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Art Basel Season Preview: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU Announces New Season of Exhibitions and Events for 2016-2017

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unnamed-3The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami, announces a stellar lineup of new exhibitions, lectures and events for the 2016/2017 season.

During Miami’s Art Basel week, the museum will premiere a series of prominent firsts, including three never-before-seen exhibitions originating in Miami at the Frost: Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism (Oct. 16 – Jan. 8);  Pierce, Mark, Morph (Oct. 22Feb. 12); and Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon (Oct. 22Jan. 15).

Topping the marquee for the new year, the museum presents the Florida debut of Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, works from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl(Jan. 28 – May 7).

Lectures and events include special guest Laurie Anderson for the Stephen and Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series (on November 6); and the 13th annual Art Basel event Breakfast in the Park featuring sculptor Judy Pfaff (on the Sunday of Miami’s Art Basel week, December 4).

“As audiences from all over the world converge upon Miami for Art Basel season, the new lineup of exhibitions and events at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is a reflection of our interest in art globally: from New York to South America to Australia. This new season also marks our expanded curatorial perspective, with the inclusion of fashion now as a further expression of creativity,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s Director.

October 2016

Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism 
Through January 8 and on view during Miami’s Art Basel Week.

The exhibition Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism is on view through January 8, 2017 and features more than 35 couture creations by one of America’s foremost fashion designers of the past two decades. The exhibition will be displayed in the museum’s Grand Galleries alongside works of art that showcase the influence of the visual arts on the designer’s work (including works by Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Jennifer Steinkamp, Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, Antonio Llorens, Elena Asins and more).

This is the first time a major museum has presented an exhibition by a living fashion designer during Miami’s Art Basel Week, creating a new type of gallery experience where viewers will be among the first to experience major artworks exhibited alongside these history-making fashions. Co-curated by Alex Gonzalez, the Creative Director of ELLE Magazine and Klaudio Rodriguez, Curator of the Frost Art Museum.

Pierce, Mark, Morph  
(October 22February 12)
Traces the timeless traditions of body modification. Pre-Columbian collection of sculptures (from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation) are featured within the galleries alongside works by contemporary artists who emphasize body piercings, markings and other corporeal transformations in their work (the contemporary artists are: Lauren Kalman, Carlos Martiel, Hiromi Moneyhun, Tatiana Pacero and Ceclia Paredes). Curated by Maryanna Ramirez, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at the Frost Art Museum. Opening reception is free and open to the public onSaturday, Oct. 22 (4:00-7:00 p.m.).
Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the Collection of BNY Mellon 
(October 22January 15)
This expansive collection features nearly 60 works by some of the art world’s most recognizable figures, including: Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Martin Creed, Mark DiSuveno, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, Maya Lin, Paul McCarthy, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Ernesto Neto, Joel Shaprio, Kiki Smith, Rachel Whiteread and more. From six-foot long gouache tableaus to charcoal preparatory drawings and rough pencil sketches, these works illustrate the important role working on paper plays for sculptors in the creative process.  Opening reception is free and open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 22 (4:00-7:00 p.m.).


November 2016
The Steven & Dorothea Green Critic’s Lecture Series presents: Laurie Anderson(November 6, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.)  Green Library, GL100

Laurie Anderson has astonished audiences for decades. Spanning music, film, performance, and the visual arts, Anderson’s work confronts politics, culture, and humanity. About the artist: Laurie Anderson is one of today’s premier performance artists. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Anderson has published six books.

She has also written the entry for New York for the Encyclopedia Brittanica. Laurie Anderson’s visual work has been presented in major museums throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts, her awards include the 2001 Tenco Prize for Songwriting in San Remo, Italy and the 2001 Deutsche Schallplatten prize for Life On A String as well as grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since 1981, the Steven & Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series has brought over 130 renowned artists, critics, curators and other art world luminaries to our South Florida community. These speakers have shaped art history through their scholarly, creative, and leadership contributions. They have inspired us to think critically, investigate further, and consider the discourses and practices that shape the world of art.


December 2016

The13th Annual Art Basel Breakfast in the Park: Sculptor Judy Pfaff

(An official Art Basel event on Sunday, December 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)


An official Art Basel week event, draws hundreds of collectors, patrons, gallery owners, arts luminaries and artists from around the world, many of whom are visiting Miami for Art Basel. Each year a noted sculptor is invited to speak. Guests enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, informal lecture and guided tours of Florida International University’s Sculpture Park and the exhibitions in the museum. Read more about the guest-lecturer, at  View the Sculpture Park’s artwork, located throughout the campus of Florida International University, here.

About the artist: Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973).  Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, GTE Corporation, Irving, Texas; installation: vernacular abstraction, Wacoal, Tokyo, Japan; and set design, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Work in permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; others. Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College (1989, 1991)


January 2017

Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, Works from the Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl (January 28 – May 7)   ̶   Recent works by nine leading contemporary women artists from remote Aboriginal communities across Australia. Exhibiting Artists: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yununpingu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Carlene West, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson. Read more about this traveling exhibition

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