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Newsletter: December 2009

Xavier Cortada
Art Basel 2009 Issue
Cortada at Verge Art Fair
About Native Flags
Infecundas featured in inaugural video exhibit
Facebook project addresses biodiversity
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Public Art

Upcoming exhibit:
Ancestral Journeys

Deering Estate
16701 SW 72nd Avenue
Palmetto Bay, Florida  33157

 February 1st - 26th, 2010

Read more about Deering exhibit

Upcoming exhibit and project:
Endangered World:
Biscayne National Park Installation

9700 SW 328 Street 
Homestead, Florida 33033

February 19th - 
May 1, 2010

Read more about Biscayne National Park exhibit and installation

Participants needed!

Upcoming lecture: 

San Jose State University Lecture: 
Polar Art Installations:
Global Awareness, Local Action

 Thompson Art Gallery
School of Art & Design
San Jose State University
San Jose, California  95912

February 23rd, 2010
5 pm

Read more about SJSU lecture

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  Xavier Cortada, Native Flags (North Pole), 2008

Verge Art Fair: New York's ecoartspacepresents Cortada's Native Flags

In conjunction with ecoartspace NYC, Xavier Cortada will present a participatory artwork titled Native Flags and invites everyone attending the Verge Art Fair as well as the general public to collaborate in the creation of the work. 

Cortada's celebrated Reclamation Project will also be displayed in the lobby of the Catalina Hotel at the Verge Art Fair.

Verge Art Fair
Catalina Hotel
1732 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
December 4 - 6, 2009, 

Please visit for fair details.  

For further information please contact: Amy Lipton, Director ecoartspace NYC, at

Xavier Cortada, Native Flags (North Pole), 2008

About Native Flags   

Melting polar sea ice has global political powers clamoring to place their flags over the Arctic to control the Northwest Passage shipping lanes and the petroleum and mineral resources beneath the ice.  Cortada developed Native Flags as an eco-art project to engage people globally in a reforestation campaign to prevent the polar regions from melting. At home, participants can also plant a native tree next to Cortada's green flag and ask their neighbors to do the same. Together, they can help to support the regrowth of the planet's native tree canopies - one yard at a time.  

On June 29th, 2008, Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole and planted a green flag to reclaim the landscape for nature. The trip was sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) as part of Cortada's larger 90N project. The work addresses global climate change and included the reinstallation of Cortada's Longitudinal Installation and Endangered World projects as part of a National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writers residency.

To participate in Native Flags please visit

infecundas videoInfecundasfeatured  in video exhibit

Video by Xavier Cortada
Music by Juan Carlos Espinosa
Digital video 
3m 11s 

Click here to see Infecundas video

O Cinema, in conjunction with the Calix Gustav Gallery, present their inaugural exhibition of video art titled, Monitoring Art, on Saturday, December 5th with a reception open to the public and held in celebration of Art Basel and the Wynwood Art Walk. 

Calix Gustav Gallery
Wynwood Art District
98 NW 29th Street
Miami, Florida  33127
December 1, 2009 - February 2, 2010

Read more about exhibit

Endangered World: Facebook
Facebook artwork address biodiversity loss

Art features animals from "Endangered World: North Pole installation

During 2009-2010, Cortada will draw an endangered animal from each of Earth's 360° and upload it his Facebook profile image. By assuming the animal's identity on this social networking site, Cortada aims to show the ultimate interconnection: What endangers one species endangers all, including our own.

To see drawings click here.


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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
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.


 Reclamation Project

 NYFA sponsored-artist participatory eco-art projects


Native Flags   






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