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Twenty Nineteen, Before Pandemic Zine

The first of two new zines that I am launching now during SPF ‘20,  available here.

This one, ‘Twenty Nineteen – Before Pandemic’ features a selection of my photos & illustrations back when wearing masks and keeping social distance was unknown.

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SPF ’20 Fort Lauderdale

SPF Fort Lauderdale is one of my favorite events of the year because it brings together everything I love about the printmaking community like sharing ideas and seeing new work from creatives both locally and now internationally !

Plus, I am an exhibitor this year.

They have a great line-up, so make sure to check out their livestream on Facebook or Zoom!

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Culture

Loss in the Time of Pandemic-8.31.20

This past Friday evening as I was contemplating how many of the many things I had put aside I was going to try to catch up on during the weekend, my brother calls and says, “Chadwick Boseman died.” So I check my newsfeeds on all my digital devices and there it is – the words confirming the heartbreaking truth that he is gone from us.   

My cellphone starts chiming, notifications coming in from texts, social media channels, missed calls, voicemails, all proclaiming, all confirming this prince, this king, this force of a man is no longer here.  Then the gut punch – he has been suffering from colon cancer for years, endured surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation all the while he continued to work both onscreen and off. 

It is a indication of the times that my mother’s reaction is that she is thankful that he was not the victim of a gunshot or some other horrific violent death as too many many men and women of color have been this year.  2020 is the “Annus Horribilis” people of color all across the globe. 

When ABC announced Saturday that they would be showing his penultimate performance in the superhero movie that changed everything on Sunday, I dressed in the same outfit I wore to see the movie in when it had opened in 2018 with extra helping of “extra-ness” – maximum accessories a la Billy Porter and beat my face to the gods so that even RuPaul would salute me. On the couch, I put a big box of tissues beside me. 

When it ended I cried, cried big baby tears for this one hurts like I lost a friend. 

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Democratic National Convention Democrats Florida Democrats Life

Florida District 20 Delegate Candidate

This presidential election cycle I have determined that there is no bystander watching for me – too much is happening, too much is going on, and too much can no longer be condoned. To change things means involvement and that is why I have decided to run to be a Florida District 20 Delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

For 2020, the Florida delegates election process is taking place online.  All registered Democrats are eligible to vote in their Congressional District’s delegate elections by requesting an electronic ballot, which you can request by clicking the box below.

The list of candidates who will appear on the ballot can be found at floridadems.org/delegates.

Once you’ve requested an electronic ballot, you’ll receive an email confirming your request. Party leaders and delegate candidates may share this request link to encourage Democratic participation in the elections. Requesting your electronic ballot before 5pm ET on May 13 will enable voters to easily access their online ballot during the voting period.

Voting will open on Thursday, May 14 at 2pm ET and close on Saturday, May 16 at 2pm ET.

Voters who have requested an electronic ballot by May 13 will receive an email when voting opens, with a link and unique code to access their online ballot. This unique code ensures each person only casts one vote, and that each vote is cast in the proper Congressional district. Each code will expire after use or at 2pm ET on May 16, with no exceptions.

Voters who do not request their ballot by May 13 will still be able to request a ballot during the voting period May 14-May 16. These ballots will be provisional and will be verified after the election, before ballots are tabulated. Voters requesting provisional ballots will enter their information on the ballot request form and receive a unique code and link to cast their provisional vote.

Please review the FAQ available at floridadems.org/delegates. You can call our elections team at (954) 893-2355 for additional questions.

So vote Simone Todd if you are a Florida Democrat registered voter in District 20!

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Art Basel Miami Beach Design Design Miami/ Events

Design Miami/ 2019 returns to Miami Beach at the newly completed Pride Park

DesignMiami/ returns to Miami Beach next month December 3–8 for its fifteenth edition with some exciting changes. The fair will take place for the first time in the recently completed Pride Park, with its entrance now directly facing the entrance to Art Basel Miami Beach.

The fair is also opening its doors to the public in new ways: the reconfigured tent has a glass facade at the entrance to house the new Design Forum presented by SCAD, which will be open to the public throughout the week for cultural programming. The discussions taking place in the Design Forum will also be broadcast outside the tent for passersby.

