Archives for September 2015

The Invisible City


The Invisible City | Heloisa Botelho

On view through September 20, 2015
924 Lincoln Road | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach FL 33139

“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.”

– Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Inspired by Italo Calvino’s work portraying Marco Polo’s travels to the Far East, Heloisa Botelho has been creating a body of work titled “The Invisible Cities” for the past five years. In this series, she draws with charcoal and creates collages by transferring images from painted plastic sheets to canvas. The resulting patterns take the shape of the urban spaces and landscapes.

Heloisa Botelho | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Lives and works in Miami Beach
Heloisa Botelho is a mixed media artist who works with acrylic, transfers and collage. Through a reconstructive process, she reproduces traditional works in painting such as impastos and transparencies using original semantic content, creating a second layer of purely conceptual juxtapositions. Her work has been featured in numerous international museums and group exhibitions across North America, Europe and Asia. Corporate collections including Santander Bank, HSBC, Terrabank, Gibraltar Bank, Double Tree Hotel and Genesis Corporation. Heloisa graduated from School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro with specialization in painting.

Botelho is an ArtCenter resident artist and her studio is located at 924 Lincoln Road #101.

Inventory / Inventario


Inventory / Inventario

Walterio Iraheta
Presented in partnership with Fountainhead Residency

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 30 | 7-10pm
September 30 – November 18, 2015

ArtCenter’s 924 Vitrine | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Inventory / Inventario comprises 300 individual images of product bottles and domestic objects including shoes, toys, tools, clothing and more, caringly photographed as if each were a portrait. An image reads as a personal narrative inviting close inspection, so that the shape of an object, its color, texture, size and capacity is amplified. However when viewed as part of the installation, the image narratives meld and juxtapose, playing off each other to show their vast magnitude of time and functional design varieties. On the one hand, through research, documentation and a poetic presentation, Iraheta is on a quest for self-definition seeking identity from the collection of objects he has lovingly accumulated, and on the other, the objects are trapped in a predicament of uselessness and ultimate waste. As such, Inventory / Inventario is both a document revealing a magnitude of memories—personal memories and memories of social and cultural moments—and a metaphor for certain loss. Ultimately, Inventory / Inventario unites Iraheta’s acute interest in aesthetics, anthropology and activism.

Walterio Iraheta | 1968, Lives and works in San Salvador, El Salvador

Artist, curator, and cultural organizer, Iraheta studied Applied Arts at Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and the University Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador (1995); Graphic Arts at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA (1997), and the School of Visual Arts, La Esmeralda, México, DF (2000). He was also professor of the School of Communication and of the University Dr. José Matías Delgado (1995-2000).

As an artist he has participated in over 50 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 150 collective shows in the United States, Mexico, Dominican Republic, France, Spain, Japan, among others. His work was selected for the Venice Biennial, Italy (2011); Pontevedra Biennial in Galicia, Spain (2010); The X Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); The Latin American video projects Visionaries at The Itaú Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil and The Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2009); Valencia-São Paulo Biennial, Spain (2008), amongst others.

Closing Brunch & Screening: Fight Club


Closing Brunch: Textual Undercurrents | Elysa D. Batista
Screening: Fight Club
Sunday, October 4 | 11:30am
O Cinema Wynwood | 90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
FREE and open to the public

O Cinema Wynwood & ArtCenter/ South Florida invite you to join us for the closing reception of “Textual Undercurrents” a solo exhibition by Elysa D. Batista.

Starting at 11:30am guests will be invited to enjoy a light brunch of baked goods, fruit and mimosas in the courtyard. Then at 12:15pm guests will be invited into the auditorium for a screening of Fight Club directed by David Fincher.

A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed. The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.

Textual Undercurrents | Elysa D. Batista
Batista makes three-dimensional work that explores sign and text as sculptural communicators of coded information. The evolution of language as a form of interpreting the world is a constant investigation in her work. Batista carves and cuts manipulated digital typography onto materials ranging from wood, cardboard, foam core, cork or mechanically assisted onto materials such as plexiglass. It is executed in dialogue with advertorial signage that can be encountered in a storefront window or outdoor space. From anagrams to poetic sayings, Batista’s words allow the viewer to decode his/her own meaning through the multiplicity of language.

Elysa D. Batista | Panama City, Panama | Lives and works in Miami
Elysa D. Batista is a mixed media artist who works with language, specifically the multiplicity of meaning according to different contexts. Her three-dimensional work explores personal experiences with power dynamics in relationships and communication and is interpreted through the use of semiotics. Recent group exhibitions include Everything Must Go, ArtCenter’s Richard Shack Gallery (2015); Stand Out, Rise Up Gallery, FL (2014); and The Intelligence of Things, The Kitchen, NY (2013). She received a MFA from Parsons-The New School for Design in NYC in 2013 and a BFA from the University of Miami in 2010.

Miami Make Week


ArtCenter/ South Florida & the first annual Miami Make Week

Join us at the ArtCenter on Saturday, November 14 from 3-6pm for Music Maker, a free etching and printing workshop using vintage vinyl and led by ArtCenter’s resident printmaker, Loren Abbate. Music will be provided by DJ and ARTstudies Instructor, Lazaro Amaral. To RSVP for this event please click here

Workshop location: ArtCenter’s PRINTshop, 924 Lincoln Rd. #103, Miami Beach

Miami Make Week is a 10-day celebration (November 6th – 15th, 2015) of creative co-working and maker spaces in the Greater Miami area. Miami Make Week will consist of a series of daily educational workshops, networking opportunities, and other public events held at participating co-working and maker spaces throughout the county, all anchored around a design and prototyping competition.  For more information please visit

