Green Machine: The Art of Carlos Luna
June 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015
One of the foremost contemporary Cuban painters, Carlos Luna is part of a generation of Cuban artists who embrace their strong heritage and traditions but have reinvented themselves along the way. Luna tells stories and relates fables through his detailed and richly painted canvases and mixed-media works on paper. Citing Rufino Tamayo and Wifredo Lam as major influences on his work, Luna is culturally attuned to shifts in the social and political environments in Cuba and Mexico, as well as the humanity that makes these countries so vibrant (the artist lived and worked in Mexico for 13 years after leaving Cuba, before settling in Miami).
The exhibition focuses on discrete cycles of work, including the world premiere of a number of ceramic works produced at the famed Talavera Pottery in Puebla, Mexico as well as fine art tapestries featuring the artist's work, woven by Magnolia Editions. Several new artworks are featured, showcasing Luna's cross-pollination of influences from Cuba, Mexico and Miami. The exhibition has been organized by guest curator, Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz.
Deep Blue by Javier Velasco
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.