MIAMI’S ART SCENE CONTINUES TO GROW THROUGH POSITIVE CHANGES OCCURRING AT WHAT WAS KNOWN AS THE ART MUSEUM OF THE FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, NOW TURNED INTO THE PATRICIA AND PHILLIP FROST ART MUSEUM, OR SIMPLY THE FROST MUSEUM.
By Sol Bendayán
In the Modesto A. Maidique Campus at Florida International University (FIU) is The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, formerly The Art Museum of FIU. Endowed with beautiful architecture designed by the renowned architect Yann Weymouth, the museum was founded in 1977 and since 2003 it’s known under its current name. His collection consists of donations from foundations, artists and patrons of the arts.
The Frost is one of the promoters of the artistic movement that has made Miami an important landmark internationally, offering locals and visitors free of charge, the opportunity to enrich themselves culturally, know the past and what is happening in contemporary art.
Of its nine rooms, three are devoted to the permanent collection and the remaining six to temporary exhibitions. Outside, the sculpture park surrounds the building structure.
Continuous events makes it an activity center where besides exhibitions, conferences occur with renowned artists and critics, events for the community, exchanges with universities, foundations, and museums and institutions at the national and international level.
Since 2008, the Frost Museum is run by Dr. Carol Damian, a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Master in Pre-Columbian Art History and Latin American History at the University of Miami, author of several publications and contributor to magazines Art Nexus and Arte al Dia.
Carol Damian has dynamically transferred to the museum her passion and dedication to art, with a special intuition to recognize and discover valuable talents that contribute to enhance the enjoyment of our visual horizon.
There are three exhibitions currently on display that are highly recommended:
Architectures of Light: Argentine artist Karina Chechik presents works in acrylic on canvas. They breathe through the study of light in different environments. Synagogues, churches, forests and contemporary architecture reflect with great success the search in light for spirituality in the past, the present and in nature.
Lat65.31Long114.13W: Miler Lagos, from Colombia, performs two videos.
Skipping Stones.2011. The stillness of the waters of a lake is suddenly disturbed by waves, caused by stones thrown by the artist. A sense of serenity and meditation invades the viewer.
The Frost is one of the promoters of the artistic movement that has made Miami an important landmark internationally.
Kanipinikassikueu. The Caribou Man, 2011. Again the artist tries to catch the silence that is manifested in an Inuit village, near the North Pole. The profile of figures in a night background, faint sounds produced by the clinking of plates and hanging beads on the rocks trying to get the attention of a caribou.
1910: Modern Beauty? The Perceptual Aesthetics of Simultaneity. Exhibition organized by the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, shows us a group of poets, artists and architects in search of modernity through paintings, drawings, calligraphy and everyday objects. With a good layout and selection of works, the exhibition manages to deliver us the message of the major movements in Italy, France, England and Germany in the glimpses of contemporary art. This is an excellent opportunity, rarely seen in Miami, to enjoy works and original documents by Sonia Delaunay, Marinetti, and Guillaume Apollinaire, among the most important.
There’s no doubt that at the Frost Museum good things are happening. It’s not a place just to see but to listen, to dialogue and actively participate in demonstrations of art of the past, present, and why not, the future.