Miami-Dade Aviation Department
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Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs
The City of Tokyo in Five Chapters
South Terminal International Arrivals Lobby, 3rd level
Opens August 24, 2016
Masayoshi Sukita, A Mobile Phone, 2012
TOKYO-GA originated as an internal response to the devastating natural disasters that occurred in Japan in 2011. Launched in 2011, the TOKYO-GA project aims to gather a portfolio of photographs of Tokyo by Japanese and international photographers as a sign of commitment to Japan and its future. This exhibition consisting of 49 images from 24 contemporary photographers is organized according to five themes: Invisible Existence, Ensemble C’est Tout, Fragments of Life, Texture of Mind and Human Scale - presenting an overview of the architecture of the Japanese capital, its street photography, its contemporary styles and its way of mind, revealing the complexity and the contrast between tradition and modernity of the country.
TOKYO-GA at Miami International Airport (MIA) is the first exhibition devoted to Japanese culture at MIA and a wonderful occasion to further understanding and recognition of Japanese culture in not only the South Florida community, but to world-wide regions served by MIA.
Participating artists: Navid Baraty, James Whitlow Delano, Renato D’Agostin, Michel Frapier, Naoki Honjo, Taishi Hirokawa, Gentaro Ishizuka, Junpei Kato, Haruna Kawanishi, Yasutaka Kojima, Ilse Leenders, Edward Levinson, Christopher Morris, Mitsugu Ohnishi, Koji Onaka, Takehito Sato, Tatsuya Shimohira, Vincent Soulié, Jérémie Souteyrat, Masayoshi Sukita, Takeshi Sumi, Yukinori Tokoro, Michael Wolf, Masami Yamamoto, and Hiros
North Terminal, Gate D30
opens August 4th
Olympic Waves is an installation celebrating the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, specifically designed and constructed by a Special Projects fiber class from Florida International University for Miami International Airport. Olympic Waves features an upcycle, conservationist ethos, reflecting a 21st century regenerative design culture in which waste is prevented by using existing materials. Piles of discarded cloth of various types are gathered and then are spun to create a gigantic yarn. The resulting colorful and textural woven material is finger-knitted to create the large interrelated curves, referencing the rings of the Olympic logo. The intensely bright colors reflect the light spectrum, as they transition from one to another. The roadmap of the installation follows the mathematical principle of the Lissajous-curve – a family of mathematical curves creating beautiful harmonic patterns - and provides the structural integrity for the work. Although the process of constructing Olympic Waves uses traditional craft strategies, the resulting artwork is contemporary in its positioning, humor and transformation of materials.
Mayra Arias • Gabby Carabalto • Gianna DiBartolomeo • Danielle Horgan • Akelian Ivy
• Nancy Jimenez • Susan La •Evelyn W. Politzer • Qishan Song • Barbara C. Valenzuela Sanchez
• Max Werner • Leandra Arvazzetti, Instructor • Pip Brant, Project Supervisor
A Look at South Florida’s Landscapes
Lucas Blanco & Juan Carballo
June – September 29, 2016
From left to right: Lucas, Blanco, Kendall Indian Hammocks Park V, 2015, acrylic on canvas and Juan Carballo, End of Virginia Key II, 2016, oil on panel
Paintings by Miami based artists, Lucas Blanco and Juan Carballo, reveal how the two artists are inspired and persuaded by the South Florida landscape as the subject of their work. Through careful thought and planning, as well as observation and contemplation, these two painters scout and survey locations both remote and common. Capturing those qualities that make their choices unique, the process develops as the conditions of their ever-changing environment, well out of their control, are translated into paint. Not only as beautiful examples of plein-air painting, these works are also valuable as a record of South Florida’s natural wonders.
Elegy to Poetry/Le Cabinet de Poésie
The Eye Has to Travel Gallery
North Terminal, Second Floor, near Gate D29
May 2016 – January 2017
Mario Bencomo, Ode to Whitman, Homage to Lorca, On Poet in New York, 2013, acrylic on paper. Private Collection.
The Eye Has to Travel, a new mia Galleries exhibition venue at Miami International Airport, inaugurates its first show with the work of Cuban-American artist Mario Bencomo.
Elegy to Poetry/Le Cabinet de Poésie is a polyglot series of drawings and handmade books inspired by the work of poets from diverse cultures and writing in different languages. Each drawing’s titles are odes to specific poems as wide apart as Federico Garcia Lorca (Spanish) to Walt Whitman (American) to Constatine Cavafy (Greek). The works have a richly layered, dense graphic quality in which the words and the natural forms synthesize as a unified whole. Bencomo’s purpose is not for the poems to be fully legible, nor to diminish their importance by painting over them, but to pay homage to the poetry by integrating the handwritten poems into the overall composition. The superimposed drawings, which almost look like symbols, are inspired by botanical prints, an interest that originated in childhood.
In its celebration of a variety of cultures, Elegy to Poesie/Le Cabinet de Poésie mirrors the diversity and vibrancy of South Florida residents and visitors.
