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“Specters of Noon” at Menil Collection

“When the day listlessly drags and delirious visions momentarily reign in the blinding light,” is when acedia is said to possess a person. Acedia is the demon of apathy or laziness. The spirit of acedia is the subject of a recent public program titled Specters of Noon.  Cuban-American artist Guillermo Calzadilla and his partner Jennifer Allora created seven works that summon this spirit.

The artists referenced a text from the fourth century from author Evagrius Ponticus. In laying out the seven deadly sins, he “described the ‘most oppressive’ of all temptations as acedia.” “It is a spiritual dryness and lack of care towards the world that plagues during the hot midday hours,” he continued. It is characterized by a feeling of psychic exhaustion and listlessness.

The creative duo use auditory elements, visual stimulus, and tactile sculptures. They evoke an immersive  atmosphere of stimulation and bewilderment. These giant sculptures of machines spread a cacophonous sound in the atmosphere. The volatile sounds of electricity and power grids disturb the place like the spirit of acedia. The hour is noon, a time when the sun is highest in the sky.  

On Tuesday, March 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Specters of Noon will stream online. One may view the presentation directly on the Menil Collection’s website.  Meni’s YouTube channel will also showcase the live program. 

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Miami Art Week: Faena Art Features Cuban-born Artist

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is,” is a passage easily applicable to today’s time. Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea took it directly from the text of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. The novel is the literary inspiration for his latest installation Dreaming with Lions. Faena Art will present it on the beach until December 6.

The colossal installation was assembled in front of the Faena Hotel on Miami Beach during Miami Art Week. It is an existential work with many symbols. Measuring a 62’ diameter, the work resembles a giant forum-style library.  Arrechea also incorporated beach towels with illustrated phrases, like the one above, from the novel.      

Through the artwork, the artist seeks to express the sheer force of the human spirit during these perilous times.  He reconstructs the ideals of hope, faith and strength of the human spirit prevail in the face of the moral challenges.  The library style of the work further enhances the ideological constructs. 

“Dreaming with Lions” proposes action and reflection. That we reflect upon coherence and respect of oneself and others, and that we continue to invent ways to confront our destiny while maintaining integrity and grandeur,” expressed the artist. 

Arrechea was born in Trinidad, Cuba in 1970, and he currently lives in Miami, FL.  He graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) of Havana in 1994.

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Cuban-American Gladys Triana Interviewed for VoCA Talk Series

In January 2020, contemporary art conservator and VoCA colleague Ruth del Fresno-Guillem interviewed Cuban-American artist Gladys Triana. They discussed her philosophical influences, her family life, and her life-long career. The discussion is part of the fifth season of the ongoing VoCA (Voices in Contemporary Art) Talks series. The Talk series is hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) Program.

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Humberto Castro – Video

ArtMiamiTV Video from series Artist Profiles

November 2011

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