Previous Exhibitions - Frost Art Museum

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama
October 9, 2009-January 10, 2010
The result of a collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation. We see this project as a unique opportunity to explore the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for peace. Through the artist's work, we also hope to broaden appreciation for the Dalai Lama and the principles he embodies. The project and exhibition title is an evocative play on words - peace will always be elusive, or missing, in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless. The word 'portrait' is used very loosely. Artists were given the freedom to explore the full life of the Dalai Lama; each 'portrait' was the result of personal interpretation.
The Missing Peace explores art as a catalyst for peace and inspires readers to engage in pursuing peace in their lives, both personally and in their communities by exploring the intersection of creativity, activism, and global citizenship. Eighty-nine artists from around the world have created their own answers or interpretations about considering the Dalai Lama through unique journeys and belief systems to create visual portraits. The result is a collective tapestry of images, themes, and media that mirrors the many roles the Dalai Lama plays within his world and ours. The exhibition includes work by Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Chuck Close, Marina Abramovic, and Michele Oka Doner, among others.

Navjot Altaf: Lacuna in Testimony
Navjot Altaf
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Celebrated Indian artist Navjot Altaf uses photography and videos in her installation “Lacuna in Testimony” in an attempt to listen to the testimonies of those affected in communal riots in India’s Gujarat State in 2002. Her video raises questions about whether one can enumerate and describe often opaque and confounding events and how events in India are relevant to violence and oppression throughout the world. Navjot Altaf’s video installations reflect her interest in a broad range of art media, societal issues and social unrest. She lives and works in Mumbai, India.

En Vista
Eduardo del Valle & Mirta Gomez
October 9, 2009 – December 7, 2009
The Cuban-born husband and wife team of Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gomez have worked collaboratively for thirty years, receiving international acclaim for their photographs of subjects in a state of flux, including Maya houses in the Yucatan; Caribbean salt flats; remnants of nature’s evolution including meteor craters. Their recent photographs will be exhibited as part of the Florida Artist Series.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet
November 4, 2009 – January 10, 2010
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means "mandala of colored powders." Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.
Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

The lamas begin the work by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform, which requires the remainder of the day. The following days see the laying of the colored sands, which is effected by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called chak-pur. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. Geoffrey Olsen
September 2, 2009-October 4, 2009
Geoffrey Olsen was one of the most original painters to come from the Welsh valleys. His paintings are characterized by a bold, free-flowing use of oil paint in layers, and his work builds on the natural forms of his native post-industrial Merthyr Tydfil, on the Cotswolds escarpments of his home in England, and on the light and environment of Miami, where he lived for several years. Olsen's paintings excavate our past and re-present the world which we have marked.
Geoffrey Olsen was born in Merthyr Tydfil in 1943 and educated at Cyfarthfa Grammar School. He studied in Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, and at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich before teaching in Oxfordshire. In 1978 he joined Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) where he lectured in art and design and became Principal Lecturer in the Visual Arts. From 1997 to 2001 he was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. In 2002 he joined the faculty at FIU as Director of Graduate Studies. He passed away in December 2007.
This exhibition is a retrospective of his works, inspired by the landscape and legends of his homeland of Great Britain, and a tribute to his life and work.

Because I Say So Sculpture from The Scholl Collection
April 17, 2009 - August 16, 2009



Because I Say So is an exhibition that will provoke that answer to the question, “Is that Art?” The Museum will present sculpture and installations for which the artists have used materials ranging from the most ordinary (twigs, pins, scraps of fabric, etc.) to objects that refer to sculptural tradition, but subvert it in remarkable ways. This is an opportunity to create the environment for a dialogue about the very nature of sculpture itself to the university community and beyond. All of the works will require the viewer to engage, experience, and reflect on the world of art today. This show is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, who have been in the forefront as collectors and supporters of emerging and established contemporary artists for many years. Their vision for the future of their artists has not only resulted in extraordinary recognition for work that was virtually unknown, but also in the compilation of a collection that is as unique as it is provocative and representative of the cutting-edge of art.

Genetic Portraits by Nela Ochoa
April 17, 2009 - September 16, 2009



Nela Ochoa is a multi-media artist working simultaneously in the realms of video art, sculpture and performance to explore the genetic codes of human bodies. Ochoa will create a site specific installation which investigates DNA in the body. Ochoa's work uses medical images such as X-rays to explore the complex relationships between DNA and body. She often uses her own DNA printed in latex as a starting point for her sculptural endeavors.

Nancy Friedemann - What Comes After
May 20, 2009- September 20, 2009



Nancy Friedemann Sanches lives and works in Bogota, Colombia and New York. In her paintings, she manipulates symbols that deal with ideas about femininity and the role of women in art history. Friedemann is inspired by Spanish colonial painting styles and Minimalism. When she paints, she presents typically feminine subject matter like flowers, lace and embroidery. In painting these delicate objects in a careful and detailed way, Friedemann monumentalizes them, giving them a heroic place and scale. By re-enacting the process of making lace through drawing and painting, she captures the essence in monumental works, each done with tiny strokes and an economy of materials. In What Comes After, explores the experience of identity and memory from a feminist perspective.

