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Classic Video Game Characters Are Taking Over Miami

Jul 21, 2015
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In the upcoming action-comedy "Pixels," classic video game characters such as Pac Man and Donkey Kong attempt to take over the world.

These 1980s characters also run amok in Michael Loretta’s digital art. He inserts two-dimensional figures from similar video game titles into high-resolution photos of Miami.

 

BEACH CRUISER

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The artwork at Locust Projects Gallery in the Design District plays with Miami stereotypes.

A palm tree smelling of coconut oil rests on a hammock. In the corner, the static of a television set resembles the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Opposite that lie deconstructed items taken from a strip club.

Twenty high school students made these and other works as part of the sixth-annual summer program, Locust Art Builders or LAB. LAB allows young artists from Miami-Dade County to create their own exhibition, which opened July 11.

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Every time the young dancers at Be Dance Studios in Miami Gardens walk into class, they see a framed photo of ballerina Michaela DePrince leaping into the air hanging on the wall above the ballet barres.

But on this day, DePrince is here in person, teaching them.

DePrince is a former principal dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem. Now she’s with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, where she’s the only black ballerina in the company.

She walks the dancers though a warm up exercise at the ballet barre.

Old-School Films Starring Women At The Wolfsonian This August

Jul 15, 2015
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The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum's newest exhibit chronicles an arts enterprise at Tulane University's former women's college. From 1895 to 1940, students sold pottery, embroidery and jewelry made in the program.

In the spirit of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, the Wolfsonian is launching a month-long women’s film series, titled “Leading Ladies.” Each Friday in August at 7 p.m., the museum will screen classic movies starring women.

Here’s the lineup:

A French Musician Finds Niche With South Florida Audiences

Jul 8, 2015
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  Vincent Raffard says “the magic of life” brought him to Miami.

The longtime musician from Paris, France, says he never expected to leave the ironclad boulevards for palm trees and sandy beaches.

“I didn’t have any desire to come to South Florida,” he says. 

After coming to the Sunshine State on tour, he decided to stay and continue his career as a musician in Miami. Eight years later, the 35-year-old has produced a solo album and formed a band called the French Horn Collective.

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Geetha Balakrishnan grew up in what she calls a “very white Australia.”

“I’m grateful for my education, but there are certain things you can’t explore in an environment where you’re the only person, or very few of you are from different backgrounds,” she says.

Courtesy NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

The photographs we see from Haiti usually evoke misery – especially after the country’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake. But anyone who has been to Haiti, of course, knows that’s hardly the whole picture.

At Florida SuperCon, Diversity Not Just In Characters

Jun 28, 2015
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Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s longtime alter ego, is sharing the limelight with two other web-slingers: Spider-Gwen, a female character set in Spider-Man’s universe, and Miles Morales, a biracial teenager who will be the official Spider-Man in the new comic series this fall.

This diversity the “Spider-Man” comics are experiencing has become common throughout the industry.

Dr. Milagros Bello

Just think of it as the Cuban version of Art Basel.

Since late May, art ­collectors and dealers from all over the globe have been flocking to Havana for the month-long exhibition called the Biennial.

Levitt Pavilion Awaits Fort Lauderdale's Approval

Jun 17, 2015
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The City of Fort Lauderdale may get a new outdoor concert venue along its riverfront. Levitt Pavilions, a national nonprofit organization, recently selected the city to receive seed funding and technical support to develop a public performing arts space in Esplanade Park.

Miami 48 Hour Film Project Tests Filmmakers' Creative Limits

Jun 16, 2015

Paul-Vincent Alexander’s first foray into filmmaking was unusual even by Hollywood standards.

In 2012, the former actor produced and directed his first film – in 48 hours.

“It puts me in a position where you’re forced to make a movie,” he says.

This past weekend, Alexander, 30, competed for the fourth time at the annual Miami 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP), where filmmakers have 48 hours to create three-to-seven-minute short films.

Pottery Exhibit Highlights Milestone In Women's History

Jun 12, 2015
Courtesy Newcomb Art Collection / Wolfsonian-FIU

A major collection in the history of pottery -- and women's rights -- has come to South Florida.

The exhibit, called “Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise,” opens Friday at the Wolfsonian museum in Miami Beach. The works tell the story of women who attended Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college in New Orleans.

Newcomb was a decorative arts enterprise that ran from 1895 to 1940. Students learned to become financially independent by selling art made in the program.

Young Women Artists Promote Feminist Message At "#Conceptual"

Jun 10, 2015
Courtesy Kangie West

Seventeen-year-old Jade Gordon graduated from high school last week. But she’ll have another graduation of sorts.

Gordon, along with her longtime friends Nicole Zizi and Kangie West, will launch their new art collective’s first event, called #Conceptual.

The teenagers wanted to create a feminist space that empowers women artists. The collective’s name says it all: the Conceptual Vaginas.

A Conversation With A Community Arts Program Director

Jun 8, 2015

The Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ hosts the Community Arts Program, which brings classical and jazz musicians to South Florida to perform for the public, and to engage with local students.  

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Sixteen-year-old Christian Harris says knew he wanted to become an artist since he was 4 years old. 

He did one of his early works in seventh grade for Hispanic Heritage Month. The medium was a concrete wall that was spray-painted gold and carved into a symbol that was supposed to be “ancient” but he says resembled more of an “alien text.” 

Harris, who is finishing his junior year at Miami Jackson Senior High School, has been honing his craft, painting portraits of rappers A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. 

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