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June 15th, 2024

Two Beautiful Exhibitions Launched Yesterday in Collaboration with the University of Miami

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MoCA-Americas Team

Last evening, the exhibitions Stubborn, a solo show by sculptor Carlos Enrique Prado, and Converging Plateaus, a group exhibition by MFA students from the University of Miami, were inaugurated. The event drew a large crowd, including professors from the university’s Art Department, artists, and the students' families. The opening of both exhibitions reaffirms the sustained and fruitful relationship between MoCA-Americas and the University of Miami.

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June 11th, 2024

Celebrating a Milestone: Over 100 Exhibitions at MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

With the upcoming exhibitions Converging Plateaus and Stubborn opening on Friday, June 14, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, formerly known as the Kendall Art Center, proudly announces a remarkable milestone: reaching 100 exhibitions since its founding in 2016! This achievement is a testament to the museum's unwavering commitment to its community and dedication to fostering a vibrant cultural landscape.

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June 10th, 2024

Final Stages Underway for the Upcoming MoCAA Exhibition

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MoCA-Americas Team

The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas is working diligently to finalize Converging Plateaus and Stubborn, exhibitions set to open next Friday as part of the ArtEd Connect program in collaboration with the University of Miami (UM). Converging Plateaus presents to the audience the works of a diverse group of Fine Arts students, while Stubborn features a new series by the renowned ceramicist and professor Carlos Enrique Prado, who is showcasing his second solo exhibition at the Museum. The museum closely follows the work of emerging talents from the local art education scene.

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May 17th, 2024

Artist-in-Residence Boris Danilov Offers a Glimpse of His Art Before His First Solo U.S. Exhibition

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MoCA-Americas Team

Boris Danilov, a Ukrainian master in the arts of ceramics and porcelain and a resident of the Fine Arts Ceramic Center, visited the museum on the morning of Thursday the 16th to deliver some of the pieces for his first solo exhibition in the United States. The exhibition features a collection of hand-painted plates and decorative mosaics crafted and produced in the FACC workshops. His works exhibit a style of figuration rarely seen in the West.

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May 16th, 2024

A Sangue no Alguidá has been widely covered by the Brazilian Press

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MoCA-Americas Team

The Brazilian press, particularly in the state of Goiás, has extensively covered the opening of the exhibition A Sangue no Alguidá at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas in Miami. This exhibit gained notoriety after being abruptly canceled by the Museu Nacional dos Correios in Brasília due to its erotic content. It was inaugurated just days later at the Museu Nacional da República in Brasília following a whirlwind 48-hour installation. The exhibition delves into Latin American dirty realism, depicting the dark parallels between the narratives of Gutiérrez and the paintings of Fogaça.

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May 9th, 2024

O Sangue no Alguidá Becomes a Cultural Phenomenon in Brazil

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MoCA-Americas Team

Just one day before its opening, "O Sangue no Alguidá" (At my End's Pit) by the acclaimed artists Gerson Fogaça, hailing from Goiás State, Brazil, and Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, widely recognized across the Ibero-American community for his literary career yet a newcomer to the visual arts scene, has been extensively promoted across Brazilian media. Numerous outlets have chronicled the fascinating journey of this exhibition, which faced censorship in several Rio museums and is set to make its U.S. debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas.

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May 6th, 2024

Unveiling of Unsung at Miami International Fine Arts

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MoCA-Americas Team

On Saturday, May 4th, 2024, the collective exhibition "Unsung: Art Dismissed by the Official Cuban Cultural Establishment" was inaugurated in one of the halls of the Miami International Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. The showcase, comprised of fifteen canvases, six photographs, four bronze sculptures, and twenty-eight original ceramic plates, stands as a modest testament to the efforts of entrepreneur, collector, and cultural promoter Leonardo Rodríguez to provide Cuban artists in South Florida with opportunities and spaces to exhibit their work regularly.

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May 3th, 2024

Apia Ends Her Exhibition Exaggerations of History with a Captivating Artist Talk

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MoCA-Americas Team

Exaggerations of History, one of the most captivating exhibitions this year, concluded with an engaging talk by Chilean artist Carolina García (Apia). The discussion was attended by prominent figures from the cultural world, particularly in the visual arts. Apia shared with the attendees the background of this project, which was previously showcased in its full version at the Coral Springs Museum of Art from February to April 2023.

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April 26th, 2024

Artist and Educator Carlos Enrique Prado Brings His Students to MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

The esteemed artist and professor Carlos Enrique Prado visited the museum's facilities with several of his students in preparation for his solo exhibition, Stubborn, which will open to the public on June 14th at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas in The Crossings, Kendall. Alongside Prado's exhibition, and as part of the ArtEdConnect program—formerly known as SOFLO New Artist—a group of six MFA students from the University of Miami will showcase their work in an exhibition titled Converging Plateaus. Accompanying Prado on this occasion were students Monia Meluzzi, Alian Martinez Rives, and Lucas Varnun.

