“Epoch” exhibit at Pinecrest Gardens

EPOCH | Gallery | Event Invitation



You are cordially invited to


a solo show by

Xavier Cortada


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

Leaf Summit: Native Flags Call to Action

Growing Our Tree Canopy Through Research Driven Solutions

The premier exchange on trees in Miami-Dade County featuring best practices from green cities, highlights from the Miami-Dade Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, insights on achieving Tree City/Tree Campus USA, tips on how to get trees to thrive, cutting edge research on the value of trees in Miami, Crown Canopy Award winner and the unveiling of the County’s online tree canopy tool. Elected officials, planners, landscape architects, public works employees, city administrators, educators, arborists, advocates, community leaders and members of public are welcome!

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

Neat Streets Miami’s Street Tree Matching Grant Award Announcement 
Grant awards to partner communities planting native or Florida-friendly trees on Miami-Dade’s corridors and gateways.

9:15 a.m. – 12 noon  Morning Sessions

Why Not Planting Trees Could Be Killing Your Community
The impact of trees on your community’s health and economy

Making Your Community Clamor for Trees
How to market trees in your community

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

Putting Your Tree Research To Work

Miami-Dade County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Action Plan

Arming your Community with Green Infrastructure
Planting trees as a sea level rise solution
Crown Canopy Leadership Award

To an individual who has dedicated their career to growing Miami-Dade’s tree canopy

Native Flags Call to Action
Xavier Cortada (www.nativeflags.org)

12 noon  – Lunch in Panther Square

1:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions

Getting the Most Green Out of Your New and Existing Tree Inventory 
From tree selection and planting to maintenance, biodiversity and pollinators 
Learn From Leaders Putting Trees In the Ground: You Can Do it!
Municipal/Non-Profit Best Practices Lightning Round

Interactive Activity
Developing a multi-pronged approach to tackling our lowest tree canopy 

3:00 p.m. – Summit Conclusion

30 minute Optional Biscayne Bay Campus Tours (must sign up in advance)
Discovering FIU’s tree assets and tackling invasive species

$20 Pre-Sale Tickets – Pre-registration closes March 20, 2017
$30 at the Door
$5 Student Tickets with discount code

The Ripple Effect

Xavier Cortada, “Splash,” hand-carved, hand-painted ceramic, (detail), 2012.


The Ripple Effect:

Throw a stone in water and the ripples have an impact beyond your reach.

Similarly, what you do or fail to do can have a lasting impact on others.

What can you do to have a positive effect in your community and the environment?

Share your thoughts and ideas through this creative process.

Join us!

Climate Wrongs and Human Rights (University of Miami Law Review‘s 2017 Symposium)

2017 Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review‘s 2017 Symposium, Climate Wrongs and Human Rights, has been announced. Scholarship from this annual event will be featured in the symposium issue to be published in the Volume 72, Winter Edition.

Student / General Public Registration – here

CLE Registration (8 credits available) – here

Friday, February 10, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

University of Miami Storer Auditorium

5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146

About the Symposium

The University of Miami Law Review’s Symposium is an annual event that leads to the publication of an issue. This year’s Symposium, entitled “Climate Wrongs and Human Rights” will explore the human rights implications of climate change. Panelists will examine this topic through a variety of subjects, including democracy, federalism, immigration, and philosophy. The Symposium will also feature art by Miami Arist and UM Law Alum, Xavier Cortada.

Keynote Speaker 
Traditional Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
Featured Artist 
Cortada will provide opening remarks on Saturday, February 11 and invite the audience to participate in his performative art project, titled “Do Not Open.” 

Panel I—Ground Zero: Miami

What does climate change mean for the City of Miami? This panel will provide a comparative analysis of adaptation measures amongst different parts of the city and will examine the disparate impact of climate change in Miami. This panel will explore if and how law and policy is mitigating the pressing effects of climate change in South Florida.


