“Florida is…” on exhibit at top of State’s Capitol

“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida.  It asks Floridians to define their state by its actual nature, not by things we do and build to displace it.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

 

You are cordially invited to

Florida is…

a solo show by

Xavier Cortada

at

22nd Floor Gallery
State Capitol
Tallahassee, FL

Exhibit runs December 1st,  2018 through March 31st, 2019

 

PARTICIPATE: Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty.  Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it.  We will share it on our website and social media.  We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”

Xavier Cortada, “(Florida is…) Wood storks,” archival ink on aluminum, 60″ x 40”, 2016 (www.floridaisnature.com)

About Florida Is Nature

Conceptualized during Xavier Cortada‘s residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist Residency in Captiva, Florida, “Florida is…” is an evolving body of work that depicts the natural beauty of Florida.  It asks Floridians to define their state by its actual nature, not by things we do and build to displace it.  Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.

The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.

In 2015, Cortada created three permanent “Florida is” public art installations in three turnpike plazas, making them cultural destinations in and of themselves.  Each focused on a different aspect of the sunshine state’s natural beauty:  Endangered Animals  (Ft. Drum Plaza),  Diatoms  (Turkey Lake Plaza), and Wildflowers (West Palm Beach Plaza).

“It is important to have the artwork connect with our local environment, and I believe that [Cortada’s] art does that in a very sophisticated way,” said architect Bernard Zyscovich in reviewing Cortada’s public art proposal for the plazas he designed. “Additionally, I love the idea of generating a series of “take aways” from [Cortada’s art] plazas and hopefully from the other plazas as well.  I think that it reinforces the plaza experience as something that adds value to each visitor’s experience.“

Merchandise  is branded with “Florida is” information so that it serves as a catalysts for conversations to address our state’s environmental concerns.

You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com

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“Epoch” exhibit at Pinecrest Gardens

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You are cordially invited to

EPOCH

a solo show by

Xavier Cortada

at

Hibiscus Gallery
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 S. Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156

Meet the artist at the exhibit opening on November 30th, 2017 at 7pm.

Exhibit runs through January 14th, 2018

 

With half of Earth’s species now facing the risk of extinction, Xavier Cortada’s EPOCH exhibition examines life forms from the past 540 million years and invites the viewer to ponder what future life forms may look like on Planet Earth. This is a relevant conversation, since our species has a huge role in determining the outcome. Indeed, we are the cause of the Sixth Mass Extinction currently underway.

A decade ago, Cortada launched his Endangered World project at the South Pole to bring awareness to the plights of endangered species at every point in the world above.  The project has addressed global biodiversity loss through art installations at the South Pole (2007), North Pole (2008), Holland (2009) and Biscayne National Park (2010) and through online participatory art projects (www.endangeredworld.org).

Epoch runs November 30th, 2017 through January 14th, 2018

Learn more at www.cortada.com/event/2017/epoch

Regis House presents: Seahorses exhibit closing event

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Xavier Cortada, “Seahorse Society: South” 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Join us on

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
from 6 pm to 8 pm

for the official closing of

Seahorses

an exhibit by

Xavier Cortada

at

Pinecrest Gardens
Historic Entrance

11000 S Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Exhibit runs April 6 – May 11th, 2017th

 

Proceeds from sales will benefit Regis House.
As a law student, Cortada served as Executive Director of the adolescent drug and alcohol abuse center.

Founded in 1984, Regis House is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable, community-based organization with the mission to improve lives for a healthy community through mental health, family support and substance abuse services.  Regis House, Inc. has served more than 70,000 families throughout Miami-Dade County since its inception.  Programs and services such as co-occurring psychiatric/mental health, substance abuse services, individual, group, and family counseling/therapy, school-based prevention programs, and public assistance programs are many of the programs, and services the agency has to offer.

Seahorse Society at Sweetwater Elementary School

 

Sweetwater Elementary students to join the Seahorse Society 

Xavier Cortada, “Hippocampus,” 48″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas, 2014

 

Project Seahorse is partnering with Miami-based eco-artist Xavier Cortada to present an educational event at Sweetwater Elementary school on May 2nd, 2017. We will be teaching students about Seahorses, the magical creatures that call Biscayne National Park and the waters of south Florida their home!  Project Seahorse scientist Emilie Stump will discuss the importance of seahorses in South Florida and discuss the educational and research efforts conducted by her international group (see www.projectseahorse.org).  Students will also participate in a collaborative art project culminating in an installation that captures their pledge to protect them.  At the end of the event, students will be inducted into the Seahorse Society.  The performance and activity is co-presented by Project Seahorse and by the Participatory Art Projects, Inc. with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

 

#magicalcreaturesinourbackyard
#seahorses
#miamiseahorses
#biscaynenationalpark

Seahorse Society at Pinecrest Gardens Earth Day Festival

 

Reclamation Projects to celebrate Earth Day 2017
by implementing Seahorse Society at Pinecrest Gardens

 

Project Seahorse is partnering with Miami-based eco-artist Xavier Cortada for a community event at Pinecrest Gardens this #EarthDay Weekend. We will be engaging visitors with Seahorses, the magical creatures that call Biscayne National Park and the waters of south Florida their home!

