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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Museum Studies Exhibition
Exploring Identities: Recent Acquisitions
to the Frost Art Museum's Collection

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.

 

Lorna Otero
Contemporary Families in Miami: A Photo Album

May 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Please click here for more information on how to submit photos.

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.

Please click here for more information on how to submit photos.

 

 

Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth                
February 21, 2015 - May 24, 2015 

The character shu in ancient Chinese signifies books, written characters, and the act of writing. This solo exhibition presents the shu art of Xu Bing (b. 1955-), the world acclaimed contemporary Chinese artist, from his Book from the Sky to Book from the Ground and Landscape Landscript in between. All these shu masterpieces demonstrate the art of writing as image. Together they create a Zen-like textual space drawing the audience into an artistic contemplation of the works while arousing their latent cognitive capacity to communicate with the works.

The interactive educational work, Square Word Calligraphy, uses components of Chinese characters. The work, created in a classroom setting, is a perfect fusion of eastern and western culture into one harmony. All these thought-provoking works of art will not only challenge the viewers' preconception about written language and cultural identity, they will also invite them to interact with the art. This exhibition is designed to serve and educate people of different cultures and nationalities with his art. "My aim is to make an art that truly serves the people."

Curated by Professor Lidu Yi.

We are deeply grateful to the Jane Hsiao Asian Art Endowment for support of this exhibition. Additional support has been provided by the Asian Studies Program at FIU.

 

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.

 


 

 
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