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Carlos Rigau (BFA ’02) Is Finalist in 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts

The Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design, in collaboration with the CINTAS Foundation, has announced College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Carlos Rigau (FIU BFA ’02) as a finalist in the 2014-2015 CINTAS Fellowship Competition in Visual Arts. On Friday, October 10th, an opening reception will be held at MDC’s Freedom Tower, where Rigau will be exhibiting his work.

Carlos Rigau was born in 1978 and raised in Little Havana in Miami, Florida. He graduated in 2002 from FIU with a double major in Fine Art and Television Communications. In 2009, he completed the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunter College in New York. He has exhibited his work in Berlin, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Miami, in spaces such as Emerson Dorsch, Tilton Gallery, Nice and Fit Gallery, and David Castillo Gallery. In addition to his work as an artist, Carlos co-directs an experimental, artist-run space named General Practice with Nick Klein, Ibett Yanez and Carlos Ascurra. Rigau is represented by LMAKprojects in New York City.

Rigau said that FIU prepared him for an opportunity such as being a finalist in the CINTAS Foundation competition. “FIU’s Visual Arts program and faculty laid a foundation [for] thinking critically,” said Rigau. “This training would later aid me in shifting through the complexities of the visual world. Working with Peggy Levison Nolan, Constantino Manuel Torres, William Burke, Mirta Gomez del Valle, and Eduardo del Valle sharpened a sense of awareness of how the different media/practices can be read and understood. The time spent in the FIU Art + Art History Department shaped my practice.”

The CINTAS Fellowship Program encourages creative development in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. The Foundation was established with funds from the estate of Oscar B. CINTAS (1887-1957), the former Cuban ambassador to the United States and a prominent industrialist and patron of the arts. In June of 2011, the CINTAS Foundation entered into an extended loan to MDC’s Museum of Art + Design of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, comprised of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships, awarded since 1963. (Source: www.cintasfoundation.org)

The opening reception of the 2014-2015 CINTAS Foundation Fellows Finalist Exhibition in Visual Art will be on Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6PM, at the MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Freedom Tower: 600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. The exhibition will run until November 9th, 2014. Free and open to the public.

The featured image is provided courtesy of Carlos Rigau.

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Emeritus Clive King

Clive King, Professor Emeritus of Fine Art at the College of Architecture + The Arts, is an artist and a former Chair of the FIU Art + Art History Department (1992-98). He has also been the Chair of Visual Arts (1987-92) and the Chair of the Visual Arts Program (1979-87) at Oxford Brookes University and a Course Leader for Communication Arts at the Salisbury College of Art in England.

King has been featured in publications such as the current Manifest International Drawing Annual, 100 Southern Artists, Arts Review, Studio International, The Miami Herald, and The Oxford Times. King was also featured on the DVD “In and out of the Box,” along with current chair Jacek Kolasinski, and has illustrated work for Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleur Du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).

Some of King’s artwork is included in collections across the United States and Europe, such as those of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Wales and Florida International University.

He was awarded artist’s residencies at the Yorkshire Art Association in Bradford, the British American Art Association in Philadelphia, and the University of Minnesota, and has twice been the recipient of an annual art fellowship from the South Eastern College of Art Conference and the Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. He has given lectures at institutions like the Royal College of Art in London, Pratt Institute, Weisman Museum of Art, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has held many drawing workshops at notable institutions across the country, including the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Utah, the South Dakota Museum of Art, and the University of Alabama.

King has also exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout his career as an artist. The list of venues that have exhibited his work includes the Barbican Art Center, London, MOMA Wales, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

King studied at the Goldsmiths College of Art in London and the Exeter College of Art, completing his studies in 1966. He has received the “Wales Now” National Exhibition award twice, the British Art Association travel award, the Oxford Brookes University Creative Development Award, and the FIU Provost’s Research Award.

King is a member of the College Art Association of America and the South Eastern College of Art Association. He retired from full-time teaching in 2010, and devotes his time to preparing for new exhibitions and running intuitive drawing workshops throughout the U.S.

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Dean Brian Schriner Appoints 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows: Bruce Carter, Alastair Gordon, and Robert Zuckerman

Dean Brian Schriner of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has selected Bruce Carter, Alastair Gordon, and Robert Zuckerman as the Dean’s Distinguished Fellows for 2014-2015.

Dean Schriner said, “the Dean’s Distinguished Fellows are charged with visibly promoting the College’s strategic initiatives by engaging with students, faculty, alumni, and the community through lectures, publications, master classes, academic scholarship, and creative activities.”

 

 

Dean’s Distinguished Fellows, 2014-2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABruce Allen Carter is an arts educator and researcher, whose work focuses on issues of creativity and the intersections of social justice and arts participation. His research has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, the Journal of Research in Music Education, and the Music Educators Journal, in addition to numerous invited chapters by Oxford Press. Recently, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, School of Education designated the Bruce Carter Qualitative Research Center as a place for graduate students to pursue meaningful qualitative research agendas. Carter received a B.M. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Northwestern University. In 2013, he was appointed by President Obama to serve a six-year position as Council Member on the National Council on the Arts.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the dynamic work occurring at FIU, specifically CARTA,” said Mr. Carter. “I hope to engage faculty, students, and community members in ways that foster interdisciplinary approaches to artistic process and research. I am enamored with the vision of the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios, and the way it seeks to utilize community engagement and expertise afforded by its facilities and location, to be at the forefront of teaching, research, and service in art, design, performance, and communication. I hope to spotlight the amazing faculty at FIU and add my voice to a vision that is forward-thinking and beneficial to Miami.”

During his nine-month appointment, Mr. Carter will produce an online publication consisting of a series of short essays, videos, and images that document multiple exchanges with the College of Architecture + The Arts. The publication will be included in new and current online courses. He will also conduct a series of lectures and panel discussions to be held both at the FIU School of Music and the Miami Beach Urban Studios throughout the academic year. The first panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and will cover the topic “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Creative Mind.”


