting boundaries.” (Source: CARTA News, September 2013)

“In Drawing Gym, I explore the intersection of drawing and athletics by combining strenuous exercise with traditional drawing tools, making drawings based on movements of my body and the bodies of others,” he said. “Combining drawing and regular physical exercise to explore the contours of human embodiment as a repetitive and performative act, this project suggests our physical boundaries are constantly in flux, and move to the degree we push against them.” (Sources: CARTA News, October 2014; Michael Namkung)

Namkung will host Drawing Gym workshops with Performance Studies students at UNIRIO. At Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Namkung will host a socially engaged performance of the Drawing Gym.

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Art History Student and FIU Alumni Help Launch New ICA Miami!

Christine Fernandez, an FIU student studying to get her BA in Art History, is participating in the launch of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami). College of Architecture + The Arts alumni are also a part of this new art space: Kerri Kneer (FIU Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies ’10) as Registrar and Exhibitions Manager, Crystal Molinary (FIU BFA ’06) as Outreach Programs Manager, and Fabienne Rosseau (FIU BFA ’09) as Museum Educator.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collections, the ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time. (Source: ICA Miami)

Fernandez is an Administrative Assistant for ICA Miami. Currently, she is coordinating interns for the museum’s daily operations and volunteers for one of the inaugural exhibitions, entitled Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes, which will open during Art Basel week in December.

At FIU, Fernandez is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Art History with a minor in Photography. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Art/Art Studies at Miami Dade College in 2013. She has worked as an intern for the Director of Production at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and as an Education/Programs Assistant for the Museum of Contemporary Art. Now, Fernandez is a part of a new hub in the arts community.

When asked about her academic experience at FIU, Fernandez said, “ICA Miami believes contemporary art can be a catalyst for developing critical thinking skills in diverse audiences. The goal of ICA’s Education & Outreach initiatives is to offer inter-disciplinary curricula that focus on the exchange of art and ideas. I believe this coincides with my education here at FIU because, ​like FIU, ICA is dedicated to experimentation and the exchange of ideas.”

To find out more about internship and volunteer opportunities at the new ICA Miami, contact Christine Fernandez directly at cfernandez@icamiami.org. She is currently looking for volunteers for Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes, described in the statement below. To volunteer for Sanatorium, click the following link: Sanatorium Volunteer “TherapistApplication.

Sanatorium [is] an ongoing performative project that mixes art and psychology. The installation takes the form of a transient clinic, in which receptionists and “therapists” trained by the artist, help visitors with their individual needs. Reyes’s therapies leverage a range of methods—from Gestalt psychology, psychodrama, and hypnosis, to theater warm-up exercises, conflict-resolution techniques, and trust-building games.

First presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2011, and radically adapted with each subsequent iteration, Sanatorium at ICA Miami reflects the region’s dynamic landscape and community. Trained as an architect, born and based in Mexico, Reyes is known for his structures, relational installations, and his performance and video work, which have been presented internationally. (Source: ICA Miami)

The featured image is provided courtesy of Christine Fernandez.

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