ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Firelei Baez - Pérez Art Museum Miami - October 15th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Tracing the history of social movements in the Unites States and the Caribbean, <em>Bloodlines</em> presents a series of new works by Firelei B&aacute;ez (b. 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; lives in New York) inspired by lineages of black resistance. Best known for her large-scale works on paper, B&aacute;ez makes connections that further our understanding of diasporic experiences by interweaving the lives of 18th century black women in Louisiana and the Cuban roots of the Latin American azabache, with symbols used in the U.S. during the tumultuous 1960s. <em>Bloodlines</em> showcases paintings and drawings specifically depicting textiles, hair designs, and body ornaments, linking traditionally loaded symbols with individual human gestures. Her works are labor intensive, delicate and rich in color, mostly rendering female subjects and their subjectivities. Her act of overlaying past and potential histories enriches obscured narratives of black experience and resistance, illustrating complex settings where skin tone is no longer a sufficient signifier of race.</p> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:54:13 +0000 Mariette Pathy Allen - YEELEN GALLERY - October 17th 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Yeelen Gallery presents TransCuba, a solo exhibition by Mariette Pathy Allen.</p> <p>For more than 30 years, New York based photographer Allen has been documenting transgender culture worldwide, and has for her show at Yeelen captured the transgender community of Cuba through 80 vibrant color photographs. Opening in October 2015 in one of the largest constituencies of Cubans and Cuban-Americans outside of the mother country, never has TransCuba been as relevant in time and place than in Miami.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled about this compelling body of work by Mariette Pathy Allen in TransCuba - both in our aim to foster relationships with the surrounding neighborhood, and in presenting content that expresses the diversity of our city,&rdquo; said Karla Ferguson, gallery owner and director. &ldquo;Yeelen is committed to the artistic growth from the inside outward, pioneering exhibitions that enlighten the mind and foster an understanding of local culture and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>Allen&rsquo;s work focuses on the details of the everyday lives of her transgender subjects, engaging with family and friends and the community at large in Cuba; and revealing the growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more &ldquo;relaxed&rdquo; model of communism under Ra&uacute;l Castro&rsquo;s presidency. The central TransCuba protagonists are Amanda, Nomi and Malu, three remarkable people with whom Allen formed close bonds over the course of visits she made to Cuba in 2012 and 2013. Allen gained full access to photograph them and their friends in the privacy of their homes, as well as outside at restaurants and clubs, at the beach, on the streets of Havana, at performances, and at special events. Strong, smart, active, and optimistic, the transgender people Allen depicts in TransCuba savor their new freedom to be able to be themselves publicly, while continuing to overcome challenges, such as health issues, and lack of steady work and money.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Among Allen&rsquo;s images, viewers are privy to a tender moment with Nomi with her boyfriend Miguel; Malu, with her parents and sister, in front of their home; a sweeping portrait of Amanda by the river against the Havana skyline; Yanet at home sitting proudly beside her artwork; Charito feeding a oneweek-old piglet; Sissi styling her niece&rsquo;s hair who holds a sleeping child in her arms; and a view of the rooftops of Havana from Natalie&rsquo;s window. The photographs, and candid supporting interviews, provide an intimate and multi-layered portrait of Cuba and this special community of people that is very different from the stereotypical, one- dimensional depiction of transgender individuals we are so often accustomed to seeing in photographs and in films.&nbsp;</p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>More about Mariette Pathy Allen</p> <p>Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over 30 years. Her first book &ldquo;Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them&rdquo; was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community; while her second book, &ldquo;The Gender Frontier,&rdquo; is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that identify as transgender in mainland USA. Allen&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work is currently being archived by Duke University's Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's Studies. Additionally, Allen&rsquo;s background as a painter frequently leads her to photographic investigations of color, space, and cultural juxtapositions such as east/west, old/new, handmade/manufactured. For more information about Allen&rsquo;s TransCuba project, visit the website at;</p> <div class="page" title="Page 3"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>More about Yeelen Gallery</p> <p>Yeelen Gallery (&ldquo;Yeelen&rdquo;) is an Arts incubator dedicated to the promotion and expression of contemporary urban culture. Occupying more than 13,000+ square-feet of converted industrial space in Miami's storied Little Haiti neighborhood, a core aspect of Yeelen&rsquo;s program includes mounting dynamic and ambitious exhibitions in its four expansive spaces; and maintaining a focus on figurative art, realism, and symbolism by employing various media such painting, photography, and drawing. Yeelen Gallery is located at 294 NW 54th Street, Miami, FL 33127. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 11am-4pm and Saturday 11am-5pm, or by appointment. Please contact 954.235.4758 for more information, or visit the website at;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:07:22 +0000 Kari Snyder, Kathleen Hudspeth, Brian Reedy, Barbara Rivera, Tom Virgin - Deering Estate at Cutler - October 21st 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Complementing the 14th annual Wine on Harvest Moon event, this exhibit weaves wines with art and literature and explores the macabre and mysterious nature of&nbsp;the Northwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast locales and lore. Exhibiting Artists include Tom Virgin, Kari Snyder, Kathleen Hudspeth, Brian Reedy, and Barbara Rivera.