Nela Ochoa: Genetic Portraits to Open 4/17/09

The Frost Art Museum
Nela Ochoa: Genetic Portraits

The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will present Venezuelan artist Nela Ochoa: Genetic Portraits. The exhibit, opening April 17, 2009, will feature key pieces from Ochoa’s oeuvre, including Materia Gris Incompleta/Gray Matter Incomplete. Ochoa, a prolific and internationally recognized multi-media artist, works simultaneously and seamlessly in the areas of video art, sculpture, and performance to explore the genetic codes of human bodies.

“The Frost is a wonderful venue in which to bring art, science, medicine and research together in a multi-disciplinary forum and spark intellectual discourse,” said Dr. Carol Damian, director & chief curator of The Frost Art Museum.

Ochoa’s interest in the human body has led her to work with medical images such as X-rays and MRI’s, integrating them into videos, paintings and installations. Her most recent work has led her further into the body, where she explores the mysteries of DNA. Among the many awards Ochoa has garnered, most prominently, she has received the Premio de Arte No-Objetal, Salón Arturo Michelena, Valenciam, 1987 for the video-installation INVERNADERO.

The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building in November 2008. Nearly 10,000 people have visited the The Museum in its new building since its opening. Admission to the museum is always free.

Nela Ochoa: Genetic Portraits will be opening along with Because I Say So Sculpture from the Collection of Dennis and Debra Scholl, The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery and the Spring BFA show on April 17, 2009. Genetic Portraits will run through September 6, 2009.

About the Frost Art Museum – Florida International University

The Frost is an AAM accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate. The museum is located at 10975 SW 17thSt. across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the University Park campus. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. The Frost is closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit or call 305-348-2890.