Calendar: CCI Art Talks Live: Myth and Spirituality in Caribbean Art

Event Description

Join us for Caribbean Cultural Institute's (CCI) Art Talks Live, a program dedicated to fresh perspectives about contemporary art from the Caribbean and its diasporas. In this program, CCI inaugural fellows, artist Ronald Cyrille and researcher Julián Sánchez González, will join in conversation with PAMM Curator María Elena Ortiz and Andrew W. Mellon CCI Coordinator Iberia Pérez. 


A discussion about the art and research they developed during the 2020 fellowship program will serve as a point of departure for exploring the intersection between myth, spirituality, and contemporary art in the Caribbean. This conversation will include a discussion on Cyrille’s work, as well as PAMM collection artists Belkis Ayón, Purvis Young, and Arnaldo Roche-Rabell.  

About Ronald Cyrille
Ronald Cyrille is the recipient of the 2020 CCI Artist Fellowship. Known for his public artworks depicting surreal imagery, Cyrille creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and murals that present his personal mythology. His colorful and energetic brushstrokes reveal otherworldly figures in dreamlike settings, evincing humor, satire, and Caribbean histories. Inspired by the writings of Edouard Glissant and Aimé Césaire, Cyrille evokes the lusciousness of the Caribbean landscape alongside the region's instability and idiosyncrasies. Cyrille's work has been presented in solo exhibitions at prestigious venues including the Volta Art Fair, New York; Rémy Niansouta Cultural Center, Pointe-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe; the Clément Foundation, and Atrium, both in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Cyrille has participated in group exhibitions at Hunter East Harlem Galleries, New York; the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami; and Tout-Le-Monde Festival, Miami, among others. He lives and works in Guadeloupe. 

About Julián Sánchez-González 
Julián Sánchez-González is the recipient of the 2020 CCI Research Fellowship. Sánchez-González holds an MA in Art History from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts and is a doctoral candidate in Art History at Columbia University in New York. His research focuses on the relationship between artistic and spiritual practices in the modern and contemporary eras, particularly in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. His dissertation explores Colombia's First World Congress of Sorcery, a four-day international event that combined spiritual ceremonies, popular culture, art-making practices, and academia to discuss themes related to the magical, the supernatural, the surreal, and the occult in 1975. Sánchez-González's work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, and the Fundación COLFUTURO. His writing has been published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York and Venezuela; Oxford Art Online, Artsy, the Universidad Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Buenos Aires; and the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá. 

About María Elena Ortiz
María Elena Ortiz is a Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she spearheads the Caribbean Cultural Institute (CCI). At PAMM, Ortiz has organized several projects including The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art (2019); Latinx Art Sessions (2019); william cordova: now’s the time (2018); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (2016); Ulla von Brandenburg: It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon (2017); Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future (2016); and Firelei Báez: Bloodlines (2015). Ortiz has contributed to writing platforms such as the Davidoff Art Initiative, Terremoto Magazine, and others. A recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, Ortiz’s curatorial practice is informed by the connections between Latinx, Latin American, and Black communities in the US and the Caribbean.   

About Iberia Pérez González 
Iberia Pérez González is the Andrew W. Mellon Caribbean Cultural Institute Coordinator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). She received a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex (United Kingdom), and an MPhil in Contemporary Art in a Global Perspective from Leiden University (Netherlands). Her interdisciplinary research engages with contemporary art and visual culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a focus on artist-led initiatives and networks, and the intersection between art, politics, and the environment. She has written for scholarly publications and exhibition catalogues, and worked in various research, curatorial, and editorial platforms in Europe, the United States, and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining PAMM, she was C-MAP Fellow for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she also collaborated with the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute.