2016 | Miami

WEBSITE: http://convening.commonfield.org
PANEL VIDEOS: https://vimeo.com/album/4315876
FIELD PERSPECTIVES: Miami Rail + Temporary Art Review
VIDEO PORTRAITS: https://vimeo.com/album/4295736

Miami is well known for its luxury art market driven by Art Basel and a host of commercial galleries. Beneath the popular radar, the city also plays host to a robust network of artist and cultural organizations devoted to critical creative practice and experimental production; organizations that make Miami an exciting cultural home rather than a commercial tourist destination. This rich array of artist-run spaces and centers, alternative galleries, and independent artists’ projects challenge the image of Miami and the presumptions about art for collectors and communities alike.

Lead Miami partners BFI, Cannonball, Dimensions Variable and Locust Projects designed a convening program focused on how small arts organizations can survive and sustain in these times of accelerated capitalism. Today’s pressures require new practices for adjusting to rapid shifts in technology, climate change, economic, social and political forces. Major topics included the collusion and resistance of artists’ in complex social processes like gentrification, the importance of critical discourse and pathways for its development, strategies and tactics for organizations to endure difficult transitions, and how small spaces can amplify alternative values in the context of art world and market presumptions.

The convening was held at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, a venue known for its community access in a neighborhood at the cultural heart of Haitian diaspora. The program included four days of panels, breakout sessions, workshops, tours and local arts events. 350+ arts organizers from Miami and across the nation came together to share the values and practices of artist-run and artist-centered spaces and projects, learn, exchange, connect, and play. 

The convening hosted over 120+ presenters. Common Field awarded 50 scholarships to attendees. In response to feedback from Minneapolis 2015, the program included more break-out dialogues, intensive and intimate discussions, and opportunities for creative exchange. The convening also provided an important outlet for national members to collectively plot futures for Common Field--brainstorming research trajectories, channels for resource exchanges, and outlining advocacy strategies for the second official year of the organization.

2016 Common Field Convening Miami
SoFlaNights.com, September 20, 2016 

Common Field Convening' Unites Artists
Over 350 Organizations Participating

Miami Art Zine

Fresh Art International 
Jolt Radio, Hosted by Cathy Byrd with Naomi Fisher, Bas Fisher Invitational - BFI | Leyden Rodriguez, Dimensions Variable | Stephanie Sherman, Common Field

Artists Grappled With Climate Change, Capitalism, and Gentrification at Common Field Convening
Miami New Times, Arts & Culture
By Minhae Shim Roth, October 24, 2016

Which Miami neighborhood will be the next to be ‘Art-Washed’?
Miami Herald, Visual Arts
By Jordan Levin, October 24, 2016

Beyond the Fair
Aesthetics and Socially-Engaged Art

Art is about
By Michelle Ivette Gomez, October 25, 2016

What’s in a name? The Common Field Convening in Little Haiti
Temporary Art Review
By Julia Cole, October 28, 2016

“Art-Washing”—A New Name for a Not-So-New Side Effect of Gentrification
NonProfit Quarterly
By Eileen Cunniffe, October 28, 2016

The Emotional Is Theoretical
Contempt Orary
By Gelare Khoshgozaran

To dale! or calmate… A heartfelt attempt at intellectually engaging the idea of speed in relation to Miami
Miami Rail
Rob Goyanes, October 3, 2016

The Spaces of Gentrification
Temporary Art Review 
Michael R. Allen, October 5, 2016

How many sides are there? A Meditation on The Many Headed Janus of Gentrification
Miami Rail
Dana Bassett, October 10, 2016

Let It Decay: Cultural Precarity in the Anthropocene
Temporary Art Review
Christopher Lee Kennedy, October 12, 2016 

The Dual Power of Arts Organizations
Temporary Art Review
Joshua Simon, October 14, 2016

Miami Rail
Patricia Margarita Hernandez & Natalia Zuluaga, October 17, 2016

To Make a Public: Artists’ Publications as Partisan Positions
Temporary Art Review
Sarrita Hunn and James McAnally, October 19, 2016 

What is an Art Basel: Criticality and Criticism in Miami All Year Round
Miami Rail
Monica Uszerowicz, October 21, 2016

The Miami Convening is generously supported by Common Field national funders The Andy Warhol Foundation and The Hemera Foundation.

Common Field is a national network of artists’ organizations that launched officially in Fall 2015 at the Common Field Convening in Minneapolis, also known as Hand-in-Glove, which had prior iterations in New Orleans (2013) and Chicago (2011). The launch of Common Field opened membership to organizations and organizers across the country who create experimental, contemporary platforms for visual artists. Since that time, over 400 groups and individuals have joined as members of Common Field. Self-nominating members include artist-run and non-profit art spaces, publications, digital exhibition venues, festivals, residencies, collectives and collaborative organizers, curators, artists, and administrators working in a variety of mediums. Common Field creates visibility and viability for the field of artist organizations through connection, advocacy, research, and resources. 

Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) is a 501(c)(3) artist run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. BFI aims to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, in particular, NOMADIC MIAMI, a platform for exhibitions and public programming chosen by artists that takes a behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. This includes WEIRD MIAMI bus tours and educational programming. BFI is a not-for-profit funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions. 

Cannonball is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice. Cannonball’s artist-centric values are mirrored in its experimental programs, resources, and opportunities that respond to the needs of today’s artists and reflect our efforts to better understand the nuances and textures of South Florida. 

Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space based in Miami and committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops a contemporary art program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental practices. DV was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova who direct the gallery. 

Locust Projects is a not for profit exhibition space dedicated to providing contemporary visual artists the freedom to experiment with new ideas without the pressures of gallery sales or limitations of conventional exhibition spaces. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that is free to the public.