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 the 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 comprised a visual theme informed by endless variations, grand and humble, old and new. The exhibition features fifty-nine photographs of Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, along with objects, photography equipment, and background material that relate to the photographer's experiences.
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.
Museum Studies Exhibition
Exploring Identities: Recent Acquisitions
to the Frost Art Museum's Collection
May 6, 2015 - August 16, 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.
Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album
May 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015
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The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, presents Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album, an interactive project between Lorna Otero and South Florida residents. Otero, a Puerto Rican artist who also works as a theater and television producer, utilizes her talents to construct a tree in one of the museum's galleries that extends from floor to ceiling. The leaves of this tree feature dozens of photographs taken by South Florida families engaged in shared activities such as daily meals, family outings and other routines.
To create these leaves, the artist is seeking photographs to include in the project. Families are encouraged to submit photographs featuring shared family activities.
The artist also encourages the public to visit the museum to view the resulting exhibition and to participate in its accompanying interactive components. Conceived as an ongoing project, the exhibition will allow for some of the photos to be taken inside the gallery by visitors of the museum during set times. A weekend long interactive performance by selected visitors will recreate family activities, such as shared family time over dinner and a living room setting in the first floor café space of the museum. Although many feel the demands of contemporary life decrease "family time," this exhibition strives to create and capture the essence of shared family moments within the walls of the museum.
This exhibition also includes the artist's interpretations and appropriations of famous female artists and their struggles with being an artist and societal and familial expectations. This latest photographic series includes such artists as Marietta Robusti, Lavinia Fontana, Mary Stevenson Cassatt, Lilly Martin Spencer and Leonora Carrington.
An earlier version of this project, Family's Photos curated by Laura Bravo at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo MAC in Puerto Rico included photographs from families all over the world. With Otero's latest version at the Frost Art Museum, the project will begin to travel from city to city with the objective of including family photographs of each city's local population.
Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera, PhD & Willy Castellanos, Art Historian), this exhibition serves as an interactive community art project and as a research strategy that explores the collective images of contemporary families living in a multicultural city.
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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.