North Pole Dinner Party

On June 29th, 2008, I arrived at the North Pole to create ritualistic installations addressing global climate change and the melting polar caps. One of my performances included a ritual where I fed my fellow icebreaker travelers pieces of ice collected at the North Pole, thereby integrating the North Pole into their very being.

I figured that if they ingested a piece of the North Pole, it would become part of them.  The North Pole water molecules would be swirling through their bodies.  The North Pole atoms would be incorporated into their very cells.  My sense was that after having North Pole communion, they would protect the North Pole.  If nothing else, they would do so for self-preservation.

Xavier Cortada


North Pole Dinner Party/Miami 2008: The Green Project | Claire Oliver Gallery

NorthPoleDinnerPartyAbove: North Pole Dinner Party (Miami Performance, 2008)

On December 3rd, 2008, North Pole Dinner Party participants ingested ice made with water Cortada brought from this trip. This North Pole dinner took place in Miami on ceramic plates the artist made using the melted polar ice.

Xavier Cortada

Title of Artwork:
Ice Plate, North Pole Dinner Party (Miami)

Sea Ice from the Geographic North Pole, pigment and glaze on ceramic plate


Miami 2015: Bakehouse Art Complex

Xavier Cortada performance of North Pole Dinner Party at the Bakehouse Art Complex on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Laurie Fink)


On August 14th, 2015, North Pole Dinner Party participants ingested ice made with water Cortada brought from his North Pole trip. This North Pole dinner took place in Miami using the same ceramic plates the artist made for the 2oo8 performance.


North Pole 2008:

In 2008, Cortada performed the Longitudinal Installation, Endangered World and Native Flags at 90 degrees North.

Cortada at North Pole in 2008



Panel Discussion

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




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)


Yuneikys Villalonga, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education




“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.

Celebrating Gay Pride Month

Selected early works from the Xavier Cortada’s “Male Torso” series will be displayed outside the artist’s studio in the Bakehouse Art Complex during June 2016.  Cortada painted the series in 1996-97.  The exhibit celebrates Gay Pride Month 2016, honoring the advances made by the LGBTQ Community in the two decades since the works were completed.  There’s still work to be done as society continues pushing forward to bring full equality to all.


Xavier Cortada, "Torso 7", 72" x 40," acrylic on canvas, 1996.

Xavier Cortada, “Torso 7″, 72″ x 40,” acrylic on canvas, 1996.