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Mennello Museum of American Art and Orlando Museum of Art awarded grant through partnership with Art Bridges to create a first of its kind, dual exhibition featuring the works of Edward Steichen.

Orlando, FL — August 2019

EDWARD STEICHEN: IN EXALTATION OF FLOWERS presents paintings and photography from the collections of Art Bridges, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on view from September 20th 2019 – January 12th, 2020 at the Mennello Museum of American Art in partnership with Orlando Museum of Art.  Opening reception will take place at both the Mennello Museum and OMA on Friday, September 20th starting at 5:30pm – shuttles will be provided between museums. 

Co-organized by the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) with Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) and in partnership with Art Bridges, a pioneering new foundation dedicated to dramatically expanding access to American art across the country, this exhibit includes 20 photographs and a rare large-scale mural by groundbreaking, turn-of-the-last century artist Edward Steichen. Through fashion and flowers, Steichen presents portraits of the cultural luminaries of the day: actors, writers, dancers, and singers of the early 1920s in intimate black and white photography and seven stunningly grand, large-scale gold-leaf mural paintings filled with portraits of his friends (the creative icons) and their floral counterparts. The murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, had not been seen in over 100 years, until Art Bridges purchased them from MoMA, who was gifted the murals from the Meyer family, who commissioned them from Steichen in 1910.  Art Bridges supported their conservation at Dallas Art Museum where they were unveiled again in 2018.  

Executive Director of the Mennello Museum, Shannon Fitzgerald stated, “I am delighted that this innovative shared exhibition and partnership with collection-rich museums is creating a new standard for museum experimentation and shared resources, and that both our museums are part of this national dialogue moving the dial forward on how museums can truly come together – in this instance, a significant first in the cultural community that I hope will be part of a lasting model in national museum practice, with gratitude to Art Bridges for such leadership.”

This pioneering collaboration between MMAA and OMA is only made possible by Art Bridges’ visionary mission to make collections of American Art more accessible through the forging of collaborations and partnerships with collection-rich museums and our smaller museums in Orlando.  Speaking on the collective efforts needed to make this exhibition a reality, Director and CEO of OMA, Glen Gentele, said, “The opportunity for the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) to collaborate with the Mennello Museum of American Art (MMAA) on co-organizing this important exhibition featuring the photography and painting of Edward Steichen, one of the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century, is extraordinary and would not be possible without the support of Art Bridges.”

The exhibition, Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers brings the multi-disciplinary art of Edward Steichen to our communities in Central Florida for the first time, through a tightly-focused consideration of his masterpiece painting, In Exaltation of Flowers (1910-13; Art Bridges Foundation) and related photographs from 1906-1923 handpicked for their close association with the murals. The seven-panel mural will be shown at OMA and twenty photographs from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be presented at the MMAA.  The two presentations together explore the important relationship between the artist’s painting and his early photography, and give an in-depth look at the world in which Steichen made his art.

The murals tell the story of philanthropists Agnes Ernst Meyer, Eugene Meyer, Jr. Charles Lang Freer (Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art), the mezzo soprano and dancer Mercedes de Cordoba, the artists Katharine Rhoades and Marion Beckett, and the dancer Isadora Duncan, along with their floral counterparts, inspired in part by the Symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1907 book The Intelligence of Flowers. The photographs feature the same friends along with multiple images of Steichen’s wife, his most beloved muse, Dana Steichen.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers shares multiple facets of Steichen’s early work as a photographer and painter while also sharing a symbolic narrative about his circle of friends in both intimate and grand iterations. The exhibition seeks to celebrate Steichen’s genius in both mediums.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers is co-curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum and Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator, Orlando Museum of Art.

This exhibition and education programs are made possible with the generous funding support of Art Bridges.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer echoed his support for the project, stating, “As a city, we are grateful for the continued support of Art Bridges, who has already provided the Mennello Museum of American Art with leadership that helped secure the valuable loans from three outstanding museums in our country; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the George Eastman Museum.  This partnership not only further distinguishes our museum, but also allows the various audiences of the Mennello and Orlando Museum of Art to further share in programming and engage more of our community in the vibrant arts and culture offerings of Orlando.”

This is a new program with a new foundation representing the first dual museum project for Art Bridges, that reflects a pioneering national model they are employing with collection-rich museums across the nation.

