Exhibition Openings José Gurvich, Performance Art of María Teresa Hincapié and Women’s Work / Men’s Work at the Frost 1/20/10

Exhibition Opening: The Fantastic World of José Gurvich, In Body and Soul: The Performance Art of María Teresa Hincapié and Women’s Work / Men’s Work Labor & Gender in America in the Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery.
Jan. 20, 2010
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 S.W. 17th Street
Miami, FL, 33199

José Gurvich was an extraordinary artist whose life bridged distant places and cultures. When he was six years old his family emigrated to Uruguay. His pictorial language developed from the diverse environments and art forms he was exposed to: intimate domestic scenes in Montevideo, rural life and religious festivities in Israel, New York’s crowds and vibrant urban views. Each element in his paintings is carefully chosen from lived experience and condensed by his constant search for the fundamental and essential. His art speaks directly to the soul, addressing the need to see reality through the eyes of the spirit. In his work Gurvich paired the fantastic and the everyday in a way that appears effortless. So join us for the opening and come experience The Fantastic World of José Gurvich.

This exhibition, curated by Francine Birbragher, examines the work of well-known Colombian performance artist María Teresa Hincapié. Hincapié’s initial studies were in acting and she developed her work in performance art, where she stood in the vanguard of this artistic medium in Colombia.

The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery, a collaboration between The Wolfsonian-FIU, The Frost and FIU faculty, is intended to serve as a resource for teaching and learning. The support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide an opportunity for FIU faculty to collaborate with staff from both museums to organize small exhibitions from The Wolfsonian collection that will be exhibited within The Frost Art Museum’s gallery space. The inaugural exhibition,Women’s Work / Men’s Work: Labor and Gender in America, was organized with Professor Alex Lichenstein, Department of History, FIU, who will teach a course on twentieth-century U.S. labor history in the Spring semester of 2010.

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