Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive
November 16, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Manuel Mendive Hoyo creates paintings, sculptures, and objects that capture the rhythm of the orishas, ancestral spirits of Africa that are the source of his imagery. For today's world, Mendive continues to appropriate, transform and adapt the visual language of Africa as a means of conveying its rich mythology to a new audience, informed less about its ritual than about its aesthetics. Curated by Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz.
This exhibition is a project originally conceived by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the California African American Museum, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and Fundación Amistad. Organized by Fundación Amistad.
Partial funding for the exhibition and programs has been provided by Fundación Amistad; Cernuda Arte; Manny Kadre; Pan American Art Projects; The Farber Foundation; and the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
From Africa to the Americas
October 16, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Afro-Cuban works from the Frost collection highlight the rich symbolic legacy of the syncretism and rituals born of traditional Yoruba religion and Catholicism in Cuba. The works, selected from our African and Cuban collections, introduce the origins of Santería and Palo Monte and their manifestation in the art of twentieth and twenty-first century artists, including Wifredo Lam, José Bedia, and Carlos Alfonzo. Their vast and poetic interpretation of the world, the cosmos, and the inter-relationship of man and nature brings the heritage of Africa into the present.
Humberto Castro: Tracing Antilles
October 16, 2013 – February 2, 2014
Cuban-American artist Humberto Castro executes an artistic journey across the Antilles in an ever-transforming exhibition that conceptually circumnavigates the islands of the Caribbean. The artist uses the socio-cultural, historical and political elements of each island as the conceptual basis for the exhibition. He focuses on transculturation, migrations and the displacement of human populations which eventually form peoples, island nations and continents. Curated by Ana Estrada.
Naturalism/Artificiality: Expeditions, and Research of the Herbarium of Artificial Plants
September 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Inspired by the European expeditions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that intended to scientifically collect and quantify the indigenous flora, fauna and the peoples of the Americas, Alberto Baraya examines the way nature has been historically represented. Following the works of explorers and naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and John James Audubon, among others, he ventures into the world to document nature from his own artistic perspective.
The exhibition Naturalism/Artificiality: Expeditions and Research of the Herbarium of Artificial Plants includes works from three ongoing series, the Herbarium of Artificial Plants, the Fable of the Birds, and Anthropometries, which document and display the observations of artificial plants, bird collections, and individuals, he has made on his travels.
In the first series, the artist builds an ongoing collection of artificial plants made out of plastic or fabric used for decorative purposes. He photographs them and produces taxonomies detailing the fake plant's parts and characteristics. In the Fable of the Birds, Baraya documents ornithological collections, photographing dissected birds and recovering the peculiar forms of transcriptions of their sounds. The exhibition also includes a series of photographs of his most recent work, Anthropometries, which focuses on measuring individuals with an early tool of used by scientists for the identification and understanding of human physical variations. Curated by Francine Birbragher.
A Wolfsonian-FIU Teaching Exhibition
Crisis and Commerce: World's Fairs of the 1930s
September 18, 2013 - January 5, 2014
The 1930s were a "Golden Age" of World's Fairs, when international expositions forecast an exciting world of tomorrow, filled with futuristic buildings and new technologies. Products on display promised to solve questions of hunger and hygiene, shrink distances between people, and increase leisure time. The fairs, however, took place against a background of turmoil arising from the Great Depression and the rise of Fascism and Nazism during that decade.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Peter Clericuzio will also be teaching an undergraduate class, "World's Fairs: Design, Display and Politics, 1850-1950," in the History department at FIU, during this fall semester (HIS4930).
Deep Blue by Javier Velasco
February 27, 2013 – Remainder of 2013
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.
The Drawing Project
The Drawing Project at the Frost Art Museum is a collaborative investigation curated by artist/educator and FIU graduate Emmy Mathis.The on-line exhibition/project space consists of an on-line exhibition where pieces from the Frost's permanent collection, many of which have never been exhibited in the museum, are displayed along with international work culled by the Drawing Research Network, work by local Miami artists, and a special curatorial section of work from contemporary women artists from the Girls' Club Collection. Artists include internationally renowned artists such as Jean Cocteau, Shirin Neshat and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as practitioners in the academic field of drawing such as Andrea Kantrowitz and John Adams, and local artists including Jenny Brillhart and Kevin Arrow. The website also hosts a project space that is open for proposals and an on-line residency whose first artist will be Jenny Brillhart for the months of April & May.
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.