Leonel Matheu: Crossroads of the Dystopia
July 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014
With a masterful use of the synthetic graphic design language, Leonel Matheu builds a personal, yet universal, iconography that interweaves intimate fables of our daily existence. Spirituality, technology, passion, solitude, dreams, chimeras and deceptions are at the core of this thoughtful body of work.
Featuring works that range from pencil and ink drawings to oil on canvas, video and installations, Crossroads of the Dystopia is Matheu’s first mid- career museum survey. Curated by Janet Batet, the exhibition features over twenty years of work, providing a comprehensive overview of Matheu’s most distinctive imagery.
Simon Ma Heart . Water . Ink World Tour Exhibition 2014 -
Tribute to Mr. Xu Beihong
July 12, 2014 - October 19, 2014
One of China’s best known and internationally acclaimed artists, Simon Ma is a painter, sculptor, designer, and musician. The
Heart • Water • Ink World Tour Exhibition 2014 makes its first scheduled U.S. visit at the Frost Art Museum. In this exhibition, Simon Ma goes back to his preferred subject, Nature, and his reference to power and majesty, mountains, skies, waters and animals. 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse, and the name Ma means horse, so the horse becomes the favorite subject for this exhibition. In his inimitable and creative approach to art, Simon Ma, innovative artist and inheritor of the ancient traditions, looks up to the Chinese Master Xu Beihong and follows in his footsteps by creating a new show that unites the past and the present using a variety of materials and transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Heart • Water • Ink features more than 70 artworks including paintings, freehand brushwork, Chinese ink hybrids, graffiti art, Chinese calligraphy, lacquer paintings, 3-D video projections, Murano glass, and large-scale dragon and horse sculptures.
Shards of the Past: Pre-Columbian Art from the Frost Art Museum
May 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Students enrolled in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program have used selections from the Frost Art Museum Permanent Collection in this annual project that gives them an opportunity to curate an exhibition from beginning to installation, applying their newly-learned skills. Directed by Annette B. Fromm.
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Shards of the Past: Family Guide
Monika Weiss: Sustenazo (Lament II)
April 23, 2014 - August 3, 2014
By enacting ancient gestures of lamentation, Monika Weiss's video Sustenazo (Lament II) considers contemporary contexts of apathy, indifference, invisibility, and historical amnesia within the public forum. Although a specific war crime in part motivated the artist to communicate the devastating effects of totalitarian invasions and their inhuman consequences, lament is the carrier of the emotional states of grief and sorrow endured by humanity throughout time. Weiss, an internationally celebrated New York-based artist, records and composes sound in her videos from testimonies, recitations, and musical instruments, including her own piano improvisations. Music, a principal element in Sustenazo (Lament II) merges diverse narratives together into polyphonic compositions. The artist will perform in the gallery at the exhibition opening reception. This exhibition is curated by Julia P. Herzberg.
This exhibition was organized by the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile, with a generous support by Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal, Canada, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Additional support by the Embassy of Poland, Santiago, Chile and Roxana Varas. Sustenazo (Lament II) is one of three videos originally commissioned for the exhibition Monika Weiss: Sustenazo by the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland, 2010.
Arturo Rodríguez: The School of Night
June 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014
School of Night features works on paper by artist Arturo Rodríguez. The drawings are inspired by the personal experience of the artist, who feels that between mid-night and dawn his surroundings acquire different dimensions. The School of Night project is actually a collaboration with poets whose verses are based on his drawings and together, form a book which will be launched with the exhibition. Curated by Juan A. Martínez.
25 Sq. inches The Faces of the Permanent Collection
June 18, 2014 - August 24, 2014
As one of the most scrutinized and depicted subjects, the human face is perhaps the most important theme in the history of art. The face has perpetually captivated and inspired artists and artisans. From ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, from photography to Pop Art, man’s fascination with the face is eternal.
Drawn from the permanent collection of the Frost Art Museum, the works included in 25 sq. inches, are presented in a variety of narrative contexts, juxtapositions, and associations with the intent of providing a provocative and engaging forum for the viewer to reconsider the role of the face not only in the art historical narrative, but also in a contemporary one. Curated by Klaudio Rodriguez.
Deep Blue by Javier Velasco
February 27, 2013 – Remainder of 2014
Spanish multi-media artist has been commissioned to do a site-specific work in the atrium of the Frost Art Museum. He used fused glass to create beautiful works that are allegories to the ephemeral, and speak to the fragility of nature and the environmental concerns of today.
OTHER THINGS TO SEE
The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery
The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery allows visitors to experience interactive activities designed to educate and entertain. This state-of-the-art Discovery Gallery consists of 13 stations including the computer-based display, Picture Yourself, where a camera takes an image of a person’s face and reproduces it on a touch screen. Participants can then trace the contours of the face with their fingers and print the finished product. The Kenan-Flagler Discovery Gallery is possible due to the support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1965 from the estate of William Rand Kenan, Jr., who was born in Wilmington in 1872 and graduated from UNC in 1894. Kenan was a scientist, chemical and mechanical engineer, business executive, dairy farmer and philanthropist.