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Wolfsonian Teaching Exhibition:
Visualizing the Information Age: Data, Design, and Display

January 28, 2015 – April 19, 2015           

In the twentieth century, truth became statistical. Numbers and data provided a new way to understand such concepts as health, population, work, and territory, and a new language through which parties and states advanced their agendas. Technologies from typewriters and cash registers to radio, television, and stock tickers, assembled, organized, and communicated social and economic data, while methods of social surveying grouped people into “statistical communities.”

In order to convey information about these statistical communities, graphic designers developed graphs and charts that represented the abstract and quantitative in visual form. They hoped that these graphic forms of information would offer an objective, scientific basis for the resolution of conflicts and the regulation of society. Visualizing the Information Age shows how the work of these designers provided a new medium for the conduct of social and political debate, even as it encoded the cultural prejudices and presumptions of the day.

Guest curator: Kenneth Lipartito, FIU Professor of History, with Peter Clericuzio, Academic Programs Manager, The Wolfsonian-FIU.


Mónica Bengoa: Exercices de Style / Exercises in Style           
February 14, 2015 - April 26, 2015

Mónica Bengoa’s works in felt, paper, embroidery may be best understood within the interdisciplinary contexts of contemporary artistic practices. The artist’s grounding in Post-Minimalist strategies including repetition, labor-intensive hand work, and subjective content reflect her passionate interest in the ordinary details of seemingly unimportant activities, events, places, things, and routines as subject matter.

Exercices de Style / Exercises in Style are directly based on the French writer Raymond Queneau’s book of the same title. Bengoa has reproduced nineteen stories from Queneau’s ninety-nine stories, each of which is an unusually inventive literary variation of the first brief story titled “Notations / Notation.” Bengoa has followed Queneau’s titles for each story and retained the page numbers on each of her works. Her principal objective was to create a visual form in diverse mediums corresponding to his innovative literary exercises. 

In realizing this extraordinary visual-literary dialogue, Bengoa developed a series of processes, beginning with tearing out the pages, wrinkling them, photographing them, working on them digitally, hand tracing and then cutting each word to create a visual transformation of a literary gem.

Nationally and internationally recognized, her work was shown at The Drawing Center, New York (2014); MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007); 52 Venice Biennial (2007); IV Biennale Internationale de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels de Liège, Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain, Liège, Belgium (2004). Among her many awards: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York (2015); FONDART Grant, Ministry of Culture, Santiago. Bicentennial Grant. Project, “Felt as a new material for an optic exercise.” (2009)

The translations of the French stories in English will be accessible as an e-book in an iPad inside the gallery.

This exhibition is curated by Julia P. Herzberg, guest curator. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Embassy of Chile provided the transportation of the art work. Additional support has been provided by the Facultad de Artes, The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Isabel Aninat Galeria de Arte in Santiago.


Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth                
February 21, 2015 - May 24, 2015 

The character shu in ancient Chinese signifies books, written characters, and the act of writing. This solo exhibition presents the shu art of Xu Bing (b. 1955-), the world acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist, from his Book from the Sky to Book from the Ground and Landscape Landscript in between. All these shu masterpieces demonstrate the art of writing as image. Together they create a Zen-like textual space drawing the audience into an artistic contemplation of the works while arousing their latent cognitive capacity to communicate with the works.

The interactive educational work, Square Word Calligraphy, uses components of Chinese characters. The work, created in a classroom setting, is a perfect fusion of eastern and western culture into one harmony. All these thought-provoking works of art will not only challenge the viewers' preconception about written language and cultural identity, they will also invite them to interact with the art. This exhibition is designed to serve and educate people of different cultures and nationalities with his art. "My aim is to make an art that truly serves the people."

Curated by Professor Lidu Yi.


Spring 2015 MFA Exhibition
March 25, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Featuring the works of the 2015 graduating Master of fine arts students.


Aesthetics and Values: The Honors College  
April 15, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Aesthetics & Values is an annual exhibition organized by the Honors College at FIU, A&V empowers 40 students from a range of disciplines to become curators as part of a year-long course that culminates in a showcase of acclaimed artists. From the curatorial vision to installation design, students oversee all facets of the exhibition, fully immersing themselves in the art world while exploring the connections between creativity and social dialogue.


Lorna Otero Project: Album of Family, Miami
May 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015

A participative project developed by emerging Puerto Rican artist Lorna Otero, who is in the second stage of the construction of a type of album in the form of a roaming tree, with family portraits that reflect the transformation of this imaginary in South Florida. The exhibition includes multiple participatory and interdisciplinary dynamics and the proposal of an oeuvre that is ultimately made by a community.


Carlos Luna: The Movie
June 17, 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: Entelechy
September 9, 2015 - January 3, 2016

According to Oxford dictionary, the concept of entelechy in Aristotle refers to the realization of the potential of a thing, or the mode of being of a thing whose essence is fully realized, as opposed to being merely potential. In later usages, the entelechy became treated as the informing spirit that gives life to something; sometimes, as well the active power generating motion in material things.

The concept of entelechy is for me a very accurate definition of what art means. The artist is just a person who has the gift of projecting out of his or her mind a vision of life that he or she shares with other people. The vision come from an individual but can reach any space anytime in a very universal way. My work is just that: what I think, what I feel, what I dream. It contains my thoughts translated in images. That way people can do their own interpretations, like an act of magic.

This show is a compilations of some of the most important works of my career since 1991 until now. It groups a variety of media that goes from painting to sculptures, and from drawings to installations. The subject is a search into the human spiritual universe. A journey into the theater of life where humans show their existential conflicts.


Florida Artist Series – Jim Couper:
There are no other Everglades in the World

September 9, 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.