The leadership of MMAA and OMA have been working with Art Bridges leadership on this project for nearly two years – in a complex development and defining of the program, and it has only been possible because of a true sharing of resources and working across museums and departments.  The funding includes support for shipping, crating, museum loans fees, installation materials and labor, education, and marketing that otherwise would have been too cost prohibitive for either museum.

Art Bridges, is a nonprofit founded by Alice Walton in late 2017 and is dedicated to sharing outstanding works of American art. The murals are owned by Art Bridges which maintains a separate collection of art from the Walton-founded Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers at the Mennello Museum of American Art is also generously supported by the City of Orlando and the Friends of the Mennello Museum of American Art. 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.

Funding for the Orlando Museum of Art is generated through earned income, the Board of Trustees, OMA Ambassadors, Council of 101, Acquisition Trust, Friends of American Art, and contributions from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the City of Orlando, the Clive Foundation, A Friendsʼ Foundation Trust, Bank of America, the Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation, Rita and Jeffrey Adler Foundation, Walt Disney World Company, the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign, Williams Family Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, UCF Foundation, Advent Health, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, CNL Charitable Foundation, Hunter Vision, PNC Foundation, Sam Flax Art & Design Supplies, Sun Trust Foundation, and anonymous donors.


This will be a dual opening at both the Mennello Museum and OMA

– shuttle between museums will be provided.

Public Reception
Friday, September 20 | 5:30–8:30 pm

Free for members | $15 for Guests


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Gloria Swanson

Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924, Gelatin silver print, 9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in. Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Grace M. Mayer, 1989 (1989.1056). © 2019 The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Art Resource

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 September 1, 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.

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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

2019 CALL FOR ARTISTS

DEADLINE for SUBMISSION – August 31, 2019.

This Call for Artists is open to all artists of the City of Orlando, Orange County, Osceola County, Lake County, and Seminole County (must have resided here from July 2018 – May 2020). It is not open to students or previous Our Orlando artists. Media eligible includes drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, installation, film/video/digital.

About the Exhibition

The Mennello Museum will expand on the success of Our Orlando, an exhibition established to feature a diverse range of emerging local artists enlivening our City Beautiful. In 2020 MMAA will relaunch the show with a new biennial structure, bringing amplified visibility and financial support to talented artists in Orange County. As Central Florida’s population and the arts and culture scene within continue to grow, it is crucial to promote the varied contemporary artistic voices and to contextualize their work amongst one another in critical thought. Our Orlando artists selected after an application and studio visit process will be awarded a stipend prior to exhibition and on selection by curator, Katherine Navarro.

The title for the exhibition, CONSTRUCT, draws on the word’s plurality to inspire new levels of reflection. Construct can be an action of creation, shaping, and framing, displayed by artist or curator, but also a way to identify complex themes or concepts, explored within artwork and the space of the museum.


APPLICATION

There is a limit of four artwork uploads per artist, please be sure to submit the work that best fits the theme and your talents.

Application deadline: August 31, 2019, midnight
7 semi-finalists chosen: September 2019
Studio visits: September 23 – October 4, 2019
Winners announced: November 2019
Exhibition on view: May 22– September 13, 2020

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019 APPLICATION


Questions?
Contact Katherine Page-Navarro at kpagemennello@gmail.com

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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

Indie-Folkfest Presented By PLR Florida Returns for Its Fifth Year at the Mennello Museum of American Art

Orlando, FL — December 13, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art announces the fifth annual Indie-Folkfest presented by PLR Florida. This annual FREE, all ages event for people and their pets takes place February 16, 2019, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Mennello Museum Sculpture Garden which is located adjacent to the museum at 900 East Princeton Street.

Indie-Folkfest is the Mennello Museum’s signature outdoor event planned and presented by the Mennello Museum’s City-Appointed Board of Trustees and features local, regional and national art, music and cuisine as well as live music from some of Central Florida’s most notable musicians.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum Executive Director shares, “the event serves two purposes, it’s an opportunity for the Board of Trustees to be very hands on in raising funds for the museum’s education fund and it allows them to interact with the community by providing a free and engaging event to the community that highlights local food, art and music they may not experience otherwise.”

Throughout the afternoon event goers will have the opportunity to participate in raffles, purchase food, beverage and cocktail offerings from local restaurants and food trucks as well as purchase one of a kind art and items made locally by some of the area’s best artists and artisans.

