Previous Exhibitions - University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

Berni Searle: Approach

October 27 – December 16, 2006

South African artist Berni Searle, whose work was included in the group exhibition with eight contemporaries in 2002 at USF CAM, The Field’s Edge: Africa / Diaspora / Lens, will be in residence at Graphicstudio to create a newly commissioned work for her solo exhibition. Searle, known for her performances, photography and video work, addresses issues of race, gender and social history, came to the public’s attention in 1997 with an installation that was an important component at the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale, based at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, where she lives and works. Searle creates noteworthy projects that serve as a continuing series of ongoing explorations of identity and self-representation.

Self Portrait

Vik Muniz: Reflex

July 7 – October 7, 2006

Since the mid-1990s, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been making an international impact with his photographs documenting images he has made in an astonishing variety of non-art, often ephemeral materials, including dirt, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, fake blood, color chips, the circular paper remnants made by hole punches, and diamonds. Muniz’ images are at once familiar—they are often of recognizable news images, works from art history, or well-known personages—and alien: after an initial moment or recognition, it quickly becomes clear that these images are not what they first seemed.

30th Annual Juried USF Student Art Exhibition

April 7 – May 26, 2006

Each year, a nationally recognized juror (critic, artist, curator) selects the works and designates the scholarship awards, which are donated by area corporations, cultural institutions and private patrons. This year artist Claudi X. Valdeswill will juror and give a talk. Past jurors include notables Marcia Tucker, Roberta Smith, Sue Coe, The Guerilla Girls, The Art Guys, Elyse Goldberg and Jerry Saltz.

Dragon Veins

January 13 – March 11, 2006

Dragon Veins surveys a variety of ways in which traditional East Asian art informs contemporary painting. The twelve artists idiosyncratically mine East Asian traditions of Chinese landscape painting, Buddhism, ukiyo-e, emaki, bunraku, nihon-ga and kazari, intermixing them with current political events, hip-hop culture, geological maps, modernist abstraction, bodily experience, Dr. Seuss, anime, Post-Impressionism and more.

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