Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is proud to present Free Play, an exhibition that brings contemporary furniture, architecture, artworks, and objects from an international selection of designers, architects, and artists to Santa Barbara. MCASB commissioned acclaimed design expert Alexandra Cunningham Cameron to curate the exhibition.
Free Play centers around the idea of play as an influential actor in the design process, producing work which intimately reveals our drive toward novelty, upending traditional notions about the role of design in our lives. Each creator shares an alternate view of the world through objects which appropriate childhood motifs, employ satire, and generate form through chance. This sense of freedom results in works that are wonderfully illogical, whimsical, and poignant.
“Free Play is a collection of objects and architecture which stand apart from the contemporary world’s increasing movement toward efficiency and automation. These works share daydreams, jokes and stories. They pursue pleasure,” says Cunningham Cameron. “We study material culture to better understand the trajectory of civilizations. Free Play suggests how looking at the products of play rather than necessity reveals more about how we got here and where we’re going.”
Cunningham Cameron has been immersed in the design world for more than a decade as a curator, advisor, and writer. In her role as Creative Director for Design Miami/, she worked alongside some of the most groundbreaking designers and architects from around the world, many of whom are included in Free Play.
The exhibition design, by Berlin-based Sam Chermayeff Office, is a labyrinth of personal moments and stories. The impressive lineup of creators included in the exhibition features names such as Maarten Baas, Design Miami’s 2009 Designer of the Year; Nendo, named Designer of the Year by Wallpaper Magazine, Elle Decor and Maison & Objet in 2015; LA-based Jimenez Lai, founder of Bureau Spectacular; and Snarkitecture, whose installation piece The Beach has been touring globally since 2015. Katie Stout, the 2015 winner of HGTV’s show Ellen’s Design Challenge and who was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, will also have work in the exhibition – a work commissioned specifically for Free Play.
As design culture achieves wider popularity around the world, Free Play introduces a design exhibition that aims to initiate a dialogue around that blurred question of what comprises art in today’s day and age.
Exhibition curator: Alexandra Cunningham Cameron
THE TRANSPARENT OBJECT
Cuba, 1995 – 2016
Thursday May 11
4 Courtlandt Alley
NYC, NY 10013
Special Period in Times of Peace was how the Cuban government termed the country’s crisis in 1990. The Soviet demise brought bilateral trade to a halt, resulting in a deep economic crisis on the island. Cuba’s international isolation and domestic shortages were made more acute by the longstanding U.S. embargo.
Commercial networks fell apart. There was no fuel to maintain either a public transportation system or the electricity grid. All industry slowed down dramatically due to shortages in primary materials and a lack of access to international markets. Cubans saw their surroundings, from their domestic space to their urban environment, deteriorate at an accelerated pace.
The country’s centralized economy imploded at its inner core: the home. The family became an autonomous economic unit. Workers, musicians, physicians, athletes –all had to confront the severe scarcity of resources with creativity and cooperation.
The transparent object is an early 20th century concept formulated by Boris Arvatov, a Soviet theorist of productivism. In his critique to the object and the capitalist mode of production, he called for a transparent object that would not hide the traces of its production. In absence of a conducive economic context for the production of transparent socialist objects, Arvatov suggested the provisional transformation of capitalist objects, according to the new social demands.
From this perspective, many of the objects created in Cuba during the crisis can be considered transparent objects. They are artifacts that render visible the social and collaborative relations among individuals, confronted with pressing needs and constrained by specific material, technological and intellectual resources. Objects apparently useless were torn apart for repair, reuse and recycling, and the technical knowledge thereby obtained was socialized among friends and neighbors. In many cases, reinvented objects were self-explanatory, and their technological process of production easily replicated.
One more turn around. A vinyl record rotates like the blade of a repaired Soviet fan. They spin, vinyl record and fan, on a rotating commercial display that returns like a tactic productivist display that seeks the passerby’s activation. Another turn around…
Text by Ernesto Oroza for Mmuseumm, 2017
Color of the display was commissioned to Architect Fabián Martínez
Special thanks to Clara Astiasarán, Ariana Hernández-Reguant and Pernod Ricard Fellowship-2016 at Villa Vassilieff.
368 Broadway #512
NYC, NY 10013
Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia—and subsequent disillusionment—shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.
Anchored by key moments of 20th- and 21st-century Cuban history, Adiós Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Modern Cuban Painters.
Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, Adiós Utopia focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks—created in each of six decades since 1950—the exhibition explores Cuba’s artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and its deconstruction. Adiós Utopia introduces U.S. audiences to key events in Cuban history and explores how this history affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in Cuba and abroad.
