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"Xavier Cortada: No Tengan Miedo (Have No Fear)"
2001-01-12 until 2001-01-27
Latin American Art Museum
USA United States of America
Through No Tengan Miedo the artist explores the impact of Pope John Paul
II's historic visit to Cuba on the third anniversary of his trip. The
exhibit contains works created immediately after the artist's first travel
to the island--an 8-hour charter trip to hear the Pope's Mass, and those
created thereafter. These works include some recent conceptual pieces-the
first ever exhibited by Cortada.
Cortada explores the Pope's impact at the societal and personal level-having
traveled to the Vatican in February 2000 to meet the Pope and participate in
the Jubilee for Artists, and then having returned to Cuba for the second
time two months later to meet family and attend a packed Sunday Mass in the
family hometown of Nuevitas, Camaguey.
On Opening night, January 12, 2001, all the works will be available as a
virtual exhibit on the artist's website, http://www.cortada.com. The exhibit
will also feature four poetry readings presented by the Felix Varela Center
for Cuban Studies at St. Thomas University.
Xavier Cortada has exhibited his works in museums, galleries, and cultural
venues around the world and has pioneered the use of the Internet in
collaborative art-making. The Miami-based Cuban-American artist, attorney,
and activist has worked collaboratively with diverse groups across the
United States, Latin America, Europe and Africa to create pro-social
community murals and participant-driven art projects.
No Tengan Miedo,
60 x 48,
acrylic on canvas, 1999.