University of Miami AMS350
HISTORY AND CULTURE OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Mapping Miami’s Contemporary Culture
Lecturer: Cathy Byrd
Office hours by appointment
Once Upon a Time in Miami: Stories from the Cultural Landscape
STUDENTS WILL CO-PRODUCE EPISODES FOR WVUM RADIO!
How did Miami become a destination for international contemporary art and ground zero for sea level rise at the same time?
Exploring the City’s past, present and possible future, students learn audio podcasting—how to use digital tools to uncover, collect, produce and share stories from the cultural landscape. The course will deepen knowledge and understanding of this metropolis through research, reading and writing, local experts, interviews, field recordings, site visits and participation in public events. Diving into contemporary cultural history and current events, the course mines local resources to illuminate the role of creativity in addressing the impact of growth, development and climate change on Miami’s communities.
ABOUT Cathy Byrd
Cathy Byrd is a globally engaged curator, educator, podcaster and writer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of contemporary art. Her writing appears in the Miami Rail, Art Papers, Art in America, Sculpture magazine and other publications. Race and gender, the economy, the environment, global migration and technology are among issues and ideas she brings to the world’s attention through her hybrid practice.
In 2011, Cathy launched the new arts media platform Fresh Art International. Her roving audio podcast engages at the center and fringe of art scenes across seven continents. Based in Miami since 2013, Fresh Art International is known for making contemporary art and culture accessible through podcasting. Cathy sparks conversations with today’s emerging and established artists, curators, writers, designers and filmmakers at the center and fringe of creative communities, to witness, document and archive the voices and sounds of our complex cultural landscape.
TENTATIVE SEMINAR SCHEDULE
NOTE: The final calendar will be determined with students, in response to our collaborative plan for themes, research, field recordings and WVUM programming.
Jan—Introducing Themes and Resources
15 UM: Intro to Course and Digital Tools; UM Special Collections; WUMV—tour station
22 Public Library, Miami: The Vasari Project and other Special Collections, Robert Rauschenberg exhibition
29 UM: Lowe Museum—tour three exhibitions, meet artist/UM professor Xavier Cortado—art and the environment; meet Professor Dr. Harold R. Wanless—sea level rise and the impact on design
Feb — Navigating the City
5 Miami Circle, with Nathaniel Sandler; The Underline, with Meg Daly
12 UM: Commuter Biennial, with curators Laura Randall and Courtney Levine; Archival Feedback, with T. Wheeler Castillo and Emile Milgrim
19 Little River/Little Haiti: Dimensions Variable—Miami Women’s Artist Archive with anti-archivist Anita Sharma and artist Charo Oquet; Little Haiti Cultural Complex with artists Carl Juste and Eduard Duval-Carrié
26 UM: The psycho-geography of public transit with artists David McNalley and Terence Price
Mar—Connecting with Communities
4 History Miami: artist Johanne Rahaman, Modern Portrait of Black Florida
11 Spring Break
18 Little Havana: Plusurbia-architect Juan Mullerat, Miami Public Space Challenge
25 UM: architect Germane Barnes, Spatializing Blackness; artist GeoVanna Gonzalez, Supplemental Projects; artist Najja Moon, The BLCK Family
Apr—Delving into Culture Zones
Featured photos: Ellen Harvey, Atlantis, Miami Beach Convention Center, 2019 | Simon Faithfull, ARTSail, Miami, 2018 | Cathy Byrd, Peréz Art Museum Miami, 2018. Photo Alex Markow | WVUM Team, University of Miami, 2019 | Dimensions Variable, Miami, 2019 | Johanne Rahaman, Black Florida, 2018 | Buskerfest, Downtown Miami, 2018