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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda tribute by simon behnejad

Posted By Simon b. Behnejad, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simon Behnejad

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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda was a Teenage Spaniard who survived a shipwreck on the coast of South Florida during the 16th century. He spent seventeen years living with the Indians of South Florida. In 1575, he published his memoirs of the experience he had with the natives, which became one of the earliest descriptions of Florida’s Native Americans. I chose to plant my garden at my Grandpa’s house because he lives right by the ocean, which signifies the shipwreck Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda went threw. We planted the seed in the center of his backyard to signify how Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda felt being so isolated and different from the Native Floridians. The sign I put up was a picture of a ship which signifies the ship of knowledge that Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda would never let wreck. He ended up writing all his memoirs about all the things he learned from the Florida Natives. I had visited my friends house twice a week to check up on the garden but after 2 week the plant didn’t grow an inch. No matter how small the garden is or how little the flower actually grew, the intellectual affect Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda’s memoirs of Native Americans had will always be cherished and appreciated for without his persistence of perusing knowledge even threw adversity of surviving a ship wreck in the oceans of Miami, we would not be where we are today. I hope somewhere in the soil, the life of the flower will live threw the earth.

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Billy Larry Cypress, 406

Posted By Josue Louis, Thursday, December 05, 2013

Billy Larry Cypress


Billy Larry Cypress was a Seminole tribal historian who directed the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and spent his entire life teaching children and adults in the ways of Florida's largest Indian tribe. He also served in the U.S. Army as a combat platoon leader, rising to the rank of major. Billy stayed grounded in his native roots and wanted others to understand also. I decided to plant this garden at my church because I’m also grounded in church. All my life that’s what I’ve always known. There was a point where I decided to leave but I was brought back and I’m an advocate for other young adults who feel the same way I felt when I decided to leave. I and Bill have a lot in come like being the first to graduate from college and so forth. I can say the greatest thing we do have in common is our passion for helping others grow like we did. Bills love of the tribe, its culture and its members was evident in everything he did. He spent several years teaching the tribe's Head Start program and worked 18 years in the education department at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. My love for church has allowed me to now join a couple of ministries to spread my gifts and talents to use so others can be blessed. They say great minds think alike and I think me and Bill are very much alike. His passion in tribes being kept sacred is what drove people towards him and I hope to do the same.



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 "RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004."RootsWeb: FLORIDA-L Billy Cypress, Tribal Historian, Dead at 61 / April 12, 2004. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.






Billy Larry Cypress

A man admired by the community for his love in the preservation of Seminal Tribal History.

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356 Bill France Jr.

Posted By David Stolear, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bill France Jr. More Than Just a Race Promoter

at Greynolds park 17530 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160


Bill France Jr. is an important figure in the history of Florida. France grew a sport that was barely televised and had small prizes into a national craze. "Little Bill” struck a lucrative deals with CBS Sports in order to televise the Daytona 500 live. This was an instrumental step in developing the previously regional sport. When Bill France Jr. became president of NASCAR the points prize was $750,000, France took this prizes and more than doubled them. Although France was born in Washington D.C. he moved to Florida at the tender age of two and living near Daytona Beach he grew fascinated by races. He worked 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 13 months in order to complete the construction of this track. His father Bill France Sr. known as "Big Bill” was the founder of NASCAR and his son "Brian France” is currently the CEO. France enjoyed racing motorcycles and participated in many races like the "Baja 1000". Aside from being a great business man "Little Bill” was known for caring about the drivers and about the people that built the cars. I decided to dedicate a garden to "Bill Jr.” because I believe his contributions to the sport of NASCAR have changed the sport loved by many Floridians. I picked to plant the garden in Greynolds Park because this park is home to many biker conferences annually and I believe bikers will enjoy looking at the beautiful wildflower garden and monument placed in the memory of Bill France Jr.

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Upcoming exhibits: Miami Science Museum

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Monday, April 26, 2010
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North Pole/South Pole (90n/90s) Installations

Miami based artist Xavier Cortada has created art installations at the Earth's poles to generate awareness about global climate change: In 2007, the artist used the moving ice sheet beneath the South Pole as an instrument to mark time; the art piece will be completed in 150,000 years. In 2008, he planted a green flag at North Pole to reclaim it for nature and in so doing launched a global reforestation eco-art effort. Replicas and artifacts from these installations, as well as other artworks, will soon be on exhibition at the Miami Science Museum.