Abigail CorbettShareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. 
Benjamin KirtmanProfessor, University of Miami Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science 
Elizabeth WheatonEnvironment and Sustainability Director, City of Miami Beach

Moderator: Catherine KaimanLecturer in Law, University of Miami School of Law 

Panel II—Climate Democracy 

Can democracy adequately address climate change and its human rights implications? This panel will explore how political and legal institutions must adapt to the ongoing crisis of climate change to effectuate meaningful solutions.


Rebecca BratspiesProfessor of Law, The City University of New York School of Law
Dale JamiesonProfessor, New York University School of Law 
Alice KaswanProfessor, University of San Francisco School of Law 

Moderator: Felix MormannAssociate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Panel III—Climate Refugees 

Is the displacement of climate refugees a humanitarian concern? This panel will discuss the link between climate change and human migration. It will explore if and how immigration law and policy should evolve to address climate refugees.


Sumudu AtapattuSenior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School 
Michael GerrardProfessor, Columbia Law School 
Katrina WymanProfessor of Law, New York University School of Law 

Moderator: Roxana BaconVisiting Professor, University of Miami School of Law 

Panel IV—Climate Philosophy 

Is the right to a clean environment a human right? Do we have a duty to the next generation? We invite the audience to consider these questions as the panelists focus on the moral obligations individuals have in addressing climate change and in ameliorating the human rights implications of climate change. This panel will inquire as to the gaps in urgency between policy makers and scientists.


Stephen GardinerProfessor, University of Washington 
Naomi OreskesProfessor, Harvard University 
Jacqueline PattersonDirector, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP

Moderator: James Nickel, Professor, University of Miami School of Law


A printable version of the tentative schedule is forthcoming. However, the tentative schedule can be found listed below:

Friday, February 10, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m.        Registration

1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.         Welcome

1:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.         Introduction of Keynote

1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Keynote: Chief Albert Naquin, Traditional Chief, Isle de Jean    Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.            Break

2:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.             Panel I – Ground Zero: Miami

4:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.             Break

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.              Panel II- Climate Democracy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.              Registration

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.              Welcome

9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.            Panel III—Climate Refugees

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.          Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Panel IV – Climate Philosophy

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.              Closing

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy presents “DO NOT OPEN” performance


Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy

Alissa@cleanenergy.org, 954-734-3773


ADVISORY: Miami Community Leaders, Elected Officials, and Artist, Join in Interactive Art Installation

to Highlight Sea Level Rise and Uncertain Future of South Florida

Event emphasizes climate action uncertainty as President-Elect Trump is inaugurated


Miami, Fla. – One day before the inauguration of climate change denier President-Elect Trump, Miami-based and globally featured artist Xavier Cortada will host a live performance as a portion of his ongoing research driven art, CLIMA 2016. The interactive exhibit “Do Not Open” invites participants to imagine the future of South Florida, its communities, and the effects of sea level rise, writing letters to future Floridians placed in a time capsule. 

When: January 19th at 7:00 PM

Where: Cortada Art Studio Gallery, 4664 SW 75th Avenue, Miami, FL 33155


  • Xavier Cortada
  • Elected Officials
  • Community Leaders
  • South Florida Residents

What: The event, through art, will draw attention to the challenge of climate change impacts to South Florida and the need for more action now. This is an especially critical and timely message as the event is being held only one day before the inauguration of a new president who vocally denies climate change and its effects already being felt by communities throughout the world. The Do Not Open art installation is a time capsule to capture written messages/letters that will be added to the exhibit by Xavier Cortada. The performance also coincides with the full gallery opening featuring a series of ceramic and tile works.


Xavier Cortada, “DO NOT OPEN,” 2016.

DO NOT OPEN:  Participant Instructions | Artist’s Poem

City of Sweetwater submerged beneath a 6 foot sea level rise.

Submerged: City of Sweetwater beneath a 6-foot rise in sea level (using the eyesontherise app).


