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Under the ArtEd Connect Program

Carlos Enrique Prado's 'Stubborn' Unveiled at MoCAA

Simultaneously with the opening of "Converging Plateaus," the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, in collaboration with the University of Miami and under the ArtEd Connect program, presents works by the renowned artist and ceramist Carlos Enrique Prado for the second time. Prado's work has been extensively exhibited in numerous exhibitions at the Fine Art Ceramic Center, both within the museum and at analogous institutions across many states in the Union.

Curated by Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10)

Jun 14th - July 6th | 2024

Stubborn presents a collection of works inspired by classical statuary, particularly torsos and heads, transformed with the unexpected incorporation of industrial objects. Through this juxtaposition, the exhibition invites viewers to reconsider the legacy of Western values and our perceptions of various aspects of life. In contrast to his previous series, Prado intentionally relinquished total control over the creative process, allowing it to unfold with less restraint. Although he continues to draw inspiration from classical sculptures as his primary reference, this time he explores diverse associations that emerge organically during the act of creation. Overall, he perceives in this series a profound struggle to define his own identity. His education as a Western artist, deeply rooted in the traditions of classical Greco-Roman art and Catholic pictorial imagery, has always been a significant influence. While these elements have permeated his career, in 'Stubborn,' they converge, establishing a unique and uncanny dialogue.

Under the ArtEd Connect Program

Converging Plateaus

As part of its ArtEd Connect program, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, in collaboration with the University of Miami, will present to the South Florida audience the exhibition "Converging Plateaus." The show brings together the work of seven graduate students from the University of Miami who are currently pursuing their MFA degrees, spanning their second and third years. The artworks encompass a variety of media, offering a comprehensive view of the diversity and caliber of the art program at the University of Miami.

Curated by Carlos Enrique Prado y Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10)

Jun 14th - July 6th | 2024

As the title suggests, the exhibition evidences the convergence of very diverse artistic perspectives, which also reflect the artists' determination to refine their technical skills and develop the concepts that structure their personal poetics. Each of these students has demonstrated significant growth in their work and will take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas to share their pieces with the community, their colleagues, and their family and friends. This exhibition has a precedent in "Circle of Influence," when the then Kendall Art Center, also in collaboration with the University of Miami, presented pieces by students Anthony Magnetti, Kim Bauldree, Sepideh Kalani, and Elizabeth Guignino, each showcasing their different and unique approach to the art of ceramics.
The ArtEd Connect program (formerly known as SOFLO New Art) focuses on giving graduating MFA students the opportunity to exhibit their best work and enter the art world with an exhibition and curating experience.

Past exhibitions

Under the Art in the Community Program

A Sangue no Alguidá

On the afternoon of Friday, May 10th, in collaboration with SECULT — the Secretary of Culture of the State of Goiás in Brazil — the exhibition "A Sangue no Alguidá" was inaugurated at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. This dual exhibition features the renowned Brazilian artist Gerson Fogaça and Cuban writer Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. Among the numerous group of artists and friends from the South Florida community, His Excellency Mr. José Renato Ruy Ferreira, Deputy Consul and Head of the Education and Culture Sector of the Brazilian Consulate, was in attendance.

Curated by Dayalis Fernández Perdomo

May 10th - Jun 14th | 2024

After just over a year of collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (MoCAA) and the Secretary of Culture of the State of Goiás, the exhibition "A Sangue no Alguidá" was finally inaugurated at the MoCAA, located in The Crossings, Kendall, South Florida. Goiás is one of the twenty-six states that, together with the federal district, constitute the Federative Republic of Brazil. Situated in the Central-West Region of Brazil, Goiás is a significant agricultural and livestock hub of the country. The culture of Goiás is influenced by rural settings and religious rites. The exhibition was curated and produced by cultural promoter Dayalis Fernández Perdomo and the GALA Foundation, with support from fellow cultural producer and coordinator Maria de Lourdes da Cunha Souza, a consultant from the Antonio Poteiro Institute.

