Oct 12, 2011. 6:00 p.m.
The power to transform lies within each one of us. The act, process or instance of transforming leaves behind the old and brings us a new, vibrant state: be it through nature, self-discovery, or moving from old to new. These exhibitions demonstrate how malleable the spirit of transformation can be. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU presents the opening reception of three new exhibitions during Target Wednesday After Hours on October 12, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
2iPM009, a video installation by Venezuelan-born artist Magdalena Fernández transforms rain into an unnatural simulation. In this exhibition she brings Geometric Abstraction to a new level of expression. Magdalena Fernández’s recent work is the experimental and inventive field of a clear “naturalization” of abstraction. During the past decade, Fernández has developed a body of kinetic sculptures and videos; the latter incorporates sound and movement of lines and colors. In 2iPM009, Fernández incorporates very sophisticated sound compositions to simulate rain and thunder. It begins with barely audible sounds of light rain and the appearance of barely visible tiny dots. In perfectly measured timing, the dots begin to appear in greater quantity and with greater frequency. The “sound” of rain is created by the Perpetuum Jazzile choir and plays in harmony with the video installation, completing the rain simulation.
The Fire Next Time: New Works by Humerto Calzada focuses on the idea of Fire with its metaphorical properties that are both destructive and regenerative. Calzada is one of most renowned Cuban-American artists of his generation. In his new exhibit, Calzada launches into a new artistic and formal language deviating from his hard -edge approach to a more unpredictable painting style. Caldaza’s latest work features the element of fire, burning away the longing for Cuba’s pre-revolutionary past evident in his earlier work.
Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen is an exhibition that explores how technology and design remade and transformed the places where food was produced, sold, cooked and eaten from the turn of the century into the post-1945 period. There will be more than three dozen items on display including posters, prints, and advertisements, all of which invite visitors to consider how commercialization has shaped modern American foodways. Images and artifacts from the Wolfsonian collection illustrate the movement of food from the field, to the factory, supermarket, and kitchen table, in order to explore how modern technology, design, and business practices created new meanings for food and eating in this era.
This opening reception is sponsored by Bacardi and is free and open to the public. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet artists Magdalena Fernandez and Humberto Calzada as well as enjoy a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with performances by jazz band, the Oscar Fuentes Combo.
Frost Art Museum – FIU
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199