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• Before she left Orlando, Cornell Fine Arts Museum curator Amy Galpin organized a show by Miami artist Jamilah Sabur called Ibine Ela Acu/Water Sun Moon. It’s Sabur’s first solo show in a museum, but it’s unlikely to be her last. Sabur works in performance and multimedia installation, often incorporating video of herself performing ritualistic actions. In this show, the videos give the viewer the feeling of having trespassed on a secret rite, a hidden process by which Sabur physically unearths memory, transforming history into intention. The title, Ibine Ela Acu, is in the now-dead language of the Timucua, the extinct indigenous Northern Florida people, and this show uses Florida’s history of violence and colonialism, as well environmental erosion, pollution and … Read More »
• Enjoy wine, beer and seafood specialties along with live music and entertainment during the Wine & Seafood Festival Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards. Go to lakeridgewinery.com A large art festival with live entertainment, vendors, sidewalk chalk art and more will be going on during the Uptown Art Expo Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5:30 at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. Go to uptownartexpo.com March in solidarity with the students across the nation who are protesting the lack of common sense gun laws. March For Our Lives, Saturday 1 to 4 at Lake Eola Park. Go to marchforourlives.com Meet all the hosts of your favorite local Orlando Podcasts on the PFT Media Network during … Read More »
• Widespread acceptance of, or at least acquaintance with, nonbinary sexuality has arrived with almost whip-crack speed. Not to belittle the struggle that still exists, but five years ago, the idea that most of Middle America would watch a TV show starring a former Olympic men’s track and field champ now living her truth as a Beverly Hills divorcee would have been unthinkable. For some, the freedom to create one’s identity from scratch is both exhilarating and terrifying. For trans artist Ria Brodell, it’s a process of imagination underpinned with rigorous research. In Brodell’s show Devotion at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, a series of portraits dubbed Butch Heroes uses the format of Catholic holy cards to represent … Read More »
• Have you ever walked through the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College? The objects in the museum’s permanent collection date from antiquity to the present day. The works in this installation periodically change and on occasion feature long-term loans in conversation with works from the permanent collection. But act fast. The collection on loan leaves the museum December 2020. For details go to cfam.rollins.edu. An exclusive exhibition of Escher’s work, including personal items, woodblock prints, art and more are on display all weekend at Museum of Art DeLand. For details go to moartdeland.org. Help build and install rows of raised garden beds that will eventually be seeded, weeded, harvested and re-planted by and for the community. Participants will learn … Read More »
• Hanging through September 10 at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum is American Memorial, the first solo exhibition by young Californian artist Patrick Martinez. In this survey of his work thus far, Martinez has created relics that speak to his generation’s political anguish. Those ubiquitous plastic-backed “CHECK CASHING” neons are reconfigured to speak hip-hop lyrics. A series of sheet cake sculptures are adorned not with a smiling grad’s photo in frosting, but with portraits of survivors of street violence. On a 5-foot-tall version of the archetypal Pee-Chee folder, the drawings of idealized high-school athletes are interspersed with scenes of police brutality taken from the headlines. Martinez’s work is infused with the resistance politics of 1970s Chicano art, befitting his Los Angeles … Read More »
• How does one define black art? Is it art that portrays black people, or art made by black people to manifest their experience? Scrutiny, or self-expression? A handful of current art shows take varying approaches to the question. At the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, three shows tackle the aesthetics of blackness in wildly different ways. The Black Figure in the European Imaginary collects 19th-century European depictions of African men and women. It’s a room full of objectively beautiful work that is, nevertheless, squeam-inducing in its fetishization of the “exotic other.” AfroFantastic, on the other hand, condenses modern African-American narratives into a protected utopia in which imagination can sweep away all limits. And Reframing the Picture, Reclaiming the Past bridges the … Read More »