On View

Rafael Domenech:
Estuary [Pavilion for MOAD]

November 18, 2022–January 2023

November 18, 2022–January 2023

Kyriakides Plaza, MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue, Downtown Miami

Rafael Domenech: Estuary [Pavilion for MOAD]

Estuary [Pavilion for MOAD], a work by Rafael Domenech, functions on multiple levels—as a public sculpture, a reflection on the written word, a platform for live performances and public gatherings, and a meditative environment. Estuary is made from everyday construction materials, such as aluminum framing, and can mutate into a variety of distinct spatial configurations. Large panels or “pages” of construction mesh feature laser-cut texts that will change throughout the duration of the project.

Domenech's artistic practice investigates notions of architecture and urban design, public gathering spaces, and publishing methodologies. He refers to his works as "publications," and they take the form of pavilions, installations, and public programs, as well as experimental publications. The artist’s spatial interventions intersect publishing methodologies such as cutting, redacting, revising, and circulation as research tactics to amplify his interest in the exhibition model as an active machine for production rather than a repository space.

Commissioned by the Museum of Art and Design and installed outdoors at Kyriakides Plaza on the MDC Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami, Estuary coincides with the 39th Miami Book Fair. After its exhibition downtown, it will travel to other MDC campuses, where the pavilion will be accompanied by varied programming at each site.

Cuban American artist Rafael Domenech received his BFA from the New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College in 2015 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2019. He was the recipient of awards from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, and the Cintas Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain, Brest, France; The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; SculptureCenter, New York; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach; and Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Estuary [Pavilion for MOAD] is the second iteration of MOAD Projects, a new series of exhibitions that features work by Miami-based artists, including distinguished Miami Dade College and New World School of the Arts alumni and faculty. MOAD Projects provides a platform for local artists to realize new projects or exhibit recent bodies of work, as well as for investigations of understudied historical developments in Miami’s cultural past. MOAD Projects expands upon the swing/SPACE/Miami alumni exhibition series that began in 2013.

This exhibition is curated by Isabela Villanueva, MOAD's Consulting Assistant Curator, and is made possible by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.