Industrious Resolutions

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

I'm also involved on a national level with the Congress for New Urbanism, which is a group of people from many disciplines who wish to bring urban issues and the design for urban excellence in the future to both an academic agenda and a federal policy agenda. Two congresses will occur in the next year, and we'll be working to continue meeting and bringing ideas of healthy social and economic structure to our cities and regions through our design and policy.

Haydee Scull
Legendary Miami Beach figure who, with her twin sister Sahara and son Michael, are locally renowned for their dioramas of scenes from pre-Castro Cuba and South Beach

In 1994 we hope to travel to places as far off as Japan. First we have some specific commitments. In January we're going to be in an exhibition at the Art Museum at FIU. It's about folklore in different countries and we're the artists who represent the folklore of Miami. We also represent Cuban folklore of the 1950s. Our three-dimensional works show a scene from Cuba in the Fifties (a plaza, a bus, a young girl of that era, which was our first childhood), or from South Beach, which also has its own very interesting folklore A the Rollerbladers, people carrying surfboards, and celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who we love and who we include in one of our artworks. South Beach is like a carnival.

The other important thing is that, like always, we're going to participate in Art Deco Weekend. We're going to have an exhibition and we're going to be in the antique car parade. We've been here for 24 years, so we consider ourselves true local artists. We've also just finished a mural at Joe's Stone Crab -- all of the waiters and the regular customers appear in the mural -- and we're there, too, eating crabs.

Our dream is to have a show that would include all of the outfits that we've worn in the past. We have a huge collection of dresses and accessories that we don't wear any more, but they signify very dear moments for us. We'd like to show these along with our most popular works and offer the public typical Cuban things like guarapo, and a drink that we've been dreaming about called tutti-frutti that mixes many colors and flavors -- just like us.

Jan Sebon!
Singer and percussionist, leader of the ten-member Haitian music and dance group Koleksyon Kazak

Right now we don't have any dates set in town, but we're working in the studio to have an album next year. We're looking for shows. In Miami I think it is difficult. We play mostly festivals; there aren't so many places to play. It's not like New York. The clubs don't have a lot of money to pay.

We're going to stay in Miami, but we'd really like to travel. Last year we went to festivals in Atlanta and New Orleans and that was a great experience, so we're trying to get more festivals in the U.S. and elsewhere. I used to have a drumming group in Haiti; we'd do theater and tell poetry. We've done that several times for the Haitian community. We're working on a video project of a play we did in Creole, written by a well-known Haitian poet named Georges Castera, but right now we don't have the money to finish it.

The dream is to find a record deal with a company. I'd like to help my family with my music.

Rosita Segovia
Internationally celebrated Spanish dancer and choreographer, director of the Miami-based Ballet Espanol Rosita Segovia

There's something very important that I'm working full-speed on - that's the opera in February. I'm choreographing two pieces for the Miami Opera. One is Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo. It's the original version from 1914 that's only been performed once before. The other is de Falla's La vida breve. It's really going to be our night and I'm very concerned now because some of the dancers are coming over from Spain to begin rehearsals and we have to arrange their visas and everything.

And then I'm doing my own dance concert at the Gusman at the end of February. We'll be performing a contemporary work with Spanish dancing, called Mediterraneo, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. So we're moving ahead with the times. I'm of the opinion that one should move ahead.

Cesar Trasobares
Cuban artist and lecturer who formerly taught at Miami-Dade and was director of the Dade County Art in Public Places Program from 1985-90

My plans are to stay away from the art systems as they are right now. No galleries, no museums, no bourgeois collectors -- dedicate some time to my own head. I want time to read and work on various things.

I've already busted my behind all these years teaching and doing the public art thing and all that. I owe it to myself to spend some time in the spirit of rethinking exactly what it is that art does for society and for individuals. I'm really exploring the subject very judiciously, reading philosophy and sociology and some books that explore what an artist is. It's much too easy to go to Pearl and buy art supplies and face the blank canvas. I refuse to go to the art-supply store.

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