Manuel Mendive Exhibition at Frost Art Museum Opens 11/16

According to Carol Damian, Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, "Manuel Mendive unites man's body to the earth that generated him, to the plants and animals, water and sky, to Mother Nature in which he is a creature among creatures, and in which he finds the reason, time and space of his very existence. It is a totalizing concept of art in which the pictorial mixes with that of the body and soul to reach an intense emotional height, where art and spirit reflect harmony and peace of mind."

In all, the exhibition will include more than 50 of Mendive's paintings, 4 of his sculptures and one of his tapestries, along with a mask installation. This exhibition is a project originally conceived by the 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; Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz, Director of the Orbis Africa Advanced Research Center, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University, is curator.

The Performance Procession:

The central idea of the Waters (Homage to the Waters) performance procession is a reflection on the importance of water for the development of different cultures and their presence and symbolism for African, Asian and Western religions up to the present day, highlighting the need for this element to ensure the life of man and of nature; water as a central, vital energy, and as a living and eternal element. It attempts to tell the story of water as a journey that is developed by research relating to the subject from different philosophical, religious, cultural and social angles, proposing an anthropological vision that goes beyond the presence of water in a specific culture, such as the Yoruba culture which, in this case, goes to the essence of mankind, its feelings and its personal stories.

The performance procession begins in the courtyard of the Graham Center building on the FIU campus, where a group of people who are in the audience will tell the story of water with megaphones in order to amplify their voices. They will use different media, such as recorders or cell phones that will allow listening to the texts in Spanish and English. These people will act as old fashion minstrels that will repeat the stories, but in this case, using modern technological media. There will also be actors, dancers and musicians who will be listening or reading these texts during their procession toward a sculpture, Aguas del Rio, that will be covered by a tapestry made by the artist. The tapestry will be removed by the dancers and the sculpture will be taken into the Frost Art Museum, and placed on a wall that is provided for this purpose. Mendive is known worldwide for his performance processions, and this one will be conducted only once.