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“Pandemic | Miami Corona Project” Virtual Exhibition
November 20, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Pandemic | Miami Corona Project
The University of Miami Department of Art and Art History presents Pandemic | Miami Corona Project, a virtual exhibit by artist Xavier Cortada. Though the Wynwood Gallery remains closed to the general public due to the global health emergency, you can still enjoy our exhibitions virtually.
Xavier Cortada’s “Pandemic | Miami Corona Project” will be exhibited virtually at the University of Miami Wynwood Gallery. In keeping with the reality of our times, the solo exhibition can only be experienced online. ”Pandemic | Miami Corona Project” features works Cortada has created since mid-March when Miami began to take precautions to deal with the coronavirus.
The virtual exhibition features several new performance videos including “Honoring the Dead,” “Miami Pronouncement,” and “Saying Goodbye: An Offering of Gratitude,” as well as a body of work created as part of the “Miami Corona Project,” a socially engaged art project created to assess and address Miami’s coronavirus pandemic in real-time. See exhibition at https://art.as.miami.edu/gallery/online-gallery/index.html
“In the face of a crushing public health calamity the likes of which this nation hasn’t seen in over a century, we must still be grateful that we have one another for support,” said Cortada. “While at this year’s Thanksgiving table we express our gratitude for all that we have, let us also remember and honor all those we have lost and have yet to lose.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Xavier Cortada is an artist and professor of practice at the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History. Over the past three decades, the Cuban-American artist has created art at the North and South poles and across 6 continents, including more than 75 public artworks and dozens of installations, collaborative murals and socially engaged projects. The crux of Cortada’s work finds itself rooted in a deep conceptual engagement of his participants. Particularly environmentally focused, the work Cortada develops is intended to generate awareness and action towards issues of global climate change. Learn more at www.cortada.com.
Cortada’s Miami Corona Project is presented as part of the University of Miami’s COVID-19 Rapid Response effort. The Miami Corona Project is based on a consistent online presence that engages individuals through a variety of platforms. At a time when social distancing was the norm, this web-based project gave voice to individuals who felt disconnected from society. The project served as a real-time record of the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on Miami-Dade County, while also providing an outlet for cross-communal engagement between a multitude of individuals. Through the chronicling of data and information related to the virus, as well as a series of participatory art projects, the artist Xavier Cortada captured stories from individuals across South Florida in real time as they were being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Image: Cortada performing “Honoring the Dead,” Key Biscayne, FL, 2020.