Three Exhibitions Highlighting Cuban Art to Open 10/16 at Miami's Frost Art Museum
Focus on Cuban Art/Artists with Three Enlightening and Exciting October Exhibition Openings at the Frost Art Museum on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Fla. Admission: FREE.
Three new exhibitions offering historical and contemporary perspectives on the art and artists of Cuba open at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, with a reception at the Museum on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Featured will be Humberto Castro's Tracing Antilles; Eternal Cuba: The Darlene M. & Jorge M. Pérez Collection at FIU; and From Africa to the Americas. Refreshments will be served and the reception is open to the public and free of charge.
Humberto Castro: Tracing Antilles
Humberto Castro executes an artistic journey across the Antilles in an ever-transforming exhibition that conceptually circumnavigates the islands of the Caribbean. The Frost Art Museum commissioned the Cuban-born contemporary artist to create a new multi-media site-specific installation entitled Tracing Antilles. The exhibition, which runs through February 2, 2014, is the result of an artistic investigation of the historical events that have shaped the region's cultures through colonization and emigration. For this project, Castro traveled to Cuba and Haiti, where he collected material to be incorporated into the installation at the Frost. He stated that, "the purpose of this travel was to make real contact with the islands and their populations in an effort to understand long-term effects of colonialism." Comprising the new installation is a captivating blend of large-scale oil paintings and bronze sculptures, found objects, traditional crafts, Pre-Colombian a rtifacts, photography and video - a revealing documentary of the historical and social complexity of the region in a visual fusion of the past with the present.
A member of the daring 1980s generation of Cuban artists that includes José Bedia and Rubén Torres Llorca, Castro has been exhibiting and winning awards since 1978. He has participated in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions as well as solo shows throughout Europe, South America, and the U.S. His work has influenced subsequent generations of artists within Cuba. Tracing Antilles is curated by Ana Estrada.
Eternal Cuba: The Darlene M. & Jorge M. Pérez Collection at FIU
Manuel Mesa, Procesión en la Habana [Una Procesión en 1830 en la Catedral de la Habana], 1930, Oil on canvas, 10 1/4 x 20 inches, Gift of Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez, UC 2013.1.18With this historic selection of works, it is hoped to transcend political boundaries and focus on the island from the perspective of artists from many generations, diverse stylistic categories, and numerous influences, internal and external. Most significantly, the 24 works in the exhibition, which runs through December 8, have been chosen to give a glimpse of Cuba and Cuban artistic preferences, the way they were at the end of the nineteenth century, when the Academy of San Alejandro was in full control, and in the first half of the twentieth century, when a vanguard group asserted its independence and changed forever the path of Cuban artists into the modern world.