Criticism. Literature, Visual Arts, Film & Other Vices

Art as social practice — and vice versa

It was perhaps fitting that an event titled “Artists As Citizens” took place on the same evening of the final presidential debate of this election season. But the conversation, held Wednesday at the headquarters of the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami as part of its Salon Series, was not about partisan politics but art, activism and social practice, beauty, and community engagement.

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The Perón Novel, When Myth Becomes a Man

General Juan Domingo Perón would have appreciated the paradox.
In life, he achieved mythical status. As the central character in Tomas Eloy Martinez’s brilliant “The Peron Novel,” a chilling tale of power, decline, and madness, he becomes human again.

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At Pérez Art Museum Miami, race and identity, in images and words

Identity and racial politics in the United States and the Caribbean are central themes in the work of Brooklyn-based, Dominican-born artist Firelei Báez, whose smart, powerful exhibit “Bloodlines” is at the Pérez Art Museum Miami through March. Báez´s work, and her concerns, served as a framework for a conversation featuring authors Roxane Gay and Jeff Chang, part of the Scholl Lecture Series at the museum, Saturday afternoon.

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