DEERING SPRING CONTEMPORARY “PLATFORM 450” exhibit

 

FIU SEAS and CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada
will be exhibiting his Native Flags project (www.nativeflags.org)
and his 2015 work, 5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas.
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DEERING SPRING CONTEMPORARY “PLATFORM 450”

An international symposium and curated exhibit focused on the intersection of science and art.
Exhibit & Special Event on Saturday, April 22, 2017
3:30 pm -10:00 pm; Free and open to the public
Exhibit on display from April 9 – June 26, 2017

 

HIT IT: Xavier Cortada, “Five Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Hit it!,” video screen shot, 2015.
In acknowledgement of the support from the Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

 

5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas: Hit it! | Burn it! | Eat it! | Freeze itBury it! video documentation of performance, 2015
Xavier Cortada

5 Actions to Stop Rising Seas was created by Xavier Cortada during April-May 2015 during an artist residency at the Rising Seas Confab 2015, Rauschenberg Studio, Captiva, Florida. In this performance, Cortada comments with irony on the weak to non-existent actions being taken to address both the causes and the imminent realities of climate disruption in a State clearly at the epicenter of potential disaster—one which has been caused by inadequate action globally on soaring levels of greenhouse gases related to human activity.

Cortada has long been involved in art that intervenes in, and/or comments upon environmental problems. He has created environmental installations (North Pole and South Poleand direct-impact ecological art projects, in Florida, around the US, and internationally, (Taiwan, Hawaii and Holland).

Xavier Cortada is Florida-educated and has lived in Miami since he was three. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society | College of Arts, Science & Education and the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts. (http://www.cortada.com)

 

ABOUT DEERING ESTATE:

The Deering Estate offers complimentary exhibit evenings, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Exhibit on view daily, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Free with Estate Admission.

Project Seahorse presents “Seahorses” exhibit, launches initiative

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 1 – 30, 2017


 

 


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.”

 

Panel Discussion | BAKING HISTORY: BAC’s LEGACY AND FUTURE

Panel Discussion
BAKING HISTORY: BAC’s LEGACY AND FUTURE

Thirty Years after the Ribbon Cutting

On February 1, 1987 a group of artists and art enthusiasts cut the ribbon to mark a new era for American Bakeries Company Art Deco era facility as it was officially converted from industrial bakery to art complex. As a place to work and exhibit for thousands of local, national and international artists over the last three decades, this place has played a very important role in many creatives’ careers and stands tall as a pioneer for the arts in Wynwood.

As we commemorate the Bakehouse’s 30th anniversary, current alongside former artists and directors will assemble on this panel to provide personal and historical highlights including unique experiences, memories and the inevitable challenges of “toughing it out” as a nonprofit, day after day. A particular focus will be placed BAC’s engagement with the community and with public art since its inception.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017  6-8pm 

Audrey Love Gallery

Bakehouse Art Complex

561 NW 32nd St.

Miami, FL 33127

 

 

Panelists:

Vivian Rodriguez, Founding Executive Director of the Bakehouse Art Complex

Bibi Baloyra, Executive Director of the Bakehouse Art Complex

Carola Bravo (Former BAC artist)

Maria Martinez Cañas (Former BAC artist)

Gary Moore (Former BAC artist)

Robert McKnight (Former BAC artist)

Xavier Cortada (Former BAC artist)

Aurora Molina (Current BAC artist)

Troy Simmons (Current BAC artist)

 Stephanie Jaffe-Werner (Current BAC artist)

Moderator: 

Yuneikys Villalonga, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education

 

 

 

Alaska Residency: University of Alaska Fairbanks (cancelled)


 

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FIU SEAS and CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will travel to Alaska to engage in research for his EVER/PERMA project addressing sea-level rise and global climate change concerns.  This is part of his science art practice conducted in partnership with FIU SEAS and FCE LTER faculty (and now with faculty in the  University of Alaska in Fairbanks).