  • Walk up to the “Do Not Open” wall in the exhibit.
  • Close your eyes: Imagine your city in the future. Imagine how rising seas will impact it and those who will live here then.
  • Think about what you would like them to know. Think about what you believe someone living in 2041, 2066, 2116 or 2216 will need to hear from someone living in 2016.
  • Unclip a blank piece of paper and envelope from the wall and use a pencil to write it all down:  Tell them who you are. Tell them why you are writing to them. Sign it. Date it.
  • Fold the letter in two, kiss it, place it in the envelope and seal it.
  • On the outside of the envelope write only one of these four phrases:

“DO NOT OPEN: 25 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 50 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 100 years”
“DO NOT OPEN: 200 years”

  • Clip the sealed envelope to the “Do Not Open” wall with the words facing out.
  • Stare at your envelope for 25 seconds, 50 seconds, 100 seconds, or 200 seconds.
  • Think of how your words will be received in the future.
  • Walk away

Earlier Workshop with Seniors
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment








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Diatoms exhibit at Cortada Art Studio Gallery

Cortada’s one-hundred diatom works on tile (each 6″ x 6″), 2017.


on exhibit at

Cortada Art Studio Gallery
in the
Bird Road Art District
4664 SW 75th Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

By appointment: 305-858-1323

Xavier Cortada will be exhibiting a series of ceramic and tile works depicting diatoms.

Diatoms are single-celled organisms that live in the water and harness the power of the sun to convert CO2 into oxygen. Its glass shell, all that remains from the diatom, is used by scientists today to see what was as they research environmental issues crucial to the city in the century to come. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples. Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains.



Xavier Cortada, “Tursiocola ziemanii,” 6″ x 6″, ceramic tile, 2017.  Learn more #diatom #art #tiledrawing



Xavier Cortada, 7. Azul B, framed bas relief ceramic sculpture, 7.5”x7.75”, 2017




Xavier Cortada, “Paragon,” framed bas relief ceramic sculpture, 11”x7.5”, 2017.



Special thanks to Cerda, Llanos y Cia., Inc. for being the January 19th opening reception‘s wine sponsor.


clima-web-logoCLIMA Home | Main 2016 | Gallery | Statement | PressEvents | Livestream

Cortada worksDo Not Open | Climate Refugees | Hot for Hialeah | Psychoanalysis of Climate ChangeReclamation Project | Flor 500
LTER : Everglades (Florida) | HJ Andrews (Oregon) | Hubbard Brook (New Hampshire)

DO NOT OPEN:  Poem | Participant Instructions

Workshop with Seniors
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 10 am
Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment
Hialeah Seniors








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Xavier Cortada, "Testamento," archival ink on aluminum, 2015

Xavier Cortada, “Testamento,” archival ink on aluminum, 2015

KaBOOM-iPlay Play Everywhere Challenge: Mangrove Hop

On December 3rd, 2016, HANDS ON MIAMI volunteers will join Xavier Cortada in meeting the City of Miami “KaBOOM-iPlay Play Everywhere Challenge by painting “Mangrove Hop” directly on street asphalt.  Using paintbrushes, 60 volunteers will transform a street that dead-ends into I-95 and Coral Way into a creative playground featuring interwoven mangrove roots.  Children will use the art to imagine and develop interactive games.

Cortada chose to depict mangroves as part of the Play Everywhere Challenge to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Reclamation Project, a participatory eco-art project Cortada developed in 2006 to engage hundreds of volunteers in reforesting the Biscayne Bay and inspire thousands to imagine what our community looked like before all the concrete was poured..

