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In a climate of “alternative facts” and “post-truths,” these new works synthesize today’s politics into engagements with data interpretation, unreliable narration, mistranslation, historical revisionism, and speculations about future identities and intimacy. Or maybe they don’t.


Parafiction
An Exhibit of Plausibilities

Through May 21 at ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, 2nd Floor, Miami Beach

ArtCenter/South Florida hosts a new group exhibition in collaboration with the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), featuring resident artists from the MFU: New York Studio & Teaching Program. Curated by Victoria Seacrest, the interdisciplinary show includes works created by the artists while in-residence at BHQFU’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.

“Parafiction” is loosely defined by art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty as an emergent genre of artwork that plays in the overlap between fact and fiction.

[ Untitled (Tennis Ball Mace), by Pastiche Lumumba, 2017, photo by David Heischrek ]

The artists in this exhibition are from BHQFU’s MFU: New York Studio & Teaching Program: Nina BehrleJesse ChunKentaro IkegamiPastiche Lumumba, and Andrew Ross interpret “parafiction” through their individual lenses of lived experience, personal critical frameworks, and studio practices.

[ Harnessing of the Basic Power of the Universe, by Kentaro Ikegami, 2017 ]

ArtCenter/South Florida continues to expand its support and resources to help artists. “The time has come to spearhead a new global movement, by the artists for the artists,” said Maria del Valle, ArtCenter/South Florida’s Executive Director. “A radical new educational approach for artists is paramount, a much-needed alternative to the traditional programs that are expensive and falling short.”

Miami + New York Mash-Up:
An exchange between fellows from ArtCenter’s new fellowship program MFU: Miami, alongside the visiting artists from Brooklyn in the group exhibition Parafiction, from BHQFU’s New York Studio & Teaching Program.

Pictured above, top row left-to-right are the artists: Jesse Chun (NY), Andrew Ross (NY), Jarrett Earnest (BHQFU Faculty & visiting educator for MFU: Miami), Amir George (MFU: Miami Fellow), Zain Alam (MFU: Miami Fellow), Kayla Delacerda (MFU: Miami Fellow) and Juan Ledesma (MFU: Miami Fellow). Bottom row, left-to-right: Pastiche Lumumba (NY), Nina Behrle (NY) and Kentaro Ikegami (NY), photo by David Heischrek.

[ Sex and Death Scandal, by Andrew Ross, 2017 ]

[ turn him on, by Nina Behrle, 2017 ]

By the Artists for the Artists

New Alternative Tuition-Free Education Initiative for Artists, Championed by ArtCenter/South Florida

– Taking Action to Rebuild Arts Education –

ArtCenter’s new initiatives include the current pilot semester of the new fellowship program MFU: Miami and its first group of Fellows – Zain AlamKayla DelacerdaAmir GeorgeJuan Ledesma and Rachel Rakes.

MFU: Miami brings distinguished faculty, alternative education initiatives, and cultural practitioners together in Miami to foster the exchange of knowledge. The new program provides residents interested in working outside traditional disciplinary boundaries with the resources, time, and feedback to develop programs and courses that will be taught in future iterations of ArtCenter’s Program for Applied Artistic Research.

Five selected residents received a stipend, travel expenses, and live/work housing at ArtCenter/Downtown Miami. More than 260 applications were received for this program, 125 of which were from international applicants representing every continent except Antarctica.

The MFU: Miami is proudly unaccredited and offers no degree.

ArtCenter’s new programs have never been attempted before in South Florida and feature new types of fellowships for visual artists and cultural practitioners (live and work space support), mentorships, applied artistic research initiatives, one-one experiential education and innovative artistic residencies that expand beyond traditional boundaries, unleashing the artists from the traditional confines of their studios. All of these efforts are laying the groundwork for Miami’s future regarding the role of education for artists.

[ ArtCenter/South Florida Boardmember Reagan Pace and Board Chair Kim Kovel, with Executive Director Maria del Valle and Board Vice Chair Eric Rodriguez, photo by David Heischrek ]

ArtCenter’s unique position allows it to spearhead these types of bold initiatives for the long-term, with the resources and partners to take these necessary forward-looking risks.

“Arts education is a basic requirement for our society to succeed and thrive, we will play an important role in supporting this. Artists and their creative output allow all of us the freedom to address the uncomfortable, thorny issues in our world,” adds Maria del Valle, the Executive Director of ArtCenter/South Florida.

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