Curated by Gerardo Mosquera, Rene Francisco, Elsa Vega and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO).
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005
“Tell me the story of all these things. Beginning wherever you wish, tell even us.”
January 14th, from 2 to 9 PM
➡ Exhibition until March 18, 2017
Opened from 11 AM to 7 PM
With: Katinka Bock, Vittorio Cavallini, León Ferrari, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Sojung Jun, Rose Lowder, Somnath Mukherjee, Ernesto Oroza, Remzi Rasa, Vuth Lyno
* Curators: Mélanie Bouteloup & Victorine Grataloup
“Tell me the story of all these things” borrows its title from “Dictée”, a novel written in 1982 by artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Addressing issues of displacement, migration, and exile, a constellation of texts and artworks revolve around Pernod Ricard Fellow Sojung Jun’s videos. Her work draws micronarratives of marginalized individuals and threatened local traditions.
The Monobloc Project
an exhibition created by Franck Dujoux and Michel Kowalski
Plus d’une trentaine d’œuvres pour ce premier opus du The Monobloc Project #monoblocproject :
5.5 Designers / Adrian Ghenie / Bert Loeschner / Breaded Escalope / Cyrille Candas / Ernesto Oroza / Etienne Bossut / Fabien Buring / Front / Harald Köhneke / Helmut Batzner / Jens Thiel & Erik Niedling / Joe Colombo / Jürgen Lindemann / Kai Linke / Kilian Schindler / Maarten Baas / Manuel / Raeder / Marti Guixé / Mike Simonian & Maaike Evers / Pool / Ralph Ball & Maxine Naylor / Rebecca Ahlstedt / Rolf Sachs / Sam Durant / Stéphane Magnin / Tina Roeder / Thomas Schnur / Vico Magistretti / Volker Albus
Curated by William Cordova
Nov. 5, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
“we should want … [our] relationship to space to evoke architecture as it is informed by the humanities, not architecture simply as a technical art.” -LaVerne Wells-Bowie (Art On My Mind: Visual Politics: bell hooks)
The works selected by curator William Cordova represent four generations of South Florida artists whose practice is informed and rooted in the geography, community and multi-cultural diversity of the region. These are artists who have endured and evolved as South Florida has changed, and yet still transcend the boundaries of expectation.
The exhibition offers a glimpse into the prism of South Florida art through sculpture, painting, drawing, audio and film. The works are derived from many different parts of the region and utilize a variety of concepts and scale. Exhibiting artists include the late Purvis Young, the first real home-grown talent whose prolific and complex work gained international critical acclaim well before the 2000s; Karen Rifas, whose expansive site-specific ephemeral installations have been a trademark and influence on the ever-evolving local scene since the 1970s; Robert Thiele, the first Florida artist to be included in the prestigious Whitney Biennial (1975); Juana Valdes, whose work has been included in various biennials, including the Havana and SITE Santa Fe biennials, and yet locally goes unnoticed by major museums; and Onajide Shabaka, visual artist, anthropologist, botanist and writer, a cultural practitioner whose artistic depth and contributions remain unmatched. These are only a few of the many practitioners whose works will be highlighted in this survey of a southern Florida collective.
“those who ain’t got it can’t show it, those who got it can’t hide it” — Zora Neale Hurston
2016 ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART FLORIDA PRIZE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
May 13 – August 14, 2016
The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art is an initiative of the Orlando Museum of Art that brings a new level of recognition to the State’s most progressive artists. Now in its third year, the 2016 exhibition will present ten outstanding artists, with one selected to receive the prize. These artists work in a range of media and artistic practices, often in new and unexpected ways. The challenging nature of their work will offer Museum visitors insight into the complex and exciting world of contemporary art in Florida.
This year’s artists are: Anthea Behm, Gainesville; Adler Guerrier, Miami; María Martínez-Cañas, Miami; Noelle Mason, Tampa; Ernesto Oroza, Aventura; Matt Roberts, Deland; Dawn Roe, Winter Park; Kyle Trowbridge, Coral Gables; Michael Vasquez, Miami; and Sergio Vega, Gainesville.
FUTURS NON-CONFORMES ventures the hypothesis that a form of ‘propaganda of innovation’ exists and that this propaganda has become, in turn, the focal point for a series of artistic counterstrategies which are critical, experimental and speculative in nature.
Implied Interaction: The Role of Participant, Artist and Viewer in selected works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection
February 24 – July 17, 2016A selection of nine works from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection, Implied Interaction explores the artists’ imprint on and/or interaction with a specific work. Whether implied or explicit, each artwork exemplifies how the viewer forms a lasting conversation to complete each piece. Artists represented in this exhibition are past winners of the prestigious CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts that honors artists of Cuban descent, including Felipe Dulzaides, Coco Fusco, Guerra de la Paz, Jillian Mayer, Ana Mendieta, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza and Ernesto de la Vega Pujol. The exhibition is a brief encounter with each artist’s esteemed practice and provides a glimpse into the depth of the prestigious CINTAS Foundation Fellows in Visual Arts.
Since 2011, the CINTAS Foundation has entrusted MDC’s Museum of Art + Design to serve as stewards of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963.
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132Freedom Tower – Second Floor
Violence and Contemporary Design
7 February – 1 May 2016, Marta Herford (Lippold Gallery, 1st floor)
Opening: Sunday, 7 February, at 11:30 a.m.
Whether in political conflicts or conflicts in everyday life – the subject of violence is ever-present. Against the background of international terrorism and the current streams of refugees from war zones, the subject is more topical than ever.
But how do designers deal with violence? What responsibility do they bear, and which possibilities for action do they open up in this highly dynamic process? Marta Herford introduces a whole new generation of designers whose designs and strategies are making violence visible in order to take a stance against the often devastating worldwide developments now and in the future. They are no longer concerned solely with the design of the perfect product, but rather with shaping social processes. As an engine for participation or inclusion, design can thus be understood as the opposite to submission (Vilém Flusser).
The exhibition also points up the dark side of design. Although design is meant to serve humans in a wide variety of ways, if we look more closely, violence and design are like Siamese twins. Because, at the latest in the production stage, a material is – brutally – forced into a particular shape. In addition to this, a lot of product developments have military origins. The ugly face of design is ultimately exposed when things are no longer usable and have to be disposed of.
The Belgian design expert Max Borka (Berlin) serves as an advisor to the Marta team for “Brutal Beauty”, the scenography for the exhibition is designed by Matthias Megyeri (Stuttgart/London).
Participating designers, artists and projecs
Barnaby Barford, Jeremy Bentham, James Bridle, Anthony Burrill/ Ewoudt Boonstra, Jordi Canudas, Paolo Chiasera, Curro Claret, Ray und Charles Eames, Ron From, Dave Hakkens, Elham Seyed Javad, Chris Jordan, Cyrus Kabiru, Ronen Kadushin, Jan Pieter Kaptein, An-Sofie Kesteleyn, Landfillharmonic, Eva Lechner, Ross Lovegrove, Matthias Megyeri, Yael Mer/ Shay Alkalay, Guy Mishaly, Azusa Murakami/ Alexander Groves, George Nelson, Ernesto Oroza, Marijn van der Poll, Michael Sailstorfer, Skateistan, Jair Straschnow/ Bert Kramer/ Gitte Nygaard, Ezri Tarazi, Carolien Vlieger/ Hein van Dam, Tobias Vollmer, Dominic Wilcox u.a.
THE PIRATE BOOK
This work offers a broad view on media piracy as well as a variety of comparative perspectives on recent issues and historical facts regarding piracy. It contains a compilation of texts on grass-roots situations whose stories describe strategies developed to share, distribute and experience cultural content outside of the confines of local economies, politics or laws. These stories recount the experiences of individuals from India, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Mali and China. The book is structured in four parts and begins with a collection of stories on piracy dating back to the invention of the printing press and expanding to broader issues (historical and modern anti-piracy technologies, geographically-specific issues, as well as the rules of the Warez scene, its charters, structure and visual culture…).
CONTACT US firstname.lastname@example.org
EDITED BY Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska
Jota Izquierdo, Christopher Kirkley,
Marie Lechner, Pedro Mizukami, Ernesto Oroza,
Clément Renaud, Ishita Tiwary, Ernesto Van der Sar,
DESIGN Maria Roszkowska
PROOFREADING Philip Jan Nagel
TRANSLATION Themba Bhebhe
PUBLISHED BY Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art
PRODUCED BY Aksioma and Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Abandon Normal Devices, Kunsthal Aarhus & Neural Magazine / Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the Municipality of Clichy, France. The Pirate Book was released in the framework of Masters & Servers
The GIDEST seminar is held bi-weekly on Fridays from 12-1:30pm in the GIDEST Lab at 411, 63 Fifth Avenue.