Alastair Gordon- head shot 2 copy 3Alastair Gordon is an author, curator, critic, filmmaker, publisher, and public speaker. He is the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, Multimedia Publishing Imprint, a contributing editor for the Architecture/Design section of The Wall Street Journal Magazine, the Founder and Director of “Wall to Wall” – an interactive website and blog about the built environment – and the Presidential Counselor of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He has also worked as a contributing editor for The New York Times, House & Garden, and Atelier Magazine.

Mr. Gordon has exhibited his own artwork at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, and the Wolfsonian-FIU, and has curated exhibitions at the SCAD Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Princeton University, and the National AIA Museum in Washington, D.C. He is known for his highly-praised literature, such as Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. Mr. Gordon has lectured about architecture/design and the arts at Columbia University, the AIA Convention, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Mr. Gordon will host six master classes, all of which will involve special guest lecturers.

“I am thrilled to be joining the CARTA community and working with students and faculty over the coming year as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow,” said Mr. Gordon. “The process of discovery is at the very heart of any authentic learning experience and I plan to share my own experiences and moments of discovery in a forthright and personal way . . . Miami continues to emerge as a fascinating urban laboratory/cultural melting pot, and FIU is playing a crucial role in the city’s transformation. I look forward to taking part in such an exciting experiment!”


RZ Self Portrait Miami May 29 2013 lpsRobert Zuckerman is a photographer in the motion picture industry and a public speaker. He is called “Picasso” by Will Smith, “The Master” by Jerry Bruckheimer, and “the best photographer I have ever worked with” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His images have been used for the promotional campaigns of films such as Training Day, Terminator 3, and Transformers and television series such as The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. He has done album cover and movie poster photography for Will Smith and was invited to be the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Mr. Zuckerman has also photographed campaigns for United Way and City of Hope, was a co-producer for the award-winning documentary Video From Russia: The People Speak (1984, directed by Dimitri Devyatkin), and was the director and producer of the New York City portion of the official “Hands Across America” video (1986).

Mr. Zuckerman is also known for his book Kindsight® (Kindsight Press, LLC), which is a collection of photographs and accompanying texts recording the richness of everyday experiences, showing “the extraordinary within the ordinary.” The book includes laudatory texts by, among others, Will Smith, Debra Winger, poet Michael Lally, and novelist Elaine Kagan. It is currently on the PEN American Center’s “Best Book Read This Year” list. Since the publication of Kindsight®, Mr. Zuckerman has spoken to student and youth groups across the country, teaching them how to integrate photography with writing to show the extraordinary in everyday life.  He has spoken at Authors@Google, been featured in a PBS story about him, and was a panelist at the KidsRisk Symposium at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, speaking on empowering youth through positive media modalities.

“For me, [doing] photography as much as possible has become an integration of life and craft,” said Mr. Zuckerman. “Through it, I am able to give value to people’s lives and derive value in my own life, beyond making a living.” In regards to his appointment as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at CARTA, he said, “One of my primary goals is to inspire and empower students, and connecting them with leaders in relevant professional fields creates bridges of possibility and accessibility.”

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Robert Zuckerman will participate in a virtual exhibition, which will be an online publication of images with short essays that document his experience at CARTA. He will also host ten master classes, some of which will involve special guest lecturers.


This article was written with the help of Michelle Vires, Marketing Coordinator of the FIU School of Music.

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Andrew Horton, MFA Candidate, and Marcos Valella, Alumnus, Participate in FALL SEMESTER, an Initiative for Public Discussion

On October 9th and 10th, students, alumni, and faculty from the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts will participate in FALL SEMESTER, a new discussion series in Miami.

FALL SEMESTER is an independent initiative for public discussion on contemporary society and culture, aiming to test what can be achieved in the sped-up production of discourse and what can happen when new material is introduced into local discourse–a bomb-drop of new data. Will such a thing have quantifiable effects? Will it be jolting enough to speed up our own desire for a deeper dimension of self-understanding and reflection? Will it, on the contrary, only be another event in which theoretical performance is put to the service of spectacle, showing up the divisions that we face daily? FALL SEMESTER’s wager is laid down in the space cracked open by these questions. Having the general scheme of public lectures and a digital platform, FALL SEMESTER invites a group of international theorists and architects to take on topics of urbanization, turning their focus on the very city in which it is happening –Miami—since this city may itself be a model of what the contemporary city is slowly becoming. Founded in Miami in Summer of 2013 by artists Odalis Valdivieso and Lidija Slavkovic, FALL SEMESTER seeks to bring together a diverse group of theorists, critics, researchers, and interested individuals to engage in multifaceted discourse on contemporary society and culture available across multiple platforms at no cost to participants. (Source: FALL SEMESTER)

The team behind FALL SEMESTER is a diverse group of individuals from various disciplines. They are:

 

Odalis Valdivieso (Founder and Director)
Lidija Slavkovic (Co-Founder and Assistant Director)
P. Scott Cunningham (FIU MFA in Creative Writing ’08, poet, translator, and Founder/Director of O’Miami)
Marcos Valella (FIU BFA ’03, artist)
Antonia Wright (artist)
Angela Valella (artist, educator, and curator)
Felice Grodin (FIU Adjunct Faculty of Architecture, architect, visual artist, professor, and curator)
Andrew Horton (FIU Master of Fine Arts candidate, artist, educator, and curator)
Gean Moreno (artist and writer)
Rob Goyanes (writer)

Online Contributors

Keller Easterling, Jason Dittmer, Léopold Lambert, Matteo Pasquinelli, François Roche, Nathalie Rozencwajg, Leandro Silva Medrano, and Marion von Osten

FALL SEMESTER has structured its first iteration around four basic thematic lines: The Urban Real; Architectural Weather; Plasticity of the City; and The Urban Unreal.

