Xavier Cortada will be presenting monthly Florida is Nature Artist Talks with Guest Scientists and interactive experiences at The Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens, where his studio is located. In his capacity as artist-in-residence, Cortada implements his Florida is Nature participatory art program onsite. Each month, Cortada will invite a different Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society research scientist as a special guest to join him in a public art science conversation and to discuss environmental issues and his/her work. The artist talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below. After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project.
FIU School of Environment, Arts & Society
FIU College of Communications, Architecture + The Arts
FIU Digital Library of the Caribbean
cordially invite you to join us for our monthly
Florida is Nature Artist Talk
11000 S.W. 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL 33156
Talk is free with $5 admission to the Gardens.
After the talk, walk the garden and participate in “Florida is Nature.”
The dates of the Florida is Nature art – science talks are:
Artist Talks 2017
Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:30a:
[FLORIDA IS… Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma]
Monday, October 16th, 2017 at 10:30a:
FLORIDA IS… Nature
Tuesday, November 29th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Mangroves
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Endangered Species
Artist Talks 2018
Wednesday, February 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS… Seagrasses
Wednesday, March 14th, 2017 at 10:30a
Wednesday, April 11th, 2017 at 10:30a
FLORIDA IS NATURE: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Wednesday, May 9th,2017 at 10:30a
The art-science talks and interactive experiences are free with paid admission to the garden on the select dates below. After the talk, visitors are invited to walk the garden and engage in the Florida is Nature participatory art project. The gallery is located at the entrance of Pinecrest Gardens – 11000 Red Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156. We also welcome community groups and high school students to attend the artist’s talks. If you are interested in scheduling a group for one of the dates below, please contact Lacey Bray, educational programs coordinator, at email@example.com or 305-669-6990 for more information.
Monthtly Florida is Nature artist talks and community programs are presented by:
Xavier Cortada, “Puzzled Landscape: Florida is… Wildflowers” digital art, 2015
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 natural environment, not by the edifices and man-made encroachments that displace nature. Some “Florida is…” works hang as public art in public venues, admonishing viewers to find better ways to coexist with nature.
The project invites participants to capture and share their images and perspectives on the project’s online platform.
Xavier Cortada, “Luster (Diatoms series- high noon), archival ink on aluminum, 2015
“Florida Is…” by Xavier Cortada
Through Florida is Nature,” Pinecrest Gardens artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada portrays Florida’s environment to connect viewers with our state’s natural beauty. Come see the works on permanent display at the Hibiscus Gallery in Pinecrest Gardens.
You too can participate in “Florida is…” Help others understand and appreciate Florida’s natural beauty. Upload an image of your favorite animal, plant or place to www.floridaisnature.com and tell us why we should all care for it and strive to protect it. We will share it on our website and social media. We will also ask you to help us spread the word and get others to see that “Florida is… Nature.”
You can learn more about the artist by visiting www.cortada.com