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.