Here’s a blurb about the Ever/Perma research effort:

Ever/Perma is a new body of work being developed by Xavier Cortada.  In it, he uses art to engage community members in addressing environmental degradation, global climate change, and sea level rise concerns. He does so chiefly through the development and implementation of participatory ecological art projects, site-specific artistic interventions in Alaska and Florida, and a programmed exhibit at the project’s conclusion. During the project, Cortada will also convene community meetings, work groups, discussion panels and lectures to activate ideas.
Specifically, “Ever/Perma” will address how global climate change is disrupting the ecosystems at both ends of our country:  sea level rise threatens the Everglades; warmer temperatures are thawing the Arctic permafrost.  Scientists tell us that as both of these ecosystems are degraded by human impacts they release methane (20x more potent than carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere and further disrupt our global climate.

Now more than ever, scientists and artists play a critical role: Scientists must continue to record how the climate responds to changing policies. Artists need to use art to effectuate change; to capture this moment.

ArtTuesdays talk: Sea Level Rise

ARTtuesday/Miami Networking & Lecture
ARTISTS RESPOND TO GROWING SEA LEVEL RISE CRISIS

 

The crisis of Global Warming and its rapidly threatening effects on Sea Level Rise is a reality that will affect everyone in South Florida (and beyond). Miami-Dade County, Florida has more people living less than 4 feet above sea level than any U.S. state.  Artists address their concerns in innovative projects that will visually engage the audience and hopefully provoke a new awareness about our water and how Sea Level Rise can considerably influence human populations in coastal and island regions and natural environments.  This month’s conversation features three artists engaged in Sea Level Rise projects:

Anita Glesta, an internationally recognized artist, will present her project, WATERSHED, to the United States Conference of Mayors on Miami Beach in June to highlight the issue of climate change through site-responsive installations.

Tina Spiro is a Jamaica-based artist with close ties to South Florida.  Her Deep See: An Art Installation for the Sea is a collaborative multi-media project that focuses on environmental consciousness.

Miami artist Xavier Cortada is a long-time environmental activist who has been working in the Earth’s poles for the past decade to create site-specific installations that generate awareness about global climate change.

Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Art History at Florida International University, and curator for the Deep See project, will moderate the conversation.

When:
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where:
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 7

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Happy Hour * & Networking
6:45 pm to 7:00 pm
 Announcements
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Panel and Q&A

All programs are open to the public and free of charge.

*Happy Hour runs from 4 to 7 pm at Books & Books on Second Tuesdays

 

ABOUT ARTtuesdays/MIAMI:

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is a monthly series of community discussions focusing on art and culture. Free and open to the public. 6 – 7pm networking; 7 – 8pm Program + Q&A.

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI endeavors to spotlight and explore, exciting, timely and relevant developments and creative initiatives in culture, art, design, and architecture, that impact and transform South Florida and its citizens.

Presented the second Tuesday of each month, these enriching programs are introduced by articulate and savvy moderators who lead groups of knowledgeable and engaged panelists who are experts in their field.

Programs provide opportunities to network with new and good friends, engage in timely discussions while learning about cultural themes that impact our community.

ARTtuesdays/MIAMI is spearheaded by a group of volunteers who donate their time and resources to ensure that meetings are professionally organized and well attended. The program committee is comprised of Carol Damian, Lilia Garcia, Liana Pérez, Elisa Turner and Ilana Vardy.

“Now More Than Ever” Science Art Talk at Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, FL

Xavier Cortada, “Now More than Ever” digital art*, 2016.

FIU Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada will be the third-Thursday speaker at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, FL on the February 16th, 2017.  He will give his science art talk during an exhibit featuring the work of Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder.  “Now more than ever scientists and artists play a critical role: Scientists must continue to record how the climate responds to changing policies. Artists need to use art to effectuate change; to capture this moment,” said Cortada.

ILLUMINATING THE DEEP: The Fine Art of Exploration

Explore.  Learn.  Act.

