Liberty City Gets a New Public Mural and You Can Help

Categories: Around Town, Art

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MLK Murals helps kids become active, creative members of their communities.
Liberty City is about to get a facelift, and you can be a part of the operation.

An historical mural is set to grace the bus stop at NW 22nd Ave. and 56th St. Designed by Bernisha Fleurinor, a senior student in the medical magnet at Miami Northwestern Senior High, the mural was chosen as one of many submissions in a recent student-body contest and will be painted by local youths and community members Saturday, April 26.

The event is thanks in part to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and Moving the Lives of Kids Community Mural Project. What's even better? Student participants can use the day to earn community service hours, something every kid needs if they hope to earn Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.

See also: Wynwood Mural Tours Offer Hidden Gems, History and Bicycle Adventures Free on the Daily

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Drive-In Entrepreneur Josh Frank Wrote a Book About Porn with Pixies' Frontman Black Francis

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Writer, director, and owner of Blue Starlite Drive-In Josh Frank.
Thank the gods for people like Josh Frank. Blue Starlite drive-in owner is one of those creative types constantly making cool shit for us schlubby consumers to sit back and enjoy.

Writer, director, and producer, Frank is the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies and In Heaven Everything Is Fine: The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers. Additionally, Frank recently made his directorial debut for the Pixies' music video "Greens and Blues," released March 4. Frank's latest publication, The Good Inn, is a book and screenplay adaptation written in collaboration with Pixies' founder and frontman, Black Francis.

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FIU Professor Judged 2014 Poetry Pulitzer, Believes Miami Is Next Great Literary City

Categories: Art

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FIU professor Campbell McGrath.
The Pulitzer Prize is one of those real-deal brass ring honors in the literary world. Writers dream of it from the moment they first pick up the pen, to the last drop of ink they drain.

The award is presented every year in a range of categories. A committee of writers and literary aficionados parse through every prescient work in the sea of submissions, which must be published since the prize was last bestowed. Really, there's no understating the importance of the title "Pulitzer Prize Winner."

This year, one of the committee readers who decided winners in the field of poetry was respected poet and FIU professor Campbell McGrath. Recently, Cultist had a chance to speak to McGrath about the process of picking the Pulitzer winners and the state of verse in Miami.

See also: Two Miami Museums Awarded Millions From W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Cool Spaces! Architecture Series Premieres Tonight on WLRN

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Courtesy of Stephen Chung, Cool Spaces!
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Consider the space you're occupying as you read this. It exists because someone you've probably never thought about envisioned and created it. So, go home tonight and instead of watching some of the crap that passes for late night TV, catch the public television premiere of Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture and find out what goes into making the buildings we pop in and out of daily.

Tonight at 10 on WLRN, Cool Spaces! will debut its first hour-long episode in a series profiling North America's most innovative and provocative public architecture. Each episode tackles a central theme and examines "three very different cities, buildings, architects, and very different designs," according to host and project creator Stephen Chung. Originally an architect and educator, Chung only stepped in front of the camera as a means of introducing the world to quality architecture and its importance after the recession hit the industry and his practice hard.

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Christina Pettersson: Memories of a Forgotten South at Primary Projects

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Photo by Eli Peck
Christina Pettersson illuminates forlorn spirits of the Deep South's ruined past.
As a teenager, Christina Pettersson found a job as a telemarketer at the Vista Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Miami Lakes. "It was selling prepaid funeral arrangements, and I hated it," the 37-year-old artist recollects. "After about a week of making the phone calls, my boss changed my duties and I ended up doing a bit of everything, from filing to placing ashes in urns and helping put makeup on the cadavers instead."

But, she adds, "Everybody had a really dark sense of humor."

Pettersson channels those memories in "The Castle Dismal," her new solo show opening Friday night at Primary Projects, where she'll present several large drawings, installations, performances, and a series of weekly programming. The exhibit takes its title from the name Nathaniel Hawthorne gave the Salem, Massachusetts home where he wrote his novels, Pettersson says.