</p> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:26:06 +0000 Jeff Wall - Pérez Art Museum Miami - October 22nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Vancouver-based artist Jeff Wall (b. 1946) will be presenting several&nbsp;new photographic works in the Bank of America Project Gallery on the first floor of the museum. Shot in Los Angeles, these new works take as their subject homeless individuals who live in the streets, under highways and in urban back alleys, positioned within compositions that reference the history of figurative painting and sculpture. Wall&rsquo;s photographs involve extensive staging of each fictional scene that he depicts. He works in a manner similar to that of a film director, with his projects involving extensive lighting, actors and elaborate preparations of each location. Since the 1970s Wall has been producing enigmatic, large-scale works that place photography in direct dialogue with painting&rsquo;s art history and with conceptual art practices related to the photographic medium. Urban development, class and social issues have continually been subjects in his works and specifically homeless individuals have appeared repeatedly within his investigations; all themes that create a strong dialogue with Miami&rsquo;s rapidly changing urban context.</p> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:55:37 +0000 Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, Bob Kane, Saul Bass, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale - October 23rd 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div class="flex_column av_three_fourth first avia-builder-el-9 el_after_av_one_full el_before_av_one_fourth column-top-margin"> <div class="avia_textblock "> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television,</em> the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network television in its formative years, will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale from October 24, 2015 through January 10, 2016. From the late 1940s to the mid-1970s, the pioneers of American television adopted modernism as a source of inspiration. <em>Revolution of the Eye </em>looks at how the dynamic new medium of television in its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation paralleled and embraced cutting-edge art and design.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York and the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlighting the visual revolution ushered in by American television and modernist art and design of the 1950s and 1960s, the exhibition features over 260 fine art objects and graphic design, including works by Saul Bass, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe and Andy Warhol, as well as ephemera, television memorabilia and clips from historic television programs and film, including <em>Batman, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Rowan and Martin&rsquo;s Laugh-In</em>, and <em>The Twilight Zone</em> will be on view. The exhibition&rsquo;s iteration at NSU Art Museum will feature additional work by Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, and Bob Kane, among others.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye </em>examines television&rsquo;s promotion of avant-garde ideals and aesthetics exemplified by the appropriation of Dada and Surrealist ideas in the aesthetically and conceptually rich series <em>The Twilight Zone</em> and <em>The Ernie Kovacs Show</em> by such pioneers as Rod Serling and Ernie Kovacs. Their influential programs reflected the medium&rsquo;s potential to alter the way Americans understood the world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye</em> illustrates how Pop Art sensibilities were appropriated on the Batman action series and the variety program, R<em>owan and Martin&rsquo;s Laugh-In</em>; Op Art influenced commercials including promotions for Kodak and Caprolon Nylon; and how Color Field and Op Art painting and Minimalist sculpture were embraced by set designers in the mid-1060s when the networks shifted to all-color formats, such as for <em>The Ed Sullivan Show</em>. It also features the medium&rsquo;s first fully interactive program &ndash;<em> Winky Dink and You</em>. This groundbreaking children&rsquo;s show invited youth to send away for plastic screens and special crayons, directing them to draw on their television sets to help move along the storyline.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition looks at television&rsquo;s facility as a promotional platform for modern artists, designers, and critics; its role as a committed patron of the work of modern artists and designers; and as a medium whose relevance in contemporary culture was validated by the Museum of Modern Art&rsquo;s historic Television Project (1952-55), which worked with the networks to produce programs on modern art for a broad audience and apply modernist ideals to the look of television.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition also examines the revolutionary corporate advertising and promotional campaigns and title sequences for television series created by graphic designer Saul Bass, including virtually unknown opening credits for <em>Playhouse 90</em> and <em>Profiles in Courage</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Highlighted is The &ldquo;New Advertising&rdquo; revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, which ushered in one of the most creative periods of the medium in the United States, through Andy Warhol and Ben Shahn&rsquo;s advertising and promotional campaigns for CBS.