Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights

A Photographic Series by Geandy Pavón

December 1st, 2020 – January 10th, 2021
Community Meeting Room

Photo credit: Geandy Pavón. Day #11. From the Series: Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights. Courtesy of the artist.

On March 18, 2020, and during forty days, artist Geandy Pavón (Las Tunas, Cuba, 1974) would release a photograph a day on his Facebook and Instagram accounts. They were part of a photographic essay that the artist conceived in the fashion and immediacy of the popular daily challenges of social media. By the latest posts, he had harvested a group of fans who would excitedly wait for the next release, at a moment when the Internet was the main means of communication and the stories he was telling had the potential of turning the unfortunate times people were living in, into poetry. Pavón had traveled from New Jersey to visit his girlfriend, Imara López, in Buffalo, NY, when the couple found themselves “trapped” in her apartment during the first period of the COVID-19 lockdown. In the setting of López’s home and with very limited resources, they managed to build the most creative settings in which they were both the artists and the muses. “The ideas began to flow, and in proportion the problems, obstacles, and lack of the right equipment to make them come true. 398 miles away from my studio in NJ and with only two stores open: Dollar Tree and Target, the only solution was to create the instruments to be able to work.” Said the artist. Simple elements, such as dramatic light and carboard props, helped the couple reenact art history classics; interpret popular religiousness, and ultimately invent brand-new imagery that chronicled life in a modern-day pandemic.

Very soon after its completion, Pavón was invited to exhibit the series on the digital platform of the Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, in Washington DC, accompanied by a music piece composed by his long-time friend and neighbor Paquito D’Rivera, and a sharp academic essay by Lynette Bosch, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, Geneseo. It has also been very favorably reviewed on multiple platforms, from the online magazines Repeating Islands and Rialta, to The Washington Post.

The exhibition at the Coral Gables Museum will be the first time the series is brought to a physical gallery. Opening in the context of Miami Art Week, “Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights…” will coincide with another major show, “Alien Nations 2020” that shares the common theme of alienation in contemporary art, this time through the eyes of nearly two dozen artists. A series of related events to this exhibition will be announced soon.

Geandy Pavón is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the ills that plague global society. His observations into totalitarianism, ideology, iconoclasm, and displays of power that lead to ruin and decay are expressed through painting, photography, interventions, and video. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions such as Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, at The Studio Museum, in Harlem and Perez Art Museum Miami, FL; The X Files Biennial at El Museo del Barrio; and as part of Pacific Time LA/LA at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

*This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Laura Blanco, Robert Shainheit, and the In Art We Trust Foundation.

 

In maintaining the safety of our staff and guests, and in the context of current Covid-19 guidelines, rather than a one-time reception where we host a large crowd our Grand Opening will extend all day from Tuesday, December 1st to Saturday, December 5th. Whenever possible, RSVP for different time slots throughout these days on the ‘Visit’ page of our website. Visitors who walk in during Happy Hour (5-6 pm) will be able to enjoy a sip of wine at the Museum!