 

Guest Speakers

THU, Oct 9

Material Consequences – 4pm, Nick Gelpi

North – South Collisions – 5pm , Jean-François Lejeune

The Matter of Struggle in Urban Space – 6pm, Nick Srnicek

Soft Monumentality – 7pm, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Open Forum – 8pm

FRI, Oct 10

Second Landscape – 4pm, Gray Read

City Bodies: Undead or Alive? – 5pm, Jan Verwoert

The Stack We Have and The Stack To Come: Designing Sovereignty and the Geopolitics of Computation – 6pm, Benjamin Bratton

Where have all the leaders gone? – 7pm, Michael Hardt

Open Forum – 8pm

 

The following are abstracts for the talks that will be given by Nick Gelpi, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Gray Read, Associate Professor of Architecture.

Material Consequences, Nick Gelpi

“Cities are more than just the abstract property boundaries of land ownership; in fact taken collectively cities represent large scale concentrations of specific materials.  These materials, don’t fit neatly into the zoning maps of city ordinances, in fact the consequences of certain materials reach far beyond the property lines of site, and produce significant disruptions and interruptions at an urban scale.  Foregrounding larger scale consequences of the materials and configurations utilized in the construction of our built urban environments, this talk will highlight several large-scale and wide reaching effects that the city exerts on its surrounding environment with specific projects which highlight potentials for interacting with material consequences as new opportunities for design.”

Second Landscape, Gray Read

“In a warming world, Miami is already suffering death by pavement even before the waters engulf us.  Relentless asphalt of both roof and street feed the urban heat island of the city, turning the urban tropics into an inhospitable desert.   We ask,  what if Miami reclaimed its roofs as a second landscape and invited the rich, tropical ecosystem of South Florida to the heart of the city?  We suggest specific architectural strategies for mitigating urban heat island effect and envision the roofscape of downtown Miami as a living landscape inhabited by both people and wildlife.”

FALL SEMESTER will occur on October 9th and 10th, 2014 at 175 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL. Free and open to the public.

The header image was provided by Master of Fine Arts candidate Humberto Torres (FIU BFA ’12).

 

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FALL SEMESTER is sponsored by Miami Dade College Museum of Art + DesignUniversity of WynwoodMiami Design DistrictManuel Estrada DesignMaman Fine Art, and The Freehand Miami.

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Nick Gelpi, Gray Read, and Felice Grodin Participate in FALL SEMESTER, an Initiative for Public Discussion

On October 9th and 10th, students, alumni, and faculty from the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts will participate in FALL SEMESTER, a new discussion series in Miami.

FALL SEMESTER is an independent initiative for public discussion on contemporary society and culture, aiming to test what can be achieved in the sped-up production of discourse and what can happen when new material is introduced into local discourse–a bomb-drop of new data. Will such a thing have quantifiable effects? Will it be jolting enough to speed up our own desire for a deeper dimension of self-understanding and reflection? Will it, on the contrary, only be another event in which theoretical performance is put to the service of spectacle, showing up the divisions that we face daily? FALL SEMESTER’s wager is laid down in the space cracked open by these questions. Having the general scheme of public lectures and a digital platform, FALL SEMESTER invites a group of international theorists and architects to take on topics of urbanization, turning their focus on the very city in which it is happening –Miami—since this city may itself be a model of what the contemporary city is slowly becoming. Founded in Miami in Summer of 2013 by artists Odalis Valdivieso and Lidija Slavkovic, FALL SEMESTER seeks to bring together a diverse group of theorists, critics, researchers, and interested individuals to engage in multifaceted discourse on contemporary society and culture available across multiple platforms at no cost to participants. (Source: FALL SEMESTER)

The team behind FALL SEMESTER is a diverse group of individuals from various disciplines. They are:

 

Odalis Valdivieso (Founder and Director)
Lidija Slavkovic (Co-Founder and Assistant Director)
P. Scott Cunningham (FIU MFA in Creative Writing ’08, poet, translator, and Founder/Director of O’Miami)
Marcos Valella (FIU BFA ’03, artist)
Antonia Wright (artist)
Angela Valella (artist, educator, and curator)
Felice Grodin (FIU Adjunct Faculty of Architecture, architect, visual artist, professor, and curator)
Andrew Horton (FIU Master of Fine Arts candidate, artist, educator, and curator)
Gean Moreno (artist and writer)
Rob Goyanes (writer)

Online Contributors

Keller Easterling, Jason Dittmer, Léopold Lambert, Matteo Pasquinelli, François Roche, Nathalie Rozencwajg, Leandro Silva Medrano, and Marion von Osten

 

FALL SEMESTER has structured its first iteration around four basic thematic lines: The Urban Real; Architectural Weather; Plasticity of the City; and The Urban Unreal.

 

Guest Speakers

THU, Oct 9

Material Consequences – 4pm, Nick Gelpi

North – South Collisions – 5pm , Jean-François Lejeune

The Matter of Struggle in Urban Space – 6pm, Nick Srnicek

Soft Monumentality – 7pm, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

Open Forum – 8pm

FRI, Oct 10

Second Landscape – 4pm, Gray Read

City Bodies: Undead or Alive? – 5pm, Jan Verwoert

The Stack We Have and The Stack To Come: Designing Sovereignty and the Geopolitics of Computation – 6pm, Benjamin Bratton

Where have all the leaders gone? – 7pm, Michael Hardt

Open Forum – 8pm

 

The following are abstracts for the talks that will be given by Nick Gelpi, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Gray Read, Associate Professor of Architecture.

Material Consequences, Nick Gelpi

“Cities are more than just the abstract property boundaries of land ownership; in fact taken collectively cities represent large scale concentrations of specific materials.  These materials, don’t fit neatly into the zoning maps of city ordinances, in fact the consequences of certain materials reach far beyond the property lines of site, and produce significant disruptions and interruptions at an urban scale.  Foregrounding larger scale consequences of the materials and configurations utilized in the construction of our built urban environments, this talk will highlight several large-scale and wide reaching effects that the city exerts on its surrounding environment with specific projects which highlight potentials for interacting with material consequences as new opportunities for design.”

