Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album
May 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015
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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, presents Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album, an interactive project between Lorna Otero and South Florida residents. Otero, a Puerto Rican artist who also works as a theater and television producer, utilizes her talents to construct a tree in one of the museum's galleries that extends from floor to ceiling. The leaves of this tree feature dozens of photographs taken by South Florida families engaged in shared activities such as daily meals, family outings and other routines.
To create these leaves, the artist is seeking photographs to include in the project. Families are encouraged to submit photographs featuring shared family activities.
The artist also encourages the public to visit the museum to view the resulting exhibition and to participate in its accompanying interactive components. Conceived as an ongoing project, the exhibition will allow for some of the photos to be taken inside the gallery by visitors of the museum during set times. A weekend long interactive performance by selected visitors will recreate family activities, such as shared family time over dinner and a living room setting in the first floor café space of the museum. Although many feel the demands of contemporary life decrease "family time," this exhibition strives to create and capture the essence of shared family moments within the walls of the museum.
This exhibition also includes the artist's interpretations and appropriations of famous female artists and their struggles with being an artist and societal and familial expectations. This latest photographic series includes such artists as Marietta Robusti, Lavinia Fontana, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Lilly Martin Spencer and Leonora Carrington.
An earlier version of this project, Family's Photos curated by Laura Bravo at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo MAC in Puerto Rico included photographs from families all over the world. With Otero's latest version at the Frost Art Museum, the project will begin to travel from city to city with the objective of including family photographs of each city's local population.
Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera, PhD & Willy Castellanos, Art Historian), this exhibition serves as an interactive community art project and as a research strategy that explores the collective images of contemporary families living in a multicultural city.
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Museum Studies Exhibition
Exploring Identities: Recent Acquisitions of the Frost Collection
May 6, 2015 - August 23, 2015
The fifth annual Museum Studies exhibit at the Frost Art Museum focuses on Recent Acquisitions - selections of artwork which entered the collection of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art between 2009 and 2014. Students have studied over two hundred artworks, including paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and mixed media, to come up with fewer than forty pieces to present to the public.
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 this 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 compose a visual theme supported by endless variations, grand and humble, old and new. The exhibition features fifty-nine photographs of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, along with objects, photography equipment, and background material that relate to the photographer’s experiences while photographing.
Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna
June 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015
One of the foremost contemporary Cuban painters, part of a generation of international artists who have lived and worked in the USA for the past two decades and paved the way for new kinds of painting. The Exhibition traces Luna’s painting and sculptures from the last decade to the present with a special focus on a discrete cycle of works, the Wall Series, which is testimony to both the time and place of its making, and shows the artist’s growth and development and his concern about the nature of imagination, the evocative nature of memory and the passage of time. Curated by Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz.
Carlos Estevez: Celestial Traveler
September 12, 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.
Florida Artist Series – Jim Couper:
There are no other Everglades in the World
September 12, 2015 - November 1, 2015
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.