Hialeah Park

The Herald:

“Activists, historians and Hialeah politicians gathered” … ” at the offices of the Dade Heritage Trust to celebrate Hialeah Park being placed on the National Historic Trust’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

It does not guarantee the destruction of park.

I propose to all a multi-disciplinary competition to propose programs for the park. The idea is simple — don’t focus on practical solutions for the park and yet, make it relevant again to us all. This competition should enlist all students(elementary school to college) to send in a proposal. Also, invite artists, musicians, dancers, storytellers, comedians to address the park. Hopefully, all these interventions would begin the re-establish the cultural value of Hialeah Park.

Citizens to Save Hialeah Park. Their myspace.

Herald on the Cintas

Tom Austin wrote about the Cintas award and exhibition. Of the exhibition at the Frost Museum, Austin wrote “the quality of the work is wildly uneven.” He stated, in reference to Maria Martinez-Canas, “Hers is easily the best work in this year’s Cintas finalists’ exhibition.” And “Moreno’s work,…, has grown into something more complicated and visceral.”

The article’s statements in regards to Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova:

“Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova’s Two Sectionals Creating Closure may be too simple: The artist — who has previously created such pieces as A Gated Space for One, slabs of ornamental powder-coated aluminum welded together to form a conceptual cage — bought two stupendously mediocre imitation leather sectionals at El Dorado and simply pushed them together. Rodriguez-Casanova, who attended the New World School of the Arts in 1994 and ’95, is from Westwood Lakes in southwest Miami. He concedes that Two Sectionals didn’t require ”a lot of process,” but points out the bigger picture: “It’s a comment on my personal nostalgia, the life of the suburbs. And also a dialogue with the viewer about the importance society attaches to working class objects, and why the efforts of the working class are not as valued as the work of others.”

There has been a discussion, here at TNFH Central, about the recent works of LRC. Though, it has not concluded; we have come to perceive the recent works by LRC haven’t always deliver its intended poetics. I believe the systems and rules used by LRC to form and generate works are sound and conceptually attractive. But in the final hours of the executions of works like Two Sectionals, I believe LRC allows Duchampian readymades to overly influence the works. By that I mean the idea that readymades are simply found and are coupled and are exhibited. This is in contrast to Rauschenberg’s and Johns’s brand of readymades, in which objects are manipulalted , abstracted and shaped into a work.

Two Sectionals Creating Closure is a very poetic phrase. For one thing, I think of the ying-yang. Another thought is of matrimonial unity. One can go on…

$100 million

Damien Hirst

I really don’t think this is great or good work, But I think it does reflect a particular contemporary obsession(hip-hop to bling, speculators to florida real estate, etc…).  This piece also feel a bit overdue.  nyt and JJ .

Vizcaya talk

Artist Talk: Anna Gaskell
Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Courtyard, Main House
Please note change of speaker at this free event:

New York-based visual artist Anna Gaskell is unable to attend the talk scheduled for Wed. May 23. Gaskell’s site-specific installation Still Life, a contemplative meditation on time, space and memory, was filmed at Vizcaya and is on view through June 1, 2007.

Miami Art Museum’s Assistant Curator Rene Morales will present a talk on Gaskell and her work. Morales, who holds a Master’s in Art History, recently curated MAM’s Collectors Council Acquisitions (April 13 – July 1, 2007) that features another Gaskell piece entitled Erasers.

May Miami

This past Saturday night, many exhibitions opened. Though, we didn’t attend most of them. The night was very rewarding. Miami’s art scene can take great pride in what it is offering. Mainly, smart, considered and well-crafted works. We’ll provide more images and discussions relating to these works.

Kari Snyder



Lamia Endara



Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova



We also noted : Michael Rodriguez at Ingalls. Jacin Giordano at Snitzer. And a refreshing exhibition of photographs at twenty twenty, featuring Tom Scicluna, Hugo Montoya .