Second Landscape, Gray Read

“In a warming world, Miami is already suffering death by pavement even before the waters engulf us.  Relentless asphalt of both roof and street feed the urban heat island of the city, turning the urban tropics into an inhospitable desert.   We ask,  what if Miami reclaimed its roofs as a second landscape and invited the rich, tropical ecosystem of South Florida to the heart of the city?  We suggest specific architectural strategies for mitigating urban heat island effect and envision the roofscape of downtown Miami as a living landscape inhabited by both people and wildlife.”

FALL SEMESTER will occur on October 9th and 10th, 2014 at 175 NE 40 Street, Miami, FL. Free and open to the public.

The header image was provided by Master of Fine Arts candidate Humberto Torres (FIU BFA ’12).

 

FALL SEMESTER is sponsored by Miami Dade College Museum of Art + DesignUniversity of WynwoodMiami Design DistrictManuel Estrada DesignMaman Fine Art, and The Freehand Miami.

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Nick Gilmore, MFA Candidate, and Faculty Attend Andean Visionary Arts and Sustainability Festival in Peru

Master of Fine Arts candidate Nick Gilmore will participate in an artist’s residency in Huaraz, Peru as part of the Visionary Arts Lab of the 2014 Andean Visionary Arts and Sustainability Festival. The residency, running from October 2nd to 12th, will take place at Chavín de Huántar/Huari, a location known for its temple complex excavated within the last fifty years. Gilmore will be attending a week-long series of workshops and discussions that lead up to the public festival. During the festival, he will present his own project, the proposal for which was submitted in his application to the residency program.

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Additionally, Constantino Manuel Torres, Professor Emeritus, and Donna Torres, Adjunct Faculty are invited speakers at the festival.

“Throughout the history of humankind on earth, different people in different geographies have developed practices that have not only sought to record the experiences that transcend and integrate different perspectives, but also searched for the modification of consciousness of both practitioners and their observers. Visionary art, like integral arts, often deal with these issues: the integration and transcension of consciousness of the individual and the individual with (and in) their environment.

Visionary art often carries themes of spiritual, mystical or inner awareness. In the Andes of Ancash (Peru), one of the most interesting ancient visionary art manifestations came into existence in the ceremonial centre of Chavin de Huántar more than three thousand years ago. Chavin Art is the quintessential manifestation of ancient visionary art. In times of civilizational crises, visionary arts that provide wider and more integral ways of understanding the ecosystems we inhabit are important in order to help us increase our awareness about our relationships between ourselves, other live forms and the past, present and future worlds.

For the first edition of this festival, we are gathering persons interested in visionary art and Andean cosmovisions for four days in order to exchange knowledge, share experiences, [and] reflect on visionary art and human sustainability in one of the most beautiful places of Peru: the Andes of Ancash.” (Source: Andean Visionary Arts and Sustainability Festival)

The featured images are provided courtesy of the Andean Visionary Arts and Sustainability Festival.

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CARTA, UNTITLED, and Vagabond Had Successful Launch of New Series, FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has partnered with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam), Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, and Avra Jain, preservationist and developer of The Vagabond Hotel to provide a four-part, community-based lecture series called FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS. The first very successful talk occurred at the Vagabond Hotel on Monday, August 18th, 2014 and featured speaker Terry Riley, architect, former Director of the Miami Art Museum and Philip Johnson Chief Curator of The Museum of Modern Art. The event gathered more than 300 arts patrons at the recently renovated, prime example of Mid-Century Miami Modern architecture.

Dean Brian Schriner of The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts created the ART TALKS as part of the CARTA 2020 vision, which emphasizes the College’s creativity and innovation, as well as its connections to the local community and the  Arts Community. We welcome your attendance, as the series will continue with a talk at the Bakehouse Art Complex on October 20th and with another at C1 Bank in Wynwood on November 17th. During December’s Art Basel-Miami Beach week, the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS will culminate in a CARTA exhibition, curated by Helmut Schuster, at UNTITLED Art fair.

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Dean’s Distinguished Fellow: Robert Zuckerman

Dean Brian Schriner of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has selected Robert Zuckerman as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow for 2014-2015.

Mr. Zuckerman is a photographer in the motion picture industry and a public speaker. He is called “Picasso” by Will Smith, “The Master” by Jerry Bruckheimer, and “the best photographer I have ever worked with” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His images have been used for the promotional campaigns of films such as Training Day, Terminator 3, and Transformers and television series such as The Shield, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. He has done album cover and movie poster photography for Will Smith and was invited to be the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Mr. Zuckerman has also photographed campaigns for United Way and City of Hope, was a co-producer for the award-winning documentary Video From Russia: The People Speak (1984, directed by Dimitri Devyatkin), and was the director and producer of the New York City portion of the official “Hands Across America” video (1986).

Mr. Zuckerman is also known for his book Kindsight® (Kindsight Press, LLC), which is a collection of photographs and accompanying texts recording the richness of everyday experiences, showing “the extraordinary within the ordinary.” The book includes laudatory texts by, among others, Will Smith, Debra Winger, poet Michael Lally, and novelist Elaine Kagan. It is currently on the PEN American Center’s “Best Book Read This Year” list. Since the publication of Kindsight®, Mr. Zuckerman has spoken to student and youth groups across the country, teaching them how to integrate photography with writing to show the extraordinary in everyday life.  He has spoken at Authors at Google, been featured in a PBS story about him, and was a panelist at the KidsRisk Symposium at the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, speaking on empowering youth through positive media modalities.

“For me, [doing] photography as much as possible has become an integration of life and craft,” said Mr. Zuckerman. “Through it, I am able to give value to people’s lives and derive value in my own life, beyond making a living.” In regards to his appointment as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow at CARTA, he said, “One of my primary goals is to inspire and empower students, and connecting them with leaders in relevant professional fields creates bridges of possibility and accessibility.”

