Industrious Resolutions

Miami artists share their wry hopes, sly hopes, and high hopes for the coming year

This year I would hope the government would stop bullshitting and give these people the cure for AIDS. They've got the cure already. And I hope the community here in South Florida can live more closely together than they've been living in the past year.

Juan Cejas
Director and actor, ACME Acting Company
I'm a potential lottery winner, so I've got that going for me. I think that's my strongest asset at this point.

ACME is once again looking for a space, but we're not frantically looking. The next definite production we have will be in July at the Colony Theater (we're still negotiating for the rights, so I can't say what it is). If we find a space, we'll be producing another work; if we don't, we won't. I think the best thing that's happened this year is that people have become more aware that there is a lack of venues. The number of arts organizations has grown a lot faster than the number of facilities -- so hopefully this year it will encourage various municipalities to cough up some dough to convert their dead spaces into useful spaces. Although I've become more certain that there is an audience for what we're doing, it is a limited audience. But it isn't limited to a degree that we can't survive. There is enough of an audience to consistently work a 100- or 150-seat theater.

I'm going to run with the bulls in Pamplona in July, the day before my 30th birthday. I've already got my ticket. I've been waiting 30 years to do that.

David Frankel
Screenwriter/director/producer whose first movie, Miami, is scheduled for release in spring 1994

I'm going to be editing this film, Miami, and writing my next movie for Sarah Jessica Parker.

Gerri Houlihan
Dancer/choreographer, artistic director of Houlihan & Dancers, teacher at the New World School of the Arts

I'm doing a lot of international teaching for the American Dance Festival, in conjunction with the U.S. Information Agency and the Rockefeller Foundation. In January I'm going to be teaching in Manila, in April I'm teaching in Poland, and in May I'm teaching in Estonia, which is my second trip to Estonia. International teaching is something I've been doing more and more of, and I'm really enjoying it a lot. These countries have their own traditions in terms of folk dance and ethnic dance, and they're more familiar with ballet, but they really don't know what modern dance is about. And they're very curious. We're trying to encourage them not to make dance like what the Americans are doing, but to use that information to make their own modern dance and do dance connected to their own music, traditions, and history.

Locally, I'm continuing to work with my company. We'll be at the Colony May 13 and 14. We'll be doing some old works and a brand-new piece. I'm working a lot in a collaborative way with the dancers. I have a classical background; I was trained at Juilliard, so I'm trying to go a little more into something not quite as familiar to me.

Roberto Juarez
New York/Miami-based painter affiliated with the Robert Miller Gallery in Manhattan

I've been awarded a grant from the Tamarind Institute to go to India and make prints in a print shop in New Delhi. That's the most exciting news of the year. This is also the year I'm finishing the ceiling and a terrazzo floor of a new junior high school in Brooklyn. I'm painting on aluminum for the ceiling, and the subject is a celestial calendar. The floor will be laid in April. The planning and building of the school have taken a long time. It's a big thing. There's plans for me to go to Mexico and make some glass sculpture in Monterrey. It's still up in the air, but I've done some really beautiful designs. It's not mass-produced glass. It will be art glass, handblown.

I just finished doing a painting show at Jaffe Baker Blau in Boca. I showed a series of large paintings that were about the best I've ever done. They wouldn't have been possible if I wasn't in Miami. The ocean's a big influence on me. Miami's enlightened me in a different way than New York. I like the community and the mix of people. It's very colorful.

I'm looking for a new studio in Miami. I'm on Washington Avenue now, but my lease is going up from $640 to $3000. So I can't afford that. They're trying to price the artists out of South Beach. It's becoming less artist-friendly because the bottom lines are financial and not artistic. In New York I live in a building that we bought from the city and developed. The city felt it was important to keep artists there. Miami Beach isn't interested in that. There is no real art support. Mickey Rourke is not going to support artists.

I'm cautiously optimistic about this year. Nobody is really sick that's close to me. I lost one of my best friends over the summer, and I'm sort of in aftershock. The art's in a good place, so I'm putting a lot of my emotions there.

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