All posts by Jeremy Kemp

Mennello Museum Day of Art

The Mennello Museum of American Art will be hosting Day of Art again this year, and we invite elementary, middle, and high school students to come explore their creative side with us.

This year, complete your summer with a back to school art party at the Mennello Museum of American Art.  With the museum all to themselves, participants and their friends will create large scale portraits of swirling ink silhouettes, write their own poetry, and tear up books while exploring fiber arts in projects inspired by artist on display, Firelei Báez.  All of the art will be ready to take home and show off on the first day of school.

Monday, July 29th will be open registration for all Elementary aged students and Monday, August 5th will be open registration for Middle School aged participants.  High School students will have the opportunity to volunteer with these age groups, assisting the teacher while creating and inspiring alongside the younger students.  Both days activities will be led by artist, Lourdes Figueroa.  Activities will begin at 8:30AM and students will be ready for pickup at 5:30PM.

Finally, this year we will have Teen Takeover for ages 14-18 years from 12 – 4PM on Saturday, August 10th.  Teens will have the opportunity to write poetry, create ink pour portraits, and work on paper before returning to school.  This group will also have the chance to contribute to a large scale community painting as part of the program as well.  High Schoolers will be inspired by the individuality and power of the image and history portrayed by New York artist, Firelei Báez.

Elementary and Middle school sessions are $45 for Mennello Museum members, and $50 for general public.  Teen Takeover is a free event.  Registration is open and space is limited with a maximum of 15 students each day.

Educational programming at the Mennello Museum of American Art delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated and temporary exhibitions.  Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists the likes of Firelei Báez and Bo Bartlett, docent-guided tours for school-aged groups or seniors, Toddler Tuesdays, the museum’s workshops and special programming are designed to ignite personal connections to exhibitions and the exploration of art.  We endeavor to engage all individuals who come through the doors in participatory learning of the visual arts. We seek to advance their confidence in discussions around the exhibitions and inspire creativity in personal life and art making.


Sessions

Elementary Day of Art
Monday, July 29, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Middle School Day of Art
Monday, August 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Teen Takeover Day of Art
Saturday, August 10, 2019
12 – 4 PM

*For Elementary and Middle School Days, drop off begins at 8:30 am (activities begin at 9 am) with all students ready for pick up by 4:00 pm (late pickup available until 5:30 pm)


Pricing

Non-Members: $50
Members: $45

Teen Takeover: Free with registration
Mennello Museum Members must present their valid Membership card at the museum if purchasing a summer camp session in advance online.  Space is limited – early registration is encouraged.

To Register:

Elementary School

Middle School

Teen Takeover

 

Purchase Tickets Online 

About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.  The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden features many artists, including world renowned Alice Aycock.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

 Opening June 7, 2019:
Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  ·  Instagram  ·  Twitter

Mennello Museum of American Art set to showcase its collections in a brand-new light.

Orlando, FL — May 6, 2019

The Mennello Museum of American Art will soon be undergoing a transformation of its gallery spaces – creating a richer, more unique experience for its visitors and its community.

The museum will temporarily close while the interior renovations take place from May 13th– June 6th.

As part of the renovations, the gallery spaces will be recreated with modern lightings systems, interior design modifications, and a completely new presentation of its celebrated Earl Cunningham collection.  

Executive Director, Shannon Fitzgerald said, “Exciting changes are coming.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to revitalize to our space and develop even better showcases for our collections.  These changes will allow us to create a more immersive and complete presentation for our artists’ works, the visitors, and our community as a whole. We can’t wait to share the enhancements with everyone.”

The Mennello Museum apologizes for the temporary closure but encourages everyone to help them celebrate the reopening on June 7thby attending the opening reception of Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

The Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden will remain open, featuring pieces from world-renowned sculptor, Alice Aycock.


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through May 12, 2018:

The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

Opening June 7, 2019:

Immersion into Compounded Time and the Paintings of Firelei Báez

View all of our upcoming events:www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. 