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Early on, television opened its doors to appearances by avant-garde artists &ndash; from John Cage performing a musical composition on <em>I&rsquo;ve Got a Secret</em> to Salvador Dali as the mystery guest on <em>What&rsquo;s My Line</em>. <em>Revolution of the Eye</em> examines the diverse ways modern artists, designers and critics used the medium as a significant vehicle for self-promotion to a broad national audience. Viewers will experience rare clips of Cage, Dali, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Ray Eames, Roy Lichtenstein, Ben Shahn, George Segal and other renowned artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Modern art and graphic design inspired television production and promotions. <em>Revolution of the Eye</em> features the progressive design campaign of the CBS Television Network as one of the most esteemed of any American corporation. CBS art directors William Golden and Lou Dorfsman created an innovative shift in shaping the company&rsquo;s corporate identity, moving design away from self-expression to a public communication tool that stimulated interest in the network and its programming.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye</em> will vividly present the little-known story about the cultural and social context into which television was born and the direct influence of avant-garde artists on the formative years of a medium whose powerful impact on our lives remains pervasive.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Many critics speak of present-day television as kind of a new golden age in which the medium is seen to have surpassed film as a major venue for artistic experimentation and quality,&rdquo; says exhibition curator Maurice Berger. &ldquo;<em>Revolution of the Eye</em> reminds us that the desire for outstanding, artistically important programming was in television&rsquo;s DNA from the beginning.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television</em> is curated by Dr. Maurice Berger, Research Professor and Chief Curator, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC, and curator, National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting, The Jewish Museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">National Exhibition Tour: The Jewish Museum, New York City (May 1 &ndash;Sept. 27, 2015); NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct. 24, 2015 &ndash; Jan. 10, 2016); The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA (Apr. 9, 2016 &ndash; July 31, 2016); Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (Oct. 20, 2016 &ndash; Jan. 8, 2017); Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Feb. 16, 2017 &ndash; June 11, 2017); and additional venues.</p> <div class="avia_textblock "> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television</em> is organized by the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Center of Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The exhibition is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Skirball Fund for American Jewish Life Exhibitions, the Stern Family Philanthropic Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other generous donors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is presented by AutoNation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Accompanying the exhibition is a 156-page hardcover catalogue published by the Jewish Museum, New York City and Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, by Maurice Berger with introduction by Lynn Spigel, in association with Yale University Press. The catalogue will be available at the NSU Art Museum Store.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:36:49 +0000 Carlos Alfonzo - Pérez Art Museum Miami - November 5th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Carlos Alfonzo&rsquo;s prolific works in clay and painted ceramics are inextricably connected to the formal evolution of his large paintings and sculptures. In a productive decade, he painted myriad molded ceramic wares with great verve and skill. At the same time, in immense physical efforts, he personally made and glazed all the tiles for his two iconic public murals in South Florida: <em>Ceremony of the Tropics</em> (at the Santa Clara Metrorail station) and <em>Brainstorm </em>(at the FIU campus). The exhibition presents his works with clay and ceramics in the context of contemporaneous paintings, drawings and other small-scale works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Havana, Alfonzo migrated to the United States during the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. Previous exhibitions in Miami (Viso, 1997 and Herzberg, 2000) showcased the artist&rsquo;s short but acclaimed career until his death at the age of 40 in 1991. Organized by Miami-based artist and curator C&eacute;sar Trasobares, this exhibition celebrates Alfonzo&rsquo;s prodigious oeuvre and marks the 25th anniversary of his passing.</p> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:57:06 +0000 Nari Ward - Pérez Art Museum Miami - November 19th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In the fall of 2015, P&eacute;rez Art Museum Miami will present a mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward (b. 1963, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives in New York). This exhibition, <em>Sun Splashed</em>, will be the largest survey of the artist&rsquo;s work to date and will offer a close consideration of his diverse production. <em>Sun Splashed</em> will examine Ward&rsquo;s career through interrelated frameworks that reveal the ongoing investigations, both material and intellectual, that have guided his practice across more than 20 years. Rather than chronologically, this exhibition will be organized around vital points of reference for the artist, including urban space, performance and the body, the dynamics of power and politics, ideas of migration and movement, vernacular traditions, and his native Jamaica.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ward&rsquo;s practice is defined by its embrace of varied media and in particular the recurrent use of found objects, which imbue his works with a tactile and visceral relationship to history and the real world. The ambitious scale of his works and his continued experimentation with new materials and media will be brought to the fore in this exhibition, which will feature mixed-media collages, photography, assemblage, sculpture, interactive works, video, and architectural installations.</span></p> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:58:40 +0000