The Frost Art Museum Opens Four New Exhibitions

Opening reception: October 17, 2012. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Mike Kelley, Upright and Inverted Form A/Upright Chaste Form (Unfolded and Debuttered) of the Land-O-Lakes Girl B/Inverted (Sexualized) Chaste Form (Unfolded) Illustrated with the image of the Spit-into Pumpkin Containing the name of the Lost Love (High Priestess), 1996 Acrylic on wood, Each panel: 55 x 44 inchesThe Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University presents four new exhibitions during the Target Wednesday After Hours in October. The exhibitions are to beauty: A Tribute to Mike Kelley; Mark Messersmith: Fragile Nature; American Sculpture in the Tropics; and Material and Meaning: Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain from The Wolfsonian-FIU Collection. The reception is free of charge and open to the public.

to beauty: A Tribute to Mike Kelley highlights a sampling of the works by the late artist, who is often acknowledged as one of the most influential and significant artists of our time. Kelley created highly symbolic, representational and ritualistic works that vastly transcended the mediums of film, music, drawings, sculpture, collage and performance. His works frequently dealt with class, youthful rebellion and popular culture, and attacked the sanctity of cultural attitudes toward religion, history, education and family. This exhibition is curated by Klaudio Rodriguez and runs through February 24, 2013.

Mark Messersmith: Fragile Nature is the latest exhibition in the Frost Art Museum’s Florida Artist Series. Messersmith continues his exploration of the tension between this wild, living place and ever-increasing human expansion. Drawing on inspirations ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites, to Martin Johnson Heade and southern folk art, to medieval manuscripts, the paintings of Messersmith are dense, radiant and sculptural depictions of the flora and fauna of northern Florida, struggling to survive. The exhibition runs through December 9, 2012. The public is invited to come early, at 5pm, for a Meet the Artist session with Mark Messersmith.

American Sculpture in the Tropics: The Frost Art Museum and The Sculpture Park will welcome the addition of 10 monumental sculptures for an unprecedented outdoor exhibition for the fall-winter season in its American Sculpture in the Tropics. Made from a variety of materials including steel, aluminum, cast fiberglass, copper, concrete, wood, and rubber tires, each work represents the best of contemporary sculpture through its most recognized artists (John Henry, Verina Baxter, Chakaia Booker, John Clement, Isaac Duncan, Terry Karpowicz, Peter Lundberg, Albert Paley, Bret Price and F. Douglass Schatz) and the diversity of styles, themes and technical approaches that characterize our times. The exhibition runs through May 20, 2013.

Material and Meaning: Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain from The Wolfsonian-FIU Collection reveals the expressive and functional potentials of the three major types of clay. The exhibition shows how designers and artists have adapted the fixed material qualities of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain to achieve diverse outcomes. From elaborately ornamented Art Nouveau vases to utilitarian salt-glazed stoneware, and from whimsical figurines to propaganda porcelains, modern ceramics have played a role in intimate, domestic spaces, in architecture, and in the realms of politics and ideology. The exhibition, curated by Tori Arpad-Cotta, runs through January 13, 2013.

In addition to the openings for these four exhibitions, the Frost Art Museum will be showing the 2012 edition of films4peace, the annual video commissioned by PUMA.Peace in support of the United Nations’ World Peace Day. The video is comprised of 17 short 35mm live action, experimental animation and fine art segments that will be projected continuously on the outside wall of the Museum from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199

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