2009 Cintas Finalist Fellowship Exhibition
May 20, 2009 – August 23, 2009
The Cintas Foundation offers an award to one artist of Cuban heritage selected by a panel of jurors. Every year, the Frost exhibits the five finalists. The only one of its kind in the nation, the program has honored some of the world’s most talented Cuban artists. Past visual arts fellow painters include Ernesto Oroza, Carlos Alfonzo, Teresita Fernández, Anthony Goicolea, Ernesto Oroza; photographers Andres Serrano and María Martínez-Caíñas; sculptor Maria Elena González, and filmmaker Mari Rodríguez-Ichaso. The Cintas Foundation awards fellowships annually to creative artists of Cuban lineage who are currently residing outside of Cuba. Winners will be announced in May at the annual exhibition of work by the finalists in each category.

The Figure Past and Present: Selections from the Permanent Collection
November 29, 2008 - 2010
2nd Floor Galleries



The inaugural exhibition will focus on the diverse representations of the figure as a vision of humanity, whether earthly or divine, by placing it within an art historical context. This exhibition will include contemporary works, ritual artifacts of Pre-Columbian cultures, traditional African wood carvings and delicate visages of Asian deities.

The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery
The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery allows visitors to experience interactive activities designed to educate and entertain. This state-of-the-art Discovery Gallery consists of 13 stations including the computer-based display, Picture Yourself, where a camera takes an image of a person’s face and reproduces it on a touch screen. Participants can then trace the contours of the face with their fingers and print the finished product. The Kenan-Flagler Discovery Gallery is possible due to the support of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established in 1965 from the estate of William Rand Kenan, Jr., who was born in Wilmington in 1872 and graduated from UNC in 1894. Kenan was a scientist, chemical and mechanical engineer, business executive, dairy farmer and philanthropist.

Frost Art Museum-curated exhibitions, drawn from its own, local and national collections, explore recurrent themes from a contemporary perspective and the native aesthetic expressions of the region's diverse people. Borrowed exhibitions enhance understanding of the Frost Art Museum’s collection, introduce new aesthetic concepts in support of artistic exploration, and connect the Museum to underserved audiences.
Friday, January 20, 2006 - 8 p.m., PC 110
Ruben Torres Llorca: Modelo Para Armar / Easy-to-Build
In a brilliantly conceived site-specific installation, the artist pieces together fragments of personal and universal events to create a storyline via two parallel narratives. The conceptually based work of Torres Llorca is recognized for its distinctive themes, images and text, which are continuously revisited. This exhibition will continue through March 19, 2006.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 2006, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 16, 2005 – 8 p.m., PC 110
BFA Fall Exhibition 2005
The culmination of the FIU Visual Art Students' undergraduate program.
This exhibition will continue through December 26, 2005.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 16, 2005, 8 p.m.

Friday, September 23, 2005 - 8 p.m., PC 110
The Saint Makers: A Living Tradition in American Folk Art
Selections from the collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak
Highlighting a specific movement within the larger context of American Folk and Outsider art, this exhibition features over 75 objects by artists in the Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado area who continue the tradition of saint making dating back to the early 1700s. Influenced by European Baroque Art and its religious iconography, these artists create figurative sculptures depicting narratives whereby spirituality becomes the impetus for their unique artistic expression. This exhibition will continue through December 4, 2005
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 2005, 8 p.m.

Friday, June 3 — 8 p.m., PC 110
FLORIDA ARTISTS SERIES: TORI ARPAD AND KATE KRETZ
A compelling exhibition featuring the work of two artists who confront ideas about the body from conceptual and visceral perspectives. Arpad's multi-media installations and video works explore the relationship between body and environment. Kretz's paintings and mixed media textile creations address psychological and emotional vulnerabilities in a post-modern context. This exhibition will continue through July 31, 2005.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 17. 8 p.m.

Thursday, MAY 12 - 6 p.m., PC 110
CREATIVE VISIONS 2005
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in association with Commission Chairman Joe Martinez and Miami-Dade County Public Schools present Creative Visions 2005, the second annual scholastic exhibition of student work from District 11 public schools. The opening reception will be held Thursday, May 12 th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. A presentation of awards by Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, M-DCPS Arts Supervisor Ray Azcuy and Dr. Patricia Frost from the Frost Art Museum, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Frost Art Museum. Numerous pieces of two-dimensional artwork from each elementary, middle and high school within District 11 were selected by a panel of judges for display; and the top three works of art in each level will receive a scholarship to an arts camp for the summer. Exhibition on view through May 19, 2005.


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