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Robert Zuckerman will participate in a virtual exhibition, which will be an online publication of images with short essays that document his experience at CARTA. He will also host ten master classes, some of which will involve special guest lecturers.

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Dean’s Distinguished Fellow: Alastair Gordon

Dean Brian Schriner of the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts has selected Alastair Gordon as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow for 2014-2015.

Mr. Gordon is an author, curator, critic, filmmaker, publisher, and public speaker. He is the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, Multimedia Publishing Imprint, a contributing editor for the Architecture/Design section of The Wall Street Journal Magazine, the Founder and Director of “Wall to Wall” – an interactive website and blog about the built environment – and the Presidential Counselor of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. He has also worked as a contributing editor for The New York Times, for House & Garden, and for Atelier Magazine.

Mr. Gordon has exhibited his own artwork at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, and the Wolfsonian-FIU, and has curated exhibitions at the SCAD Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Princeton University, and the National AIA Museum in Washington, D.C. He is known for his highly-praised literature, such as Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. Mr. Gordon has lectured about architecture/design and the arts at Columbia University, the AIA Convention, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year at FIU, Alastair Gordon will host six master classes, all of which will involve special guest lecturers.

“I am thrilled to be joining the CARTA community and working with students and faculty over the coming year as a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow,” said Mr. Gordon. “The process of discovery is at the very heart of any authentic learning experience and I plan to share my own experiences and moments of discovery in a forthright and personal way . . . Miami continues to emerge as a fascinating urban laboratory/cultural melting pot, and FIU is playing a crucial role in the city’s transformation. I look forward to taking part in such an exciting experiment!”

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Robert F. Figueroa, Artist and Alumnus, Exhibits Work at BBC Photography Gallery

At the FIU Photography Gallery at the Biscayne Bay Campus, Robert F. Figueroa (BFA ’14) is showing his work in Tom, Dick and Harry: the everyman series, starting Wednesday September 17th.

To describe the theme behind this exhibition, Figueroa presents the following questions:

Can we feel we know someone based solely on their online profile photographs?
Is it possible for an inanimate toy to provoke the same feelings?
Which one would best document how you would like to represent yourself?
Which one would you start a conversation with?
With whom do you identify with? Which one would you date?

The FIU Photography Gallery – and this exhibition – is directed by Eduardo del Valle and Mirta Gómez, Professors of Photography.

An Artist’s Discussion with Roberto F. Figueroa will take place on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 5PM, at the Photography Gallery, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus: 3000 N.E. 145 Street, Academic II – Room 105, North Miami, Florida 33181.

Tom, Dick and Harry: the everyman series will run from September 17th to October 15th, 2014 at the FIU Photography Gallery. Gallery Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11AM – 3PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 4PM – 6PM.

Figueroa is currently a freelance photographer. He has previously been the webmaster for MiamiARTzine.com and a personal assistant for writer and entertainer David Leddick. His work has been featured in Jewels (Bruno Gmunder Publications, Germany 2010) and Ocean Drive Magazine. He has participated in exhibitions at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami-Dade College, the House of Art, and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. He received his Associate in Science Degree in Photographic Technology with honors from Miami-Dade College in 2011, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with summa cum laude recognition from FIU in 2014.

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Michael Rodriguez (BFA ’89) Opens New Exhibition at 6th Street Container

The latest exhibition of College of Architecture + The Arts alumnus Michael Rodriguez (BFA ’89), Recent Work, will open on September 19th at 6th Street Container with a reception from 7PM to 10 pm.

A native of Miami, FL, Rodriguez moved to New York City after graduating from FIU, where he received an MFA from Brooklyn College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is a recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant for painting, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for painting, and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.

According to the Wall Street International, Rodriguez’ work “is rooted in his interest in geometric and gestural abstraction as well as process. He is engaged in the process of making the work as in ‘process based art’ as well as a ‘pictured’ process. The work is an aggregate of simple[,] almost mechanical marks and gestures[,] each meant as both signifiers for multiple modes of abstraction and the pictorial simultaneously. To think of the work is to think about process twice.” (Source: Wall Street International).

Recent Work will run from September 19th to October 12th at 6th Street Container: 1155 (rear) SW 6th Street, Miami, FL, 33130. For more information, please contact 6th Street Miami at (786) 587-5279 or 6thstreetcontainer@gmail.com.

This article was written by Ashley Garcia, Coordinator, Advancement and Alumni Relations.

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FIU Students and Alumni in New Broward County Exhibition

On Tuesday, September 23rd, the Broward County Main Library will open Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! This exhibition is organized by a FIU alumna and includes alumni and students from the university.

Sofia Bastidas (FIU BA ’13) founded Dwelling Projects, a traveling residency that supports the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art through its annual program. The program’s core principle is its strategic partnership with organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean that provide residents with work space, technical and logistical assistance, exhibition spaces, and access to any other particular needs required to optimize the residency experience. By creating this program, participants are able to dig into the country’s current art scene by bridging the gap between theory and practice for artists, intellectually and practically enriching the production of their work. It is a mutually beneficial learning experience. (Source: Dwelling Projects)

Dwelling Projects hosted the residency “To Puerto Rico and Back!” in June and July 2014. Through funds raised from the program’s exhibition In Bituin (CARTA News, February 2014) and partnerships with Girls’ Club Collection, s t u d i o 2 5 9, Walter Otero Contemporary Art, Espacio 20/20, and The Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico (Amigos Del Corralón), Dwelling Projects was able to provide a residency program in San Juan for artists Greisy Lora (FIU BFA ’14) and Valeria Guillen.

In Gallery Six of the Broward County Main Library, Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! will be a visual summary of the discovery of new art scenes in Latin American and the Caribbean by South Florida emerging artists. The exhibition is on display as part of the Main Library’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th.

Dwelling Projects: To Puerto Rico and Back! will open on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:30PM in Gallery Six of the Broward County Main Library: 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information, call (954) 357-7444. For more information on the Main Library’s events for National Hispanic Heritage Month, click here.

