Saturday, November 17, 2018

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago Headlines Art Basel Season at Frost Art Museum FIU (Miami, FL.)

Photo of "The Writing on the Wall" at the Frost Art Museum FIU, for Art Basel Season in Miami.
Nadia Huggins, Selections from the series Circa No Future, 2014, Digital photographs, Courtesy of the artist

Sixty-seven contemporary Caribbean artists with roots in:
Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Aruba, Saint Maarten, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Vincent.
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago (Oct. 13 – Jan. 13) headlines the powerful new season of exhibitions and programming for Art Basel 2018 at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum in Miami.

This is the first major survey of this size and scope of 21st century art by 67 contemporary Caribbean artists representing 14 Caribbean countries, whose works offer expansive perspectives that transcend the boundaries imposed upon Caribbean cultures.

“Because of Miami’s geographic proximity to the Caribbean nations, as well as our cultural mosaic which Caribbean cultures have shaped, it was important for us to bring this exhibition to Miami during Art Basel season,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the museum. “Our new season opens up a dialogue about global commonalities rather than differences, from ecological changes to societal values around the world.”
Marianela Orozco, Horizons, 2012, Digital print, Courtesy of the artist
Photo of "The Writing on the Wall" at the Frost Art Museum FIU, for Art Basel Season in Miami.
Miguel Luciano, Amani Kites, SmART Power, KenyaCourtesy of the Artist
Nearly seventy works by Caribbean painters, installation artists, sculptors, photographers, video and performance artists connect through ideas that go beyond language barriers, politics, and historic colonial divides. Artists in Relational Undercurrents include: Allora & Calzadilla, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Adler Guerrier, Deborah Jack, Glenda Leon, Beatriz Santiago Munoz, Angel Otero, Manuel Pina, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Jimmy Robert and Didier William, among others.

Features more than 67 contemporary artists with roots in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Aruba, Saint Maarten, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Vincent.
Photo of artwork in "Relational Undercurrents" at the Frost Art Museum FIU
Camille Chedda, Wholesale Degradables (detail), 2014-2015, Acrylic paint on plastic bags, (photo by Jose Lima)
Photo of a billboard artwork, part of the "For Freedoms" national initative
Camille Chedda, Wholesale Degradables, 2014-2015, Acrylic paint on plastic bags, (photo by Jose Lima)
Photo of artwork in "Relational Undercurrents" at the Frost Art Museum FIU
Camille Chedda, Wholesale Degradables (detail), 2014-2015, Acrylic paint on plastic bags, (photo by Jose Lima)
Departing from the premise that the concept of Latin America favors mainland countries, the exhibition proposes a mapping of the region that begins with the islands. Arising from a legacy of colonialism, recurrent themes include race and ethnicity, history, identity, sovereignty, migration and sustainability.
Edouard Duval-Carrie, Lost at Sea, 2014
The works in this exhibition speak for the Caribbean’s indigenous peoples whose homes were fractured and divided by colonialism. These are spaces that were mercilessly exploited for labor and goods by distant European monarchies. This area also marks the site of one of the West’s first rebellions (the Haitian slave revolt which led to the independence of the island in 1804) and the Cuban War of Independence in 1898, a byproduct of the Spanish-American War.
Photo of artwork in "Relational Undercurrents" at the Frost Art Museum FIU
Miguel Luciano, Amani Kites, SmART Power, Kenya, Courtesy of the Artist
The Caribbean is inhabited by many different indigenous cultures whose languages include Spanish, Dutch, English, French and Creole.
Although the Caribbean has been fragmented by centuries of tyranny and domination, the contemporary artists in this exhibition draw upon themes of connection that often envision what lies beyond imposed borderlines.

Rene Emil Bergsma, Jet Blast, 2015, Video, Courtesy of the artist.
The exhibition is comprised of the following
four sections:
Conceptual Mappings
Artists in this section challenge the organization of traditional maps. In contrast to colonial maps, these artists create images that inspire a process of decolonization, creating new spaces that suggest a more diverse, just and complex concept of the world.
Perpetual Horizons
Horizons are the prominent characteristic of island geography, representing boundaries and possibilities. Whether the artists in this section incorporate the horizon as a portal to the past or present, or as a representation of limit or potential, each artist in this section contributes to a common dialogue about this prominent feature where they live - offering strength in the acceptance of infinity.
Landscape Ecologies
The Caribbean is a region of shared ecosystems and inhabitants. Artists in this section depict landscapes in relation with to history, ecological issues, and current social and economic issues. Perceptions of the Caribbean have shifted throughout history from those of wonder, to fears of disease and degeneration during the height of colonialism.
Representational Acts
All Caribbean islands have seen their autonomy challenged through colonialism and foreign occupations. Political agency is elusive and, in many cases, unattainable. Representation takes on an urgency for artists in Relational Undercurrents, who actively reconfigure the world they inhabit through social practice and self-expression.
Photo of artwork in "Relational Undercurrents" at the Frost Art Museum FIU
Kishan Munroe, The Sinking of HMBS Flamingo, 2014, Oil and acrylic on canvas, Collection of Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Relational Undercurrents is curated by Tatiana Flores, Associate Professor of Art History and Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, this exhibition was organized by the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.
Didier William, Dancing, Pouring, Crackling and Mourning, 2015
The 15th Annual Art Basel Breakfast in the Park
Presents: Elizabeth Turk 
Sunday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