Beauty, Power, Identity
South Terminal Gallery, 4th Floor, Mezzanine
Young artists from the Miami Bridge Youth Crisis Shelters , the Gang Alternatives program, and North Miami Public Library express their beauty and power in works inspired by Haitian carnival, from the papier mâché masks of Jakmel to songs sung to the Haitian kongo rhythm, in collaboration with Miami-based artists such as painter Daleus and master drummer Catelus “Ton Ton” Laguerre. The exhibition is part of the Carnival Arts, an arts education program inspired by the carnival traditions of the Caribbean and Latin American.
Carnival Arts is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; by the Barry University School of Professional and Career Education and the Barry University Center for Community Service Initiatives; by Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.; and by the City of North Miami, the North Miami Public Library, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Cathedral of St. Mary School; Gang Alternative; Thomas Jefferson Middle School; PACE Center for Girls, Miami; and North Miami Public Library.
FASTER, FARTHER, AND MORE COMFORTABLE THAN EVER BEFORE
A collaboration with the Florida International University, The Wolfsonianâ€FIU
North Terminal, Near Gate D31
Opens March 2016
The Wolfsonian’s collection captures the revolution in transportation that took place from the late 19th century onward, with the development of automobiles and air travel as well as the vast expansion of railroads and steamship lines. Commercial posters promoted these new means of travel, drawing aesthetic inspiration from the powerful forms of ocean liners, streamlined locomotives, and airplanes. Faster, Farther and More Comfortable Than Ever Before will showcase more than twenty reproduction posters whose originals were produced from 1900 through the 1930s and are now housed at The Wolfsonian. Some illustrators included in the show are Otto Arpke, Gino Boccasile, Austin Cooper, Aurelio Craffonara, J. P. Junot, Theyre Leeâ€Elliott, Giovanni Patrone, Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava, and Filippo Romoli.
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 22
Kanako Sasaki, Still Standing, 2004, archival pigment print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery
In her series Wanderlust, Kanako Sasaki (Japanese, 1976) explores her own imaginative world influenced by traditional Japanese novels, Ukiyo-e paintings and childhood memories. Within her surreal and eccentric settings, Sasaki’s characters, usually herself, evoke ideas of isolation, escape and uninhibited freedom. The juxtaposition of bleak emotion within a fantastical landscape leaves the viewer mesmerized with wonderment. Sasaki’s work also comments on issues such as the female experience, loss of innocence, hopeless romance and how Japanese culture is viewed from the outside.
Kanako Sasaki was educated at the Royal College of Art in London and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has had solo exhibitions in the US, Japan, Bolivia and Hungary, and has been included in many international group exhibitions. She has participated in artist residencies in Austria, Iceland, Paris, Estonia, Vienna and New York, and has been awarded many fellowships and grants. She has also taught photography at CUNY Staten Island, NY and the International Summer School of Photography in Latvia. She lives and works in Japan.
March – September 2016
Camera Works Gallery, North Terminal, Gate 25
Tatiana Parcero, Re-Invento #18, 2005, acetate and giclee print, courtesy Dina Mitrani Gallery
Tatiana Parcero is a photo and video artist whose work explores the corporeal as a map where she can relate to ideas as different as identity, memory, territory, time and migrations. Blending various techniques and visual media, the photographic work explores hand gestures and postures with ideas of mystical experimentation, contemplation and the human experience of various scientific and religious concepts. Using the technique of superimposing acetates onto photographs, the images have two layers of visual information that stimulate the desire to explore deeply into the pictures.
Tatiana Parcero has a BA in Psychology from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and an M.A. with studies in Art Theory and Photography from New York University/International Center of Photography (NYU/ICP). For the past 27 years, she has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows at venues including: The Museum of Modern Art (NY); Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan); Lowe Art Museum (Miami, FL); Houston Center of Photography (Houston, TX); Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA.); The Mexican Museum (San Francisco, Ca.); and the Biennale of Havana, Cuba, to name a few. She currently lives and works in Argentina.
MIA Portrait Project
Concourse J, Gate 7
Opens December 2015
From left to right: Artists Kristen Thiele and Christina Pettersson working in their respective studios.
The MIA Portrait Project film series is the first original programming of the art-centric video site WAYPOINT, which debuted at CONTEXT Art Miami 2015. The portrait-making encounters between four diverse artists - Jessie Laino, Christina Pettersson, Kerry Phillips and Kristen Thiele and their subjects, Miami International Airport employees – are the focus of the new series of films.
WAYPOINT is a public electronic art exhibition project inaugurated at one of the world’s largest transportation hubs, Miami International Airport (with annual traffic of more than 40 million passengers). Its mission is to present and engage travelers with a rich and vibrant stream of programming that includes short documentary films about artists creating work and visually inspiring video artwork by established and emerging artists.
WAYPOINT was developed by the Division of Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs, Miami International Airport, in association with contemporary art filmmakers Wet Heat Project.
For more information on this exhibition, please contact the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's
Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at 305-876-0749.
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A new home for historic and vibrant murals
Yolanda Sanchez, Director of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs at MIA, tells County Connection host Kevin Wynn how a pair of vibrant artworks -- two murals by Brazilian artist Carybé -- came to MIA and found a new home! View video: Carybé at MIA - Time: 5:22