Documenting Memory


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Documenting Memory
Rodrigo Dada | Abigail Reyes | Crack Rodriguez
Curated by Lucas Arévalo
OPENING RECEPTION  Wednesday, September 30 | 7-10pm
ON VIEW  September 30 – November 8, 2015
ArtCenter’s Project 924 | 924 Lincoln Road, Second Floor, Miami Beach

Documenting Memory acknowledges the notion of our memories as a definition to our personal history. It examines the boundaries of our limited ability to retain and contemplate and explores the complex phenomenon of how our minds choose to remember certain ideas and forget others. The exhibition explores how artists living and working in El Salvador deal with retaining memory and commemorating loss from personal experiences that have been intertwined with the weight of social, collective and traditional impressions. Including video, photographs and installation by three of the country´s most renowned mid-career artists, this exhibition additionally integrates forms of documenting remembrances that speak of the dynamic and shifting landscape of memory. Represented by distinct mediums affiliated to the purpose of recording history such as video, writing and photography, all works become tangible expressions of memorializing ideas, experiences and people through the creation of symbolic indicators of evidence connected to personal experience.


Nadie atraviesa la región sin ensuciarse


Nadie atraviesa la región sin ensuciarse | Regina José Galindo
as part of dialogicCENTRALsolutions
Curated by Roc Laseca
OPENING RECEPTION Friday, October 2, 2015 | 7-10pm
ON VIEW October 2 – November 8, 2015
ArtCenter [Little River Edition] 7252 NW Miami Ct, Miami 

dialogicCENTRALsolutions is a platform comprised of a symposium on contemporary art practice in the region titled Central What? Central America!; an editorial series featuring essays from scholars and artists, and an exhibition and performance by Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo. Whether through the lens of architecture, art, cultural industries, history or literature, dialogicCENTRALsolutions focuses on discussing new approaches on thinking about Central America. In the framework of these discussions, Galindo will produce a large-scale solo exhibition that will transform ArtCenter’s new temporary space in the Little River neighborhood of Miami into a muddy morass on top of which the specific conditions of the region will be discussed.


Regina José Galindo | Guatemala City, 1974 | Lives and works in Guatemala City

Galindo a visual artist specializing in performance art. Her work explores the universal ethical implications of social injustice, discrimination related to race, gender, and other abuses involved in the unequal power relations that operate in our current society.

She has participated in events such as the 54, 53, 51 and 49th Venice Biennale; XI International Biennial of Cuenca; 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana; The Sharjah Biennial; Pontevedra Biennial 2010; 17th Biennale of Sydney; II Moscow Biennale; First Auckland Triennial, Venice-Istanbul; First Biennial of Art and Architecture Canary Islands; IV Bienal de Valencia; Third Biennial of Albania; Prague Biennale II and Third Biennial of Lima. Her work is represented in numerous prestigious private and museum collections including Centre Pompidou; Guggenheim Collection; Tate Modern, Essex; Pricenton University; MEIAC, Spain; Fondazione Teseco, Pisa, Italy; Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy; MMKA, Budapest, Hungary; Counseling of Murcia, Spain; Foundation Mallorca, Spain; Rivoli Museum of Torino, Italy; Daros Foundation, Switzerland; Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas; The Gaia Collection; UBS Art Collection; Miami Art Museum; CIFO; and Museum of Contemporary Art in Costa Rica, Madco.


Minutes before Guatemalan artist Regina Jose Galindo immerses herself in a gallery full of mud for her performance in Miami on October 2nd, she learned that a landslide hit a town just outside the capital near her home in Guatemala. According to CNN  (Tuesday, October 6th at 1:47am), 161 people have died and hundreds are still missing.

Galindo’s piece, Nadie atraviesa la region sin ensuciarse which translates into “Nobody crosses the region without getting dirty,” took on a completely different meaning and she spent her two hours of performance thinking about this tragedy in her home country as she herself in buried in mud where others have just lost their lives.

As part of her exhibition which is on view through November 8, 2015 at ArtCenter [Little River Edition] at 7252 NW Miami Court, Miami, FL 33150, we are collecting funds to donate to victims of the tragic landslide.

Please join the staff, board and audience of ArtCenter/South Florida (South Florida Art Center) in helping to support the friends, family and neighbors of the artist. We will be donating the funds to the Guatemalan Red Cross (Cruz Roja Guatemalteca) at the end of the exhibition.

Central What? Central America!


Central What? Central America!
as part of dialogicCENTRALsolutions
Organized by Roc Laseca
SYMPOSIUM Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 3:00pm
RECEPTION Saturday, October 3, 2015 | 7:30pm
ArtCenter [Little River Edition] 7252 NW Miami Ct, Miami

The symposium Central What? Central America! (CWCA) as part of dialogicCENTRALsolutions will be held October 3 starting at 3pm. During the symposium, six artists and scholars will present different topics addressing relevant issues and priorities influencing contemporary cultural production in Central America. Panelists include Regina José Galindo (artist, Guatemala), Walterio Iraheta (artist, El Salvador), Darién Montañez (architect, Panamá), Gabriela Sáenz-Shelby (Director General, TEOR/ética, Costa Rica), Marivi Véliz (researcher, Miami), and George Yúdice (professor, University of Miami). In addition to their participation in the symposium, texts by these distinguished panelists as well as Claire Breukel (Director/Curator of Y.ES, El Salvador) and Rosina Cazali (curator, Guatemala) will be published in an editorial project conceptualized on the occasion of dialogicCENTRALsolutions. 

If attending the symposium please click RSVP.*IMPORTANT* The symposium will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation in English. Please specify if you will need headphones at the time of registration.

NOTE: Regina José Galindo’s exhibition “Nadie atraviesa la región sin ensuciarse” translates into “Nobody crosses the region without getting dirty” and we mean it. Please choose your shoes carefully.







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