Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
April 2, 2014 - June 22, 2014
A presentation of the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino art. It explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. The exhibition presents artworks in all media by leading modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized by E. Carmen Ramos, Curator of Latino Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Monika Weiss: Sustenazo (Lament II)
April 23, 2014 - August 3, 2014
By enacting ancient gestures of lamentation, Monika Weiss's video Sustenazo (Lament II) considers contemporary contexts of apathy, indifference, invisibility, and historical amnesia within the public forum. Although a specific war crime in part motivated the artist to communicate the devastating effects of totalitarian invasions and their inhuman consequences, lament is the carrier of the emotional states of grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time. Weiss, an internationally celebrated New York-based artist, records and composes sound in her videos from testimonies, recitations, and musical instruments, including her own piano improvisations. Music, a principal element in Sustenazo (Lament II) merges diverse narratives together into polyphonic compositions. The artist will perform at the beginning of the exhibition in the gallery, which was curated by Julia P. Herzberg.
This exhibition was organized by the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile, with a generous support by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Canada, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Additional support by the Embassy of Poland, Santiago, Chile and Roxana Varas. Sustenazo (Lament II) is one of three videos originally commissioned for the exhibition Monika Weiss: Sustenazo by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, 2010.
Museum studies: Pre-Columbian Collections from the Frost Art Museum
May 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Students enrolled in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program will use selections from the Frost Art Museum Permanent Collection in this annual project that gives them an opportunity to curate an exhibition from beginning to installation, applying their newly-learned skills. Directed by Annette B. Fromm.
Philippe Dodard: Tradition
May 7, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Dodard's work is unique and powerful, expressive and bold, and his use of ink, paint and metal is celebrated throughout Haiti's artistic community. While his Haitian influences are clearly evident, Dodard has stretched tradition and, in doing so, created a fresh Haitian sophistication that is uniquely his own, the very definition of "independence."
European & Caribbean Masters: Another History of Caribbean Art June 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014
European & Caribbean Masters places in inter-relation the expression of two distinct artistic universes that are culturally and historically linked. Through a number of European works that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, and through the confrontation with artworks by Caribbean artists, the exhibition endeavors to re-establish a balance in an aesthetic dialectical exchange that history has virtually ignored. Curated by Laurence Choko.
School of Night: Arturo Rodríguez
June 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014
School of Night features works on paper by artist Arturo Rodríguez. The drawings are inspired by the personal experience of the artist, who feels that between mid-night and dawn his surroundings acquire different dimensions. The School of Night project is actually a collaboration with nine poets whose verses are based in his drawings and together form a book, which will be launched with the exhibition. Curated by Juan A. Martínez.
July 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014
A collaboration between Cuban-American artist Luis Cruz Azaceta and musician Mirta Gomez that features paintings and the sounds of Felix Mendelssohn as expressions of the silent voices of the Cuban Diaspora. Curated by Mirta Gomez.
Simon Ma: Ma-Horse
July 12, 2014 - October 26, 2014
One of China's most well-known and internationally acclaimed artists. Simon Ma blends eastern and western techniques in a multi-media exhibit inspired by the late Chinese artist Xu Beihong and the symbolism of the horse in the Chinese Year of the Horse.