Cortada has also developed participatory art projects to engage communities in local action at points in between. In Florida, he has worked with scientists, arborists and environmental managers to develop eco-art projects that engage community residents in bioremediation, including: coastal reforestation efforts in Miami (2006) and an urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg (2009).

Cortada has also worked with groups across the world to produce numerous collaborative art projects, including peace murals in Cyprus (2000) and Northern Ireland (2000), child welfare murals in Bolivia (1997) and Panama (1999), AIDS murals in Geneva (1998) and South Africa (2000).The Miami artist has also been commissioned to create art for the White House (2002), the World Bank (2003), the Florida Supreme Court (2004), the Florida Governor's Mansion (2007), Miami City Hall (2005), Miami-Dade County Hall (2004), Miami Art Museum (2001), the Museum of Florida History (2003) and the Frost Art Museum (2008).Corporations such as General Mills, Nike, Heineken and Hershey's have commissioned his art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have featured it in school textbooks and publications.

Cortada, who was born in Albany, New York and grew up in Miami, holds degrees from the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business and School of Law.

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Energy Tracker

Throughout all of MiaSci will be the new exhibition, Energy Tracker, an interconnected trail of hands-on interactive stations that explore everything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy. Visitors will grab their ticket, select a line to follow, and visit stations along their route to track and identify different forms of energy. At the final stop, there’s a prize for each completed ticket!

Stations in Energy Tracker feature many new additions to MiaSci. The Energy Dance Floor, the first of its kind in the U.S., captures energy from dancing and converts it to electricity to light up the floor. A separate mini-floor with a thermal camera has a large screen display where dancers can see the heat they are generating while they dance. Energy Tracker also includes four new table-top, hands-on interactives where visitors explore wind energy, batteries, food energy, and the carbon footprint of their lifestyle. At an outdoor station, visitors can try the Human YoYo, a new exhibit that demonstrates the workings of a flywheel by rocketing visitors high in the air. Nearby, the Giant Lever makes the physics of simple machines larger than life as visitors use the 30-foot long device to lift weights they never thought possible. 

How about wind? Miami has a lot of it and MiaSci is capturing that too! At over 20 foot high the vertical axis wind turbine, one of the first of it’s kind in the county, is visible before visitors even enter the building.

Energy Tracker has been developed as an exhibition that will continue to change and grow, with new lines and new stations opening in the near future. The exhibition is part of MiaSci’s ongoing effort to prepare for its new location in downtown Miami, where the largest exhibition will be the building itself; a showcase of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. 

Energy Tracker was made possible through support from the US Department of Energy and the City of Miami.

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Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Miami Artist Mounting Installation at Biscayne National Park

Tuesday November 24, 2009
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On January 4, 2007, Xavier Cortada planted 51 flags for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the South Pole station.

Miami artist Xavier Cortada is doing big things at Biscayne National Park's Convoy Point this winter and spring. To mark the United Nations' "International Year of Biodiversity," the park will showcase Endangered World: Biscayne National Park, featuring 360 brightly colored flags lining the roads and trails at Convoy Point representing one degree of the planet's longitude and an endangered or threatened animal that lives at that longitude.

Individuals and organizations will adopt an animal to paint on one of the flags and commit to an "eco-action" that directly or indirectly alleviates the hardships of that animal. Participants can create flags and commit to actions on their own, or they can take part in flag-painting workshops in December and January. The flags will be on display from February 14 to May 1, 2010.

If you are interested, more information can be found online.

