Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City is a bold, multidisciplinary curatorial collaboration and exploration of the emergence of the “Creole City” as a local, regional and global phenomenon. Internationally recognized curators Sanjit Sethi, President, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and former director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI), have designed this collaboration to provide a lens through which communities and community leaders internationally can begin to better understand themselves, their diversity and their unlimited possibilities.
Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City is presented in our nation’s capital at a time when diaspora artists and voices are challenging social justice, celebrating identities, and reactivating and bridging communities through contemporary art and scholarship. The complexities and diversities represented by this exhibit are emergent and, in many cases, ascendant across the world.
The mission of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator is to promote, nurture and cultivate the vision and diverse talent of emerging artists from the Caribbean and Latin Diaspora through our exhibition programs, artist-in-residence programs, international exchange programs and educational and outreach activities that celebrate Miami-Dade’s rich cultural and social fabric.
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges the George Washington University academically robust programs in the arts with Corcoran’s creative and inspired scholarship. Part of GWS Columbian College of the Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts related fields and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the University. At the very core of the Corcoran is a question: How can creativity become a catalyst for transformation and change?
Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder, director and lead curator for Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) is a recognized arts advocate and community leader with over 25 years of experience. She has created key relationships with a multitude of artists and art organizations worldwide such as Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and ReadyTex Art Gallery, and has served on several prominent non-profit boards. Her experiences with DVCAI are enhanced by her community work, which accelerates careers and advocates for arts funding. She is an active member of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Fund for African-American Art and is a frequent panelist for funder Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, National Young Arts Foundation and Florida Department of Cultural Affairs. Her awards include The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Third Annual Calabash Amadlozi Visual Arts Award, International Businesswoman of the Year, and being named one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful Black Professionals of 2007. She is the current Art Consultant for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Art of Black Miami initiative.
Sanjit Sethi , M.F.A, M.A., is an accomplished arts administrator skilled in facilitating partnerships and recognized for his commitment to interdisciplinary work. He has displayed a rare sensitivity to connecting with communities and promoting art for the greater good. Sethi served as Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University from 2015 to 2019. In his insightful description of the upcoming exhibit Inter | Sectionality: Diaspora Art from the Creole City, he states that “Artists have always been at the forefront of cultural and institutional critique and these artists are no exception to that. They produce work intended to make us think; it can sometimes make us feel uncomfortable, but it provides searing commentary on the way the world operates. Two of the Corcoran’s key goals are to exhibit work that deals with subjects and complex issues that are often hidden, unseen or overlooked, and to provide an opportunity for viewers to come away with a deeper understanding about their place within these complex systems.” Selected as incoming President of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Sethi will continue to engage students, community, and support the next generation of artists.
Exhibition and programs are made possible with the leading support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Ford Foundation, The State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and with the 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, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and National Performance Network (NPN). Presented by and in collaboration with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc., The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
WETA AROUND TOWN Review
Robert Aubry Davis, Peter Winant, and Janis Goodman discuss the Corcoran Gallery’s new exhibit, Inter | Sectionality, in which Miami-based artists highlight issues of race and social justice around the world.