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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


Carlos Alfonzo: Late Paintings – Panel Discussion

Special Event
Thu, Apr 18, 2024
Books & Books 265 Aragon Avenue #5008 Coral Gables

Join Gean Moreno, Juan Espinosa-Almodóvar, And Cesar Trasobares to discuss the book CARLOS ALFONZO: LATE PAINTINGS

***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave. Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.


About the Book

A companion to ICA Miami’s exhibition, “Carlos Alfonzo: Late Paintings,” this publication offers an expansive view of Alfonzo’s body of work. The first part of the book provides the most comprehensive gathering of Alfonzo’s last works—a body of paintings that straddles between a response to the AIDS crisis and Alfonzo’s deep exploration of art historical tropes. The second part of the book brings together works from the rest of Alfonzo’s career, from drawings and sculptures he produced in Havana in the late 1970s to the dynamic compositions that brought him international recognition in the 1980s. The first monograph dedicated to the artist in over 25 years, this publication fills an art historical gap with newly commissioned scholarship, materials drawn from archives, and a comprehensive selection of paintings.

About the Panelists:

Gean Moreno is the Director of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. He has curated exhibitions dedicated to the work of Terry Adkins, Hélio Oiticica, Shuvanai Ashoona and Ettore Sottsass. In 2017, he served on the advisory board for the Whitney Biennial and in 2018 served as an advisor to the Creative Time Summit. He has contributed essays to numerous catalogues and publications.

Juan Espinosa-Almodóvar began to work with visual arts and artists in the late 1970’s, after relocating to South Florida from California, where he attained a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA. Director of the Bacardi Art Gallery, in Miami, during most of the 1980’s and, in the late 1990’s, Director of Gallery North at Miami-Dade Community College, he also taught courses in Humanities and Art History at Miami-Dade Community College and Barry University. He has contributed to art publications, including Art Nexus, and currently works with the Miami-Dade Public Library System.

César Trasobares is an artist, art activist, author and curator based in South Florida. Engaging different media and deploying myriad artistic approaches in his works and installations, he explores pressing contemporary global topics along with popular and institutional traditions in Miami’s diverse communities. Wearing different hats, Trasobares has worked with artists and institutions over the past 40 years. In 2021, he was awarded the prestigious Michael Richards Award by Oolite Arts in acknowledgement of his service and professional distinction in the visual arts.