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"Xavier Cortada created a series of extensive
installations on his Antarctic visit, focusing on the crucial element of time.
The Florida native cast an ice replica of a Mangrove seedling that is very
slowly making its way over 150,000 years to the coastline. In contrast, he
marked the mere 50-year history of human presence at the South Pole with
chronological flags stretching across the frozen land."
Lucy R. Lippard
Weather Report exhibition catalog, Boulder Museum of
Contemporary Art, 2007.
Xavier Cortada is the founder and artistic director of the Reclamation Project. The Miami artist also serves as the founding director and artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts | Office of Engaged Creativity.
The artist 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 launch
a global reforestation eco-art effort.
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: coastal
reforestation initiatives in Miami (Miami Science Museum, 2007), an
urban reforestation campaign in St. Petersburg (Florida
Botanical Gardens, 2009), and coral reef preservation efforts in Hawaii (Bishop
Cortada has also worked with groups internationally to produce
numerous art projects and installations, including environmental works in Holland
(2009), Quebec (2009) and Latvia (2008),
peace murals in Cyprus (2000) and Northern Ireland (2000),
child welfare murals in Bolivia (1997) and Panama (1999), and
the official International AIDS Conference murals in Geneva (1998) and South
The Miami artist has also been commissioned to create art for the White
House (2002), the World Bank (2003), 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 Cortada’s art. Publishers like McDougal and Random House have
featured it in school textbooks and publications. His work has also been featured in National Geographic TV and the
Discovery Channel. 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.
For more information visit www.xaviercortada.com
SELECTED SOLO ART
2010 Sequentia, Frost Art Museum,
2010 North Pole/South Pole
(90n/90s) Installations, Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL.
2010 Endangered World: 80.15 / Installation, Biscayne
National Park, Homestead, FL.
2009 Native Flags: North
Pole, ecoartspace, Verge Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL.
2009 The Reclamation
Project, Martin County Courthouse Cultural Center, Stuart, FL.
2008 Ancestral Dinner
Party (The Genographic Project), Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL.
Pole Installations, Centre Gallery, Miami Dade
College Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL.
Flags and The Reclamation Project, Miami Science Museum, Miami, FL.
2007 Antarctica, Kunsthaus Miami Contemporary Art Space, Wynwood Arts
District, Miami, FL.
Reclamation Project, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS:
2010 The Liberators
Project/Liberadores (Denver Biennale of the Americas), Museo de las Americas, Denver, CO.
Adaptation, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood,
Water: Three States, Auburn University Art Gallery, Auburn,
Polar Identity, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA.
2009 Antarctica: Collection from the Bottom of the
World, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD.
Sustainable?, Central Connecticut State University Gallery, New
Green Project presented by the Claire Oliver Gallery, Miami, FL.
Polar Attractions, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.
(Environmental Performance Actions), EXIT ART, New York,
Weather Report, Boulder Museum of
Boulder, CO -- curated by Lucy Lippard.
Envisioning Change, presented
by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations
Environment Programme at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway
(June-August), and the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium (October- December), and the
Ministry of Culture in Monaco (in February 2008).
2006 Miami in Transition, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL.
Museum, by Allison Compton, Public Art Review, Issue 40, pp 52-55
Warnings, by Suzaan Boettger, Art in America, Issue
No. 6, pp. 154-161, 206-207, June/July 2008.
Arts: "The Longitudinal Installation: Representing those affected by
climate change," Resurgence,
edition 243, page 32-33 (July/August 2007).
Review by Milagros Bello.
Published in arte al día (International Magazine of Contemporary
Latin American Art), edition 119, (July 2007).
and Traces/Chemins et Tracés, Fondation Derouin – Symposium 2009,
Les Jardins du Précambrien, Val-David, Quebec, Canada, 2009.
en natuurwandeling OverLeven, Foundation Nature Art Drenthe (Stichting
Natuurkunst Drenthe), Drenthe, the Netherlands, 2009.
(North Pole) Installations, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA sponsored
- Art in Antarctica (South Pole Installations), National
Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers
- Prior grantors
include: U.S. State Department, USAID, State of Florida Division of
Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade Art in
SELECTED PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2008 Art in
State Buildings, Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL.
County Art in Public Places, Upper Keys Government Center, FL.
County Art in Public Places, Florida Botanical Gardens, Largo, FL.
County Art in Public Places North Key Largo Fire Station, Key Largo, FL.
Doctor University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, Florida.
December 1991 Master
of Public Administration University of Miami Graduate
December 1986 Bachelor
of Arts in Psychology University of Miami College of Arts and