May 26th through the summer
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (FIU) is opening four major exhibitions that take the visitor on a tour across the Americas and Caribbean: from Shaman artifacts of the Northwest Coast to works of art by Haitian artists to stunning photography in Mexico to the whimsical art of Volf Roitman. The opening reception takes place on May 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
TapTap: Celebrating The Art of Haiti is part of a larger project to contribute works lost in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and assist in the rebuilding of the island’s cultural and artistic heritage. The exhibition will feature the works by artists of the lost patrimony from The Frost Art Museum’s large collection of Haitian Art.
Spiritual Healing – Shamans of the Northwest Coast is designed to illuminate the art associated with the Northwest Coast Native peoples’ healing practices. For countless centuries, tribes such as the Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida believed that all nature is endowed with spirits, which could manifest in the form of illness and disease. The shaman drives away illness using objects, such as masks, rattles and amulets. Represented on the objects are spirits, which aid the shamans in healing. They embody the respect and fear generated by the shaman. Both historic and new objects representing those used in shamanic healing will be displayed. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Northern Trust and Williams-Sonoma.
Paul Strand in Mexico – These photographs provide a visual record of Paul Strand’s journey through Mexico from 1932-34 and his brief return visit in 1966. Today recognized as one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, Strand believed firmly in the power of art and social documentary. In Mexico, especially during his initial visit, he sought to chronicle what he thought of as the country’s essential character while fostering its revolutionary transformation through the tools of photography and filmmaking. Certainly, Strand found the Mexico he was looking for: a world of stark landscapes, baroque churches, religious sculptures, campesinos and indigenous and mestizo men, women, and children-a place charged with meaning and spirit, which he was determined to capture with his camera. The tension between reinforcing and questioning the ideological constructs associated with the “Mexican cultural revolution” of the 1920s and 1930s becomes apparent when we examine the full range of Strand’s Mexican photography.
Volf Roitman: From MADI to the Ludic Revolution is a series of major works celebrating the 60-year-long career of Uruguayan painter, sculptor, architect, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and humorist Volf Roitman. Samples of Roitman’s work from the ’50s to the present will be on view, including a splendid array of motorized, kinetic works of a humorous style. The exhibition will celebrate the Ludic, or playfulness and whimsical, which is the basis of his creations. His newest innovations include giant MADI banners and MADI lightboxes. Some say the letters MADI stand for Movimiento Artistico De Invencion or Materialismo Dialectismo (Dialectical Materialism). The movement integrates complexity with playfulness by focusing on geometric shapes that spill out of the traditional frame, and articulated mobile structures.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199