Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design featured an exhibition, performance and lecture by Brazilian artist Berna Reale this fall, marking only the second time the noted performance artist has had her work displayed in the United States. The exhibition, hosted in collaboration with the art collective Dimensions Variable, kicked off MDC’s six-month program Living Together, a series of performance art spanning various modalities, including film and video screenings, lectures and workshops held throughout Miami. The exhibit included the North American premiere of many of Reale’s works, which focus on modern social and political issues such as capitalism, economic and gender inequality, and state control. In one of her pieces, Reale donned police riot gear and a dog muzzle while riding a dyed-red horse down empty streets, while in another, a figure dressed in a golden suit and gas mask tap dances on a red carpet spread across a landfill. Reale’s performances are sometimes carried out at personal risk to herself as she works to highlight examples of injustice and violence. Solo exhibitions of Reale’s work have been held at the Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. Living Together seeks to find new ways in which civic engagement can affect societal change and fight injustice. The series, which will also include performances and talks by international artists and thought leaders such as Carrie Mae Weems and William Kentridge, will run at MDC until September 2018. – RS
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