Tags:  360  Biscayne National Park  endangered species  endangered world  Xavier Cortada 

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"Infecundas" to be featured at O Cinema's Monitoring Art exhibit

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Monday, November 23, 2009

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Miami, FL      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.
Monitoring Art showcases the talent of burgeoning and established artists working in video and the moving image. It will be a signature feature of O Cinema, a new independent & art movie theater set to open in early 2010 in Miami's Upper East Side. 
Featuring the works of ten different artists, including Clifton Childree, Xavier Cortada, Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, JC Espinosa, Christina Petterssen, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Nikki Rollason, Russell Chartier, and Paul J. Botelho the exhibition will also showcase the now classic piece, I'm Not the Girl Who Misses Much, by renown international artist Pipilotti Rist.  I'm Not the Girl Who Misses Much is a lush work in which pop culture's repetitive strategies and the representations of women in the music video genre are elevated to absurdity.  
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit the work of these wonderful video artists, many of whom live and work in South Florida.  We strive to underscore the importance of this often overlooked but fascinating medium" said Vivian Marthell, O-Cinema Co-Director and the shows curator.  This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.
Monitoring Art will open simultaneous to a group exhibition at the Calix Gustav Gallery titled, "Grit: to endure a trying situation and continue on without complaint," which will feature works by Yanelis Lopez, Jonathan Stein, and Spunk and the Orange Kittens and was curated by Gallery Director Amanda Fernandez-Leon.
 "Monitoring Art" and "Grit: to endure a trying situation and continue on without complaint" will run from December 1st, 2009 through February 2nd, 2010 at the Calix Gustav Gallery 98 NW 29th Street. Monitoring Art opens Saturday, December 5th from 6pm to 9pm.  Visiting hours are from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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This project was made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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November 9, 1989: Berlin Wall is knocked down

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Monday, November 09, 2009

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Antarctic Artist and Writers Program awardee Xavier Cortada marks the passage of time by exploring important world events that have moved the world forward during the past 50 years.


November 9, 1989: Berlin Wall is knocked down

50 years of human history
On January 4, 2007, on  the 50th anniversary of the opening of the South Pole station, Miami artist Xavier Cortada arrived at the South Pole and planted 51 differently-colored flags along a 500-meter stretch of a moving ice sheet. The last flag was planted where South Pole stood in 1956, when the Pole became permanently inhabited. The first, where the South Pole stands fifty years later. 

Each flag is marked with its respective year, and with the coordinates of a place on Earth the artist selected as important in "moving the world forward" during that year (e.g.: 1957 is Sputnik, 1963 is the March on Washington, 1969 is the Lunar Landing, 1997 is the Kyoto Accord, 1989 is the fall of the Berlin Wall)
 while scientists worked in the South Pole.  See

The beginning of a 150,000-year Journey

At the location of the 2007 Geographic South Pole marker, the artist planted a mangrove seedling from Miami's Biscayne Bay, 25°46'N 80°12'W.  (Cortada's "150,000-year Journey" project also addresses the passage of time, asking us to see time in geologic instead of human time frames. To learn more about the150,000-year Journey, please visit

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An Ancestral Dinner Party.....Latin American Journeys and Genographic Inspired Art in Miami

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Monday, October 26, 2009
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Dr. David Comas at the Miami Museum of Science.

Western European Principal Investigator David Comas and members of the Genographic team were at the Miami Museum of Science today speaking with participants about the journeys that led them from Latin American to their current homes in and around Miami. In a city famous for its rich culture, Genographic Participants representing Spain and 17 Latin American countries -- Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela -- chatted and swapped stories with each other that helped inspire a new art installation titled 'An Ancestral Dinner Party.'

After using the recently launched Genographic Spanish language kit, Dr. Juanita de la Cruz, describes her experience: "My move from Mexico to Miami in 1953 was life changing for me and the Genographic Project has helped me understand how my own journey fits in with the migration of my ancient ancestors in that it adds another dimension - much more on a global scale - on how I can think about my own heritage."

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Participants from various Latin American countries included in Cortada's installation, reunite after their ancestor's separated to populate the globe thousands of years ago.  

"This is a great opportunity for the Latino community, and I am honored to participate. Many of us coming to this country have inevitably suffered a certain loss of culture. It would be a shame to lose our migratory history as well. The Genographic Project re-acquaints us with our ancient past to show that we are, more or less, all related and connected to one another," said Genographic Project participant Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, from Peru.

"Tracing lineage can sometimes feel like finding a needle in a haystack. This adds a new dimension because now I know that at least that needle exists," said Genographic Participant Carl Juste whose traces his ancestors back to Cuba and Haiti.  

