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.
This exhibition was sponsored in part by Sawgrass Infiniti.
Florida Artist Series
Jim Couper: There are no other Everglades in the World
September 12, 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.
Rufina Santana: Cartographies of the Sea (Cartografias del Agua)
September 12, 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.
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.
Weird, Wild and Wonderful
October 10, 2015- Jan 3, 2016
Botanical artists have traditionally depicted conventionally beautiful plants, such as orchids, irises, and others known to be pleasant to view. Weird, Wild, & Wonderful features plants not always thought of as beautiful but rather eccentric, intriguing, and mysterious. Botanical specimens represented in the exhibition include Buddha’s hand (Citrus medica); shield fern (Polystichum sp.); wasabi (Eutrema japonica); heirloom tomato (Solanum lycopersicum); violet hedgehog mushroom (Sarcodon fuscoindicum); Dog turd fungus with pill bug (Pisolithus tinctorius & Armadillidium vulgare); Romanesco cauliflower (Brassica oleracea); and many others. Media included are watercolor, oil, colored pencil, tempera, graphite, gouache, acrylic, aquatint etching, and pen and ink.
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.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Art of Video Games
January 23, 2016 – April 17, 2016
Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society. In the forty years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. An amalgam of traditional art forms—painting, writing, sculpture, music, storytelling, cinematography—video games offer artists a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences.
The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. It features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation.
Shakespeare and his First Folio
February 1, 2016- February 28, 2016
Published just seven years after his death, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies — now known as the “First Folio” — saved for posterity 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays, including "The Tempest," "Macbeth," "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It."
In 2016, multiple copies of this original edition, accompanied by six interpretive panels, will tour the nation as the exhibition Shakespeare and His First Folio, providing hundreds of thousands of visitors with a rare opportunity to view this important book in their own community.
The exhibition — part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death — will bring the 1623 original edition of the playwright’s first published collection to 53 sites: one site in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks.
Shakespeare and His First Folio is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC). The tour is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
This exhibition is a collaboration between The Frost, The English Department and the University Libraries