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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

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). Free admission; 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

 

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. 


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 

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

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

 


ONLINE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Home   //   Curatorial Essay | Ensayo Curatorial   //   Acknowledgements and Foreword | Agradecimientos y Prólogo   //   Rogelio Báez Vega (EN) | Rogelio Báez Vega (ES)    //   Jorge González Santos (EN) | Jorge González Santos (ES)    //   Karlo Andrei Ibarra (EN) | Karlo Andrei Ibarra (ES)    //   Ivelisse Jiménez (EN) | Ivelisse Jiménez (ES)    //   Miguel Luciano (EN) | Miguel Luciano (ES)    //   Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente (EN) | Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente (ES)    //   Angel Otero (EN) | Angel Otero (ES)    //   Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (EN) | Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (ES)    //   Gabriel Ramos (EN) | Gabriel Ramos (ES)    //   Jezabeth Roca González (EN) | Jezabeth Roca González (ES)    //   Gamaliel Rodríguez (EN) | Gamaliel Rodríguez (ES)    //   Yiyo Tirado Rivera (EN) | Yiyo Tirado Rivera (ES)

 

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST + SELECTED IMAGES

Rogelio Báez Vega, ID. Escuela Tomás Carrión Maduro, Santurce, Puerto Rico - New on the Market, 2021

Rogelio Báez Vega, ID. Escuela Tomás Carrión Maduro, Santurce, Puerto Rico - New on the Market, 2021

Rogelio Báez Vega
ID. Escuela Tomás Carrión Maduro, Santurce, Puerto Rico - New on the Market, 2021
oil, beeswax and gold pigment on canvas
60 x 84 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Jorge González Santos
Toali (Aiba Buya), 2021
drawings, soot and limestone on cotton fabric over wooden frame
24 x 20 x 1-1/4 in. each
bristles and broom, tied with maguey fiber, and spade stick 94 in. / 64 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Embajada

Karlo Andrei Ibarra
Niebla (Fog), 2021
drawings made from ash produced at the Applied Energy Systems (AES) incinerator in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico
installation: 60 drawings on canvas, 48 x 100 in.
each drawing: 8 x 10 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Ivelisse Jiménez
Gelid flow #3, 2021
vinyl and enamel paint
hanging work: 108 x 52 in.
floor work: hanging piece; 36 x 52 in. floor piece
Courtesy of the artist

Gelid flow #4, 2021
vinyl and enamel paint
108 x 52 in. hanging piece; 36 x 52 in. floor piece
Courtesy of the artist


Miguel Luciano, Pimp My Piragua, 2008-2009

Miguel Luciano, Pimp My Piragua, 2008-2009

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

Vulture Brand Yams, 2017
acrylic on canvas, over panel
72 x 72 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Barceloneta Bunnies, 2007
acrylic on canvas, over panel
72 x 72 in.
Courtesy of the artist


Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021

Natalia Lassalle-Morillo & Sofía Gallisá Muriente
Foreign in a Domestic Sense, 2021
4-channel installation with sound
4k, Hi8 and HD video with hand developed Super8 film
32 min.
with Edilberto Guzmán Fonseca, Ángel Samalot, Nancy Hernández, Sofía Ortíz Morales, Lizbeth Concepción, Jezabeth Roca González, Teresa Basilio, Giovanni Bravo Ruiz, Alessandra Rosa, Tuto González, Jonathan Josué Guzmán, Rolando López, Suheily Martínez Plaza, Annette Reinosa, Kelsey Vélez & Carlitos Díaz
Sound design by Darío Morales-Collazo
Color correction by Oswaldo Colón Ortíz
Super8 scanning and coloring by Laboratorio Cuático
Additional footage by Héctor Lassalle Villanueva, Manuel Deschamps and NASA
Commissioned by USFCAM.


Angel Otero, Dreaming In Blue (To Arnaldo Roche), 2019

Angel Otero, Dreaming In Blue (To Arnaldo Roche), 2019

Angel Otero
Dreaming In Blue (To Arnaldo Roche), 2019
oil skins on fabric
105 x 144 x 7 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London

September Elegy, 2017
oil skins on fabric
103 x 85 x 5 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London


Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Cessa and Chuleta Talk Gringo Lingo, 2019

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Cessa and Chuleta Talk Gringo Lingo, 2019 

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
Cessa and Chuleta Talk Gringo Lingo, 2019
digital video
2:58 min.
Starring: SkittLeZ Ortiz as Cessa LaPrincessa, Wanda Raimundi as Chuleta Yoprimero.
Written by: Wanda Raimundi & SkittLeZ Ortiz.
Filmed by: Veronica Cruz. DP: Adalisse Perdomo. Crew: Lillian Raimundi
Courtesy of the artist

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, 5:12 min.
photographs, 31 x 46 1/2 in. each
Courtesy of the artist

Gabriel Ramos
Caída de plátano, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
43 x 2x 3 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Líneas de plátano, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
124 x 13 x 14 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 1, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
61 1/2 x 7 x 11 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 2, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
74 x 5 x 13 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 3, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
84 x 6 x 11 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 4, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
80 x 5 x 8 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 5, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
65 x 5 x 10 1/2 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Línea de reja 6, 2021
painted acrylic and steel
78 x 14 x 11 in.
Courtesy of the artist


Jezabeth Roca González, La fábula de Luisa, 2021

Jezabeth Roca González, La fábula de Luisa, 2021

Jezabeth Roca González
La fábula de Luisa, 2021
two-channel video installation
1:48 min.
Courtesy of the artist


Gamaliel Rodríguez, Figure 1827, 2018

Gamaliel Rodríguez, Figure 1827, 2018

Gamaliel Rodríguez
Figure 1827, 2018
acrylic and ink on paper
50 x 38 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Figure 1832 (PSE), 2018
acrylic and ink on paper
50 x 38 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Figure 1851 (MAZ), 2021
acrylic, ink and gold leaf on paper
50 x 38 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Figure 1852 (BQN), 2021
graphite on paper
50 x 38 in.
Courtesy of the artist


Yiyo Tirado Rivera, Caribe Hostil, 2020

Yiyo Tirado Rivera, Caribe Hostil, 2020

Yiyo Tirado Rivera
Caribe Hostil, 2020
neon
12 x 24 in.
Edition 1/3
Courtesy of the artist

Castillo de arena I (Normandie)/Sand Castle I (Normandie), 2019/2021
sand
dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

 



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.