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April 22th, 2024

Lia Galletti Gifts Charming Slice of Exile Art History to Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas

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MoCA-Americas Team

In the early 1990s, HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among individuals aged 25 to 44. Globally, beyond fundraising for research and development of new therapies, initiatives were launched to enhance awareness and education about HIV/AIDS, hold educational events for disease prevention, and support countless actions to assist those afflicted. Specifically, in 1992, the VIII International AIDS Conference took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, marking the introduction of the first combined pharmacological therapies; British actor Ian McKellen funded the HIV/AIDS center at the Royal Free Hospital in London, naming it in honor of Ian Charleson.

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April 6th, 2024

Pedro Hernández's Exhibit at MoCAA Featured in Nuevo Herald

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MoCA-Americas Team

In the Saturday, April 6, 2024 edition, the Nuevo Herald reviews the latest solo exhibition of renowned Cuban-American creator Pedro Hernández. Authored by art critic, curator, and essayist Dennys Matos Leyva, the article not only shares his insights on the curation and museography but also takes a brief journey through Hernández's output over the last decade, mirroring the exhibition itself. Matos also explores key elements crucial to the artist's development, such as his immigrant status, his medical background, and his initial artistic influences in the late 1950s.

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April 4th, 2024

Pablo Rosendo Upcoming Artist in Residence at MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

Cuban artist Pablo Rosendo speaks in an interview on Canal Habana, Cuba, about a graffiti that he will do on the walls of our museum next June. Rosendo graduated from the University of the Arts of Cuba in 2018 and has held more than 15 solo and group shows. His style is based on monumentality, ephemeral character and the use of unconventional materials, while his themes address the ethical, moral, sexual, religious universes, the cycles of life and death, good and evil, reality and illusion. Stay tuned for details on the exact date of Rosendo's monumental graffiti at MoCA-Americas in June!

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April 3rd, 2024

Carlos Luna's Participation at the Ideas Festival

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MoCA-Americas Team

Renowned Cuban and international aesthete, a master of multiple artistic mediums with a significant Mexican influence, Carlos Luna showcased "I Choose to Be Free" at the third edition of the Ideas Festival, Puebla 2024, Creative Explosion. The Ideas Festival is held annually at the Metropolitan Auditorium of Puebla, Mexico, since 2022. This event, an initiative by the Ricardo B. Salinas Center, gathers prominent figures in contemporary thought who share their insights on freedom, prosperity, education, economy, innovation, health, and leadership, aiming to inspire the audience.

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March 15th, 2024

Celebrated Cuban-American Artist Ciro Quintana’s Sculpture Placed at the MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

The renowned Cuban-American artist, Ciro Quintana, made a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas to witness in person his newly installed piece in the permanent exhibition room. This room houses the Bronze Sculpture Collection of the Bronze Art Foundry Foundation. Quintana's sculpture was modeled in November 2023, with the final molds completed by the end of January 2024. The piece was cast in early February and has been on display since the beginning of March. The distinguished artist's work is now available for admiration on the mezzanine of the MoCAA's temporary exhibition room. A brief biography of this extraordinary artist and details of the sculptural piece can be found on the Bronze Art Foundry Foundation's website, as well as on the museum's official site.

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March 4th, 2024

The Legacy Bronze program brings the renowned Cuban artist Esterio Segura to the MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

In light of the arrival of his bronze sculpture 'The End,' based on his work 'Pinocchio,' a 2023 cardboard piece, the renowned Cuban artist residing in Madrid, Esterio Segura, visited the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. In addition to his involvement in the Legacy Bronze program, Segura will also participate in the Hands on Clay program activities, creating a new series of ceramic works based on his usual iconography. The Fine Arts Ceramic Center will actively participate in the conception and production of this new series, allowing the artist to use their facilities, equipment, and resources

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February 19th, 2024

Milena Martinez Pedrosa Awarded Exceptional Residency by the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas

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MoCA-Americas Team

Milena Martínez Pedrosa (Havana, Cuba, 1971) has been a staple in the group exhibitions of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas since the days of the Kendall Art Center. She participated in the group show Women Artists in the Rodriguez Collection at The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS), Edward E. and Jane B. Ford Gallery, in January 2021 as part of the Women in the Arts program. In March 2020, within the same program and during the month dedicated to women, this selection with some new additions was exhibited at the former Kendall Art Center.

