Past Miami Event: VOL 24

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VOL 24

November 20, 2013
@ Florida International University--College of Architecture + the Arts' Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS)

This PechaKucha Night will be complementing themes of the WOMEN我們 exhibit at Miami Beach Urban Studios which is the first to explore feminism and queer themes in contemporary Chinese art. To broaden the discussion to a trans-national frame and to avoid essentializing identity (but not depoliticize it), the exhibition includes work by mid-career and emerging artists—not necessarily based in China or even of Chinese descent—alongside activist ephemera. Indeed, the title of the exhibition, WOMEN我們, is a play on the English–Mandarin homophone meaning “women” and “we.” It succinctly reveals the crux of the exhibition’s curatorial conceit: to examine issues relating to women in China while shifting and stretching the very terms of what the categories of woman and China signify. Organized by Alpesh Kantilal Patel in collaboration with Abby Chen. Special thanks to Florida International University and College of Architecture + the Arts.


Alpesh Kantilal Patel - Curator, WOMEN我們 and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory, Florida International University

Houston Cypress - Miccosukee Producer

Robin Haines Merrill - Artist and Missionary from Manila

Neil De La Flor and José A. Villar-Portela - Executive Director/Founder and Program Director, Reading Queer

Sarah Michelle Rupert - Visual Artist and Gallery Director, Girls’ Club

Emery Grant - Director of Community Engagement, Stonewall National Museum and Achieves

Daniela Montoya - Master of Arts, Visual Anthropology and Mixed Media Artist

Angel Camacho, Ruby Ninja, Danny Ninja Infiniti, Vogue Demo

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In Vogue

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Mixed-media artist Daniela Montoya conducted her master's thesis on the ballroom community dance known as "Vogue". Daniela's research work on this subculture revealed a unique heirarchy and kinship system including titles like "mother" and "sister" and she exounds upon the influence the vogue subculture has had upon pop culture.

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The LBGT Archives

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Emery Grant represents the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, an institution working to become recognized as the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender museum in the US. He discusses origin of the Stonewall's collection, delves a bit into LBGT history, and speaks about the future of the LBGT human rights movement.  

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People of Two Spirits

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Houston Cypress, of the Miccosukee Native American tribe, speaks of the "two-spirit" phenomena within Native American culture. He approaches the subject stating that this idea is not so much a sexual orientation but a gender analysis. Houston gives us great examples of transgender aboriginal peoples serving all sorts of roles within their communities, and discusses his personal experiences coming out. 

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Feminism Through Art

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Alpesh Kantilal Patel showcases art exhibits that challenge gender and sexuality norms. International feminism and liberation of women are emphasized in this combination of art and activism. 

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Far Out & East

@ VOL 24 ON NOV 20, 2013

Sarah Michelle Rupert represents Girls' Club, a non-profit private foundation and exhibition space which was created to educate the public and nurture careers of contemporary female artists. She focuses on the art of Su-en Wong, who creates pieces influenced by social realism, duality, and self-identity formation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 6, 2014.

No presenters have been added to this event.