The Frost Art Museum – FIU. The Fire Next Time

Oct 12 through Dec 5, 2011

If the works of Cuban artist Humberto Calzada have been historically couched in an unabashed nostalgia-ism for his homeland – mapping the territory of exile with emotional and psychological force – the new works aim to readdress his very own diasporic narrative. Works on the destructive and regenerative properties of fire by Calzada are the subject of the next Florida Artist Series exhibition, on view at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum through December. Organized by Elizabeth Cerejido, The Fire Next Time presents works on the idea of Fire – the fire of war, the fire of light, the fire of passion and emotions with its metaphorical connotations.

Calzada, who was born in Cuba and lives in Miami, unveils this new artistic and formal language – deviating from his hardedge approach to a more unpredictable painting style. This interplay between the past and the present indexes a self-referencing journey that serves to deconstruct and recreate both the artist and/in the work. Calzada seemingly poses an open question between the personal and historical past and the promise of its future.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the museum’s Target Wednesday After Hours series. This reception will also serve as the opening of Magdalena Fernández 2iPM009, a video installation which incorporates sound and movement of lines and colors, and Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen in the Wolfsonian-FIU Teaching Gallery. Admission to this reception is free and open to the public.

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