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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Opens Saturday + Dennis Scholl's personal walk-through (Miami,FL.)
MIAMI WELCOMES NATIONAL TOUR OF
“MARKING THE INFINITE: CONTEMPORARY WOMEN ARTISTS
FROM ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA”
̶ Nine Artists Re-Defining Our World’s Contemporary Vision ̶ Jan. 28 - May 7 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
"New works never seen before, with a vibrant, vital presence
from a seldom-seen culture"
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, featuring the work of nine contemporary women artists hailing from remote Aboriginal areas.
The nine women artists are: Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri,
Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk
Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.
The Miami leg of this North American tour features the full breadth of the collection with seventy works showcased in the museum’s Grand Galleries, spanning more than 4,000 square feet.
Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and
Dennis Scholl have lent the artworks, many of which are being seen
publicly for the first time.
The reception will commence with a special
walk-through presentation for the public by Dennis Scholl and curator Henry Skerritt.
The exhibition features some of the most acclaimed artists in Australia, all of whom have works in the Australian National Museum’s collection.
NyapanyapaYunupingu’s work has been shown at the Sydney Biennale. Her sister, GulumbuYunupingu, has work in the permanent collection of the Musée duquaiBranly in Paris. Regina Wilson’s work was shown at the Moscow Biennale.
“These women have re-drawn the boundaries of Aboriginal art and are re-defining the vision of contemporary art,” says Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. “With subject matter ranging from faraway celestial bodies to the tiniest of flowers on the native bush plum, they assert the wisdom of revered matriarchs and grapple with the most fundamental questions of existence.”
the 1980s the women in these Aboriginal cultures were not given the
opportunity to paint for the market. As Aboriginal Australian men began
to claim a viable market for their art production, women followed suit.
This exhibition also narrates a story about a deeply
profound sisterhood of women artists, who have risen to the challenge of
becoming new leaders of their communities. By the mid-1990s, women had
taken over the reins of the movement.
Although this new tour has recently begun (Miami is the second leg of the tour) major critics and media are heralding Marking the Infinite:
The New York Times: “A landmark exhibition … critically lauded, innovative works”
Hyperallergic: “Breathtaking display of work, falls squarely within the realm of contemporary art”
Scholls commissioned many of these works from the artists specifically
for the exhibition’s tour, allowing some of the artists to work at a
much larger scale they had not previously attempted.
“When I first saw this work it felt like I had been struck by lightning,” says Dennis Scholl. “This is an opportunity to witness a new, contemporary manifestation of the longest continuing art-making culture known to humanity, going back more than 40,000 years."
"Bringing this experience to our hometown is a thrill
for us, because we are so passionate about this body of work. Miami has
become a hotbed for contemporary art, and Marking the Infinite provides audiences the opportunity to experience the vital, vibrant presence of these works from a seldom seen culture,” adds Scholl.
“These artists are globally alert and connected to our modern world,” says Henry Skerritt, curator of the exhibition. “There
has never been a more urgent need for contemporary artists to imagine
our shared predicament as the diverse occupants of the same planet."
"The dream that globalization once held is in danger of being eclipsed by an equally global crisis, and a clarion call has sounded from this most unlikely of remote places for their unique perspectives and wisdom of the peripheries. They are well primed to comment on our times, presenting visions that are global and planetary in scope, but also human in scale,” adds the curator Henry Skerritt.
The exhibition will continue to travel throughout
North America for the next two years, to the Scottsdale Museum of
Contemporary Art in Arizona, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, The
Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and the Museum of Anthropology at
the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
exhibition originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno under the
guidance of William Fox, Director of the Center for Art and Environment,
and Henry Skerritt, Curator of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Collection of
the University of Virginia.
catalogue accompanying the exhibition features essays with some of the
world’s leading experts in Aboriginal art, including Hetti Perkins, Tina
Baum, Cara Pinchbeck, Howard Morphy, John Carty, and Henry Skerritt.
(top to bottom)
1. Women's Ceremonies at Watanuma, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, 2007 (Acrylic on Belgian linen)
2. Photo of the artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson with her painting Sun Mat
3. Yawkyawk, Lena Yarinkura, 2015 (Twined pandanus palm leaf, paperbark, natural pigments & feathers)
4. Sun Mat, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, 2015 (Synthetic polymer paint on canvas)
5. Ganyu (Stars), Gulumbu Yunupingu, 2003 (Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark)
6. Tjitjjiti, Carlene West, 2015 (Acrylic on linen)
7. Yunala, Yukultji Napangati, 2007 (Synthetic polymer paint on linen)
About the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
of the largest free-standing art museums in Florida, the Patricia &
Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University was
founded in 1977 and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami. The museum’s
new lakeside building debuted in 2008, designed by Yann Weymouth (the
chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project). With 46,000
square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming
space, the museum was honored with LEED silver certification.
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
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 305-348-2890.