 

Seahorse Society is a participatory art project by Xavier Cortada.  It promotes the educational and research efforts of www.projectseahorse.org

Join us at the Historic Entrance Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens on Earth Day Festival and learn about seahorses. Project Seahorse scientist Emilie Stump will be there to discuss the importance of seahorses in South Florida. Kids will be able draw seahorses and take a pledge to protect them.

The Seahorse Society activity at Pinecrest Gardens during the Earth Day Festival is co-presented by Project Seahorse and by the Participatory Art Projects, Inc. with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

#magicalcreaturesinourbackyard
#seahorses
#miamiseahorses
#biscaynenationalpark

Sweetwater Elementary to grow FLOR500 wildflowers in every student’s home

 

FLOR500 | Sweetwater
Miami artist Xavier Cortada will lead Sweetwater Elementary School students in creating a participatory eco-art project in support of the pollinators.  Inspired by his FLOR500 project (www.flor500.com), kids at the school will plant wildflower seeds to grow in their classroom.  Each student will have a cup with their name on it.  Each student will also create a hand-painted flag celebrating Earth Day.  Once sprouted, the student will take the wildflower plants home and plant them alongside their flags.  Planting the flag, they will become reverse conquistadores, returning a patch of land back to nature.

The first garden (see photo above) featured Coreopsis lanceolata, the official state wildflower. It was planted in front of the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee, FL on March 22, 2012 and dedicated to Florida’s indigenous people.

 

“Each of us has a role in helping shape Florida’s natural history,” said Cortada.  “We can help reclaim nature, one yard at a time, by planting wildflower gardens to support our pollinators.”  Cortada hopes his art piece will help educate individuals about the importance of Florida’s ecosystems and encourage better environmental stewardship.  This FLOR500 | Sweetwater participatory eco-art project at Sweetwater Elementary School is presented by FIU Frost Art Museum, FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Sciences & Education, the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, and by the Participatory Art Projects, Inc. with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

 FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project created by Miami artist Xavier Cortada to commemorate Florida’s quincentennial in 2013. The project marks the importance of the moment when the history of our state changed forever and gives us a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago.
500 flowers
A team of scientists selected the 500 native flowers-  the same ones that grew in our state when Juan Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 and named it “La Florida”–from “flor,” the Spanish word for flower.
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Five hundred Floridians were then invited to depict 500 native wildflowers. The artwork, along with information about each flower, will be posted on the project website (www.FLOR500.com).500 gardens
A team of historians selected individuals who helped shape Florida history.  Florida schools and libraries (across the 67 counties and 8 regions) are encouraged to plant 500 wildflower gardens, dedicating them to one of 500 important Floridians selected by a team of historians.  These 500 new native habitats will help support Florida’s biodiversity.

Wildflowers, with help of their pollinators, help make Earth verdant:  Plant life sustains all animals (including humans) and balance atmospheric gases (that accelerate global climate change). Wildflowers would naturally continue to blanket our planet were it not for the displacement caused by the concrete we’ve poured ‐‐ and the parcels we’ve platted ‐‐ to build our homes and grow our society. Help reverse the trend:  Show us your wild side. Plant wildflowers in your yard.”
— Xavier Cortada

About the Artist: 

Xavier Cortada serves as Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Sciences & Education  and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

Cortada often engages scientists in his art-making: At CERN, Cortada and a particle physicist created a permanent digital-art piece to celebrate the Higgs boson discovery. He has collaborated with a population geneticist to explore our ancestral journeys out of Africa 60,000-years ago, with a molecular biologist to synthesize a DNA strand from a sequence 400 museum visitors randomly generated, and with botanists to develop multi-year participatory eco-art efforts to reforest mangrovesnative trees and wildflowers across Florida.

The Miami artist has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Pole) and eco-art (TaiwanHawaii and Hollandprojects, and painted community murals addressing peace (Cyprus and Northern Ireland), child welfare  (Bolivia and Panama), AIDS (Switzerland and South Africa) and juvenile justice (Miami and Philadelphia) concerns.