The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 39 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use, and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of Broward County’s diverse community. Broward County Libraries Division continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to its comprehensive web site, Broward.org/Library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps, movies, and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Broward County Historical Commission. (Source: Broward County Libraries Division)

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FIU UNTITLED Art Talks | “Art Fairs: It’s Not Just About the Money” on Sept. 15

The FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, along with Helmut Schuster (owner of Gallery Schuster in Berlin, Miami, and Potsdam) and Jeff Lawson of UNTITLED Art Fair, held the second event for FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS on Monday, September 15.

“Art Fairs: It’s Not Just About the Money” at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios will feature conversations with Jeff Lawson (Director of UNTITLED Art Fair), Alan Randolph (Director of UNTITLED Art Fair and Senior Vice President/Miami-Dade Market Manager for C1 Bank), Jacek Kolasinski (Chair of the FIU Art + Art History Department), and Helmut Schuster, art historian and gallerist. The open discussion featured a question and answer session with the audience and provided a unique perspective of how art fairs need to maintain integrity while making a profit.

The event also featured the film Scissors & Glue: The Miami Project (2010), which “explores art in real time in the vibrant city of Miami. This documentary film takes an intimate look at a young city with an old soul. It examines the way in which artistic expression and exhibition relates to and also influences community development. Scissors and Glue dares to ask, ‘Which is more powerful, culture’s influence on art or art’s influence on culture, and what is the responsibility of art in urban society?'” (Source: Scissors & Glue: The Miami Project Facebook page).

The four-part lecture series culminates in a curated CARTA exhibition at UNTITLED during Art Basel | Miami Beach. This public-private partnership between the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts and UNTITLED Art Fair and Helmut Schuster aligns with the strategic goals outlined in CARTA 2020. Dean Brian Schriner said, “It is an excellent opportunity to (re)introduce CARTA – our faculty, students, professional staff, and alumni – to the community, while being a vital part of Art Basel and the international arts community.”

Through this partnership, the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts aims to set itself apart as a national and global thought-leader in contemporary art and design, and as an institution involved in the local and international artistic and cultural communities through the work of its seven departments. The College also aims to position its Miami Beach Urban Studios, as Dean Schriner put it, “as a global solution-center that utilizes the power of architecture and the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems.”

The next event in the FIU UNTITLED ART TALKS series will occur on Monday, October 20th at the College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios.

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‘Stadtluft Macht Frei’ and ‘Still’ Draw Huge Gathering on Opening Night

The opening reception for Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) and Still drew a large crowd at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on Wednesday, September 10th. In attendance were many FIU College of Architecture + The Arts faculty and friends, including CARTA Dean Brian Schriner and CARTA Senior Associate Dean Adam Drisin.

Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) is a new exhibition by Jacek Kolasinski (Chair, FIU Art + Art History), Roberto Rovira (Chair, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design), and Orlando Garcia (Composer-in-Residence, The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios and former Director of the FIU School of Music). The exhibit focuses on Medieval socio-economic landscapes and New World ecological urban migration and identity.

Stadtluft macht frei (urban air makes you free) is a German Mediaeval dictum describing a principle of law that offered freedom and land to settlers who took up urban residence for more than “a year and a day.”  Broadly speaking, this principle allowed the rising burger class to seek self-governance and economic autonomy.  The proliferations of the city communes redefined the socio-economic landscape of Mediaeval Europe.

Migration to cities, whether catalyzed by political dictum or by the promise of socioeconomic betterment, powerfully informs the many transformations that have shaped contemporary cities, nations, and landscapes. Migration, as a human and ecological phenomenon, profoundly reshapes its context and is a conduit by which identity is routinely questioned.

This collaborative multimedia enquiry brings together voices of three discrete academic disciplines to offer a unique artistic interpretation of this complex historic process.  This project employs an array of techniques including 3-d fabrication, video, printmaking and digital sound composition. (Source: CARTA News, September 4th, 2014)

Still by Marisa Tellería (FIU BFA ’93) explores an interest in perception as well as introspective and sensorial experiences.

Still is a compilation of new works of various scales, from medium size room-installations to stand alone objects, in an attempt to create a contemplative, circular space that allows room for introspection and sensorial experience.

The gallery is intervened by three immersive temporary environments made up of countless small, layered gestures with various materials creating a space of much silence and interiority. In between these larger pieces, other smaller works, equally elaborate and layered, function as a pause of fleeting, “whispering” moments alluding to larger psychological spaces as an invitation to slow down and look deeper, even in seemingly empty or unaltered scenarios.

In these works as well as throughout my trajectory, my interest in perception persists; in understanding the way we see (and not) and how we respond to physical phenomena; the selection of materials play an important role as a personal vocabulary to engage viewers into intimate sensorial experiences, so they can relate to objects, environments and situations at a corporeal level and expand their own process of observation and conceptualization; so they can hopefully understand things by their intensity of existence unencumbered by preconceived notions of meaning, if only briefly.” (Source: CARTA News, September 8th, 2014)

Both Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) and Still will run until Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. Free and open to the public.

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BFA/MFA Exhibition Catalogs Go Digital at the Frost Art Museum

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, in collaboration with FIU’s Academic Imaging Services, has decided to digitize past Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts exhibition catalogs. The Frost Art Museum will soon provide digital access to these catalogs so that the public can view the rich history of our students’ work.IMG_6242

With the help of the high-quality scanner Quartz A0HD, Miguel Asencio, Digital Imaging Specialist and Rhia Jones, Digital Specialist at Academic Imaging Services have started on the project. The goal is to provide an online archive of these catalogs from student exhibitions. The age of the catalogs goes as far back as the late ’70s, when the University and the Department were in their infancy.