Website · Facebook  · Instagram ·  Twitter

The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Download this Press Release

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, The Mennello Museum of American Art is proud to partner with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the presentation of the exhibition Art of the Airport Tower at Terrace Gallery, City Hall through April 19th.

ART OF THE AIRPORT TOWER

Orlando, FL – March 2019

As a Smithsonian Affiliate, The Mennello Museum of American Art is proud to partner with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in the presentation of the exhibition Art of the Airport Tower at Terrace Gallery, City Hall through April 19, 2019.

Celebrating beautiful photography of airport towers across the globe, Carolyn Russo’s work expands our understanding of architecture form and function, including Orlando International Airport.

Free and open to the public at City Hall, first floor.


New Views on Airport Form and Function featured in Smithsonian Photography Exhibition “Art of the Airport Tower”

Showcased at City of Orlando’s Terrace Gallery at City Hall

Touring Smithsonian Exhibition Provides New Views on Airport Form and Function. “Art of the Airport Tower” opens at the City of Orlando’s Terrace Gallery at City Hall.  The exhibition is composed of 50 photographs by Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo and explores the varied forms and functions of airport traffic control towers in the U.S. and around the world.  The exhibit is on view beginning February 4 and will remain on display at Orlando City Hall until April 19, 2019.

Russo traveled to 85 airports in 23 countries to capture images of these towers. The resulting photos interpret them as monumental abstractions, symbols of cultural expression and testimonies of technological change.  What started out as a strictly functional structure, the airport tower has become a symbol of its airport, its community and even its country.  Visitors to the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport in Sweden, for example, are greeted by two lookout points perched like birds at the top of the control tower to evoke protective ravens from Nordic mythology, while the crescent-shaped tower at the Abu Dhabi International Airport resembles the sail of a dhow boat to emphasize the area’s proud maritime heritage.

“Airport traffic control towers have a powerful presence—they watch over the vastness of the airport and sky, are a nonjudgmental cultural greeter, a choreographer or conductor of the aircraft dance, a mother bird caring for her flock and an omniscient, intelligent structure keeping humans safe,” said Russo. “I saw them as the unsung heroes of the airport landscape and tried to elevate them beyond their height and amazing architecture.”

Russo attempted to humanize the contemporary towers by focusing on their anthropomorphic properties, while others became abstractions. The photos of the historic, inactive airport towers were captured in their natural state, as witnesses to aviation history. They tell the story of changing technology, design and architecture, making the case for their continued care and preservation.

The exhibition is sponsored by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Air Traffic Control Association, Harris Corp., Rockwell Collins, Saab and Thales. Epson America Inc. and Manfrotto provided in-kind support.

A companion book, Art of the Airport Tower, published by Smithsonian Books, is for sale online and wherever books are sold. It includes 100 photos by Carolyn Russo and an introduction by F. Robert van der Linden, curator of commercial aviation at the National Air and Space Museum, and tells the history of airport traffic control towers to contextualize the photos.

“Art of the Airport Tower” premiered at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from November 2015 through November 2016.  The National Air and Space Museum, composed of the flagship building on the National Mall in Washington and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., is home to the world’s finest collection of flight artifacts.  From aircraft and space vehicles to engines, art and models, the wide array of the museum’s holdings tells the story of the history and technology of air and space exploration.  The museum is also a key resource for research into the history, science and technology of aviation and space flight.  The exhibition is on tour December 2017 through January 2020.   For more information about the exhibition, visit airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/airport-towers.

