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Lecture at the Frost Art Museum
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When: Free and open to the public
Lecture starts at 6:30 pm and lasts an hour
Where: Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, Florida 
United States
Contact: Xavier Cortada

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Cortada to lecture at Frost Art Museum, announce Genetic Sequence results

Can a DNA sequence generated randomly have any parallel to an existing life-form? 

Join us as Miami-based contemporary artist Xavier Cortada and FIU Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Founding Chair Dr. Kalai Mathee discuss their collaboration on current exhibition Sequentia, which explores the sequence of events that make up life on the planet from the molecular to the monumental.

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The Frost Art Museum To Announce Genetic Sequence Results
A participatory installation where visitors create a DNA Sequence 

MIAMI, FL (November 2, 2010)— Can a DNA sequence generated randomly have any parallel to an existing life-form? Join The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU), Sequentia artist Xavier Cortada and FIU’s Dr. Kalai Mathee as they announce the results of the participatory exhibition and find the answer to these questions. 

AdenineIn Genetic Sequence, a part of the exhibition Sequentia, the artist invited museum visitors to randomly select a postcard depicting one of Cortada's four nucleotide paintings and attach it sequentially on the wall in the form of a helix. Once the sequence was completed, it was re-created in the lab with Dr. Kalai Mathee, founding chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Infectious Diseases of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. The results will be announced during Target Wednesday After Hours on November 10, 2010 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sequentia Xavier Cortada's solo exhibit at the Frost Art Museum opened October 13, 2010 and explores the sequence of events that make up life on the planet from the molecular to the monumental. The title of the exhibit also references a series of actions Cortada will set in motion to create of a unique strand of DNA. The artist will work with a molecular biologist to synthesize an actual DNA strand made from a sequence generated by museum visitors using Cortada's art. In "The Four Nucleotides”, the artist creates large scale "portraits" of Adenine, Cytosine, Guanine and Thymine-- the four bases of a DNA strand that summarize all we are, were and will be. 

The exhibition is on view through January 2, 2011. 

Target has teamed up with The Frost Art Museum to sponsor an event series designed to complement The Frost’s exhibitions. These events give visitors the chance to meet contemporary artists and engage with controversial art, live music, talks, films, dance, and performance art, while providing an excellent opportunity to socialize with other people interested in the arts. For information on future Target Wednesday After Hours, pl
What: Target Wednesday After Hours

Where: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

10975 SW 17th Street

Miami, FL 33199

When: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

More information at or 305.348.2890 

About The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University

The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000-square-foot state of the art building in November 2008. Over 50,000 people have visited The Museum in its new building since its opening in November, 2008. Admission to The Museum is always free. The Frost is an AAM accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate and is located at 10975 SW 17thSt across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit or call 305-348-2890. Find The Frost Art Museum on Twitter ( and Facebook ( 

About FIU 

Florida International University is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, with more than 42,000 students. Nearly 130,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. Its colleges and schools offer more tha
n 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. The opening of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in August 2009 has enhanced the university’s ability to create lasting positive change in our community. For more information about FIU, visit

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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.


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