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When I Grow Up 3b

When I Grow Up is the backdrop to an exhibition of BUREAU SPECTACULAR’s work, entitled insideoutsidebetweenbeyond, currently on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. BUREAU SPECTACULAR is an operation of architectural affairs founded and led by Jimenez Lai since 2008. It is located in Los Angeles. BUREAU SPECTACULAR imagines other worlds and  Continue Reading »

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The "Transplants" performance apart of Grass Stains a site specific project by the Pioneer Winter Collective, performed at the Kampong in Coconut Grove on Dec. 17, 2016. (Photo by MagicalPhotos / Mitchell Zachs)
Conceived, choreography and direction by Ana Mendez. Performers, Amanda Fisher, Jenna Balfe, Jennifer Martin Bermudez, Marcela Loayza, Monica Lopez de Victoria, Monica Uszerowicz, Rachel Carroll, Richard Vergez and Rick Diaz 
About TRANSPLANTS Performance
In its centennial anniversary, The Kampong, home of David and Marian Fairchild will be the setting for Ana Mendez’s performance TRANSPLANTS. The performance is based on Fairchild’s introduction of over 200,000 varieties of plants to the United States. The performance has been developed as a collage, mimicking the physical and delicate act of transplantation. It will also draw on the subliminal storylines found in the home’s physical characteristics and rich history. The home served as a gateway into the world outside of South Florida, represented in its many exotic trees and the Southeast Asian-inspired architecture. The performance brings together elemental properties of the home, and Fairchild’s unique relationship with nature for a daytrip into the dwelling space of one of Miami’s most influential inhabitants.
About ANA MENDEZ
Ana Mendez is a professional dancer, performance artist and Bodytalk practitioner from Miami. She has been commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center through Miami Light Projects’ Here and Now Festival, the de la Cruz Collection, Miami Art Museum, ArtCenter/South Florida, the Bass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and Bas Fisher Invitational. She is an artist fellow for the Artist in Residence in the Everglades program. Last summer, Mendez performed Liminal Being for the group show, Auto Body, in Buenos Aires at the Faena art space. Most recently, she is one of six inaugural artists commissioned for the Pioneer Winter Collective's site specific fellowship Grass Stains. Mendez has also performed for Dara Freidman, Natasha Tsakos, Octavio Campos, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Circ X, Miami Theater Center, and Rosie Herrera Dance Theater.
Grass Stains
Grass Stains is a site-specific initiative created by Pioneer Winter Collective and funded by the John and James L. Knight Foundation and the State of FL Division of Cultural Affairs that focuses on the mentoring and commissioning of six original premieres by South Florida-based performance artists. This inaugural year features the work of six women artists: Agustina Woodgate, Niurca Marquez, Marissa Nick, Ana Mendez, and Jenny Larsson, with mentoring by renowned LA-based site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
The Pioneer Winter Collective
Pioneer Winter Collective is invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. The Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental arts initiatives: unexpected bodies in unexpected places, producing unexpected leadership and change.
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Sarah Gerard’s second book is a blending of personal essay, deeply researched journalism, and sudden, gutting truths. In the title essay, Gerard writes of a green-cheeked conure she and her husband adopted: “She chewed everything… She sought out our wounds and pulled at them, then groomed open the flesh even wider. She had a taste  Continue Reading »

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Since first merging onto the Information Highway, I have harbored doubts as to whether scholarship could long survive the digital age. Google makes it so, so easy to skim the surface of a given subject, lighting here for this weighty quote, there for that purloined insight. Who could say whether a work is the product  Continue Reading »