Miami’s Frost Art Museum celebrates the art of Mexican photography

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Manuel Carrillo – Rope Vendor In Marketplace, gift of Alvin J. Gilbert. Courtesy Frost Art Museum FIU

 

MIAMI ― The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU celebrates the art of Mexican photography this summer with two exhibitions: Becoming Mexico: The Photographs of Manuel Carrillo and Possible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art.

The opening reception is free, open to the public on Saturday, July 8, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

With Becoming Mexico, the museum traces the deep roots of the genre with the striking photojournalistic work that captured the country’s national identity featuring more than thirty of Manuel Carrillo’s gelatin silver prints. Carrillo’s photographs serve as a celebration of the human spirit. These photographs are part of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition was curated by Klaudio Rodriguez, the museum’s Curator.

 

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Manuel Carrillo – Group of Little Children, gift of Alvin J. Gilbert. Courtesy of Frost Art Museum FIU

 

In Possible Worlds, works of imagination and fantasy by Mexican contemporary artists serve as a counterpoint featuring more than 40 artworks by nine contemporary Mexican photographers including Mauricio Alejo, Ricardo Alzati, Katya Braylovsky, Alex Dorfsman, Daniela Edburg, Rubén Gutiérrez, Kenia Nárez, Fernando Montiel and Damián Siqueiros.

 

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Daniela Edburg, Jamon, Jamon, Ham, Ham, 2007, digital print. Courtesy of Frost Art Museum FIU

 

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Damian Siqueiros – Icarus II, from the series The Rapture of Culture, 2009. Courtesy Frost Art Museum FIU

 

“We are delighted to present these two exhibitions that pinpoint very different periods in Mexico’s history of photography,” said the Director of the Frost Art Museum FIU, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy. “It is fascinating to see how photography can not only document but actually define and shape the identity of a country. Through his camera, Manuel Carrillo captured the rapidly changing character of his country, from a rural to an industrialized nation. Fast forward, more than half century later, and we see how contemporary artists in Mexico are using the medium from an entirely different perspective by illustrating worlds of possibilities.”

 

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Photo by Manuel Carrillo, gift of Alvin J. Gilbert. Courtesy of Frost Art Museum FIU

 

Frost Art Museum Mexican photography

Mauricio Alejo, Ball, 2002, digital print. Courtesy of Frost Art Museum FIU

 

The museum’s mission is three-fold: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community; to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians; and to serve as a premier cultural destination for the residents of Miami, and the 15 million visitors to one of the world’s most vibrant cultural destinations – home to global cultural events including Art Basel.

The Frost offers programming that complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational initiatives. The Steven and Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series has featured internationally renowned speakers including: Laurie Anderson, Christo, Susan Sontag, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, John Cage and Marina Abramović. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery serves as an innovative programming space that encourages children’s involvement in art through hands-on exploration.

Admission to the museum is always free. The Frost is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is located at 10975 SW 17 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. The Sculpture Park is open every day. More information at frost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890.

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