transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes
Curated by william cordova
Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, 6 – 9 pm
“we should want … [our] relationship to space to evoke architecture as it is informed by the humanities, not architecture simply as a technical art.” -LaVerne Wells-Bowie (Art On My Mind: Visual Politics: bell hooks)
The works selected by curator william cordova represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.
The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting, drawing, audio and film. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. Exhibiting artists include the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Robert Thiele, the first Florida artist to be included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial (1975); Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe biennials, and yet locally goes unnoticed by major museums; and Onajide Shabaka, visual artist, anthropologist, botanist and writer, a cultural practitioner whose artistic depth and contributions remain unmatched. These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this survey of a southern Florida collective.
“those who ain’t got it can’t show it, those who got it can’t hide it” — Zora Neale Hurston
Spanish Language Tour of transphysics: istwa, landscapes, paisajes led by Gean Moreno and Izel Vargas in collaboration with letraurbana.com
Sat., Nov. 12, 2 pm
Panel Discussion with william cordova, Aramis O’Riley, Karen Rifas, and Onajide Shabaka
Sat., Dec. 17, 2 pm
All events free with gallery admission; free for members.
Lou Anne Colodny
Sharon Lee Hart
Arturo E. Mosquera
Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
1650 Harrison St.
Hollywood, FL 33020