The Water Will Come


November 24, 2017

Such unnerving news is pervasive, and Goodell writes with a gentle tone for so worrying a subject. Yet he states his cases convincingly. And while his clarity and organizational abilities supersede style, his concern for the poetic losses we’ll also suffer in our abandonment of good sense is evident, as when he discusses the work of Florida artists Michele Oka Doner and Xavier Cortada. What came up for me throughout was: Is it the complexity of these problems that fosters avoidance, or that our species just loves a tense game of Risk when it comes to money? Perhaps both. Or maybe it’s not so complex. As Box told Goodell, “I like ice because it’s nature’s thermometer. … It’s simple. It’s the kind of science that everyone can understand.” One would think.

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South Florida Artists Flourish at Local Art Festivals

Miami Herald 

February 3, 2017

“Regardless of where you are in your path toward cultural appreciation, these fairs provide an entry point for everyone,” says Xavier Cortada, an artist-in-residence at Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts, and Society. “It’s not just northerners who fly in during Art Basel to consume art, it’s a home-grown cadre of thousands of residents who populate these festivals.”

The goal is to foster a community that is “culturally engaged and well informed about what the creative class is doing,” explains Cortada, an openly gay painter who was once selected as the poster artist for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF).

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‘Canes in the Capital

University of Miami

January 17, 2018

The First Black Graduates Project has since grown, both in membership and mission. The Memorial Building tribute wall is, as Mincey-Mills calls it, the “next branch in the tree,” and the group’s visit to the NMAAHC was for inspiration on how it can blossom—particularly in the imagination of three-time UM alumnus and renowned Cuban-American artist Xavier Cortada.

Cortada, whose public art installments often focus on social justice and the environment, has contributed numerous works across the Coral Gables campus, including the vivid “Flight of the Ibis” tapestry in the Shalala Student Center. He will be creating a mural on the tribute wall that is both beautiful and provocative enough to prompt passersby into the kinds of conversations that need to happen on a university campus.

“We need to celebrate the successes [of the first black graduates] and honor the shoulders on which we all now stand—but also acknowledge the problem that we as humans have not been able to get rid of,” Cortada told the group at a planning session in D.C. prior to the museum tour. “We’re creating a platform for all these interactions to take place, to have honest conversations about race in society today and what it means.”

To do that, Cortada said, the mural must encourage its viewers to recognize that reality encompasses multiple perspectives.

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This Art Basel Week 2017 Calendar Will Help You Decide What to See

Miami Herald

November 30, 2017

Cultural Marketplace at Pinecrest Gardens (Dec. 3 only). Weekly marketplace this week includes a pop-up exhibition by artist Xavier Cortada, and a new Stickworks installation by Patrick Dougherty. 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest.

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We’re in the same boat

Xavier Cortada, “We’re in the same boat”, 60″ x 192″, mixed media on canvas, 2001.


“We’re in the same boat”
The mural is composed of four panels, facilitated and coordinated by artist Xavier Cortada. The mixed media mural was created from stories, drawings, photos and poems by the senior citizens of both the Hispanic and Haitian communities. This mural offers a unique and heartwarming look into the cultures and lives of our diverse community. For additional information about this mural, see