ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Locust Projects - July 12th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Locust Projects, Miami&rsquo;s longest running alternative contemporary art space, is pleased to present the 5th year of&nbsp;<em>Locust Arts Builders (LAB)</em>. This year, 26 South Florida high school students selected from an open call, will have the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition at Locust Projects&rsquo; gallery in Miami&rsquo;s Design District. In a landmark year of growth, applications to the&nbsp;<em>LAB</em>&nbsp;program have nearly doubled, in both the amount of submissions and number of high schools served.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Under the direction of contemporary visual artists Monica Lopez de Victoria of the TM Sisters and Loriel Beltran, students are given the opportunity to create a collaborative exhibition at Locust Projects and manage all aspects of its production during a three week summer intensive. Students also visit art institutions on guided field trips and interact with members of the local art community during visits to the Locust Projects gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The&nbsp;<em>LAB</em>&nbsp;program extends Locust Projects&rsquo; 16-year commitment to experimentation and innovation in artistic practice to the next generation of South Florida artists.&nbsp;<em>LAB</em>&nbsp;promotes contemporary art and project-based learning as a means to encourage creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving, while building communication skills. This unique initiative allows young artists to learn the practical and exciting aspects of creating a public exhibition in collaboration with their peers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition project culminates with an opening reception where students&rsquo; parents, teachers, and friends are invited to celebrate and mingle with Miami&rsquo;s art community on Second Saturday Art Walk in July.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:57:57 +0000 Leonel Matheu - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - July 12th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>If a single symbol could summarize the iconic work of Leonel Matheu (Havana, 1967), this would be that enigmatic head &ndash;a sort of dome- that appears as a constant throughout his work. Self-portrait and collective portrayal of a nation marked by diaspora and dystopia, this symbol embodies the symptoms and stigma of contemporary global society.</p> <p>With a masterful use of the synthetic graphic design language, Matheu builds up a personal and yet universal iconography that interweaves in intimate fables of our daily existence. Spirituality, technology, passion, solitude, dreams, chimeras and deceptions are at the core of this thoughtful body of works.</p> <p>&ldquo;Crossroads of the Dystopia&rdquo; is the first major museum survey exhibition of this midcareer versatile artist whose work ranges from drawing with colored pencils, ink on paper, oil on canvases, video and multimedia installations, to public installations and qualification of architectural spaces. Presented by Dotfiftyone Gallery and curated by Janet Batet, the exhibition resumes moreover twenty years of work and provides a comprehensive overview of Matheu&rsquo;s most distinctive imagery.</p> <p>Leonel Matheu, who presently resides between Miami and Los Angeles, has been one of the figures that have marked the local arts Miami in the last twenty years. He graduated at the Institute of Graphic Design of Havana in 1987. &nbsp;In 1992 he settled in Miami, Florida. His artwork is part of public collections in various art museums, between them are the MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami Beach, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, The Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, The Young at Art Museum in Davie, Georgia Museum of Art at University of Georgia in Athens, The Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, The University Art Museum in Radford University, Virginia among others.</p> <p>By Janet Batet</p> <p>art writer l curator</p> <p>Art Nexus l Arte al dia l El nuevo Herald l Art Pulse l Art Districts l Knight Arts Blog l Cuban Art News l</p> <p>NYC: Art Experience l Casa Galeria</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:39:56 +0000 - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale - July 13th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:59:07 +0000 Laura Vinci - Art Center / South Florida - July 16th 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Vinci&rsquo;s artistic production dialogues with historical modernist and avant-garde movements in Brazil in which the experiential and materiality of the work is given a privileged position in its conceptual and formal make up. The artist enters into dialogue with these traditions by using a variety of materials that enhance the work&rsquo;s structural dimension and aesthetic potentiality.&nbsp;Her penchant for the juxtaposition of the mechanical with the lyrical creates a compelling tension prevalent in the installations for which she is known.&nbsp; Whether using marble dust, frozen electrical tubes, glass bowls filled with water and metal piping or suspended sheets of paper that gently glide upward and downward in space, Vinci approaches the architectural environment with equal wonder and precision.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Laura Vinci | S&atilde;o Paulo, 1962 | Lives and works in S&atilde;o Paulo</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Having abandoned painting back in the 1980s, Vinci has dedicated herself to sculpture ever since, and to installation, from the mid-1990s onwards. Her gradual transition into producing larger-scale works stems from her keen interest in interacting with space in incisive fashion. More than just revealing a career marked by ruptures, the wide variety of materials in her installations show a cohesive research, based on the desire to reveal meanings and propositions through the transformation of raw materials&mdash;a transformation that may be either commonplace (like the water that turns into vapor or ice) or surprising (like marble turned into a very thin, quasi-ethereal dust in&nbsp;<em>M<em>&aacute;quina do mundo</em></em>, from 2006), or, yet, unusual (like the apples in slow, aromatic decomposition in&nbsp;<em>Ainda viva</em>, from 2007). These processes always have a deep impact upon space, a good example of which is her installation made on the occasion of&nbsp;<em>Arte Cidade 3</em>&nbsp;(1997), in which an abandoned building was turned into a huge hourglass by the drilling of a sheer hole onto its top, through which a strain of sand ran down.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:28:46 +0000 - Museum of HistoryMiami - August 2nd 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">What do Gloria Estefan, Daddy Yankee, and Carlos Santana have in common? They are all successful Hispanic recording artists who are featured in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition&nbsp;<em>American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music.</em>The exhibition examines the Latin music and musicians of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio and Miami, and how each city formed the artists who came from them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Learn about and see photos of numerous musicians, musical styles, and the venues that made them popular. Listen to the music, dance to the rhythm and mix your own song at&nbsp;<em>American Sabor.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music</em><em>&nbsp;</em>was created by the EMP Museum and the University of Washington. It was organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition, its national tour, and related programs are made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:56:14 +0000