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.
Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album
May 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015
This exhibition is a participative project developed by emerging Puerto Rican artist Lorna Otero. The artist is in the process of constructing 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 aspect and the proposal of an oeuvre that is ultimately made by a community.
Be part of this art project by the artist, who will display family photos by Miami natives, to create a collective memory of a contemporary city.
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Museum Studies Exhibition
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.
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: Celestial Traveler
September 12, 2015 - January 3, 2016
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.