The Summer of Women begins May 14 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, and runs through September with three original exhibitions featuring women artists.
In the Beginning was the Word: Works by Corita Kent tops the marquee with a fresh look at the activist artwork of the rebel-nun/Pop Art pioneer. Also opening May 14 is the exhibition Suddenly Last Summer featuring three South Florida-based (Donna Haynes, Leah Brown and Michelle Weinberg) each given a room within the museum’s Grand Galleries to create site-specific installations based on the hit song by The Motels. The opening reception for both exhibitions is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 14 (4-7 p.m.). The museum is located on the campus of Florida International University (map and directions).
On June 18, the new exhibition Resonance/Dissonance debuts, featuring video art by women artists from the de la Cruz Collection. The opening reception is free and open to the public on Saturday, June 18 (4-7 p.m.).
Also on June 18, the museum inaugurates the new Art and Health series of community events with the luncheon presentation of Her Body of Art, sponsored by West Kendall Baptist Hospital. Exploring the nexus between art and health, the new series of artful conversations pairs medical experts and practitioners with art historians and visual artists ($35 per person includes lunch).
(Donna Haynes, from Objects of My Affection, performance and installation, 2010)
SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER
Opens Saturday, May 14 (on view through Sept. 25)
Curated by AdrienneRose Gionta
Brings together the work of three South Florida-based artists – Donna Haynes, Michelle Weinbergand Leah Brown – as they are asked to listen to the song Suddenly Last Summer by The Motels and create site-specific installations inspired by the song and their designated rooms within the Grand Galleries of the museum. The song evokes melancholy (longing for things lost such as summer love, nature, freedom, daydreaming, rituals, journeys and places).
(Leah Brown, image from Lace Dear I, digital file, 2014)
Leah Brown is a Fort Lauderdale-based sculptor and installation artist. She was raised in Asheville, North Carolina where the woods she wandered in continue to inspire her aesthetic and dreams. She received a BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami. She is the director and co-curator of FATVillage Arts District in Fort Lauderdale.
(Donna Haynes, image from The Motherload of Invention, performance and installation, 2013)
Donna Haynes is a Fort Lauderdale-based artist and her work focuses on drawing, installation and sculpture. She is fascinated in meeting others and hearing their stories. The subject matter of her work includes interpersonal relationships, love, and recorded lineage. She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant, and received an MFA in sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
(Michelle Weinberg, image from Masq, digital animation, 2016)
Michelle Weinberg is a painter who creates art for surfaces, interiors, architecture and public spaces. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, fellowships and residencies including a 2016 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. She is the Creative Director of Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD:
WORKS BY CORITA KENT
Opens Saturday, May 14 (on view through Sept. 18)
© Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles
In the Beginning was the Word: Works by Corita Kent, ushers in The Summer of Women with an opening reception on Saturday, May 14 (4–7 p.m.), on view through September 18. This new exhibition (originating at the Frost Art Museum FIU) presents a collection of fifty works by Corita Kent (also known as Sister Mary Corita) bursting with color and meaningful text, selected to showcase the artist’s Pop Art legacy and memorable calls-to-action for social justice.
Part of the Pop Art canon, Corita Kent (1918-1986) is finally receiving overdue recognition and celebration.
(Corita Kent, Bell Brand, 1967, silkscreen print on pellon)
Her work had been considered as overlooked by many, until as recently as 2015 when the Andy Warhol Museum presented the first full-scale survey of Corita’s work covering over 30 years of her artistic career.
An upcoming group exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London will feature Corita’s work, and is titled YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION? How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?
Corita’s work can be found in several art museums and private collections including the Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
In 1985, Corita Kent’s famous “Love” postage stamp was commissioned for the U.S. Postal Service and became it’s largest-selling stamp (with more than 700,000 stamps purchased, prompting many to unofficially proclaim Corita as the world’s best-selling artist of all time). Read the complete press release about this Corita Kent exhibition at the Frost Art Museum FIU here, and to learn more about the artist visit Corita.org.
RESONANCE / DISSONANCE:
GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING WOMEN VIDEO ARTISTS
FROM THE DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION
June 18 – Sept. 25
Featuring the works of women video artists from the de la Cruz Collection, including:
Susanne Winterry, Sarah Morris, Tracey Emin, Aida Ruilova, Dara Friedman and Beatriz Monteavaro. Curated by the Frost Art Museum’s Curator, Klaudio Rodriguez.
(Corita Kent, Come Alive, silkscreen print on paper)