Manuel Mendive Exhibition at Frost Art Museum Opens 11/16
On View: November 16, 2013 through January 25, 2014 Where: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199 Admission: FREE
Renowned Afro-Cuban artist Manuel Mendive Hoyo brings his exhibition, Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive and a unique performance procession, Water (Homage to the Waters), to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU. The exhibition, which runs from November 16, 2013 through January 25, 2014, is organized by the Fundación Amistad; the performance procession will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 4 pm, beginning at the Graham Center and proceeding to the Frost. An opening reception will follow the performance procession, from 5-8 pm, at the Museum. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.
The Art Exhibition:
Centered on the fifty-year career of this prominent Afro-Cuban artist, Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive is the first in the United States to focus on Mendive's long-time incorporation of the visual and material culture of the Afro-Cuban religion.
Born in 1944, Mendive attended Cuba's national fine arts academy, San Alejandro. Now regarded as one of the foremost contemporary artists in Cuba and the Caribbean, he began his career in the early 1960s. Mendive paved new ground by moving beyond his predecessors' reliance on mainstream Western art forms, such as Cubism and Surrealism, and incorporating visual elements rooted in the Yoruba historical religious and visual traditions of West Africa into his painting. A substantial body of literature has highlighted the religious references in Mendive's work, yet little has been written of substance on the manner in which Yoruba themes were incorporated into the underlying artistic and religious philosophy, omissions this exhibition seeks, in part, to remedy.
The exhibition traces Mendive's drawing, painting, sculpture, and performances from the early 1960s to the present, with special attention paid to certain themes common across his work, including religion, identity and memory, as well as the production styles into which his work can be categorized. In chronicling the iconography of Afro-Cuban art in conjunction with an examination of the influence of both Western and African artistic practices on Cuban art, the exhibition explores issues of creolization, hybridity and syncretism through the twentieth century to the present day. It also highlights the role played by politics of identity, race and resistance by African descendants in indigenous works of art.