Borders of Paradise: In the Eyes of Explorers
June 8, 2013 – August 25, 2013
Imagined and exaggerated depictions of the new continent and its offerings persisted through the nineteenth century, satisfying the appetites of curious Europeans hungry for tales of mysterious, lost paradises and evolving primitive worlds. This exhibition will feature maps, etchings and engravings, many of which appeared in literary works, which helped to reinforce and shape the Old World's skewed perception of life in the New World. Curated by Cynthia Duval of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach.
Six Degrees of Separate Nations: Ebony G Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi
June 8, 2013 – September 8 2013
Two artists from vastly different parts of the world, Jamaica and Kenya, investigate identity. Despite the vast distance between them, they ironically share much in common. The influence of colonialism and the repercussions of colonial history have impacted how these artists perceive themselves today, as well as how they place themselves in proximity to the "other." Curated by Claire Breukel, the exhibition will feature a collaborative installation where the artists will meet for the first time and respond to each other's work.
September 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014
For more than a decade, Colombian artist Alberto Baraya has been working on deconstructing the figure of the traveler and, by extension, the discourse of science, by questioning the empirical objectivity of the botanical naturalist. For the exhibition at the Frost Art Museum, Baraya will present a project inspired by Florida's original native fauna. He will research local collections, as well as the work of John James Audubon, the well-known painter and naturalist who charted Florida's bird species 150 years ago. Curated by Francine Birbragher.
Humberto Castro: Tracing Antilles
October 16, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Cuban-American artist Humberto Castro executes an artistic journey across the Antilles in an ever transforming exhibition that conceptually circumnavigates the islands of the Caribbean. The artist uses the socio-cultural, historical and political elements of each island as the conceptual basis for the exhibition. He focuses on transculturation, migrations and the displacement of human populations which eventually form peoples, island nations and continents. Curated by Ana Estrada.
Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive
November 16, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Manuel Mendive Hoyo (Havana, Cuba 1944-) creates paintings, sculptures, and objects that capture the rhythm of the orishas, ancestral spirits of Africa that are the source of his imagery. For today's world, Mendive continues to appropriate, transform and adapt the visual language of Africa as a means of conveying its rich mythology to a new audience, informed less about its ritual than about its aesthetics. Curated by Barbaro Martinez Ruiz.