Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Laura Aguilar-East Coast premiere of highly acclaimed, powerful show (Miami, FL.)


Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell
East Coast Premiere at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU (currently on view through May 27)
One of the Most Critically Acclaimed Exhibitions from PST/LA LA - the largest initiative ever to focus on Latin American and Latino Art.
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar, assembling more than one hundred works produced over three decades.

Through photographs and videos that are frequently political as well as personal, and which traverse performative, feminist, and queer art genres, Aguilar offers candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and LGBT and Latinx communities.

Aguilar’s now iconic triptych, Three Eagles Flying (1990), set the stage for her future work by using her nude body as an overt and courageous rebellion against the colonization of Latinx identities — racial, gendered, cultural and sexual. Her practice intuitively evolved over time as she struggled to negotiate and navigate her ethnicity and sexuality, her challenges with depression and auditory dyslexia, and the acceptance of her large body.
Artwork by Laura Aguilar
Laura Aguilar, Three Eagles Flying, 1990. Three gelatin silver prints. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
This exhibition tells the story of the artist who for most of her life struggled to communicate with words yet ironically emerged as a powerful voice for numerous and diverse marginalized groups.

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell was organized by the Vincent Price Art Museum in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and is guest curated by Sybil Venegas, Independent Art Historian and Curator and Professor Emerita of Chicana/o Studies at East Los Angeles College.

Following are sample photos of some of Aguilar's artworks in this exhibition at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, located on the campus of Florida International University (10975 S.W. 17 Street, Miami, FL 33199 link to map and directions).

Above the Drowning Sea film poster
Laura Aguilar, At Home with the Nortes, 1990. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Artwork by Laura Aguilar
Laura Aguilar, Don’t Tell Her Art Can’t Hurt (Part A), 1993. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Above the Drowning Sea film poster
Laura Aguilar, Grounded #111, 2006. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Above the Drowning Sea film poster
Laura Aguilar, Clothed/Unclothed #34, 1994. Two gelatin silver prints. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Above the Drowning Sea film poster
Laura Aguilar, Nature Self-Portrait #14, 1996. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar
Above the Drowning Sea film poster
Laura Aguilar, Plush Pony #2, 1992. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar


ABOUT THE FROST ART MUSEUM FIU
Exterior photo of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
One 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), and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. 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. 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.

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