“We are thrilled to present this edition of Design Miami/ in the newly completed, 6-acre park, named Pride Park. What once was a parking lot has been transformed into an additional public greenspace next to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden,” says Jennifer Roberts, CEO, Design Miami/. 

Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, Florida each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ is the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating collectible design.



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Art Basel Art Basel Miami Beach Events

New at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019: Disruptions Exhibition from Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires

Disruptions: a new exhibition in Miami Beach as part of the Art Basel Cities partnership with Buenos Aires

During the Art Basel Miami Beach 2019, Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires will present a series of large-scale sculptures by Argentine artists in Collins Park. Based on the curatorial vision of Diana Wechsler and Florencia Battiti, the park will be host to sculptural works exploring the concepts of context and site, and its potential to interfere with everyday life. Participating artists include:  Matías Duville, Graciela Hasper, Marie Orensanz, Pablo Reinoso, Marcela Sinclair and Agustina Woodgate

In the last phase of the partnership with Buenos Aires, Art Basel Cities has sought to bring Argentine artists of different generations, formations, and outputs to an international platform such as Miami Beach during Art Basel – allowing for new artistic discoveries, highlighting the strength, dynamism and vibrancy of the Argentine art scene. ‘Disruptions’, as its title suggests, focuses on intervening in an urban landscape enabling the viewer to
interact and be confronted with works outside the more traditional exhibition space. More than a merely aesthetic proposition, art in this space can become a tool for encountering, interacting, and questioning potentially overly familiar environment.

“While we appeal to the curiosity of the public, to their capacity of amazement, reflection, complicity, and surprise, ‘Disruptions’ also necessarily implies a commitment to the unknown, a rupture of the status quo,” explain curators Diana Wechsler and Florencia Battiti.

Further details on the artists and individual works can be found here.

Accompanying ‘Disruptions’, Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires will be presenting the following artist talks; all talks are free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 5, 2019: 4pm to 5pm: Marcela Sinclair and Agustina Woodgate in conversation with Florencia Battiti and Diana Wechsler

Friday, December 6, 2019: 2.15pm to 2.45pm: Pablo Reinoso; 4.15pm to 4.45pm: Matías Duville

Saturday, December 7, 2019: 2.15pm to 2.45pm: Graciela Hasper; 4.15pm to 4.45pm: Marie Orensanz

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Art Basel

Art Basel Announces New Sector at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

For 2019, in the newly opened 60,000+ sq ft Grand Ballroom at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach (MBCC), Art Basel will launch the inaugural edition of the Meridians sector, a platform dedicated to large-scale sculptures, paintings, installations, film and video projections that promises to disrupt the usual art fair layout.  

Curated by Magalí Arriola, Director of Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Meridians will include 34 large-scale projects on display by renowned and emerging artists, like John M. Armleder, Sam Francis, Isaac Julien, Theaster Gates, Tina Girouard, Luciana Lamothe, Candice Lin, Ana Mendieta, Mario Merz, Portia Munson, Woody De Othello, Adam Pendleton, Laure Prouvost, Torey Thornton, and Oscar Tuazon

Of course, I will be making a beeline first for the Theaster Gates directed and produced video ‘Dance of Malaga’ (2019) that addresses the complex and intertwining issues of race, territory, inequality, and sexuality in the recent history of the United States. 

Then on to Laure Prouvost’s immersive installation ‘DEEP TRAVELS Ink’ (2016-ongoing), a pseudo-functional Miami travel agency complete with water coolers, plants, posters, office desks, waiting area and corporate infomercials.  Hopefully it will not cause flashbacks to some of my earlier jobs in the corporate alternate universe.

Also of on my list to see are the works from younger artists like La Charada China (Tobacco Version)’ (2019) by Candice Lin, utilizing symbolically and
historically significant materials to reflect on the global histories of exploitation and colonial violence; ‘Cool Composition’ (2019), an installation by Miami-born artist Woody De Othello that touches upon the anxieties around global warming as well as the aesthetics of the African diaspora; the ‘Ishmael in the Garden: A Portrait of Ishmael Houston-Jones’ (2018) video by Adam Pendleton; and a new painting on wood panels by Torey Thornton.

With it’s strong focus on artists and works from the Americas, Meridians is a welcome vaccine against the xenophobic, anti-immigrant distemper that has plagued us these past three years. 

I am really looking forward to being immersed.