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January 24th, 2024

MoCA-Americas served as a cultural partner for the second edition of Art Palm Beach

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MoCA-Americas Team

Art Palm Beach is internationally recognized as the premier mid-winter contemporary art fair in The Palm Beaches, along Florida’s coastline, celebrated by art critics and enthusiasts alike. Prior to being acquired by the Palm Beach Show Group, which also manages the LA Art Show, this fair was organized by IFAE founders Lee Ann & David Lester, who originally established Art Miami and Art Asia Hong Kong. It is the longest-running fair in Palm Beach County dedicated to showcasing contemporary, emerging, and modern masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.

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January 15th, 2024

Luis Cruz Azaceta, Artist in Residence at the Bronze Art Foundry Foundation

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MoCA-Americas Team

The Bronze Art Foundry Foundation is among the creative programs of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. In mid-January 2024, the museum's leadership team made a trip to New Orleans to meet with the renowned Cuban-American artist Luis Cruz Azaceta. At the time of reporting, the museum had already produced two of the three works planned to be created by the artist, both sponsored and produced by the Museum. A third is under production at the Foundation's workshops. This last sculpture is a three-dimensional interpretation of a canvas created by the artist in 2022, which is part of the MoCA-Americas collection.

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December 26th, 2023

Members of the MoCAA Board of Directors engage in dialogue with the leadership of the Museu Nacional do Azulejo in Lisbon

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MoCA-Americas Team

Members of the Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas visited the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum) in Lisbon, Portugal, aiming to foster relationships with like-minded institutions such as the Fine Arts Ceramic Center. During their visit, they engaged with executive staff and exchanged information about the mission and work of both organizations. Representing MoCAA were Leonardo Rodríguez, María Baños, Ariel Pedrosa, and Milena Martínez, who contributed several books and catalogs showcasing parts of the FACC's ceramic collection that has been displayed in museums and galleries across various American cities.

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December 12th, 2023

MoCA-Americas Awards Residency to Cuban Artist José (Pepe) Franco

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MoCA-Americas Team

As part of its Art in the Community program, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas has showcased "An Island Alone," an exhibition by the renowned Cuban artist based in Argentina, José (Pepe) Franco. The exhibit featured a collection of pieces created over the last decade, sourced from private collections in South Florida. The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas has granted José Franco an artist residency to produce a large-scale installation within the museum's facilities and to conduct a series of workshops and lectures in the first half of 2024.

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November 27th, 2023

Carlos Albert. Towards the Unknown

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MoCA-Americas Team

The Kendall Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (MoCA-Americas) unveiled 'Carlos Albert, Towards the Unknown' by Alfonso de la Torre on Friday, November 24, with the Spanish artist himself in attendance. This volume was previously introduced to the public on April 26, 2023, at the Sabatini Auditorium of the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, featuring its author Alfonso de la Torre and the artist himself. The book has been sponsored by NG Gallery, Aquilaluna Gallery, and MoCA-Americas. Also present at the launch were Cécile de Froidmont, Director of Aquilaluna Art Gallery, Leonardo Rodríguez, Founding President and CEO of MoCA-Americas Kendall, and Nivaldo Carbonell, Director of NG Art Gallery.

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August 26th, 2023

Multiple European Publications Feature the Work of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas

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MoCA-Americas Team

From Barcelona, Spain, we are thrilled to share news of several publications and books that have featured the remarkable work carried out by the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas over the past year. In an article published in issue XXXVIII of ARTEPOLI, edited and printed in Barcelona, the Cuban artist and critic Ángel Alonso, who has long resided in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, provides a historical overview from the inception of the Kendall Art Center in 2016 to the establishment of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas in November 2022.

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August 4th, 2023

Make Your Mark by Susan Feliciano at the opening of Artistic License III

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MoCA-Americas Team

Susan Feliciano, Director at Inkimaru Studio and a dedicated professional with 25 years of experience as an artist, educator, and writer, partook in a child-oriented artistic activity at the third edition of Artist License. The event was inaugurated on Friday, September 4th, attended by over twenty artist professors as well as cultural and educational figures from Miami-Dade County. Feliciano has conceived '' as a way to engage the public in an act of creation, with one of the simplest methods being drawing. This technique is entirely feasible with minimal resources and without significant logistical investment. Visitors are offered the choice of a wide variety of sizes, textures, and colors.

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July 12th, 2023

Boris Danilov, Ukrainian Artist, First Artist-in-Residence at the Fine Arts Ceramic Center

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Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10)

In June 2023, the Fine Arts Ceramic Center had the privilege of hosting the renowned Ukrainian artist and ceramist Boris Danilov as part of its newly inaugurated Artist-in-Residence Program. Boris Danilov, who temporarily resides in Fort Lauderdale, was the first artist to be selected for the residency program initiated by the FACC in the summer of 2023. The program is thoughtfully crafted to provide artists with an ideal environment for artistic creation, offering access to the essential tools and materials required to complete a creative cycle from the ground up.