Asencio showed FIU Art + Art History how the Quartz A0HD works. The scanner can produce an archival /preservation quality high-resolution image of up to 1,000 by 1,000 dpi (dots per inch) optical of full size A0 (33″x46”) objects, and it works in less than a minute. An object is placed on a flatbed, which can handle objects up to 34.2 inches long by 49 inches wide. On a connected computer, the individual requests for the Quartz A0HD to scan the object. In no time, a high-quality / high-resolution image is available on the computer’s disk space.

Alexander Garcia, Digital Archivist at the Frost Art Museum, is leading the efforts to make the student catalogs available virtually. Garcia said that the scanning of the BFA and MFA catalogs is happening concurrently with the digitization of the Betty Laird Perry Student Art Collection at the Frost. According to him, the “project is part of a larger goal to have the museum’s permanent collection and archives digitized and accessible to the university community.”

To view some of the exhibition catalogs now available online, please click here.

The writer would like to thank Miguel Asencio, Rhia Jones, and Alexander Garcia for providing information on this special project.

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‘Strange Bedfellows’ at MBUS attracts local and academic interest

The opening reception for Strange Bedfellows attracted many visitors at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios. The exhibition attracted some guests from the local community as well as faculty from the FIU Art + Art History Department such as Jacek Kolasinski (Chair and Associate Professor), Mirta Gomez (Professor), Eduardo del Valle (Professor), Kathy Dambach (Professor), Michael Namkung (Assistant Professor), Carmen Tiffany (Visiting Instructor), and Dr. Alpesh Kantilal Patel (Assistant Professor and Director of the MFA Program in Visual Arts).

Strange Bedfellows, which is sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center, is currently touring. It was presented first at Root Division for the National Queer Arts Festival in June 2013, next at the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, and then at the 2014 College Art Association Conference in Chicago for the Queer Caucus for the Arts.

Amy Cancelmo oversees twelve exhibitions and works with over 500 artists annually at Root Division, where she is the Exhibitions & Events Coordinator. As a curator, Cancelmo chooses work that raises dialogue on social issues. (Source: Root Division)

The College of Architecture + The Arts’s own Brittni Winkler, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts: Curatorial Practice Major candidate, was the collaborative curator for Strange Bedfellows at Miami Beach Urban Studios. Winkler decided the placement of each piece and received Cancelmo’s approval.

Below is from a curatorial statement by Amy Cancelmo about Strange Bedfellows.

“My interest in the subject of queer collaboration began in a series of questions: Why are there so many collaborative artworks in contemporary queer art practice? Is queerness inherently collaborative, or is collaborative practice inherently queer? What is to be learned about both practices by considering them together? Definitions are sometimes helpful when beginning this kind of inquiry, but the interesting thing about queerness, and about collaboration, is that both of these concepts share the trait of being in a constant state of negotiation and evolution. Queerness and collaboration also share the grey area of being a matter of identification. Postmodern and Post-structuralist theory have provided a framework to understand that nothing exists in a vacuum, and that every action is a collaboration, yet not all artists define as collaborators, or acknowledge multiple authorship.”

To read the full curatorial statement, click here.

Strange Bedfellows will run until Friday, October 17th, 2014 at The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios: 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Free and open to the public.

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Girls’ Club launches new catalog with TM Sisters and alumnus Augusto Mendoza

Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale has teamed up with the TM Sisters – Monica López De Victoria (FIU BFA ’02) and Natasha López De Victoria (New World School of the Arts BFA ’05) – to present a new, completely locally published catalog for the TM Sisters-curated exhibition for Girls’ Club, I think it’s in my head.

The catalog is designed by Augusto Mendoza (FIU BFA ’12), who runs his own publishing and graphic design organization called Books Are Nice. The 86-page catalog features an introduction from Girls’ Club Creative Director Michelle Weinberg, an essay on feminism and science fiction by Claire Evans, a work of fiction by Vanessa Garcia, and an interview with the TM Sisters. (Source: Girls’ Club on Facebook)

A launch event for the new catalog will be held on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at Girls’ Club: 117 NE 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301.

Girls’ Club will host a 1:1 Relay Conversation at 7PM with the curators the TM Sisters, designer Augusto Mendoza, Michelle Weinberg (Creative Director at Girls’ Club), and Sarah Michelle Rupert (Gallery Director at Girls’ Club).

For more information, click here. To order a catalog, click here.

I think it’s in my head opened on November 10th, 2013, focusing on the mystical and mysterious. Including works from the collection of Girls’ Club Founders Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, I think it’s in my head involved a diverse group of media. The exhibition included video, sculpture, and prints, among other mediums. According to Girls’ Club, the works were selected by the TM Sisters “for their vivid metaphysics and esoteric allure.” “Mysticism plays a large role in the exhibition as well as [in] our planned public programming,” said Sarah Michelle Rupert, the Girls’ Club Gallery Director, in November 2013. “From year to year we really try to bring something different to Girls’ Club and really shake things up in our space, collaborating with guest curators and showcasing very different sides of the collection.”

I think it’s in my head involved students and alumni of the College of Architecture + The Arts. “Florida International University has a wealth of talent in its teaching staff,” said Gallery Director Sarah Michelle Rupert, “and we are always excited to see new work coming from its students.” (Source: CARTA News, November 2013)

The artists that were included in the Girls’ Club exhibition I think it’s in my head were:

Harumi Abe     TJ Ahearn     Tracey Baran     Uta Barth     Cecily Brown     Sophie Calle
Autumn Casey     Vija Celmins     Gregory Crewdson     E.V. Day     Marcel Dzama
Tracey Emin     Claire Evans     Ellen Gallagher    AdrienneRose Gionta     Jenny Holzer
Jiae Hwang     Courtney Johnson     Brenda Ann Keanneally     Barbara Kruger     Nikki S. Lee
Loretta Lux     Vivian Maier     Ana Mendieta     Deborah Mesa-Pelly     Wangechi Mutu
Catherine Opie     Tara Penick     Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez     Samantha Salzinger
Dana Schutz     Sandra Scolnick     Beverly Semmes     Lorna Simpson     Kiki Smith
Jen Stark     Amy Stein     Devin Troy Strother     Eugenia Vargas     Michelle Weinberg
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Marisa Telleria, alumna, opens exhibit at the Frost on sensory and perception

At FrostArt Wednesday After Hours on September 10th, College of Architecture + The Arts alumna Marisa Tellería (BFA ’93) will open Still at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. The exhibit, which includes site-specific mixed media installations, explores an interest in perception as well as introspective and sensorial experiences.