Under the Women in the Arts Program

Exaggerations of History

Honoring Women's History Month at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, the renowned Chilean artist Carolina V. Garcia (Apia) inaugurated on Friday, March 15th, her solo exhibition "Exaggerations of History, a Miniature Portrait Series with Augmented Reality Experiences." This project brings together 101 miniature portraits of female artists spanning from the 12th to the 20th century, accompanied by augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Curated by Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10)

March 15th - May 3th | 2024

"Exaggerations of History" is a compelling collection of 101 miniature portrait paintings of female artists spanning from the 12th to the 20th centuries, each coupled with an embedded Augmented Reality (AR) experience. Via an app-enabled AR journey, viewers are privy to a video narrative that vividly brings to life the biography and creative trajectory of each artist. A salient goal of this series is to affirm the significant role of women in the arts from the outset. Apia views this omission in historical records as a profound distortion of history. The artists selected for this compilation were pivotal during their eras but were conspicuously absent from scholarly texts, effectively leaving successive generations bereft of a full historical narrative.

Under the Women in the Arts Program

American Heartbeats

American Heartbeats addresses, before a concrete curatorial proposal and a defined museography, fundamental issues of social integration through the exploration of the material. Through their various artistic disciplines, these creators immerse us in a unique artistic journey that seeks to challenge conventional perceptions and encourage deep reflection on society and materiality in our environment.

Curated by Ivonne Ferrer

March 15th - May 3th | 2024

On the afternoon of Friday, March 15, in a meaningful commemoration of Women's History Month and under the auspices of the Women in the Arts program, the American Heartbeats collective exhibition was inaugurated with great anticipation. This exhibition serves as a vibrant showcase for the works of a carefully selected group of women artists who have garnered substantial recognition within the dynamic cultural scene of South Florida. Embracing an open theme that focuses on displaying their latest artistic endeavors, the exhibition presented an eclectic array of pieces from artists hailing from various corners of Latin America.

Featured within this diverse collection were the captivating works of Uruguayan artist Evelyn Politzer, whose creations delve into themes of empowerment and resilience; Peruvian Aisha Ascóniga, known for her intricate explorations of identity and heritage; Brazilian Bella Cardim, whose art captures the vibrancy and fluidity of life; Costa Rican Aimée Joaristi, who challenges conventional perceptions through her abstract expressions; Panamanian MaiYap, celebrated for her environmental consciousness; Venezuelan Carola Bravo, who navigates the intricacies of space and memory; and Colombian Sandra García Pardo, whose pieces reflect on the human condition and societal constructs.

March 8th - 14th March | 2024

DAEA President’s Showcase

The DAEA President’s Showcase was presented on Friday, March 8, by the Dade Art Educators Association. Intriguingly, and for the first time in its history, this exhibition is not dedicated to Women's History Month. This is solely due to the fact that the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas is deliberately preparing powerful exhibitions related to the theme.

Curated by

Alina Rodríguez, Jorge Rodriguez and Zahra Farook

Art as a discipline has the power to transcend boundaries and connect people from diverse origins through the universal language of creativity. In the vibrant world of art, associations play a crucial role in bringing together like-minded individuals who share a passion for artistic expression. One such association is the Dade Art Educators Association, a community that acts as a melting pot for artists of various genres and styles. Members of this enriched association had the generosity to share their art with colleagues and art enthusiasts at the DAEA President’s Showcase.

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February 23th, 2024 - May 24th, 2024

Geometric Abstraction

MoCA-Americas inaugurated on February 23, the solo exhibition of Cuban-American sculptor Pedro Hernández. A creator who has been producing sculptures, collages, drawings, and paintings trying, through a very personal use of lines and forms, to bear beauty and harmony of the interaction between different materials.

