Target Wednesday After Hours The Frost Art Museum presents Five New Spring Exhibitions 1/26/11

The Frost Art Museum presents Five New Spring Exhibitions
Target Wednesday After Hours
January 26, 2011 at 6 p.m.
10975 SW 17th St.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum presents five new exhibitions opening during Target Wednesday After Hours on January 26, 2011 at 6 p.m. Coming on view in the museum’s grand galleries is Gran Torino: Italian Contemporary Art which is immediately recognizable by North American associations with the car produced by Ford in the 1970’s or the Hollywood film of the same name. Torino (Turin) refers to one of Italy’s most vibrant cities and one of the most dynamic centers of contemporary art in Europe. GRAN TORINO: Italian Contemporary Art, curated by Paolo Facelli will present the work of a selected group of Torino artists that are representative of not only the local, but also of the Italian perspective, with their own national characteristics in an open and stimulating debate with the international scene. GRAN TORINO: Italian Contemporary Art is an engaging cultural initiative and introduces significant trends and movements of new Italian art to the North American public.

Also coming on view is My Eyes Have Seen by Robert Farber. This exhibition is an impressionistic journey of photographic imagery that evokes timeless emotion and takes the viewer into aesthetic realms. In 1995 Farber received the ASP International Award, given by the Professional Photographers of America, and The American Society of Photographers. This award has been given to those who have made a significant contribution to the science and art of photography. Farber’s photographs have been published in virtually every form. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Europe, as well as the United States, and he has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, Universities, and professional groups in the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, and Europe.

The Tale of the Unknown Island by Esther Villalobos and Mar Solis is the next exhibition opening January 26 where Spanish artists Esther Villalobos and Mar Solís interpret, through photography and sculpture, “a journey into the unknown” inspired by José Saramago’s book The Tale of the Unknown Island. In the book, a protagonist is set to look for an unknown island that nobody believes exists, only to find “meaning” much closer than he ever thought. In the exhibition the artists seek to engage in Saramago’s literary symbolism, visually exploring the themes of memory and dreams, roots and growth, death and notions of renewal, from the perspectives of their own work.

As of 24-03-07, Maria Brito’s mixed-media installation- a small shrine dedicated to a mysterious figure will take over an entire gallery at The Frost Art Museum. The next installment in the Wolfsonian-FIU Teaching Gallery at The Frost Art Museum is Women in Motion: Fitness, Sport, and the Female Figure which asks- Can women achieve fitness and athletic prowess while conforming to the social norms of femininity? This exhibition explores the images of physically active women produced by governments, fitness advocates, advertisers, and artists in Europe and the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Drawn from the collection of The Wolfsonian-FIU, it includes a variety of media, from posters and magazines to decorative and fine art.The exhibition is co-curated by Laurie Shrage, professor of Philosophy and director of Women’s Studies, and Dionne Stephens, assistant professor of Psychology, and African and African Diaspora Studies. It is made possible with financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is located on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.