The Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College exhibition Where the Oceans Meet, on view until Jan. 12, 2020, was recognized as one of the top 20 art exhibitions in the United States in 2019 by Hyperallergic, one of the most respected and influential voices in the art world.
Where the Oceans Meet was described by the online publication as illustrating “the relationality of different cultures without reducing artworks to categories of nationality. The exhibition balances theory with artistic practice as well — a tricky thing to do.” It received the honor alongside such prestigious institutions as the Smithsonian Art Museum in D.C., the Art Institute in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, to name a few.
Where the Oceans Meet is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that resonates with the pioneering thought of two Caribbean writers, Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant. The international group of 40 artists and collectives in the exhibition considers notions of shifting and porous borders—geographic, national, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and linguistic—and how crossing borders has shaped our world.
Organized by MOAD and Americas Society, New York, Where the Oceans Meet is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Asad Raza, Gabriela Rangel, and Rina Carvajal. Carvajal is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) at MDC. Previously, she was visiting curator at the Instituto de Arte Contemporanea (IAC) in São Paulo, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the adjunct curator at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Carvajal served as the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Art Central; was twice co-curator of the São Paulo Biennial; and was the Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.
The exhibition is made possible by the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. MOAD gratefully acknowledge the collaboration of the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries; Diana Flatto, Assistant Curator of Visual Arts, Americas Society; Jose Antonio Navarrete; and Nadia Naami; as well as the generosity of all the lenders to the exhibition.
Located in Miami’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, MOAD at MDC offers groundbreaking exhibitions and programs that aim to foster a reimagined Miami. Exploring the challenges and opportunities we face locally and globally, MOAD convenes artists, designers, and thinkers to address the urgent questions of our time. As the flagship museum of Miami Dade College, MOAD strives to be a catalyst for action and a place that empowers people to remake their city. MOAD follows the College’s lead in operating across Miami with its Museum Without Boundaries initiative, which takes place in city neighborhoods and invites everyone to be a part of the conversation.
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