José Bedia at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Current.Miami headed north to Fort Lauderdale where NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presented an art talk by artist José Bedia and museum director and chief curator, Bonnie Clearwater. The discussion explored the influence that tribal and ethnographic art has had on Bedia’s work and career, and also examined the significance of African works in the museum’s current exhibition, African Art: Highlights of the Permanent Collection.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1959, José Bedia was one the pioneers of Cuba’s celebrated 1980s generation of artists whose work radically transformed Cuban art. Bedia’s intense study and explorations into the traditions, beliefs and symbols of African, Afro-Cuban, and Native American cultures and religions have been significant influences on his work and he himself was inducted into the Regla de Congo, a religion brought to Cuba by slaves from West Africa. He is also an ardent collector of African art, acquired during his extensive travels.
Bedia’s work has been exhibited in numerous U.S. and international solo and group exhibitions, and is included in such museum collections as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum and Tate Modern, London. He currently lives and works in Miami.
Aaron Glickman is a Miami native. After earning his degree in theatre from Florida State University, Aaron headed west to Los Angeles where he lived and worked for a decade. In 2006, he came home to launch Luxury Condo Living magazine – a print publication that covered the luxury condo lifestyle. As the impending real estate crash loomed, Aaron identified SocialMiami, a society blog with highly targeted following. After creating a business strategy designed to transform the platform into an online glossy magazine, Aaron became publisher, and the platform increased in revenue and site visitors by 10 times. He developed partnerships and marketing strategies with many of Miami’s most powerful brands, and created viral editorial strategies that highlighted the city’s greatest influencers. Additionally, Aaron became more involved with his community, sitting on committees and raising funds for Baptist Health, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Children’s Hospital, YoungArts and many more. Aaron is currently a board member of Miami Theater Center and in 2015 was honored as a Miracle Maker by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. That same year, Aaron returned to the stage playing Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch at Miami Theater Center. His new media venture, Current.Miami, is a video-based digital media platform with an emphasis on storytelling.