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avid Comas and Dr. Juanita de la Cruz discuss her Genographic results and the Genographic project.

Organized around the 1933 Pan American Airways globe that now has its home in the lobby of the Museum of Science, artist Xavier Cortada created an installation inspired by Cruz's and 16 other participants' diverse results. Titled  'Ancestral Dinner Party,' Cortada explained how the installation integrates science with art to "depict when and where the ancient ancestors of present-day Latin Americans last dined together along their 60,000-year journey out of Africa to populate our planet." 

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The art installation, "Ancestral Dinner Party," by Miami-based artist Xavier Cortada.

After last week's Art Basel in Miami, a cultural event celebrating the Americas with art, Miami is a natural home for the 'Ancestral Dinner Party' to be cultivated and featured.  Gillian Thomas, President of the Museum, invites everyone to check the exhibit out and encourages you to sample a little bit of what Miami and the ongoing legacy of its people have to offer.  

Our reception in Miami has been so warm, we think we will take her up on that offer.......

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Local Miami resident views the Genographic exhibit at the Miami Museum of Science.  

Visit the recently launched Genographic Spanish Website and order a Spanish Language Kit.

Read the Press Release to be filled in on more details.

Tags:  Ancestral Dinner Party  DNA  genetic  Genographic Project  Haplogroup  Hispanic  Latino  Markers  Miami Science Museum  National Geographic 

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Florida Botanical Gardens - Artist in Residence Sustainability Project

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Thursday, October 08, 2009


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Description of Artwork: Through this artist-in-residence program, Miami artist Xavier Cortada worked at the Florida Botanical Gardens to promote environmental sustainability and the use of native plants in home landscaping. This "eco-art" project consisted of a variety of public works, many with participatory, educational events involving schoolchildren, the community, and the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

Cortada's artworks include four digital prints located in the lobby of the Pinellas County Extension building, a painted mural in an outdoor pavilion at the Florida Botanical Gardens, and an eco-art installation of mangrove seedlings lined up in rows against a long wall facing the Wedding Garden. The most permanent works in the project, the four digital pigment prints were produced by photographing the leaves of several native trees at the Florida Botanical Gardens and then digitally manipulating the images to create each brightly-colored monoprint.

The installation of mangrove seedlings, growing in plastic cups, is designed to showcase the importance of mangroves to our local ecology. Xavier recruited the help of a local mangrove expert, Dr. Tom Smith, and students from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg to become engaged in the collection, growth, and replanting of these mangrove seedlings.

Another part of the project consists of an eco-art, educational outreach activity, designed to send the message that it is up to each of us to help restore native habitats for plants and animals. Teaming up with the local chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, the artist created six "eco-flags" which draw attention to six native trees at the Botanical Gardens: Slash Pine, Sea Grape, Southern Red Cedar, Red Maple, Bald Cypress and Green Buttonwood. From this partnership, 750 giveaway flags were created for people in the community wishing to "adopt" a native tree and plant it in their front yard, staking the flag as a 'proclamation' of this ecological activity. Participants were each given a flag and a native tree sapling to plant; each flag carries the slogan "I hereby reclaim this land for nature."

Additional information about the tree planting campaign and Xavier Cortada’s ongoingReclamation Project can be found at

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Artist:Xavier Cortada
Home State:Florida
Title of Work:Artist in Residence Project--Sustainability

Painted outdoor mural  (Florida Botanical Gardens)
Mangrove Seedling Eco-Art Installation 
(Florida Botanical Gardens)
Digital pigment monoprints on Somerset Velvet paper 
(Inside, Extension Building):
      Growing Our Native Canopy 1 
      (Bald Cypress, Red Cedar, Slash Pine)
      Growing our Native Canopy 2  
      (Green Buttonwood, Red Maple, Seagrape)
      each 24” x 84” 
      Mangroves 1 (Coastal Reforestation)
      Mangroves 19 (Coastal Reforestation)
each 30” x 24”

Material:Mangrove seedlings, other native plants, plastic cups, digital pigment prints, acrylic paint, printed flags

During Botanical Gardens Business Hours: 
Outdoor exhibits daily from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tapestries located in Extension Center: 
Open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Xavier Cortada painting mural