Carolyn Russo – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
202.633.2389 / russoc@si.edu
C. Keith Beasley – Public Art, Orlando Venues
407.246.4279 / charles.beasley@cityoforlando.net


Orlando support is provided by the City of Orlando’s Public Art Advisory Board.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the A View from the Top: Orlando International Airport exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery at Orlando City Hall.  The exhibit features photographs from the collection of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s archives. The photos consist of images taken from the Orlando International Airport over the last 4 decades.  From the interiors of the airport and the first Airport Tower, to present day including Orlando’s current airport tower and the recent expansion that will join travelers making their way through the City of Orlando via train, bus or automobile.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue at Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20560.0312
Telephone: 202.633.2389
Fax: 202.357.4579
E-mail: russoc@si.edu


About the Mennello Museum of American Art
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

View all of our upcoming events:  www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  · Instagram  ·  Twitter

The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Engage with imaginings of goddesses and historical peoples of African and Caribbean diasporas through the eyes of world-renowned artist, Firelei Báez. Witness as her blending of time and deep personal connections weave stories in paint of what it means to be a diverse people.

Orlando, FL — March 19, 2019

IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ presents a survey of paintings in a variety of media by internationally renowned artist, Firelei Báez on view June 7th – September 1st, 2019 at the Mennello Museum of American Art.  Báez’s practice investigates the visibility and the construction of complex cultural identities, especially for those within the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, and how notions of selfhood are constructed, perceived, displayed, and read in today’s global world. Her art converges at a beautiful demonstration of portraiture and intricate metaphors that give rise to powerful narratives of overlooked histories and obscured memories voiced for those in the present, merging geography, legend, and representation. Within the diverse cultural landscape of Florida, Báez’s work catalyzes and projects shared voices of multifaceted stories, symbols, and notions of beauty within the history of the diasporas, pre-colonialism to now, and individually, how that confluence of personal identity is reflected and felt in her own life.

Báez is known for her intricate paintings on paper, deaccessioned texts, canvas, and institutional walls, creating a space for the viewer to immerse their minds and memories to consider dialogues of past and present, story and text. The artist constructs figures, myths, and narratives into visual manifestations of cultures that have been shaped, and continue to be shaped, through the historic, forced diasporas within the Americas, employing symbols of lush, valuable lands and forgotten history. Báez’s work resists traditional notions and labels of geography and personhood, through depictions of marbled, flowing, and fiery individuality. The paintings and works on paper can be seen as a negotiation of self, strengthened through the female body and mythology of her being. Báez further blends time, generating a view of the modern experience of diverse peoples, women especially, embracing her past and staking her place in a universal future.

Curator Katherine Navarro states: “Firelei Báez’s paintings bring the viewer into a full-bodied experience of space and time that is enrapturing. One cannot help but engage with the printed landscapes or swirling portraits she creates, becoming absorbed in a space of unlimited potential knowledge. The artist’s complex and opulent practice generates expansive, overlapping identities and universes in the subjects she depicts and begs the viewer to contend with the past, present, and future of people throughout the Americas.”

The title of the exhibition refers to the artist’s work engaging imaginings of goddesses and historical peoples of the African and Caribbean diasporas in conversation with her and her viewer’s contemporary selves. Báez tends to work in a large and empowering heroic scale, not purely to suggest importance, but also to create a physical, enveloping space for voices that may be well-known to some but have fallen out of recollection for others. The artist imparts the viewer with information to look into and study the past, discovering how tales extolled, obscured, and evolved have shaped social knowledge and memory of those presently living. Her installations house viewers in materials of meaning, eliciting notions of ruin and construction, shaping of identity and one’s own story within what has been written of history.

Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald states: “As we are constantly tasked with thinking about how we define art in American museums and strive for the broadest understanding of how we as a culture developed, I am delighted to welcome Firelei Báez’s powerful work and introduce her to our community. Her work is evocative and brings expansive ideas about the Caribbean and its diverse diaspora in the Americas through emotive and poetic expressions; I look forward to witnessing her resonance unfold with our growing audiences.”