Gretchen Hahn, Mennello Museum Board of Trustees Chair states “the board has put a lot of effort into planning Indie Folk Fest 2019. With PLR Florida returning as our presenting sponsor we are able to focus on planning and executing a top-notch event that our board hopes will break all attendance and revenue records.”

This year’s featured artwork for the event was created by local artist Peterson Guerrier.  His work will be featured on the limited-edition merchandise for sale the day of the event.


Click here for high-res images.


Music: Beemo


Art: Jon Napoles


About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors creative and diverse experiences with art through temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.  The museum is also home to a permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham.

For more information visit www.mennellomuseum.org/events

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


Contact:
Katherine Navarro, Associate Curator of Education
407.246.4278 ext. 4861
Katherine.page@cityoforlando.net

Click here to download this press release.

 

Mennello Museum Announces Book Release and Final Week Celebration for the Exhibition: Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman

Orlando, FL — December 11, 2018

Please join collector Dr. Robert B. Feldman and Executive Director & Curator of Shifting Gaze, Shannon Fitzgerald, for a wine reception on January 12, 2019, celebrating the release of a 98-page, full-color publication that includes an essay by Shannon Fitzgerald & Katherine Navarro, interview with Dr. Feldman, artists’ plates and bios.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1 PM
Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton St.

Special Catalog Price for All Attending: $35.00 (regularly $40.00)
Catalog Price for Mennello Museum Members: $32.00

 


 

Join us for the last week of the extraordinary exhibition, Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, featuring the renowned artists:

Nina Chanel Abney | Farley Aguilar | Radcliffe Bailey | Yoan Capote | Nathaniel Donnett | Mark Thomas Gibson | Luis Gispert | Clotilde Jiménez | Jennie C. Jones | Samuel Levi Jones | Titus Kaphar | Nate Lewis | Kyle Meyer | Lavar Munroe | Toyin Ojih Odutola | Ebony G. Patterson | Lamar Peterson | Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz | Paul Henry Ramirez | Jamel Shabazz | Vaughn Spann | Shawn Theodore | Mickalene Thomas | Hank Willis Thomas | Carlos Vega | Lynette Yiadom-Boakye | Nate Young

Dr. Feldman shares: “The artists in Shifting Gaze are powerfully breaking boundaries in the conversation about identity and culture in America—especially through the lens of seeing the body and that body having agency.  I am inspired by their work and vision and honored to support them as critical artists at the forefront of important dialogues in our culture.”

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldmanopened October 19, 2018, and continues through January 13, 2019.

The exhibition presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The artists have all drawn upon art history, American history, and popular culture to create powerful works that, independently and collectively, present a broad range of concepts about identity, beauty, belonging, and religion, as well as work with deep gravitas around poignant issues of race, sexuality, violence, displacement, vulnerability, erasure, and visibility.

The Shifting Gaze, who is looking at who engages perception, seeing and objectification while Reconstruction represents a rebuild, new articulation, and possibly new constructs via a new voice – from the past and projected into a resonant now. The power of this collection, conceptually, formally, across contexts, sensibilities, and interests is the result of the extraordinary vision and passionate quest of the Winter Park collector Dr. Feldman who shares with us an unparalleled visual intellect fueled by his knowledge, curiosity, humanity, and keen eye.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


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 January 13, 2019:
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

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

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska presents the rare opportunity to see works by one of the most popular modern folk-art painters

Orlando, FL — November 14, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska. This exhibition will be on view at the Mennello Museum­ from January 25 through May 12, 2019.

This exhibition presents the rare opportunity to experience the notable paintings of Lawrence Lebduska, one of the most popular modern folk-art painters of 1930s America. Lebduska’s dreamlands and invented gardens teem extraordinarily with life and optimism in a nostalgic, uncorrupted style that captured the admiration of the American public. These intrinsically painted Edens propelled the artist and his work to celebrity among galleries, collectors, and museums during the rise of the avant-garde movement taking hold of the art world in New York and abroad.

Shannon Fitzgerald, Mennello Museum Executive Director, states, “I am delighted to be sharing the wonderful world of Lawrence Lebduska with our audiences. Especially in a time of conflict, Lebduska takes us away to magical spaces full of respite and folly, harmony and nature.  This exhibition revisits Lebduska’s remarkable place in art history, at a time when ‘self-taught’ was not even considered a term in the art market, and in that way, the artist’s work was radical—how exciting is that?”