Hands on Miami has worked with Cortada in the past.  Indeed in 2004, volunteers painted the Miami Mangrove Forest, metaphorically reforesting the I-95 underpasses in downtown Miami, Little Havana and Allapattah neighborhoods.  The public art was the precursor to The Reclamation Project.  A decade later, the Hands on Miami volunteers are painting roots as a nod to those who set their roots in Miami and help build community.  Here is a quote from his artist statement from 2004:

“The mangrove roots symbolize the residents who have set roots in their neighborhood and built community,” said Cortada. “[B]y reaching out to others, we build a stronger community, much like the walking feet of mangrove roots do to build formidable structures and nurture new life.”




Reclaiming Mangroves


Xavier Cortada's Miami Mangrove Forest (2004)


Miami Mangrove Forest

Xavier Cortada’s 2004 MIami Mangrove Forest was an important effort because it not only transformed a very public space with paint (in pre-Wynwood Walls Miami), but the public art was the precursor for The Reclamation Project, an eco-art project that engaged hundreds of volunteers in reforesting the Biscayne Bay and inspired thousands to imagine what our community looked like before all the concrete was poured.  More than painting walls than painting on concrete walls, the eco-art  served as the basis for all of the work our local science museum does to engage local residents in habitat restoration and environmental stewardship.


2004 & 2005

In 2004, Miami artist Xavier Cortada worked with Hands on Miami volunteers to metaphorically reforest the I-95 underpasses in downtown Miami, Little Havana and Allapattah neighborhoods.  Cortada’s pencil drawings of mangrove seedlings were used by volunteers to paint dozens of columns beneath I-95 and create the Miami Mangrove Forest.

The drawings were initially exhibited at Miami Art Fairs: OMNIART I in December 2004.  The originals drawings are on loan to Florida International University and are currently on display in University’s Executive Offices on the 5th floor of the Primera Casa building.



The Reclamation Project is a participatory eco-art project launched by Miami artist Xavier Cortada in 2006.  It explores our ability to coexist with the natural world.  Since 2007, the coastal reforestation component of the Reclamation Project has been based at the Miami Science Museum, where an installation of 1,100 mangrove seedlings is on permanent exhibit.Annually, volunteers collect mangrove propagules in coastal areas. The propagules are then exhibited in clear, water-filled cups (see: Gallery of Installations) where they are nurtured into seedlings and eventually planted along coastal areas.  This coastal reforestation creates new habitats above and below the water line.


2016 Art of Found Objects Exhibition — Awards Emcee

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FIU College of Arts & Sciences School of Environment, Art and Society (SEAS) and College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will serve as emcee of the 2016 Art of Found Objects Exhibition.

For 22 years, as a part of their commitment to the community and its children, Ocean Bank and The Education Fund have sponsored an art exhibit for the children in Miami-Dade public schools. The art exhibit combines the power of a child’s imagination with the ultimate recycling program, giving kids the opportunity to use everyday objects “found” in the 11,000-sq.-foot Ocean Bank Center warehouse to design and create original works of art.

Imaginative student art work combines traditional sculptures, mixed media, 3-D pieces and a large number of paintings and drawings crafted from every recycled material imaginable from milk jugs and coat hangers to scrap metal, Styrofoam, and other surplus supplies donated by generous South Florida companies to the Ocean Bank Center, where more than 18,370 teachers have shopped for free since 1993.

2016 Art of Found Objects Exhibition Details

Where: Ocean Bank Lobby, 780 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126

(Free self-parking is available in the garage behind Ocean Bank.)

When: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14

For more info contact:
Stacey de la Grana
Ocean Bank Center Director | The Education Fund
6713 Main Street | Suite 240 | Miami Lakes, FL 33014
P. 305-558-4544 ext. 107 | F. 305-558-4964 | W. www.educationfund.org

History Miami: “Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami’s Future”

FIU SEAS and FIU CARTA Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will moderate a panel on diversity and environmentalism in Miami at “Fragile Habitat: Conversations for Miami’s Future,” to be held April 8 at HistoryMiami.   Panelists are: Audrey Peterman, Anthony Tepedino Garcia, Gene Tinnie, Anthony Alfieri, and Kamalah Fletcher.