See also: Miami Artist Asif Farooq Kicks Heroin Habit, Makes Cardboard Weapons

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Wynwood Art Walk Guide: April's Best Gallery Shows

Categories: Art

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Since 2005 David Castillo has ruled the roost at his eponymous Wynwood gallery steering it to the forefront of Miami's booming art scene.

But starting next fall, Castillo will relocate his stable of local and national talent to South Beach, marking a notable changing of the guard as more and more galleries pull up stakes from Wynwood searching for greener pastures, what they hope will be more discerning audiences, better parking, and cheaper rents.

That's not to say you can expect a mass exodus of the spaces that have mightily contributed in making the artsy area the epicenter for the visual arts in the Magic City the past decade. As art spaces like Castillo's vacate Wynwood others will move in hoping to bank on its edgy cachet.

See also: Wynwood's David Castillo Gallery Announces Move to South Beach

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Photographer For Roxy Music and Lou Reed Found Living in Semi-Obscurity on South Beach

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Karl Stoecker
Detail of front cover of Roxy Music's debut LP
Those with any familiarity of the original glam rock scene that emerged in the early 1970s of London will recognize the iconic images currently hanging on the walls of Balans, off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Karl Stoecker shot pin-ups of brilliantly-painted models, as well as contributed album art for Roxy Music and Lou Reed during the glitter era's peak year of 1972. The vibrant images oozed sexuality, flirted with androgyny, and helped define a brief but still influential era in popular British music.

Stoecker's contemporaries included Mick Rock and Brian Duffy. He often worked with makeup artist Pierre La Roche, who applied the famous lightning bolt on David Bowie's face for the cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. Stoecker himself hung out with Bowie and other musicians from that scene in the early '70s. He remains in touch with Roxy frontman Bryan Ferry who still sends him CDs of his latest work.

See also: The Work of Glam Photographer Karl Stoecker (Photos)

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MOCA Sues the City of North Miami, Charges Mayor Tondreau With Defamation and Conspiracy

Categories: Art, Culture

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The Museum of Contemporary Art filed a legal complaint Monday against the City of North Miami and is suing for damages. In the complaint, MOCA claims the city has failed in its contractual duties to properly maintain and care for the institution legally under its care and, therefore, has "diminished the value of the Museum and its collection while hampering the institution's ability to achieve its mission."

Though the city has made plenty of noise against MOCA's plans to collaborate, and possibly move many of its collections to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, MOCA alleges North Miami has done nothing to help the museum grow, such as forgoing to pay interim director Alex Gartenfeld, failing to provide adequate security, and refusing to repair critical maintenance issues.

See also: Rosa de la Cruz Bashes MOCA, Bass and PAMM: "Why Is It That Miami Museums Are Becoming Places Just For Parties?"

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Wynwood's David Castillo Gallery Announces Move to South Beach

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Photo by Morgan Coleman
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Another one bites the dust; the David Castillo Gallery is moving from Wynwood to South Beach.

Since 2005, Castillo Gallery has been a strong brick in the foundation of Wynwood's burgeoning art movement, and in many ways, it helped shape the neighborhood from dilapidated district to holler-worthy hot spot.

But the honeymoon is over, and with rent spikes, party kids, and luxury developers moving in, Castillo and many other galleries continue to move out.

See also: Where Is the Next Wynwood? Miami Gallerists Predict the Next Gritty Art Scene

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El Anatsui's Gravity and Grace at Bass Museum Transforms Trash Into Art

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Photo by Andrew McAllister, Courtesy of the Akron Art Museum
Portrait of El Anatsu
The saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is taken literally with the opening of the latest art exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui features the work of Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui. The exhibition was organized by Ellen Rudolph, former interim chief curator of the Akron Art Museum, the artist, and Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, and opens Friday, April 11. You can check it out through August 10, and it's worth it to see how your everyday trash can become priceless pieces of art.

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