Curated by

Ivonne Ferrer and Jorge Rodriguez Diez

Geometric Abstraction is a thoughtfully curated exhibition paying tribute to the extensive career of an artist of Pedro Hernández's stature. He is among the Cuban artists who arrived in the 1960s and, despite the inherent challenges, seamlessly integrated into a society that was vigorously growing and constantly redefining its identity. While Pedro practiced as a medical professional his entire life, he consistently created stunning pieces of art with remarkable regularity.

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February 23th - March 1th, 2024

James Herring's Motivations

This exhibit, as outlined in the artist's manifesto, explores the influences of mentors, movements, and philosophies on his ceramic art. It features works from renowned artists who have significantly shaped his development, accessible to both local artists and the public.

Curated by

James Herring

In Miami, you hear a lot about art, but not so much about craft. James Herring's work in ceramics fuses the two. Herring eschews the title of "artist" and sees the resurgence of crafts and craftsmanship as a necessity for human growth in modern times. An outspoken supporter and practitioner of the maker movement, Herring has maintained a presence locally by doing demonstrations and leading classes and workshops on the ancient craft.Abel Folgar for '100 Creatives Miami New Times' | December 27, 2016

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February 9th - 21th | 2024

Ceramic League of Miami 74th Juried Exhibition

In close collaboration with the Fine Art Ceramic Center, the annual juried exhibition for its members was open to the audience from Friday, February 9, through Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas.

Curated by

James Herring and Adler Guerrier

In close collaboration with the Fine Art Ceramic Center, the annual juried exhibition for its members was open to the public from Friday, February 9, through Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. This year's exhibition featured works from forty members, in various formats and techniques. The show was juried by Kelly and Kyle Phelps, nationally recognized collaborating artists, twins, and art professors based in Ohio.

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January 19th - February 17th | 2024

El charco y la curva

Kendall's Americas Contemporary Art Museum will showcase 'El Charco y la Curva' on January 19th, highlighting Cuban artists in Mexico. Their works, engaging in dialogue, reveal connections with Cuban art in Cuba and South Florida, exploring cultural and artistic links.

Curated by

Ariel Orozco

Ariel Orozco, curator of "El Charco y la Curva," launched the project after finding the Cuban Circle of Mexico A.C., a hub promoting Cuban art and culture, including politically nuanced workshops and events. Seeing a chance for unity among Cuban emigrants across generations, Orozco proposed an abstract art project to foster dialogue without engaging the space's political aspects. This approach allowed artists with diverse creative methods and interests to coexist in a harmonious, reconciliatory exhibition.

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December 5th, 2023 - January 5th, 2024

Bernado Medina (BeMe): Lucky Love

On December 5th, the esteemed self-taught artist, designer, and creative director in advertising will unveil his seminal work, 'The Sofrito Manifesto', at the Aldo Menéndez Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. He will also personally present his individual exhibition, 'Lucky Love'.

Curated by

Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10)

Within the esteemed milieu of Art Basel, the illustrious Bernardo Medina, will grace the Aldo Menéndez Permanent Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas with the presentation of his tome, 'The Sofrito Manifesto', a work that proudly encompasses two volumes. In the foreword of the second volume, dedicated to the cocktails and libations commonly savored in Puerto Rico, Joaquín E. Bacardí III penned: "It is a source of great pride for me to speak on a subject that, within my family, has been woven into the fabric of our daily discourse from a young age..."

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Where do we come from?

KENDALL ART CENTER

The Kendall Art Cultural Center (KACC), dedicated the past six years to the preservation and promotion of contemporary art and artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout Miami and South Florida, as well as abroad. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions, programs, and its collections, KACC provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, advancing public appreciation and understanding of contemporary art.

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Passion and Instinct: Collecting Art

A resemblance of the Rodriguez Collection

The Rodríguez collection is a blueprint of Cuban art and its diaspora. Within the context of the new MoCA-Americas the collection becomes an invaluable visual source for Diaspora identity. It represents a different approach to art history to try to better understand where we come from to better know where we are heading.

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