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Sidsel Meineche Hansen, SECOND SEX WAR ZONE (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo Gallery, London/Piraeus.

The Body Electric
(November 5, 2020 - May 30, 2021)

The Body Electric is a major multidisciplinary exhibition that examines humans’ ever-changing relationship with technology and the inescapable interface between our bodies and screens.

In an age dominated by digital technology, The Body Electric explores poignant themes of the real and the virtual, the organic and the artificial, moving from the world into the screen and back again. Looking across the past 50 years, the exhibition features an intergenerational and international group of 59 artists and collectives that use the screen as a place to rethink the body and identity, with an emphasis on subjects of gender, sexuality, class, and race.

“The works in The Body Electric investigate the issues raised by our growing dependence on electronic interfaces to learn about the world, to communicate with each other, and even to understand our own identities,” said Rina Carvajal, MOAD’s Executive Director and Chief Curator. “For more than five decades, as our reliance on technology has increased, the artists in this fascinating exhibition have delved into the many ways that screens have come to shape our reality.”

Full list of artists in the exhibition: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Ivana Bašić, Gretchen Bender, Sadie Benning, Dara Birnbaum, Zach Blas, George Brecht and Robert Watts, Nancy Burson, James Byrne, Peter Campus, Petra Cortright, Andrea Crespo, Jaime Davidovich, Otavio Donasci, Juan Downey, Zackary Drucker, Rhys Ernst, VALIE EXPORT, Jes Fan, Aneta Grzeszykowska, K8 Hardy, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Tishan Hsu, Pierre Huyghe, Juliana Huxtable, Sanja Iveković, Josh Kline, Carolyn Lazard, Mark Leckey, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Anna Maria Maiolino, Christian Marclay, Helen Marten, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Peter Moore, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Letícia Parente, Claudio Perna, Sondra Perry, Howardena Pindell, Ulrike Rosenbach, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Marianna Simnett, Stelarc, Hito Steyerl, Martine Syms, Ryan Trecartin, Wolf Vostell, the Wooster Group, and Anicka Yi.

The Body Electric is organized by the Walker Art Center. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Additional support provided by Ellen and Jan Breyer and the David and Leni Moore Family Foundation. The Body Electric is curated by Pavel Pyś, Curator, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, with Jadine Collingwood, Curatorial Fellow. The presentation at MOAD is organized by Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator, with Isabela Villanueva, Consulting Assistant Curator, and is made possible by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional support was received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Immersive Technologies in the Arts initiative.

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Dora Garcia: I Remember Miami
Dora Garcia: I Remember Miami
(May 1 – July 31, 2020)

During this time of social distancing in our homes, the vibrancy of Miami can feel like a distant memory. Join us in celebrating the place we love by helping to create a work of art

MOAD in collaboration with the Miami Book Fair, invites everyone to take part in the great Spanish artist Dora García’s new public artwork I Remember Miami, a participatory work that invites the public to come together in a virtual collective space of memory and connection to celebrate the experience of living in our city. Produced by the people of Miami themselves, this work records intimate memories of a vital place temporarily stilled. Read more about the project and participate.



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Dora Garcia: Rezos / Prayers Miami is presented at the Museum of Art and Design at MDC. Courtesy of Dora Garcia.

Dora Garcia: Rezos/Prayers Miami
(Postponed)

Dora García: Rezos/Prayers Miami is an innovative audio installation that focuses the Spanish artist’s performative practice onto a day in the life in Miami. Rezos/Prayers Miami makes personal and specific experiences into collective and universal invocations.

For the Miami iteration of the Spanish artist’s ongoing project, first enacted in Madrid in 2007, eleven individuals, placed in various locations or public transit routes around the city, recorded forty-five-minute narrations of their observations, noting both every day and unexpected details. These recordings of “incessant description, recited like a prayer,” posted online as digital audio files, constitute an archive of subjective interpretations that document a particular place at a particular time.

At the end of 2019, the artist sent eleven Miami residents out into the city with audio recording devices. These participants—Marivi Véliz, Celeste Landeros, Dainerys Machado, Pedro Medina León, Samantha Phillips, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Angela Valella, Marcos Valella, Hernán Vera Álvarez, Gladys Hernando, and Larry Villanueva—include writers, professors, graduate students, artists, and actors, who narrated what they saw and heard in both English and Spanish. Garcia says the “recited descriptions are as much of people, situations, attitudes, events, as of buildings, structures, itineraries, activities, routines, objects, atmospheres, circumstances, sounds, smells, including also the impressions, deductions, and intuitions of the describing or narrating subject.”

The recordings that make up the Miami version of Rezos/Prayers will be online at MOAD’s new website, http://www.mdcmoad.org, and also at the artist’s website, http://doragarcia.org/rezos/miami/. The installation will also be on view in MOAD's galleries.

Dora García: Rezos/Prayers Miami is curated by Rina Carvajal as part of the series A City of the People. It is made possible by the generous support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



Forensic Architecture: True to Scale

Courtesy of Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale
(February 19–September 27, 2020)

MOAD presents the first major U.S. survey of Forensic Architecture’s extraordinary work uncovering evidence of state and corporate violence.

Comprised of architects, software developers, filmmakers, journalists, lawyers, artists, and scientists, Forensic Architecture is a research agency that uses architectural software and an architectural sensibility to investigate human rights violations.

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale displays the evidence and explains the methodologies behind over a dozen Forensic Architecture investigations. While providing an overview of how advanced techniques such as photogrammetry, audio analysis, augmented reality, 3D modeling, machine learning, and crowd sourcing support their findings, the exhibition considers the complex relationship between a material fact and its representation in the public realm. Amidst what Founding Director Eyal Weizman refers to as the “dark epistemology” of a post-truth media environment, this collection of meticulously researched, carefully analyzed, and conscientiously presented evidence demonstrates that it is both possible and imperative to verify what is really happening in the world around us.

True to Scale includes the first Forensic Architecture investigation in which virtual reality is used to compel accurate witness testimony and recreate a crime scene. Co-produced by MOAD, it corresponds with the core theoretical and practical questions that will be further explored through the museum’s public programming.

Forensic Architecture: True to Scale is curated by Sophie Landres. It is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Immersive Technologies in the Arts initiative; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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