Luis Cruz Azaceta: On The Edge
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7pm
Storer Auditorium, UM School of Business; Reception to follow at the Lowe Art Museum.
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Lowe Members and UM Students: Free*; Non-Members: $10; RSVP: [email protected] ; *There is a fee to attend the reception for non-member UM students.
Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in Havana but left Cuba as a teenager in 1960. After immigrating to the United States, Azaceta lived in New York and studied at The School of Visual Arts, ultimately relocating to New Orleans in 1992. He has been awarded grants from The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment of the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is in the permanent collection of The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lowe Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
â€œArt gave me a voice at a time when I had no identity,â€ says Azaceta. â€œLiving in the large metropolis of New York, I found myself without a country, language or direction. There was a great need to express my condition as well as my surroundings. Painting became the vehicle. My whole trajectory of work has focused on the inhumanity, injustice and cruelty that we commit against each other." This lecture is sponsored in part by Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami. The year is specially designated to stimulate intellectual inquiry and discussion across the humanities by bringing to campus leading intellectuals and artists.
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