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Xavier and FBG Staff hanging artworks
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Xavier and FBG Staff hanging artworks


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Poles apart: Artists at WORKS/San Jose examine the state of the Earth, north and south

Posted By Xavier Cortada, Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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FLAGGING EFFORTS: Opening night at the 'Polar Identity' show

Poles Apart

Artists at WORKS/San José examine the state of the Earth, north and south

By Gary Singh

BACK IN THE mid-'90s, the World Wide Web was first emerging as a new medium, and several academic institutions and art collectives across the world were starting to develop ideas for a new environment called "hypertext." CADRE, which stands for Computers in Art, Design, Research and Education, was an interdisciplinary academic and research program within the School of Art & Design at San Jose State University, and several folks decided to launch an online new media art journal called SWITCH.

Staffed by grad students for academic credit and executively edited by CADRE boss Joel Slayton, the journal contained articles, interviews and project documentation not just from "art" people but also from critics, students, cultural theorists, programmers, network engineers or refugees from other academic departments on campus. In the subsequent years, SWITCH either went to on to collaborate with or interview some of the leading characters in the late-'90s art, technology and critical theory crossover scene, including Manuel De Landa, Timothy Druckery, Mark Amerika, Stelarc and others.

In addition to, or perhaps because of this, it also played a significant role in the beginnings of the movement. SWITCH was not the only journal of its kind at the time, but it was the local node of a worldwide scene where new media artists from academia were now collaborating with technologists from the private sector, educators were engaging in projects with computer hackers, pre-WWW theoretical discussion lists were reinventing themselves with graphic interfaces, and new multidisciplinary collectives were emerging out of the whole primordial stew.

Nowadays, thankfully, CADRE is officially a "laboratory," not an "institute," and SWITCH still irregularly publishes issues. But a new era of transformation has begun, seeing SWITCH further experimenting with identity issues and still bridging gaps between the virtual world and the physical world.

In conjunction with the latest incarnation of SWITCH, an international exhibition, "Polar Identity," opened at the WORKS/San José gallery on Aug. 7. Featuring six artists who explore the ramifications of climate change—each of whom went to either the North or South Pole as part of their original project—"Polar Identity" exists both in the gallery space at Works and also online at According to curator Danielle Siembieda, 900 folks attended on opening night, and some of the artists took part in an online chat about their work.

CADRE originally put out the open call for works for "Polar Identity" earlier this year, and six international artists were accepted to be part of the show. The $1,000 first prize went to Andrea Polli, a digital-media artist and director of the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program at the University of New Mexico. Polli, who also exhibited at 01SJ last year, spent seven weeks in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation–funded residency. For Sonic Antarctica, she recorded material from several areas including "the Dry Valleys, the driest and largest relatively ice-free area on the continent, completely devoid of terrestrial vegetation; and the geographic South Pole, the center of a featureless flat, white expanse on top of ice nearly 9 miles thick." At WORKS, one sees the three-channel video with stereo sound version of the project, which is also a radio broadcast, live performance and audio CD on the Grunrecorder label.

The $500 runner-up purse went to Xavier Cortada. Using a moving Antarctic ice sheet to mark the passage of time, Cortada installed 51 flags along a half-kilometer stretch of the ice sheet, the flags 10 meters apart and marking the spot where the geographic South Pole stood during each year since 1956, when the continent became permanently inhabited. Both documentation and flags hang from the wall in the gallery.

Other artists exploring the poles are Jerome Gueneau and Catherine Rannou, Andrea Juan, Erika Blumenfeld and Montreal-based Phil Boissonnet. The jurors include surveillance artist Hasan Elahi, new-media artist Robin Lasser and the French writer/curator Annick Bureaud. "The idea is that if people see this physically, they'll go look at SWITCH virtually," Siembieda said. "And if people see SWITCH virtually, they'll come to WORKS to see this physically."

POLAR IDENTITY shows through Sept. 11 at WORKS/San José, 451 S. First St., San Jose. (408.286.6800)

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FLOR500 Region 7 Gallery Exhibit coinciding with Florida Native Plant Society Conference

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El Paso Museum of Art: Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775 - 2012

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
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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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