Dr. Carol Damian is the dynamic Director & Chief Curator of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, positions she assumed in 2008. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and received her MA in Pre-Columbian Art History and her Ph.D in Latin American History from the University of Miami. A professor and former chairperson of FIU's College of Art and Art History, she is also a prominent figure in Miami's arts community and a nationally recognized art historian. She is known as an energetic instructor, who combines a passion for art with strong leadership skills. Damian is the author of The Virgin of the Andes: Art and Ritual in Colonial Cuzco (Grassfield Press, 1995), and a contributing author to major books on Manuel Carbonell, Cundo Bermúdez and Enrique Martínez Celaya, among others. She is also a Miami correspondent for Art Nexus and Arte al Dia magazines. She lectures frequently, and has served as curator of numerous exhibitions.
Director's View-August 2013:
What an exciting and fulfilling year 2013 has been, with promise of more success to come. Our extensive slate of exhibitions, lectures and programs has been well received and attended by the FIU community and our neighbors in South Florida, and we have made strides in reaching out to the leaders and residents in the area, and involving them in activities at the Frost Art Museum. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed; the Miami New Times named the Frost Art Museum the Best Art Museum in Miami in 2013 in its annual "Best of Miami" competition. In May, we celebrated another milestone: Five years in our new building.
Most of our activities this year center on the Commemorating 500 Years-Spain, Florida and the Caribbean theme. Exhibitions have already included Spanish artists José Manuel Ballester's Concealed Spaces and Javier Velasco's Deep Blue, and a look back at early Spanish Colonial Art in the new world in Spanish Colonial Art: The Beauty of Two Traditions. Native Americans were featured in American artist Eugene Savage's Seminole Paintings, and the colonial influence on Caribbean art, and its relationship to colonial art from other areas, was explored in Six Degrees of Separate Nations, which was on view this summer. Still to come this year, Colombian artist Alberto Baraya will present a project inspired by Florida's original native flora and fauna. We end the year with the focus on Cuba, where Ponce de León ended his remarkable voyage. Cuban art from the past two centuries will be featured in Eternal Cuba: The Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection at FIU; Cuban-American artist Humberto Castro's Tracing Antilles; and Manuel Mendive's Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way. These, and our other exhibitions this year, are featured in this issue of Frost On View.
Our Green Critics' Lecture Series has already presented a talk by world-renowned art detective and former FBI agent Robert Wittman, and next will feature a unique procession/presentation by Cuban artist Manuel Mendive, when his exhibition opens in November. There also continues to be a series of FIU student and faculty exhibitions, Director's lectures and educational programs so, as always, there is a lot going on, and something for everyone to see and get involved with. And, of course, this December we will host our 10th Annual Breakfast in the Park, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach. This year's featured sculptor is John Henry, a long-time friend of the Frost Art Museum, whose works have been, and continue to be, exhibited in our Sculpture Park.
Next year is already shaping up to be another exciting chapter in the Frost Art Museum's 36-year history. Among others, we will have exhibitions featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs from past years; an exhibit drawn entirely from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection, titled Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art; and exhibitions from Argentine artist Karina Chechik and MACBA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires, part of our ongoing collaboration with this remarkable new museum.
As I have mentioned before, we are only able to develop and conduct all of these programs with the interest and support we receive from our members, the generosity of grants and foundations, and through the efforts of our dedicated staff at the Museum. Again, as we conclude this exciting year and look to the future, we invite you to join us and share in all we have to offer.