Deep-sea explorer and MacArthur Award Winner, Dr. Edie Widder, collaborated with artist and inventor, Dr. Steve Bernstein, to create this blockbuster exhibition filled with astonishing digitally enhanced photos of living creatures that sparkle and glow and flash with light from within.  Combined with the original artwork of Else Bostlemann, from Dr. William Beebe’s historic National Geographic bathysphere expeditions of the 1930s, this is a show of epic proportions.  Compare yourself to the life-size giant squid (first photographed by Dr. Widder) or paint with light in virtual reality, you can immerse yourself in the wonders of our planet’s last frontier. Plan your group tour now and be sure to download a copy of our featured article in Oceanography magazine written by Dr. Widder:

http://www.tos.org/oceanography/assets/docs/29-4_widder.pdf

Exhibition Dates:  December 22, 2016 – March 4, 2017

No charge for members, non-members $10

Read article Edie wrote for Oceanography magazine:

Cortada will participate in CLEO Panel Discussion during the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo

FIU SEAS & CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will participate in CLEO Panel Discussion during the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools – STEAM

Our Vision

Miami-Dade County Public Schools aspires to engage and prepare all our students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) to ensure our community has the next generation of inventors, explorers, innovators, artists and leaders..

Our Mission

The mission of Miami-Dade County Public Schools STEAM is to leverage the expertise and capital of the Department of Career and Technical Education, the Department of Mathematics and Science and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts to increase student achievement in STEAM curriculum to promote career and college readiness.

Learn more at http://stem.dadeschools.net

 

“Baking History: Past-Forward At Wynwood’s True Artistic Pioneer” exhibit at the Bakehouse Art Complex

Baking History

Image: High school students’ mural comissioned by the Bakehouse Art Complex in 1986, and one of the first examples of legal street art in Miami.

Image: High school students’ mural commissioned by the Bakehouse Art Complex in 1986, and one of the first examples of legal street art in Miami.

Audrey Love Gallery

On-View Feb 1 – April7

On February 1st, 1987 a group of enthusiastic creatives cut a ribbon to inaugurate the first artist studios and workshops at the Bakehouse Art Complex. Also in attendance were the fiercely intrepid founders: Faith Atlass, Hélène Muller Pancoast, David Arthur and Natalie Nadel. Their vision was straight forward – they needed “a space to work and mingle without the threat of losing their shirts to landlords.” The former Art Deco bakery had been abandoned for a few years before they acquired the property in 1985 with the help of the City of Miami, Metro Dade County, Flowers Bakery and the County Council of Arts and Sciences. Since then, and with the invaluable input of many other community members, the Bakehouse has become a successful collective project that in return, has represented the visual arts in Wynwood long before it became fashionable.

The Bakehouse Art Complex was one of the first local organizations to embrace and legitimize street art when in 1986 it began commissioning local artists to paint graffiti and murals on its walls. Our early relationship with public art has a long legacy, which we proudly display in the gallery as one of many lasting, tangible impacts of our organization. Now entering its fourth decade and mindful of this pioneering legacy, the Bakehouse strives to find new forms of engagement with the community through public art. This spirit is present in Baking History with the inclusion of sketches, maquettes and photographs of past, present and future public art projects from current and former Bakehouse artists. The show’s timeline depicts relevant events in our history and other notable local, national and international moments and data that provide context.

Far from a finished product, this exhibition is part of an ongoing research project, and serves as an invitation to the community to help fill in our historical gaps. A book has been placed at the entrance of the gallery to capture written memories. Visitors are invited to share their stories of the Bakehouse and the bakery. An oral history program is also in the oven and will be launched soon. Ultimately, this celebration expands to all of the artists’ studios – or as it used to be, the “production floor” of the bakery – because though it no longer offers the famous Merita bread, affordable space for artists is an essential underpinning for every city reliant on the creative economy for long-run sustained growth.

Xavier Cortada will be displaying his 2008 Art in State Buildings public art commission:  Four Elements at the Frost

Xavier Cortada, “Four Elements at the Frost: Aer,” 2008
Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL
Commissioned by the State of Florida Art in State Buildings.