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.
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.
The 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: Entelechy
September 12, 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 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.