2004 Events

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  • SACRED GROVE: Interpreting our Nature, works by Lea Nickless and Xavier Cortada at Xavier Cortada Studio, Miami, FL. Opening reception: December 1, 2004, sponsored by BACARDI, USA
  • Cuban Monument to Freedom: Featuring Xavier Cortada’s painting on the actual Russian Antonov-2 Colt airplane that brought a family from Cuba to the United States.  Surrounding the plane are 46 pieces of luggage numbered sequentially from 1959 to 2004, representing each year the Cuban community has been in exile.  Each piece will include letters from exiles describing what they left behind in Cuba and what they found when they arrived here. The Honorable Manny Diaz, Mayor of Miami Royal Palm Communities, University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection and Cuban Monument to Freedom, Inc cordially invite you to see the Painted Cuban Plane and Freedom Luggage Installation by Xavier Cortada at its new home 318  NW 23rd Street Miami, FL. Opening reception on December 2, 2004
  • MIAMI MANGROVE FOREST by Xavier Cortada a volunteer-driven public art project and installation presented by the City of Miami and Hands on Miami (for more information click here) to be presented during OMNIART: The Neighborhood as a Work of Art a large scale urban intervention brought to you by the new MIART Foundation  to honor Art Basel Miami Beach 2004 (seehttp://www.omniart-miami.com) December 3, 2004 1325 NE 1st Avenue
  • Presentation of Awards designed by Xavier Cortada at the The National Council of Jewish Women – Greater Miami Section 2004 WOMEN OF VALOR AWARD Luncheon Key Biscayne Ritz Carlton. Key Biscayne, FL on December 2, 2004
  • The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs presents Mangroves a solo show by Xavier Cortada in the Florida Capitol 22nd Floor Gallery Tallahassee, FL April – May, 2005
  • Hands on Miami presents Miami Mangrove Forest a volunteer-driven, large-scale public art project designed by Xavier Cortada on November 6, 2004 Miami, FL.
  • Mangroves a solo exhibit by Xavier Cortada at Arts for ACT Gallery Ft. Myers, FL. Opening night on November 12, 2004
  • American Cancer Society Florida Chapter’s Reaching Out to Cancer Kids COLLABORATIVE ART PIECES to be created by ROCK CAMP kids and Xavier Cortada November 19-12, 2004 in Orlando, Florida
  • The Miami chapter of Amnesty International presents the group show “Giving Torture a Face” on Thursday October 14, 2004 at 139 N.E. 39 Street, during the Miami Design District’s “Gallery Walk” night.
  • Environmental Leadership Program presents an exhibit of Xavier Cortada’s paintings at Miami Nice:  A fundraiser that has Nothing to do with the Elections, October 19th, 2004 Key Biscayne Beach Club 685 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne
  • Introductory Slide Presentation to MIU Students Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL October 11, 2004
  •  Hispanic Heritage Celebration Slide Presentation Lindsey Hopkins Adult Education, Miami, FL October 13, 2004
  •  Hispanic Heritage Celebration Slide Presentation Key Largo Elementary School, Key Largo, FL October 13, 2004
  •  Building the Miami Mangrove Forest Slide Presentation Miami International University of Art and Design, Miami, FL October 25, 2004
  • XL an exhibit of large-scale drawings by Miami artist Xavier Cortada as he celebrated his 40th birthday (XL is the Roman Numeral for 40) on September 17, 2004 in his studio located at 104 SW 9th Street
  • Join Xavier Cortada at An Evening Among Artists to benefit Operation Smile on September 30, 2004 Fairchild Tropical Garden Miami, FL.
  • ART IN THE DRUG COURT: Hon. Judge J. Rosinek presents Compartiendo a long term exhibit by Xavier Cortada. Opening reception August 25, 2004 in the Miami-Dade County Drug Court
  • On August 18th, 2004, Xavier Cortada will deliver a Keynote address and unveil the official poster for the 7th Annual National Promotoras Conference in
    Denver, CO.
  • The Greater Miami Chapter of NCCJ presents the ArtBridge Mural an art-based community building project implemented at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and Shennandoah Middle School though funding from the MetLife Foundation. June 1, 2004
  • CASA: Tenth Anniversary Celebration July 8, 2004
  • Guayabera… al aire libre: Silent Auction July 21, 2004
  • Unveiling of the History of Disabilities mural (part of the History Disability Art project) on May 7, 2007 at noon in the University of Miami School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Mailman Center for Child Development, Conference Room #3023, Miami, FL.
  • ¡CELEBRA LIBERTAD!: Featuring Xavier Cortada’s painting on the actual Russian Antonov-2 Colt airplane that brought a family from Cuba to the United States. Cortada will also present 45 pieces of luggage numbered sequentially from 1959 to 2004, representing each year the Cuban community has been in exile.  Each piece will include letters from exiles describing what they left behind in Cuba and what they found when they arrived here. Presented by: The City of Miami and Leeds, Colby, Paris, Spence, Hoffman and Valori, P.A Date: May 19, 2004. Open to the public May 20 – 23, 2004 Location: Elizabeth Virrick Hangar 2600 South Bayshore Drive Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Xavier Cortada created the official Voices 2004 collaborative mural during the May 22- 25 conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Recent paintings by Xavier Cortada on exhibit at the Art Gallery at FGCU Library Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 during May 20, 2004 – June 11, 2004. Artist’s reception on May 27th, 2004
  • Silent Auctions and Charity Fundraisers:

    Against the Law, May 20-21, 2004
    Genesis Artists for AIDS, May 26, 2004
    United Home Care, May 27, 2004


  • May It Please the Court, a solo exhibit byXavier Cortada in the rotunda of the Florida Supreme Court Tallahassee, FL March 1 – July 15, 2004. Opening reception: March 1st
  • Unveiling of Xavier Cortada’s Kikiriki, a glass mosaic mural at Parrot Jungle Island’s Petting Barn on March 10th at 5 pm. (Mural donated by Bisazza.) Reception to launch United Home Care’s 30th Anniversary to follow at the Xavier Cortada Gallery in the Parrot Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom, Miami, FL
  • Unveiling of the “Discover Biscayne Bay” mural inside the Miami Children’s Museum on Watson Island in Miami, FL on March 17, 2004. The mural was commissioned by Citizen’s for a Better South Florida, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the Discover Biscayne Bay Campaign as a gift to the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books a group show including Xavier Cortada at Bienes Center for the Literary Arts Broward County Main Library Broward County, FL. March 18 – May 8, 2004
  • Exhibit of Xavier Cortada’s We’re in the Same Boat mural at the “IN EXILE, Echoes from Haiti and Cuba” program presented by the NOVA University Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services, Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Arts Program. The artist will speak at the program, scheduled for April 3, 2004, 7pm to 10 pm, at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Unveiling of Xavier Cortada’s “Bishop Verot” glass mosaic mural followed by artist’s slide presentation at Bishop Verot Catholic High School, 5598 Sunrise Dr., Ft. Myers, FL 33919 on April 30th, 2004
  • Turning Pages: Celebrating South Florida Artist-Made Books a group show including Xavier Cortada at: Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection: January 14 – February 29, 2004. Books as Aesthetic Objects, Florida Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Sketching Spain– Iberian Peninsula, January 2 – 14, 2003
  • Unveiling of “The Coexistence Mural”: The mural will be unveiled at the NCCJ Annual Gala Dinner, February 28, 2004, Miami, FL.  Miami artist Xavier Cortada incorporated messages from  participants of two NCCJ Leadership Seminars,From Coexistence to Community and Artists Speak Out, to create this collaborative mural.  The seminars were part of theCoexistence Miami project.