Cortada present at Princeton

Florida is…

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. 
“Florida is…” exhibition runs through November 19th, 2017 at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Avenue, Pinecrest, FL 33156. Click here to learn more.

EPOCH on exhibit during Art Basel

With half of Earth’s species now facing the risk of extinction, EPOCH 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.
As we move through the current epoch, the Anthropocene, humans themselves are changing the global climate and Earth’s ecosystems. Our reckless emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, along with our extensive use of pesticides, our endless yearning for fertile land, and our unyielding population growth are greatly accelerating the rate of extinction of our fellow species.
Join us on Thursday, November 30th for the opening at Pinecrest Gardens! Click here to learn more.
Click on image to see time lapse video of Xavier Cortada painting a Xiphactinus from the Late Cretaceous Epoch

Greenpeace: Art for Climate Justice

On Friday, November 10th at 7pm at Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Greenpeace volunteers will perform Cortada’s Longitudinal Installation in honor of victims of Hurricane Maria.

Join Cortada and other artists, muralists, and community organizers aboard a Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, for an evening of art, activism, and a just recovery for the people of Puerto Rico. The Our Power Puerto Rico campaign is an effort led by Climate Justice Alliance, Uprose, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and others to deliver critical rebuilding supplies and expertise to rural communities working with Organizacion Boricua in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastating impacts to the region. The Arctic Sunrise leaves Miami on Monday November 13th and will accompany a cargo ship as it transits to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies intended for a just recovery for the island. 
To learn more click here.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, November 10th 2017 at 7pm: Performance of Cortada’s Longitudinal Installation on Arctic Rainbow Icebreaker at Greenpeace Art for Climate Justice at Museum Park
  • Wednesday, November 29th 2017 at 10:30am: Florida Is… Mangroves Artist Talk with FIU scientist Dr. John Kominoski at Pinecrest Gardens
  • Thursday, November 30th 2017 at 7:00pm: EPOCH exhibition opening at Pinecrest Gardens
  • Saturday, December 2nd 2017 at 2:00pm: Changing Waters science panel, theatrical performances, and art exhibits presented by Florida International University (SEAS) at Vizcaya Village
  • Thursday, December 7th 2017 at 7:00pm: Dedication of Longitudinal Installation permanent sculpture at Pinecrest Gardens

On November 8th, 2017, Princeton University Center for Migration and Development invited Cortada to present a talk on Climate Refugees during a Symposium on Art and Immigration. In his presentation, Cortada featured “ Testamento, ” a work in which the artist turns documents – the will of a Cuban grandfather and the deed of the Cuban American granddaughter’s Hialeah home – into buildings, engulfed by the sea, words pulled into the waves as a symbol of the sea’s rising power over our lives and our future. In “Testamento,” Cortada starkly claims that this property will be inaccessible to her own grandchildren, just as her grandfather’s property, seized by the Communist regime, was no longer for her.