By Joel Delgado ’12, MS ’17
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum announced its spring season schedule last week, which will feature artwork and panel discussions tackling a wide range of issues and subjects in the next several months.
The season kicks off with an opening reception for this spring’s first exhibition — Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project — on Jan. 18.
Here is a sneak peek of what is coming to The Frost during the Spring 2018 semester:
Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project
Jan. 18 – March 18, 2018
In 2013, 50 years after the infamous attack on the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church and the ensuing violence throughout the city of Birmingham, Dawoud Bey created a project to commemorate the children who were killed or injured.
Over the course of seven years, Bey developed The Birmingham Project— a series of vibrant and poignant portraits of current residents who represent the ages of the victims when they died, as well as the ages they would have been if they were still alive.
The exhibition is part of The Frost’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Exhibition Series, which addresses issues of race, diversity, social justice, civil rights and humanity to serve as a catalyst for dialogue and to enrich our community with new perspectives.
The opening reception will take place Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
Dangerous Women: Selections from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 17 – May 20, 2018
The Old and New Testaments are full of compelling female characters: good wives and bad, courageous heroines and deceptive–sometimes deadly–femme fatales.
Dangerous Women presents 23 works from the rich holdings of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art that explore different artists’ responses to the women of the Bible.
Paintings by Pietro da Cortona, Francesco Cairo and Fede Galizia are complemented by Old Masters and Robert Henri’s sumptuous, sensuous Salome, which stands as a reminder of how dangerous biblical women have continued to loom large in the modern imagination.
An opening reception and panel discussion will take place Feb. 17 beginning at 3 p.m.
Outsider Artists from Havana
March 31 – June 3, 2018
Outsider Artists from Havana is a project managed by the National Art Exhibitions of the Mentally Ill Foundation, in close collaboration with specialists from the Frost Art Museum and FIU researchers, which aims to show the artistic production of two of the most recognized Cuban artists in the genre of outsider art: Misleidys Castillo and Jorge Alberto Hernández Cadi (El Buzo).
Each artist presents very different aesthetics and themes, according to their respective mental disorders. The interpretation of their special universes is shaped consistently with the recurrence of a distinctive language that is supported by their craft, which is an important concept that unites them.
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell
March 3 – May 27, 2018
The Frost will close out the season with Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, the first comprehensive retrospective of Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar.
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell assembles more than 100 works produced over three decades. Through photographs and videos that are frequently political as well as personal, and which traverse performative, feminist and queer art genres, Aguilar offers candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and LGBT and Latinx communities.
Aguilar’s now iconic triptych, Three Eagles Flying (1990), set the stage for her future work by using her nude body as an overt and courageous rebellion against the colonization of Latinx identities — racial, gendered, cultural and sexual. Her practice intuitively evolved over time as she struggled to negotiate and navigate her ethnicity and sexuality, her challenges with depression and auditory dyslexia, and the acceptance of her large body.
This exhibition tells the story of the artist who for most of her life struggled to communicate with words yet ironically emerged as a powerful voice for numerous and diverse marginalized groups.
For more information about our upcoming exhibitions and programming, please visit frost.fiu.edu.