This event is free and open to the public, RSVP required at this link)
Photo of the Sculpture Park at FIU's Frost Art Museum
The Sculpture Park at Florida International University
An official Art Basel week event, Breakfast in the Park attracts art collectors, patrons, gallery owners, cultural luminaries and artists from around the world, many of whom are visiting Miami for Art Basel. Each year a noted sculptor is invited to speak. This year, Elizabeth Turk has been invited to Miami as the guest speaker. Guests enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, informal lecture and guided tours of FIU's Sculpture Park and the exhibitions in the museum. View the Sculpture Park's artworks here. Presented in partnership with West Kendall Baptist Hospital. 

Elizabeth Turk is an internationally recognized sculptor known for transforming her signature medium of marble into intricate objects that defy our preconceptions about marble. Through the use of electric grinders, dental tools and files, Turk pushes her medium to its limit, creating in each sculpture a provocative tension between the strength of the stone and its fragility, while addressing larger conceptual and spiritual concerns of time, matter and space.  
Photo of American sculptor Elizabeth Turk )this year's guest-speaker for Breakfast in the Park)
Elizabeth Turk in her studio
Born in Pasadena and raised in Orange County, California, Turk earned her MFA at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is the recipient of numerous national awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Her work is in private and pubic collections nationwide including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art (formerly the Corcoran Gallery of Art). and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, among others. 
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Photo of the Frost Art Museum FIU
One of the largest free-standing art museums in Florida, the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University was founded in 1977 and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami. The museum's new lakeside building debuted in 2008, designed by Yann Weymouth (the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project). With 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming space, the museum was honored with LEED silver certification.  

The museum's mission is three-fold: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community; to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians; and to serve as a premier cultural destination for the residents of Miami, and the 15 million visitors to one of the world's most vibrant cultural destinations - home to global cultural events including Art Basel.  

The museum offers programming that complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational initiatives. Admission to the museum is always free. The Frost is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is located at 10975 SW 17 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. The Sculpture Park is open every day. More information at or 305-348-2890. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Opens at the Chicago Theatre Nov. 16 (Chicago, IL.)

WHO: The 2018 production of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Chicago Theatre. 
WHAT: The production will launch its 2018 holiday tour at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, Nov.16. The production features Tony Award®-nominated Broadway actor Gavin Lee as The Grinch in the limited holiday engagement.  
WHERE: The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street Chicago, Illinois
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 16
Performance: 7 p.m.  
The Madison Square Garden Company is proud to present a limited holiday engagement of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at The Chicago Theatre from November 16 - 25, 2018. The classic story is narrated by Max the Dog as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Who before he discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday musical.
More than two million audience members have already discovered the magic of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The New York Times hails as “100 times better than any bedtime story.”  
Tickets for “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” are on-sale now ranging from $35 - $125. Tickets are available online at and are also available at The Chicago Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 800.745.3000.


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Maxwell Street Market to offer new hours and programming (Chicago, IL.)

Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will Make Possible Further Improvements to the Market

Beginning in 2019, the historic Maxwell Street Market will have NEW hours of operation, open every Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This January and February, shoppers will also enjoy a convenient winter layout with all vendors located on Desplaines St. between Polk St. and Taylor St. as well as a free parking lot (enter on Polk St.). Part of the Chicago City Markets, the Maxwell Street Market is a year-round Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor.

Recently, the Maxwell Street Market received an “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support creative placemaking and neighborhood development. Funding will be used to support creative entrepreneurship, to enliven the street with performances and public artworks and to improve the design, function and sustainability of the market in the South Loop community.

The privately funded mural Camino al ParaĆ­so (or Road to Paradise) at 632. W. Roosevelt Rd. (the corner of Desplaines St.) is a new public artwork in the area. Created by Josue Aldana, the mural tells the story of the Maxwell Street Market and migrant workers with stylistic elements of Mexico’s surrealist folklore. It was dedicated at the market’s Day of the Dead Celebration on Sunday, October 28.

The 106-year-old historic Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of foods and finds—including fresh produce, furniture, clothing, tools, garden plants, collectibles and rare finds. The market is also renowned for the best, authentic Mexican- and Latin-style street food in Chicago, with favorites including: tamales, banana leaf wrapped tamals, tacos, quesadillas with fresh handmade corn tortillas, elotes and corn cakes. Beverage choices include soft drinks, horchatas, and other fruit flavored drinks.  For the sweet tooth, market goers can enjoy sorbet, funnel cakes, baked goods and Mangonadas served in a large cup with layers of mango sorbet, mango slices, drizzled with lime, chamoy and sprinkled chili powder.

Chicago City Markets take place in neighborhoods across the city from Lincoln Park to Roseland, Downtown to Austin. For a complete list of Chicago City Markets open through November and year-round markets, visit For additional information, visit and follow us on Facebook at Maxwell Street Market.

The Chicago City Markets are produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored by COUNTRY Financial®, 93XRT, CBS 2 Chicago, WLS 94.7FM, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Chicago Tribune.

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicagos artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicagos non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the Citys future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the Citys cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

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