Frost Art Museum to open two summer exhibitions

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will open two exhibitions – one featuring the mystical and emotional impressions of a single artist, and the other featuring depictions of the human face throughout history – on Wednesday, June 18, with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The reception is open to the public and free of charge.

School of Night Arturo Rodriguez, artist

Arturo Rodríguez, The School of Night XXI, Oil, crayon and charcoal on paper

The School of Night centers on Cuban-American artist Arturo Rodríguez. Curator Juan A. Martínez explains, “Rodríguez’s works on paper show a side of his art seldom seen. They are intimate and experimental and comprise his latest and boldest series of drawings.” Known to wake up at 3 in the morning and stroll around his house, the artist used the experience to create images of nightmarish masks and shadowy spaces filled with vaguely defined objects.

The show opens promptly at 5 p.m. with the presentation of an accompanying book that includes descriptions of Rodríguez’s drawings as well as poetry. The School of Night is presented with support from Bryan Cave, LLP, and runs through August 24.

25 sq. inches-The Faces of the Permanent Collection draws from the Frost’s extensive and multi-cultural permanent collection to present 53 works that focus on the human face. The featured works include paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures that show how different artists approach the process of capturing and representing its features and expressions.

Curator Klaudio Rodríguez notes, “As one of the most scrutinized and depicted subjects, the human face – the most prominent features of which typically are situated within a space of approximately 25 square inches – has perpetually captivated and inspired artists and artisans. From ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, from photography to pop art, man’s fascination with the face is eternal.”

The exhibit runs through August 24.

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