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Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora

September 24 – December 4, 2021
USF Contemporary Art Museum + Online

HOURS: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm; Thursday 10am–8pm; Saturday 1-4pm; Closed Sundays and USF Holidays (November 11, 25, 26, 27). 

Visitors to the museum are expected to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator at Large, and Noel Smith, Former Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art: organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum


Miguel Luciano, Pimp My Piragua, 2008-2009. customized pushcart tricycle, sound system, video, LEDs; 48 x 84 x 38 in. Courtesy of the artist. photo: Argenis Apolinario

Miguel Luciano, Pimp My Piragua, 2008-2009. customized pushcart tricycle, sound system, video, LEDs; 48 x 84 x 38 in. Courtesy of the artist. photo: Argenis Apolinario

It has been four years since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and the archipelago has still not fully recovered. In the storm’s wake, Puerto Rican artists on the island and on the mainland have wrested creativity from chaos. Some have organized ongoing relief efforts, others have banded together to pool scarce resources; still others have committed themselves to critical reflection on Puerto Rico’s post-Maria reality, including the island’s political and economic relationship to the U.S. Constant Storm: Art From Puerto Rico and the Diaspora brings together artists from diverse generations to cull the insights and experience of Puerto Rican artists after the disaster. 

Drawing from art made on the islands as well as from the established and newer Puerto Rican diasporas in New York, California and Florida, Constant Storm includes recent artworks in a variety of media to create an exhibition with a textured “biennial” feel that also serves as an historic opportunity for artists to jointly assay their evolving response. 

Artists in the Constant Storm exhibition include: Rogelio Báez Vega (San Juan), Sofía Gallisá Muriente (San Juan), Jorge González Santos (San Juan), Karlo Andrei Ibarra (San Juan), Ivelisse Jiménez (New York), Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Los Angeles-San Juan), Miguel Luciano (New York), SkittLeZ-Ortiz (New York), Angel Otero (New York), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Orlando), Gabriel Ramos (Tarpon Springs), Jezabeth Roca González (San Diego-Añasco), Gamaliel Rodríguez (San Juan), Yiyo Tirado Rivera (San Juan).

The exhibition will feature explorations of Taino culture by Jorge González, large-scale collage paintings by Angel Otero, an installation-cum-meditation on Puerto Rico’s ongoing crisis by Miguel Luciano, lyrical abstractions that touch on transience and emergency by Ivelisse Jiménez, post-Maria landscapes by Rogelio Báez-Vega, sand sculptures by Yiyo Tirado, sculptural reflections on memory and displacement by Gabriel Ramos, dystopic drawings by Gamaliel Rodríguez, and a sculpture by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz addressing the trauma of forced migration. New works created by several invited artists include Andrei Ibarra, whose highly conceptual sculptures, videos and performances address the colonial condition of Puerto Rico in its relationship to the U.S.; Jezabeth Roca González, speaking of island rural culture; and Sofia Gallisá and Natalia Lasalle-Morillo, whose video and installation work will explore the experiences of Puerto Ricans newly displaced in Florida. 

Educational and outreach events include an artist talk and performance, a virtual scholarly symposium, a curator-led gallery tour, and on line study resources. 

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, EXODUS / PILGRIMAGE, 2019
Mixed media: recovered FEMA tarps and debris from Puerto Rico, December 2018
Designed by Kristina Tollefson in collaboration with Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
Dimensions variable 
Documentation of performance: video and still photographs

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, EXODUS / PILGRIMAGE, 2019 Mixed media: recovered FEMA tarps and debris from Puerto Rico, December 2018 Designed by Kristina Tollefson in collaboration with Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz Dimensions variable Documentation of performance: video and still photographs.

RELATED EVENTS

Virtual Symposium - Bregando with Disasters: Post Hurricane Maria Realities and Resiliencies
October 2, 11:00 am via ZOOM 
Register Now! bit.ly/ConstantStormSymposium 

This virtual virtual pan-disciplinary, multi-institutional symposium is presented as part of the USF Contemporary Art Museum exhibition Constant Storm: Art From Puerto Rico and the Diaspora. The symposium will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions.

11am – 12:15pm // Entanglements of Disasters
The morning session assembles scholars and artists perspectives for presentations and discussions regarding the entanglements of disasters, migration, trauma, and resiliency experienced by Puerto Ricans from the archipelago and Floridian diaspora. Panelists include Alessandra Rosa (Sociocultural anthropologist, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida); Jorge Duany (Cultural anthropologist, Global Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University); Sofía Gallisá Muriente (Constant Storm artist, Artist-in-Residence); and Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Constant Storm artist, Artist-in-Residence); Moderated by Noel Smith, former CAM Deputy Director and Constant Storm Curator.

12:15 – 2:15pm // Lunch Break

 1:00-2:00pm // Constant Storm - Virtual Tour (optional)
Guided by Leslie Elsasser, CAM’s Curator of Education.

2:15 – 3:30pm // Politics of Disasters
The afternoon session assembles scholars and student perspectives for presentations and a panel discussion about the politics of statehood, colonialism, disasters, migration, and health experienced by Puerto Ricans from the archipelago and Floridian diaspora. Panelists include Fernando Rivera (Sociologist, Department of Sociology, University of Central Florida); Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo (Political scientist, Department of Political Science, University of Florida); Nicole Delgado-Vélez, President of the Boricua Student Association; Moderated by Noel Smith, former CAM Deputy Director and Constant Storm Curator. 

The symposium Bregando with Disasters: Post Hurricane Maria Realities and Resiliencies is supported by a Humanities Centers Grant from Florida Humanities.  

 

Constant Storm Curators’ Tour
October 14, 6:00 pm via ZOOM 
Register Now! bit.ly/ConstantStormCuratorsTour 

Join us for an online tour of Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora with exhibition curators Noel Smith and Christian Viveros-Fauné. 

 

Constant Storm Closing Reception
November 19, 5:00 pm at USFCAM

Join us for an in-person closing reception to celebrate Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora with exhibition artists and curators.

 

Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and supported by the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The symposium Bregando with Disasters: Post Hurricane Maria Realities and Resiliencies is supported by a Humanities Centers Grant from Florida Humanities. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.