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May 22th, 2023

VOA Highlights the Work of the New MoCAA

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MoCA-Americas Team

In the digital edition of Voice of America, a Cuban journalist based in Miami and a writer of fiction and poetry, chronicled the journey of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas and the enthusiastic work of collector Leonardo Rodríguez, founder and president of the museum.

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April 27th, 2023

Leonardo Rodríguez, President of the Board of Directors of MoCAA, visits sculptor Carlos Albert in his Madrid studio

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MoCA-Americas Team

As part of the scheduled activities for his visit to Madrid, Leonardo Rodríguez visited the studio of renowned Spanish sculptor Carlos Albert. Rodríguez took part in the presentation of the book Carlos Albert, Towards the Unknown, written by the distinguished art critic, theorist, and cultural promoter Alberto de la Torre at the Sabatini Auditorium of the National Museum and Art Center Reina Sofía. The meeting discussed details regarding the presentation of the same book at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas and a potential exhibition of collages, drawings, and sculptures by the artist at the museum, planned for September 2024.

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April 26th, 2023

MoCAA presents Carlos Albert's latest book at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid

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MoCA-Americas Team

Leonardo Rodríguez, President and Founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, presented the book "Carlos Albert. Road to the Unknown" by the renowned Spanish art theorist and critic Alfonso de la Torre, in Madrid. The event took place in the Sabatini Auditorium of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.With this project, the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas continues a purpose that has been repeatedly interrupted by the coronavirus crisis and the war in Ukraine: the creation of MoCA-A Editions. Having its own publishing house has been a long-considered project aimed at publishing educational monographs on key artists from its collection, as well as specific topics of artistic and community interest.

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December 16th, 2022

Francine Birbragher Hosts a Curatorial Exploration for South Florida's Artistic Elite

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MoCA-Americas Team

The inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (MoCA-Americas), "Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists," continues to serve as a platform for supporting women in the arts, particularly highlighting women artists' use of textile materials in their work. On the evening of December 15th, the exhibition's curator, Francine Birbragher, with support from the MoCA-Americas team, welcomed guests, many of them collectors, for a tour of the exhibition and the museum, showcasing the museum's commitment to elevating the contributions of women in the realm of contemporary art.

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November 21th, 2022

MoCAA hosts the launch of three new editions by the esteemed CdeCuba Magazine

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MoCA-Americas Team

On the evening of Friday, November 18th, art historian and editor of the renowned C de Cuba magazine, Ximo Sánchez, presented issues 28, 29, and 30 of the publication at the Aldo Menéndez Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, following a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This event continued the museum's long and fruitful working relationship with Sánchez, who is currently based in Valencia, Spain. Ximo has dedicated his extensive career to the publishing world and to promoting Cuban art in Spain and the United States.

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November 14th, 2022

Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists

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MoCA-Americas Team

On November 11, 2022, the former Kendall Art Center inaugurated its transition to the public as the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (MoCA-Americas). The curatorial team, under the leadership of Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10), unveiled three concurrent exhibitions. Two of these showcased the holdings from the museum's two principal collections, while a third, of an extraordinary nature, was held in collaboration with the citywide event Threading the City. This latter exhibition, "Subverting Materials," was curated by art critic and historian Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig. "Subverting Materials" features fiber works by female artists, offering a nuanced exploration of the medium's potential.

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April 29th, 2022

MoCAA Board Members Meet with Ceramist Carlos E. Prado at UM

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MoCA-Americas Team

On Monday, May 3rd, members of the Board of Directors of the Kendall Art Center visited the University of Miami's ceramic studios. The purpose of the visit was to acquaint themselves with the workspace of the esteemed ceramic artist Carlos Enrique Prado and to appreciate the finalization process of the artworks slated for exhibition in two weeks at the KAC's permanent gallery. This exhibition is part of the newly established SOFLO New Artists program, a collaboration with the University of Miami's Department of Ceramics and Fine Arts.

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June 24th, 2021

Art-Sôlido Showcases Cuban Tres: A Vibrant Journey Through Cuban Art

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MoCA-Americas Team

Cincinnati’s Annex Gallery will showcase during the month of June the exhibition Cuban Tres, open to the public starting June 25. Three Cuban artists: Ivonne Ferrer, Adrian Menendez and Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10) present different proposals very much determined by their individual circumstances. Ivonne and Adrian live in Miami and R10 in Havana. Ivonne since 1995 and Adrián since he was a child. R10, on the other hand, resides in Cuba. Their visions could not be further from similar although they share a common ‘imaginary’ structure.

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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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