Still, 2014, untitled installation detail,  mesh, tulle fabric, wire dimensions variable

Still, 2014, untitled installation detail,
mesh, tulle fabric, wire
dimensions variable

The following is a statement about Still written by the artist.

Still is a compilation of new works of various scales, from medium size room-installations to stand alone objects, in an attempt to create a contemplative, circular space that allows room for introspection and sensorial experience.

The gallery is intervened by three immersive temporary environments made up of countless small, layered gestures with various materials creating a space of much silence and interiority. In between these larger pieces, other smaller works equally elaborate and layered, function as a pause of fleeting, “whispering” moments alluding to larger psychological spaces as an invitation to slow down and look deeper, even in seemingly empty or unaltered scenarios.

In these works as well as throughout my trajectory, my interest in perception persists; in understanding the way we see (and not) and how we respond to physical phenomena; the selection of materials play an important role as a personal vocabulary to engage viewers into intimate sensorial experiences, so they can relate to objects, environments and situations at a corporeal level and expand their own process of observation and conceptualization; so they can hopefully understand things by their intensity of existence unencumbered by preconceived notions of meaning, if only briefly.”

Reflecting on her FIU education, Tellería considers it an excellent preparation for her career as an artist. “My years at FIU were instrumental in my artistic and conceptual development,” said Tellería, “particularly via the Art History courses taught by Juan Martinez and Manny Torres – [each] a huge inspiration and great support.”

Untitled, 2014,  untitled installation detail, metal and nylon wire dimensions variable

Untitled, 2014,
untitled installation detail,
metal and nylon wire
dimensions variable

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Emeritus Juan A. Martinez

Dr. Juan A. Martínez, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the College of Architecture + The Arts, is an art historian who teaches courses on European and Cuban modern art. He has written literature about this subject, including Cuban Art & National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters 1927-1950 (University Press of Florida, 1994), María Brito (Los Angeles: UCLA, 2009), and various chapters and essays in exhibition catalogs.

Dr. Martínez’s written work has been featured in literature published by organizations such as the California International Arts Foundation, the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Art | Ft. Lauderdale, the Lehigh University Art Galleries, and Christie’s.

He has also presented papers at major international conferences. Dr. Martínez has attended, among others, the Cuban Art Today Symposium, the Conference on Caribbean Visual Culture, the Southeastern College Art Conference, and the Centenario del Natalicio de Wifredo Lam (held during Lam’s centennial birthday). He has served as a Chair for several conferences, such as the 28th Annual Conference of the Association of British Art Historians in Liverpool. He has also lectured at institutions like the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal.

Dr. Martínez received his Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Miami-Dade Community College (1972), his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Florida (1974), and his M.A. in Art History: Medieval Art and Ph.D. in Art History: Modern Art from Florida State University (1977 and 1991). He has taught Art History Survey, Modern Art, and Interdisciplinary Humanities courses as an Associate Professor at Miami-Dade College. He most recently was the Chair of the FIU Art + Art History Department from 2006 to 2011, after working as a Professor in the courses of Modern Art, Art and Politics, History of Cuban Art, Latin American Modern Art, Methodology, and Special Topics in 20th Century Art.

“Teaching at FIU confirmed my love for sharing with students my knowledge of art history,” said Dr. Martinez. “The challenge was to make it relevant to their lives for majors and non-majors alike. In general, teaching there gave me a lot of positive energy, satisfaction, and many good memories.”

The Professor Emeritus recently received a FIU 2013 Top Scholar Award from University President Mark B. Rosenberg. In the past, he has won First Place (Triple Crown) for the 12th Annual International Latino Book Award for María Brito, the MacArthur Foundation Grant, the Ford Foundation Travel Grant, and the Florida Endowment for the Humanities award.

Martínez is a member of the College Art Association of America and the Latin American Studies Association. Currently, he is writing a monograph on one of the pioneers of Cuban modern painting, Fidelio Ponce de León (1895-1949).

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CARTA’s Kolasinski, Rovira, and Garcia open Frost exhibit on Medieval socio-economic landscapes & NewWorld ecological/urban migration & identity

At FrostArt Wednesday After Hours on September 10th, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum will open Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free), a new exhibition by Jacek Kolasinski (Chair, FIU Art + Art History), Roberto Rovira (Chair, FIU Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design), and Orlando Garcia (Composer-in-Residence, The College of Architecture + The Arts | Miami Beach Urban Studios and former Director of the FIU School of Music).

Below is a statement provided by the three professionals.

Stadtluft macht frei (urban air makes you free) is a German Mediaeval dictum describing a principle of law that offered freedom and land to settlers who took up urban residence for more than “a year and a day.”  Broadly speaking, this principle allowed the rising burger class to seek self-governance and economic autonomy.  The proliferations of the city communes redefined the socio-economic landscape of Mediaeval Europe.

Migration to cities, whether catalyzed by political dictum or by the promise of socioeconomic betterment, powerfully informs the many transformations that have shaped contemporary cities, nations, and landscapes. Migration, as a human and ecological phenomenon, profoundly reshapes its context and is a conduit by which identity is routinely questioned.

This collaborative multimedia enquiry brings together voices of three discrete academic disciplines to offer a unique artistic interpretation of this complex historic process.  This project employs an array of techniques including 3-d fabrication, video, printmaking and digital sound composition.

The opening reception for Stadtluft Macht Frei (Urban Air Makes You Free) will take place at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, as part of the FrostArt Wednesday After Hours series, on September 10th, 2014 at 6PM: 10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. Free and open to the public.

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