Welcome To The Summer of Women in Art
If Hilary Clinton, Beyoncé and Anna Wintour aren’t proof enough of who runs the world, we’ll tell you now, it’s women, and the art world has finally noticed.
Though we personally have learned to appreciate every form of art – whether it be seen, heard or felt – it’s important to realize that we no longer live in the world of Frida Kahlo or Coco Chanel or Whitney Houston for that matter. We may appreciate their class, their timeless flair, their passionate missions, but we live in a world of fleeting trends, fast fashion, digital paintings and moving images. For our generation, film photography is a precious art form of the past, and video is the future. For our Miami-based art aficionados, The Summer of Women will be on display from now throughout the entire month of September. Empowering and bursting with creative freedom, the three stellar art exhibitions will feature women artists in the international film industry who focus on exploring themes of gender, violence, sexuality, the body, and popular culture.
The Summer of Women at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU culminates with the exhibition Resonance/Dissonance: Video Works by Women Artists featuring six outstanding female artists from the de la Cruz Collection, all with diverse cultural backgrounds and one language in common: art. If in Florida, treat yourself to the out-of-body experience that comes with immersing yourself in the creative atmospheres of Tracey Emin (London), Susanne M. Winterling (Berlin and Oslo), Sarah Morris (New York), Aida Ruilova (New York), Quisqueya Henriquez (Cuba )and Beatriz Monteavaro (Cuba and Miami).
The breathtaking exhibition brings together these women’s works in an all-encompassing environment which demonstrates the powerful ways in which artists have employed single-channel video and sound as platforms for formal and conceptual experimentation.
The two other incredible exhibitions on display are: In the Beginning was the Word: Works by Corita Kent and Suddenly Last Summer. The first focuses on giving us a fresh look at the activist artwork of the rebel-nun/Pop Art pioneer, while the second features three South Florida-based (Donna Haynes, Leah Brown and Michelle Weinberg) artists who chose to create site-specific installations based on the hit song – Suddenly Last Summer – by The Motels.
In the words of Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, Director of the Frost Art Museum, “women artists are still woefully underrepresented in the museum world. At the Frost we are conscious of balancing representation and diversity, taking extra care to portray a well-rounded history of art. The Summer of Women highlights women artists whose reputations are emerging or world renowned, as well as a sophisticated collector in Rosa de la Cruz. Seen together, the exhibitions engage the viewer in a multi-sensorial experience.”