All sessions are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers that can be downloaded one week in advance by clicking on the presentation title below.
Signos. Arte, industria y viceversa
Concebida como una instalación que ocupa toda la galería, esta exposición reúne planos, maquetas, muebles, fotografías, esculturas, publicaciones, dibujos, textiles, vídeos y otros materiales, para llamar la atención sobre zonas históricas y contemporáneas del diseño, en un sentido amplio. Se destacan realizaciones que los comisarios consideran dignas de una revisita en el terreno de las relaciones y los intercambios entre arte, diseño e industria. El conjunto desplegado incluirá también elementos peculiares del ambiente arquitectónico y urbanístico de La Habana, ciudad en donde han cuajado, de manera privilegiada, las experiencias aquí reunidas. Sin énfasis didáctico ni ambición panorámica, el proyecto sugiere conexiones, genealogías, sinergias y experiencias creativas, cual líneas que se cruzan en un entorno sociocultural muy dinámico, caracterizado por la fluidez, las apropiaciones y las improvisaciones.
Curaduría: Antonio Eligio (Tonel) y Concha Fontenla
Carlos José Alfonzo, Juan Carlos Alom, Félix Beltrán, Alberto J. Carol, María Victoria Caignet, Gonzalo Córdoba y EMPROVA, Miguel Díaz, Felipe Dulzaides, Leandro Feal, Mario Gallardo, Mario García Joya (Mayito), Carmelo González, Roberto Gottardi, Arturo Infante y Reinier Quer, Nicolás Landrián, Roberto Matta, Cirenaica Moreira, Ernesto Oroza, Amelia Peláez, Manuel Piña, René Portocarrero, Idelfonso Ramos, Leyden Rodríguez, Mariano Rodríguez, Humberto Solás y Héctor Veitía, Lesbia Vent Dumois.
Y los proyectos Ediciones en colores, TELARTE, Arte en la Fábrica, Arte en la Carretera y Arte en el Muro.
Inauguración 13 de octubre a las 8:00pm
O´Reilly 308 e/ Habana y Aguiar. La Habana Vieja
Primavera Hacker es una instancia de diálogo en torno a las relaciones entre tecnología, política y prácticas creativas que busca desarrollar una mirada disidente de la lógica económica dominante. Concebimos la tecnología no como un objeto neutro sino como uno que está atravesado en su diseño, desarrollo y uso por decisiones políticas, lo que evidencia un potencial que es urgente orientar hacia la transformación de las relaciones sociales y de producción.
En un contexto local donde la ilusión de progreso y éxito económico ligada a la oferta tecnológica nos mantiene diariamente dóciles e inmovilizados en una cadena de endeudamiento y obsolescencia, creemos necesaria la toma de consciencia y la acción frente a la precariedad de la que somos parte.
En nuestra versión 2015 tendremos como invitado al diseñador cubano Ernesto Oroza, quien, bajo el rótulo de “desobediencia tecnológica”, analiza cómo en el contexto de precariedad técnica y material en Cuba a partir de los años 90, se establecen relaciones activas y experimentales con los objetos a través de prácticas como la reparación, reutilización y refuncionalización de sus piezas, desafiando las lógicas de producción y consumo actuales.
La desobediencia tecnológica, entendida como un posicionamiento tecno-político, opera, por un lado, como una forma de alterar el ciclo de circulación y utilización de la tecnología que impone el neoliberalismo y, por otro, como una instancia que posibilita un trabajo de re-apropiación y elaboración de dispositivos, calificados desde la lógica de consumo como precarios u obsoletos, pero que encierran potencialidades tanto prácticas como de conocimiento y reflexión crítica.
Primavera Hacker es una iniciativa del colectivo Hackeria que cuenta con el patrocinio del Departamento de Diseño FAU y el apoyo del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes y del Espacio de Colaboración Autogestionado El Galpón.
Inscribing: meditations on time and space
Bridge Red Studios/Project Space
Curated by William Cordova
September 13 – November 1
A project focusing on the evidence or our human presence through photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. Our gestures, stories, recorded moments, building abstract narratives that include geometry, text, the figure and textiles. -william cordova
susan weiss – karen rifas – michiku kurisu – hiram maristany – kristen thiele – yanira collado – robert mcknight – lou anne colodny – alexis sanfield – alejandro valensia – carlos sandoval de leon – ilka hartmann – donald mcknight – ena marrero – onajide shabaka – warren bailey – leslie hewitt – ernesto oroza – rick ulysse – rosemarie chiarlone