Fore more info visit http://www.cortada.com

Project Seahorse presents “Seahorses” exhibit, launches initiative

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Join us for the official opening of
Xavier Cortada’s “Seahorses” art exhibit on

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
from 6 pm to 8 pm 

as we launch Project Seahorse‘s latest initiative

Seahorses: Magical Creatures in your Backyard

As space is limited, please RSVP to this opening event here: https://seahorses.eventbrite.ca

 

 

Xavier Cortada, “Seahorse Society: East” 48″ x 36″, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Seahorses

an exhibit by

Xavier Cortada

at

Pinecrest Gardens
Historic Entrance

11000 S Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156

Exhibit runs April 6 – May 12th, 2017th


 

 


Project Seahorse is a marine conservation group dedicated to securing a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed.  Their “Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” initiative aims to build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in Biscayne National Park and inspire residents of Miami-Dade County to take action to protect the park and their oceans.  Charismatic symbols of the seagrasses, mangroves, reefs and estuaries they call home, seahorses are flagship species for a wide range of marine conservation issues in Biscayne National Park.” Learn more at http://www.projectseahorse.org.

“This campaign made possible through the generous support of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation takes a leadership role in funding unique opportunities that provide solutions to issues related to the community, education, and the environment.”

 

National Wildlife Federation and Florida Immigrant Coalition present “Art on Climate, Act on Climate”

 

Xavier Cortada, “DO NOT OPEN,” 2016.

The National Wildlife Federation and Florida Immigrant Coalition are joining forces to co-host an art exhibition and community dialogue on climate impacts in Miami and what we can do to shape our future for people and wildlife. We’ll hear from renowned local artist Xavier Cortada as well as representatives of diverse array of groups, including immigrants’ rights NGOs, climate activists, government, and academics. Admission is free.

Cortada, who serves as Artist-in-Residence at FIU College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE), School of Environment, Art and Society (SEAS) and FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), will be presenting his DO NOT OPEN ritualistic installation.

 

 

 

CONTACT: Casey J. Skeens, Communications Manager, SkeensC@NWF.org, 202-797-6808

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

January 27th: #ArtOnClimate / #ActOnClimate
Miami’s Future in a Changing Climate: An Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion

Miami, FL (January 27, 2017) – The National Wildlife Federation and Florida Immigrant Coalition are co-hosting a free art exhibition and community dialogue on climate impacts in Miami and what we can do to shape our future for people and wildlife. We’ll hear from renowned local artist Xavier Cortada, as well as a diverse panel of stakeholders, including nonprofits who work on immigrants’ rights, climate activists, government officials, and academics. Reporters are invited to attend.

 

WHEN: Friday, January 27th from 7pm – 10pm

WHERE: Barrio Workshop 520 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130

SPEAKERS:

Maria Rodriguez, Florida Immigrant Coalition

Xavier Cortada, Miami-based climate artist

Valencia Gunder, Climate Organizer for Florida New Majority

Lis-Marie Alvarado, Organizer for La Madre Tierra

Camilo Mejía, Networks Director for Catalyst Miami

FLORIDA IMMIGRANT COALITION EXPERT AVAILABLE: Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director

Maria has worked to defend basic human rights of low-income and migrant peoples for 25 years. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, where Maria was active in the anti-apartheid and Central America solidarity movements. She has worked to defend public health care coverage and promoted the growth of award-winning free clinics: La Clinica del Pueblo in Washington, D.C. and Good News Care Center in Florida. She also served as Deputy Director of the Human Services Coalition in South Florida. She founded FLIC in 2005.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION EXPERT AVAILABLE: Amy Hedges, Regional Outreach Campaign Manager

Amy is a native Ohioan now based in Washington, DC focused on coalition building and outreach around climate, clean water, and conservation. Amy began her nonprofit career as an Americorps member, spending a service year building and maintaining trails across the Ozarks, removing invasive species, and even moonlighting as a wild land firefighter in Montana. In her subsequent roles with Ohio Citizen Action and Clean Water Action, she personally motivated thousands of individuals to voice concerns to decision-makers and trained dozens of new organizers across the Midwest and in Miami, FL. Hedges and her teams’ direct person-to-person engagement resulted in multiple environmental victories on industry pollution, mountaintop removal coal mining, and state level support for clean energy.

For more information, contact Casey J. Skeens, Communications Manager, SkeensC@NWF.org, 202-797-6808

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 


La Federación Nacional de Vida Silvestre y la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Florida presentarán una exhibición de arte y un diálogo comunitario sobre los impactos climáticos en Miami y lo que podemos hacer para dar forma a nuestro futuro para la gente y la vida silvestre. Escucharemos al renombrado artista local Xavier Cortada, así como representantes de diversos grupos, incluyendo organizaciones sin fines de lucro de derechos de inmigrantes, activistas del clima, gobierno y académicos. La admisión es gratis.

CLIMA: The Sacrifice

 

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Xavier Cortada, "Endangered World: North Pole," ritualistic installation, 2008.

Xavier Cortada, “Endangered World: North Pole,” ritualistic installation, 2008.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
 10 am:  panel | wake | performance


Endangered World: The Sacrifice
Participants will come together in a circle and engage in an altogether different type of animal sacrifice. Their offerings will be for animals struggling to survive across each of the Earth’s 360 longitudes. One by one they will speak the names of 360 species on the brink of being forever removed from Earth.