‘Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora’

Angel Otero, “September Elegy”, 2017, oil skins on fabric, 103” x 85” x 5” inches Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London/Via
the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Artist Otero is one of a number of artists in the Constant Storm exhibition

The USF Contemporary Art Museum, part of the Institute for Research in Art in the USF College of The Arts, presents Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora, on view Sept. 24 through Dec. 4.

The exhibition, which will include free educational programs, will gather, display, record, and conceptualize artistic responses to Hurricane Maria by artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora.

“The exhibition will present artists’ individual and collaborative expressions, illustrate the challenges faced by artists after the storm, and reveal the largely unpublished record of artists’ reflections on post-Maria Puerto Rico,” according to the musem located at 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa.

Exhibition artist Miguel Luciano will be in residence at USF Sept. 16-19. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays home celebration of former Pittsburg Pirate great Roberto Clemente on September 17 at 7 p.m. at Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg.

The virtual symposium “Bregando with Disasters: Post Hurricane Maria Realities and Resiliencies” is on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bilingual event brings together artists and leading academicians from Florida universities who will present recent research in a discussion of the Puerto Rican diaspora in Florida. Access is free through the USF Contemporary Art Museum website.

Constant Storm: Art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora is curated by Noel Smith, former CAM Deputy Director and Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art, and Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator-at-Large, and is organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.


USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Serving as a teaching laboratory, USFCAM’s curatorial and socially engaged initiatives and educational programs are designed to present the students, faculty, and community with current issues of contemporary art practice, and to explore the role of the arts in society. USFCAM publishes relevant catalogues, presents critically recognized traveling exhibitions and commissions new projects by national and international artists. USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprising more than 5000 contemporary art works.

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