Firelei Báez was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She earned her BFA at The Cooper Union School of Art in 2004, participated in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2008, and later earned her MFA at Hunter College in 2010. Báez currently lives and works in New York City. She has held residencies at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, The Lower East Side Print Shop and The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace. Báez has had solo exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Pérez Art Museum Miami, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, among others. Báez was included in the 2018 Berlin Biennial, the United States Biennial Prospect.3, New Orleans, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time’s LA>LA exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles and at the 2017 Venice Biennale with the Pinchuk Art Foundation’s Future Generation’s Art Prize exhibition. Her work is in the collections of the BNY Mellon Art Collection, Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Sindika Dokolo Foundation Collection, Luanda, Angola, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Jaffa, Israel. She is currently represented by Kavi Gupta, Chicago and James Cohan, New York.

IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ is curated by Katherine Navarro, Mennello Museum of American Art. A fully illustrated catalog with curatorial essay, and poem by Koleka Putuma will be produced on occurrence of the exhibition.


Please save the date for the opening reception of IMMERSION INTO COMPOUNDED TIME AND THE PAINTINGS OF FIRELEI BÁEZ.  The artist will be in attendance.

Opening Reception | Friday, June 7th, 2019

Members-only Preview | 5:30–6:30 PM

Public Reception | 6:30–8:00 PM

Free for members | $10 for Guest

Artist Talk and Book Signing | Saturday, June 8th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:

Hi-res Images: goo.gl/JcoR1S  

Firelei Báez, Study in blue (We have come to stir the other world, to cleanse ourselves, to connect our living to our dead here), 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago, Photography by John Lusis, photo editing by Jackie Furtado.

Firelei Báez, Collector of shouts (April 21), 2016. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, and Kavi Gupta, Chicago.

Firelei Báez, Displacing all reduction, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. Photography by Jackie Furtado.

 

Firelei Báez, I write love poems, too (The right to non-imperative clarities), 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Photography by John Lusis, photo editing by Jackie Furtado.

Firelei Báez, Years of holding your tongue, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Photography by John Lusis.

 

Firelei Báez, for Marie-Louise Coidavid, exiled, keeper of order, Anacona, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago. Photography by John Lusis.


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

View all of our upcoming events:  www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  · Instagram  ·  Twitter

The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Download this Press Release

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Mennello Museum of American Art welcomes new Marketing and Design Coordinator

Orlando, FL — March 15, 2019

The Mennello Museum has announced that Jeremy Kemp has been added to the museum’s team as the new marketing and design coordinator.

In his role, Kemp will oversee all of the Mennello’s creative content and collaborate with all departments to ensure a cohesive vision and representation of The Mennello’s brand that is compelling to a wide range of visitors. His focus will be audience growth, engagement with the Orlando community, as well as the creation and design of Museum content focused on improving visitor’s experience, understanding, and emotional connection.  He will also be providing design work for many of the City of Orlando’s Public Arts projects around the city.

Prior to moving to Orlando and joining the Mennello team, Jeremy was a marketing manager for a winery and vineyard in the Texas Hill Country where he led the creative design and branding, managed all special entertainment and volunteer events, and oversaw the growth of membership. He also spent 8 years working in various marketing capacities in the tourism industry. He earned a BBA in Marketing from Texas Lutheran University, and an MBA in Marketing Management from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Jeremy stated: “I am excited to join the team at The Mennello and look forward to telling this museum’s unique story throughout the Orlando community. Everyone here has made me feel at home and we hope to continue the tremendous growth and development the museum has experienced over that last several years.”

Executive Director of The Mennello Museum of American Art, Shannon Fitzgerald, said this about adding Jeremy to the team: “I am delighted to welcome Jeremy to the museum’s team; he brings talent, enthusiasm and a creative entrepreneurship that we were seeking especially at this time in our history.  I look forward to the many ways he will contribute to our advancement and keen visibility.”

Contact Info for Jeremy –
Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

On view through May 13, 2018:
The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence H. Lebduska

View all of our upcoming events: www.mennellomuseum.org/events

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

Website  ·  Facebook  · Instagram  ·  Twitter

The Mennello Museum of American Art and its exhibitions are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture


Download this Press Release

Jeremy Kemp
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
Jeremy.kemp@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113