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"Art in Embassies" exhibits Cortada's mangrove paintings in Equatorial Guinea
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The stunning mangroves of Xavier Cortada highlight the challenge of
living in harmony
with the natural world and protecting our environment.
This is as pressing a challenge
for Equatorial Guinea – which has its own
threatened mangroves and unique biodiversity
– as it is for the
 United States.



Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea




ART in Embassies (ART) is a unique blend of art, diplomacy, and culture. Regardless of the medium, style, or subject matter, art transcends barriers of language and provides the means for the program to promote dialogue through the international language of art that leads to mutual respect and understanding between diverse cultures.

Modestly conceived in 1963, ART has evolved into a sophisticated program that curates exhibitions, managing and exhibiting more than 3,500 original works of loaned art by U.S. citizens. The work is displayed in the public rooms of some 200 U.S. embassy residences and diplomatic missions worldwide. These exhibitions, with their diverse themes and content, represent one of the most important principles of our democracy:  freedom of expression. The art is a great source of pride to U.S. ambassadors, assisting them in multi-functional outreach to the host country’s educational, cultural, business,
and diplomatic communities.

Works of art exhibited through the program encompass a variety of media and styles, ranging from eighteenth century colonial portraiture to contemporary multi-media installations.

They are obtained through the generosity of lending sources that include U.S. museums, galleries, artists, institutions, corporations, and private collections. In viewing the exhibitions, the thousands of guests who visit U.S. embassy residences each year have the opportunity to learn about our nation – its history, customs, values, and aspirations – by experiencing firsthand the international lines of communication known to us all as art.

ART in Embassies is proud to lead this international effort to present the artistic accomplishments of the people of the United States.

ART in Embassies




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Letter from the United States Ambassador

Bienvenidos, Ambolani, and welcome to the Ambassador’s Residence
in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to display
the wonderful work of these protean American artists as part of the ART in Embassies
program.

I am grateful to both the generous artists and lenders who made this possible.
For our exhibition, I was interested in selecting artists reflect the multifaceted Hispanic
experience in the United States. I also looked for works that would comment on and
enrich the common challenges that the United States and Equatorial Guinea face.
Despite the distances of space and culture, nations and peoples have more in common than not.

The stunning mangroves of Xavier Cortada highlight the challenge of living in harmony
with the natural world and protecting our environment. This is as pressing a challenge
for Equatorial Guinea – which has its own threatened mangroves and unique biodiversity
– as it is for the United States. The lively and vibrantly human works of Tony Ortega, Omar
Ramirez, and Patssi Valdez look at the dynamic intersection between community and social settings
 that characterizes the special landscapes of distinctive places and neighborhoods in such cities as
East Los Angeles, and in the great American Southwest.

For me, underlying the work of all four artists is the larger theme of the search for human dignity
 in a turbulent world. This is part of our shared human condition and an urgent challenge today as
 well for the people of Equatorial Guinea. It is a struggle whose outcome cannot be mandated but
that must be nurtured and supported by all. I am proud to offer visitors to my home the pleasure of
enjoying these great American works of art.

Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
September 2010



Calendar

9/13/2014 » 11/1/2014
Cortada to celebrate 50th Birthday with "Littoral Creatures" exhibit opening on September 13th

9/27/2014 » 1/4/2015
Glenbow Museum (Calagry, Canada): Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 - 2012

10/25/2014
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves' Paddle Out

10/29/2014
Pancho's Wake & Closing reception for "Littoral Creatures"



FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.







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Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii, New HampshireLatvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.


 

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