Unique MDC Art Exhibition Drew in the Crowds during Art Basel
Miami, December 15, 2009 -
As Art Basel 2009 descended on the city, more than 60 Miami Dade College (MDC) students, faculty and alumni showcased their art at the Cynergi Building in the Wynwood Arts District. Their mixed art exhibition, Get Ready…, included paintings, sculptures, performance art, video, theater, and music.
“Get Ready… was more than just canvases on walls. It was also performance art, video, dialogue and music” said Jorge Luis Gutierrez, MDC Art Gallery System director. “It was overwhelming to see right in the heart of the Wynwood Art District crowds walking in, enjoying and looking at art made at MDC.”
The exhibition was a collaboration of the MDC Art Gallery System, the college’s Art & Philosophy departments at Wolfson, Kendall, North, and Homestead Campuses, Cynergi, and Miami Biennale. With the end-of-the-world prophecy of 2012 as an underlying theme, the art work interpreted a possible shift in consciousness from a business-minded, logical and analytically driven world to a more balanced, evolved global society that embraces intuition, play and the unexpected.
Javier Torres’ 2013 poster was among the pieces that drew special attention, said Claudia Scalisse, MDC professor, contemporary artist and the exhibition’s curator. Torres created a replica of the movie poster for the film 2012, but he changed the date to emphasize hope instead of disaster.
Scalisse’s suitcase, stuffed with objects to “feed the soul, not the body” in the face of disaster, was also part of the exhibition.
Other works made an impact as well, such as video installation “Blur 2007” by renowned artist and alumnus Tony Labat. Chad Cunha’s “Dot, Dot, Dot,” an installation with Dominos, noted the delicate balance of nature. Johann Muñoz’s “Will There Be Water” included a stream of paper boats and a vase filled with water, touching upon environmental issues.
Get Ready…, which drew in many art lovers during the Art Basel weekend, also featured a reception, two jazz concerts and a theatrical performance by MDC students.
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