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Creole World:
Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere

June 13, 2015 - August 23, 2015

New Orleans is often hailed for its distinctive Creole heritage—evident in its food, architecture, and people—but it is far from alone. Its Creoleness may be unique to the United States, but New Orleans is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities with similar colonial histories. Founded as New World outposts of Old World empires, these cities forged new identities from their European, West African, and indigenous influences—by turns inspired by, in defiance of, and adapted from all of them.

Photographer Richard Sexton has been intrigued by the Creole world since he first traveled to Central and South America as a young man. For him, the architectural and urban similarities among Creole cities comprised a visual theme informed by endless variations, grand and humble, old and new. The exhibition features fifty-nine photographs of Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, along with objects, photography equipment, and background material that relate to the photographer's experiences.


Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna
June 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015

One of the foremost contemporary Cuban painters, Carlos Luna is part of a generation of Cuban artists who embrace their strong heritage and traditions but have reinvented themselves along the way. Luna tells stories and relates fables through his detailed and richly painted canvases and mixed-media works on paper. Citing Rufino Tamayo and Wifredo Lam as major influences on his work, Luna is culturally attuned to shifts in the social and political environments in Cuba and Mexico, as well as the humanity that makes these countries so vibrant (the artist lived and worked in Mexico for 13 years after leaving Cuba, before settling in Miami). The exhibition focuses on discrete cycles of work, including the world premiere of a number of ceramic works produced at the famed Talavera Pottery in Puebla, Mexico as well as fine art tapestries featuring the artist's work, woven by Magnolia Editions. Several new artworks are featured, showcasing Luna's cross-pollination of influences from Cuba, Mexico and Miami. The exhibition has been organized by guest curator, Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz.


Rufina Santana: Cartographies of the Sea (Cartografias del Agua)
September 9, 2015- December 13, 2015

Rufina Santana is a Spanish painter with a degree in Fine Arts and Painting from Barcelona University. She lives in Lanzarote (Canary Islands), where she produces most of her work. Her work is inspired by nature, water, memory and the journey.
This exhibition presents abstract waterscapes that deal with the journey, a journey not just physical, but also symbolic and even cosmic.  The journey of the body, and the meditative journey of the spirit and the soul.

This exhibition is a Partnership between:
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), The Center for Spanish and Mediterranean Studies  and the Delegado del Gobierno de Canarias en Miami.


Carlos Estevez: Celestial Traveler
September 9, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Celestial Traveler takes its name from one of Carlos Estevez’s works of art included within the exhibition. The work, an exquisitely ornate kite, serves as a many-layered metaphor for the artist, his work and the exhibition. The kite represents the connection between heaven and earth, the pursuit of dreams and the artists’ own spiritual and physical journey.

This journey has been a source of inquiry throughout Estevez’s artistic career. Through his work, Estevez both examines and interprets how we navigate the concrete and ethereal worlds that surround us. 
Celestial Traveler addresses the complex and layered internal, spiritual, familial and public conversations that occur throughout this fleeting journey of life, and the dynamics that are elemental to them. Through Estevez’s artistic, existential and philosophical quest he shares a personal, yet universal, experience about human and spiritual connections.

This exhibition was sponsored in part by Sawgrass Infiniti.



Florida Artist Series
Jim Couper:
There are no other Everglades in the World
September 9, 2015 - November 1, 2015

This exhibition features a new series of paintings by Jim Couper, professor emeritus in the Department of Art and Art History at FIU and founding director of the Art Museum at FIU.  His paintings do not have people or even traces of people in them, just untouched nature in its purest form. According to Couper, "It's the experience of the wild landscape, not a picture of it that interests me.” The Florida Everglades are the artist's favorite place to paint; unfortunately, he has witnessed the Everglades decline over the years.

He stated, "I never feel as inspired as when I am in nature- as far away as possible from any traces of human intervention. My work is a humble acknowledgement of the wonder that is being taken from us.”  He made this choice because of concerns for the preservation of what remains of the Everglades. This concern is the conceptual basis for making this body of work, and the Everglades provides an endless source of visual and spiritual inspiration.


Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann
October 9, 2015 - January 3, 2016

The art of Hans Hofmann, a towering figure among postwar New York School painters, is the subject of the exhibition, Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann. Famed for his push/pull spatial theories and dynamic approach to color, Hofmann was not only a revered painter, but also the most important teacher and theoretician of the Abstract Expressionist movement. The complex structures of Hofmann’s abstract canvases explode with vivid hues, each work a distinct expression of his highly evolved “Search for the Real,” the title of his influential books of essays of 1948.

This exhibition is the first to focus on Hans Hofmann’s varied and under-appreciated mural projects. By incorporating a number of the finest examples of the artist’s contemporaneous easel paintings (as well as key paintings leading up to and following his mural work), the exhibition will demonstrate the continuity and evolution of Hofmann’s oeuvre, culminating in the late, great so-called Slab paintings, where both the assertive planarity of the murals and the modular, colored mosaic elements achieved their final, sublime expression.

The exhibition explores Hofmann’s public mosaic projects through paintings, mosaic studies and project drawings. It showcases the collaboration between José Luis Sert and Hofmann from 1950 for the Peruvian town of Chimbote.


Carola Bravo:  Dismembered Movement
November 9, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Carola Bravo is known for her immersive site-specific installations, urban interventions and intimate studio artworks that address space, changing territories and their geometry. Her video is a representation of a moment in a space that might sometimes coincide with reality itself.

Based on Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series,” The Exhibition deals with the concept of Migration. Migration understood not only in its basic meaning as movement periodically from one place to another, but also in its deepest significance as intersections between poetic and architectonic territories. Motherland and precarious heritage, exile and homelessness, homesick and jet-lag and how roots in motion are adapting themselves to new contexts. 


Ramon Espantaleon: The Temptation
November 13, 2015 – January 10, 2016

This exhibition features works that are part of a series entitled First Apple. This series expresses the artist’s ideas about the origin of the world. To achieve this, the artist used the technique of pointillism, reinterpreted and applied over the volumetric representation of the island of Manhattan, considered by many the center of modern world. Manhattan is also known as the Big Apple, fruit of discord associated with the creation of mankind through Adam and Eve. Therefore, the artist chose to represent Michelangelo´s "Tempation and Expulsion", one of his most famous panels from the Sistine chapel ceiling, and painted it over Manhattan, a vigorous, dynamic, powerful, changing and chaotic city, a modern paradise.