Archives for August 2017

On Documentary Abstraction

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On Documentary Abstraction
Curated by Rachael Rakes
On view: September 30, 2017 – January 2, 2018
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

On Documentary Abstraction explores the ways contemporary artists are using abstract painting and sculpture to document, discuss and revisualize recent history.  Featuring artists Torkwase Dyson, Tomashi Jackson, Richard Ibghy, Marilou Lemmens and others, the works in On Documentary Abstraction examine the history of lynching in the southern United States, civil rights legislation, and labor exploitation in the 20th century, among other topics.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of talks and film programs on expanded forms of visual abstraction and the rich historical connections between politics and abstract art.

Related programming:

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Conversation | September 30, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Opening Reception | September 30, 2017 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Join artist Tomashi Jackson and exhibition curator Rachael Rakes in conversation followed by a brunch and opening reception.


Film Screening: A VALENCE
October 22, 2017 | 6:45 PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

A VALENCE presents four works on social and historical abstraction curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring short films by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Tomashi Jackson, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, and Ana Vaz. Conversation with curator Rakes and artists Lemmens and Ibghy immediately following the films.


Film Screening: AN OBJECT
December 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

AN OBJECT is a program mixing contemporary and historical works on material abstraction, geometry, shape, and color curated by Rachael Rakes as part of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction. Featuring films by Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Magdalena Fernández, Pierre Hébert, and Manuela de Laborde.

Free with RSVP.


Saturday, December 9 | 10:30 AM
Auditheque @ ArtCenter
924 Lincoln Road #201, Miami Beach

On the occasion of the exhibition On Documentary Abstraction, curator Rachael Rakes will moderate a conversation with exhibiting artist Torkwase Dyson and the curator and director of Tensta Konsthall, Maria Lind.

Free with RSVP.

Architecture Now: Building Towards a Nomadic Future

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BFI presents Architecture Now: Building Towards a Nomadic Future
September 21, 2017 | 7:30-9:00 pm
ArtCenter/Downtown | 1035 N Miami Ave #300

Panelists: Brandi Reddick, Jason Chandler, Germaine Barnes, and Alexandra Cunningham Cameron
Moderated by: Naomi Fisher

This panel discussion brings together members of Miami’s architecture and cultural affairs community to discuss integrative ways to grow the city amidst the rising tide of development and displacement. Together, we will think through alternate funding structures, community needs, and holistic approaches to design build – ultimately brainstorming for BFI’s new nomadic platform to launch in 2018.

The Recalibrated Institution

Domingo Castillo, Film still from “The Leisure Pit 3D”, 2017. Courtesy of Miami World Internet Cafe.

Domingo Castillo, Film still from “The Leisure Pit 3D”, 2017.
Courtesy of Miami World Internet Cafe

From September to December, ArtCenter/South Florida and the Bureau for Cultural Strategies (BUX) are organizing The Recalibrated Institution: a 12-week paid fellowship in Miami.

Eight  Fellows working in contemporary art and its related disciplines have been selected for the program in order to develop ways to address the challenges and opportunities cultural institutions face each day, such as economic sustainability, emerging technologies and the relationship between these organizations and their surrounding communities. Check out our Calendar of Events for public lectures and seminars that will take place as part of The Recalibrated Institution fellowship program.  

The Challenge

Since the 1990s, contemporary cultural institutions have functioned as sites for promoting a liberal cosmopolitan vision. Today, the unity and operative efficacy of this vision are being challenged by the impacts of digital technologies, financialization, and the mainstreaming of xenophobic policies. By the same token, some of these developments are creating novel possibilities for reconfiguring the structural agency and socio-economic function of cultural institutions. More than ever, there is a need to shift beyond the age-old divide of “infrastructures” versus “cultural content”––the back-end and the front-end of cultural institutional set-up––and to start prototyping strategies that think the two in tandem. The challenge is to develop cultural intelligences and tool-kits that are capable of enforcing this recalibration.

The Recalibrated Institution

The program takes the contemporary cultural institution as its artistic medium precisely because such institutions are junctures at which geopolitical and economic interests intersect. Whether in the form of the art market, the real estate market, or the “creative city,” cultural institutions routinely function as vehicles for comparative advantage and as access points to select financial and political networks. At the same time, cultural institutions continue to identify with various traditional roles: interfacing with the general public, preserving legacies, providing opportunities for cultural producers, representing and critically engaging with wider societal processes–a softened version of cosmopolitan nation-building at a city scale. The aim of the fellowship is to rework these different facets and to bring them into progressive structural realignments. Set in Miami, The Recalibrated Institution takes the city as a leading example of how development is defined in the global contemporary art system: the impact of real estate speculation on urbanism, changing demographics resulting from economic migration or wealth management, and the challenges posed by climate change and sea level rise. Cultural institutions are integral to coalescing these speculative and material interests by presenting Miami as a forward-facing global city to both its local populations as well as external investors. The Miami Model is a blueprint and hence a starting point in rethinking cultural strategy at different scales and contexts.


