Please join us on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 6 pm for a conversation and refreshments around Entering Sacred Grounds—Charo Oquet. The conversation will touch on the artists practice and the exhibition currently on view through March 14, 2020.
Charo Oquet is an artist, organizer, cultural producer, curator and founder of Edge Zones, Zones Art Fair and The Miami Performance Festival. Oquet’s art practice moves beyond the bounds of the studio, gallery and institution and extends into the realm of the social, where she explores systems of movement and migration, assimilation and resistance. With her work, the artist seeks to “engage with issues and contexts that affect Afro-Caribbean people both in their native countries as well as in the USA. Oquet works in a range of media: performance, installation, video, photography, paintings, sculpture and printmaking. The thread that connects her work is an engagement with social questions confronting decolonizing narratives, migration and aesthetics and a desire to push formal and conceptual boundaries while challenging stereotypes of African Americans. She has produced a wide-ranging body of work across multiple media. Oquet’s work is part of the permanent collection of The Frost Art Museum in Miami, The Bass Museum, Miami, The Museum of Ft. Lauderdale, New Zealand National Museum Wellington, N.Z. Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, CAAM, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Govett-Brewter Art Gallery, N. Z., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, N. Z., Museo de las Casas Reales, Dominican Republic.
Amy Galpin is the Chief Curator at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum at FIU, Miami, FL. She was previously Curator at Cornell Fine Arts Museum. There, her exhibitions included: Women and Abstraction (2015), Jess T. Dugan: Every breath we drew (2015), Displacement: Symbols and Journeys (2016), Patrick Martinez: American Memorial (2017), and Ria Brodell: Devotion (2018). She was also Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art. There her exhibitions included Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums (a collaboration between the San Diego Museum of Art, the Timken Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), Women, War, and Industry, Jean Charlot: Global Journey/Local Response and contemporary solo exhibitions with Hugo Crosthwaite, scott b. davis, Marianela de la Hoz, Noah Doely, and Rubén Ortiz-Torres.