Frost Art Museum Opens Fall Season with Three Enthralling New Exhibitions

  • MIAMI, Florida
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  • August 21, 2014

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Marisa Tellería, Untitled installation detail, 2014, Mesh, tulle fabric, wire, Dimensions variable
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Three new exhibitions—Marisa Tellería: Still; Kept at Bay: Art on Guantánamo; and Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free)-- offering “sensorial experiences” and new perspectives on current and medieval historical developments will open at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum with a reception on Wednesday, September 10, from 6 to 9 pm; the reception is free of charge and open to the public.

Still is an exhibition of the art of FIU alumna and Miami-based artist Marisa Tellería, presenting a series of new works of various scale, from expansive installations to small stand-alone objects. The large works, made up of countless small, layered gestures, envelop the viewer, while intimate smaller works, equally elaborate and layered, suggest a larger psychological space. Tellería constructs a contemplative and meditative space that allows for introspection and reverie; she seeks to engage viewers in intimate sensorial experiences, so they can relate to objects, environments and situations at a corporal level, and expand their own process of observation and conceptualization. The exhibition, curated by Klaudio Rodríguez, runs through October 19.

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Kept at Bay: Art on Guantánamo is a collection of art works depicting the experiences of individuals who have been connected directly to, or associated with, this historical U.S. naval station in Cuba. The artwork speaks for thousands of diverse individuals who have lived in, or been influenced by their time there; among these, American military personnel and their families, Haitian and Cuban refugees and post 9/11 detainees. This exhibition is curated by FIU students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies Program, under the direction of Professor Melissa Diaz, in association with the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, an organization steered by Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, which seeks to build public awareness of the long history of the naval station and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes. Kept at Bay: Art on Guantánamo will be on display through October 19.

Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) is a joint exhibition by Associate Professor Jacek Kolasinski, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History; Associate Professor Roberto Rovira, Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department; and Professor Orlando Jacinto Garcia from the School of Music at FIU. The title refers to a German medieval dictum describing a principle of law that offered freedom and land to settlers who took up urban residence for more than “a year and a day.” Broadly speaking, this principle allowed the rising burgher class to seek self-governance and economic autonomy. This collaborative multimedia inquiry brings together voices of three discrete academic disciplines—visual arts, printmaking and music-- to offer a unique artistic interpretation of this complex historic process. This exhibition runs through October 19.

 For more information, please visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890


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