Fall 2017 ArtCenter Fellows

The following eight Fellows, three from Miami, will will work with program organizers the Bureau for Cultural Strategies (BUX) as well as visiting faculty such as  Marta Ferreira de Sá and Ben Singleton (Rival Strategy), theorist Suhail Malik (Programme Co-Director of the MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London), artist and Core Organizer of W.A.G.E Lise Soskolne and others on designing frameworks to be probed in partnership with different cultural institutions in Miami and internationally. A series of public programs will also unfold throughout the course of the fellowship program.


Yin Aiwen PortraitYin Aiwen is a designer, researcher, and filmmaker from China. Her work focuses on the relationship between technopolitcs and emotional capitalism in a post-colonial and post-cold-war context through graphic design, writing, film, performance and visual arts. She received a Masters of Design degree from the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam in 2013, and a BFA in Visual Communication from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in 2011. She was a research fellow for The New Normal program at Strelka Insituut for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow in 2017.


Emer GrantEmer Grant is a curator, artist and writer with a B.A in Critical Fine Art Practice from the University of Brighton, an M.A in History of Art from the University of York and recently an M.A in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard College. Grant specializes in curating new media, sound based works, technologically led enquiry and exploring the critical polemics across art and activism/institutional critique. Grant has contributed to many exhibitions in curatorial, production and editorial roles, working with artists, collectives and organizations such as: Resonance FM, Mark Wallinger, Santiago Sierra, Candice Breitz, Universal Everything, Grizedale Arts, among others. From 2015-2016 she was an Editor and is currently based in L.A writing freelance and working on independent curatorial projects.


Felice GrodinFelice Grodin is an artist and architect. Her practice focuses on the speculative integration of art and design by developing strategies for modeling our current conditions and making meaningful imprints upon them. She is a member of A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), an initiative exploring how geospatial, political, urban, ecological, cultural and artistic possibilities can be reimagined, visualized, and materialized – in light of climate change and political volatility – in ways that leverage the dynamics already in process. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.


Ariana Hernandez ReguantAriana Hernández-Reguant is a cultural and urban anthropologist (PhD University of Chicago), and an arts activist in Miami. She has held faculty appointments at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Miami, and Tulane University, and has conducted research and published on the political economy of art, intellectual production, and ideologies of citizenship, race, freedom and community, and their creative translation into local political practices. While living in the San Diego/Tijuana area, she was involved in various art and practice projects, pedagogy initiatives, and salons, and was co-founder of a border arts and cultural center on the Tijuana side (The Tunnel House). She is currently a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant for a Hialeah-based art and ethnography project (HICCUP).


David Hilmer RexDavid Hilmer Rex is an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a co-founder of Diakron, a platform and studio for transdisciplinary research and practice. Diakron recently concluded a project titledHybrid Organisations and Emerging Communities, which explored emergent organizational forms that engage systemic problems, reorient professions and generate new forms of communities. Diakron is currently initiating Primer, a platform for artistic and organizational development, located in the headquarters of the global water technology company Aquaporin in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.


20170124133409-Nora48473 (1)Nora Khan is a writer of criticism and fiction, focusing on issues within digital art, the philosophy of technology, electronic music, and artificial intelligence. She is a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Fellow in Digital Art, an Eyebeam Research Resident, and a contributing editor at Rhizome. Her work has appeared in places like 4Columns, Art in America, Spike Art, California Sunday, The Village Voice, Rhizome, and After Us. This past summer, Primary Information publishedFear Indexing the X-Files, a small book written by Nora and Steven Warwick. She has most recently spoken at Triple Canopy, Gray Area Festival, transmediale, the Whitney Museum, UCLA, New Museum, NYU, and the New School.


 Malose Malahlela is an artist, organiser, cultural producer, events manager, shebeenist and co-founder of Keleketla! Library – a platform for collaborative and experimental projects. Keleketla! was nominated for the Vera List Prize in Art & Politics (2014) and recently the Visible Awards (2017). Malose appeared as a guest author to ‘Creating Spaces’ (2013) a research publication in partnership with University of the Arts in Zurich. In 2013 he participated in a sound expedition from Lisbon to Marseille as part of Sound Development City (Zürich). Malose recently collaborated with In Place of War (UK) and Coldcut/Ninja Tune (UK) to rollout a two-part project on creative entrepreneurship and music.


Eddie Negron and Marla Rosen

Negron & Rosen is a collaborative project by Eddie Negron and Marla Rosen established in 2014. They have produced a wide-ranging body of work across multiple media including sculpture, painting, photography, performance art, sound and video. Negron & Rosen live and work in Miami. Rosen received a BFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville, USA (2013). Negron attended New World School of The Arts (2010-2013) in addition to participating in independent education initiatives such as Capacete, Brazil;  School of  Poetic Computation, NY.; and R.A.D (Research Art and Dialogue) Cannonball, Miami. In 2015, they launched In Real Life (IRL), an artist-run space in Miami dedicated to research and curatorial development across a variety of disciplines within and outside of culture.



Related Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 7PM
Conversation with Marta Ferreira de Sá, Benedict Singleton, Suhail Malik
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown|1035 N. Miami Avenue Suite 300, Miami

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 7PM
Lecture: Lise Soskolne
Location: ArtCenter/Downtown|1035 N. Miami Avenue Suite 300

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