Lebduska earned his first solo show in 1936 at the Contemporary Gallery in New York City nearly selling out his works, a show thought to have ignited Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s passion for collecting folk art. Lebduska was also included in the famed 1938 exhibition Masters of Popular Painting shown at the Museum of Modern Art, which included his piece Bohemian Kitchen(1936, oil on board. Collection of Carl and Marian Mullis), showing once more to the public for this exhibition.

Lebduska was an outsider artist who navigated the intensifying New York art scene without the academic training and institutional tenure of his contemporaries. Born in Baltimore in 1894, Lebduska was raised in East Germany and trained as a stained-glass artist in Bohemia. He harnessed his skills as an artisan, translating these methods of formal expression through lively color fields to create the characteristic scenes and figures of his paintings. Lebduska’s creations reveal a smart and personal reaction to the art world during the 1930s – 1960s, exploring themes of life as an artist, art movements, and the allure exotic animals.

Lebduska’s dreamscapes favor peaceful visions of a world abundant with flowers and a menagerie of exotic animals, though some allude to lower points of the World Wars and the Great Depression. He is most often compared to the “wild beast,” French Fauve, Henri Rousseau. Like Rousseau, Lebduska did not confine his work and depictions to places he had ventured. Rather, Lebduska pulled inspiration from the mysterious lands shown in the magazines of his patrons, the veracity of foreign animals of the zoo, and the ideal spaces where he wished to spend his life.

The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska is curated by Katherine Navarro, Marilyn L. Mennello Associate Curator of Education. The Mennello Museum is thrilled to present paintings from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Fenimore Museum, Gallerie St. Etienne, as well as those from our permanent collection, and the private collections of Michael A. Mennello, Anne Cochran Grey, PhD, Mary L. Demetree, Josh Feldstein, and Carl and Marian Mullis. Lebduska’s work can also be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art among others.

A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition with essays by Mehna Herders-Reach and curator Katherine Navarro.

 


 

Please save the date for the opening reception of  The Unbridled Paintings of Lawrence Lebduska

Opening Reception
Friday, January 25, 2019

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members  |  $10 for Guests

 


 

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:
Hi-res images:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/unhj18iv5fj4mje/AACpYlokwr1ghrdnBtzgUOeia?dl=0

Images:

Lawrence Lebduska, Self Portrait, Asleep with Creatures, 1943, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Museum Purchase, N0012.2000. Photo by Richard Walker.

Lawrence Lebduska, Landscape with Horses, 1934. Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art.

Lawrence Lebduska, Antelopes Drinking, 1947. Collection of Michael A. Mennello.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


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 January 13, 2019:

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

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.

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113

Mennello Museum’s Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Winter Park collector Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection

Orlando, FL — September 6, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to announce Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art from the collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman. This exhibition will be on view at the Mennello Museum­ from October 19, 2018, through January 13, 2019.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The artists gathered in the exhibition have all drawn upon art history, American history, and popular culture to create powerful works that, independently and collectively, present a broad range of concepts about identity, beauty, belonging, and religion, as well as work with deep gravitas around poignant issues of race, sexuality, violence, displacement, vulnerability, erasure, and visibility.

Shifting Gaze curator and Mennello Museum Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald states: “The work by 25 internationally regarded artists selected for this exhibition resonates in timely considerations into race and identity, and most poignantly, the Shifting Gaze that is occurring in our global society right now with artists at the fore in challenging perceptions about the way we may or may not look at the ‘other.’ The power behind these images—all referencing the body or its absence—in painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, proposes a new visual language as an alternate to constructs about the black and brown body, the male and female gaze thereby reconstructing multiple narratives.”

The title is evocative and an emblematic reference to art history and the critical social agency of our current times. Through various media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage, the Black and Hispanic body (physical and metaphoric) is implied or materializes with subtlety in some instances, beautifully unfolds in others, and in a few, is direct, dramatic, and heartbreaking.  The symbolic framework of the Shifting Gaze and Reconstruction helps generate a larger dialogue between the works on view and the specificities of a diverse African & Hispanic Diaspora in our current physical, social, and political landscape, as revealed through each artist’s personal experience and distinctive aesthetics.

The Shifting Gaze — who is looking at who — engages perception, seeing and objectification while Reconstruction represents a rebuild, new articulation, and possibly new constructs via a new voice – from the past and projected into a resonant now.  The power of this collection, conceptually, formally, across contexts, sensibilities, and interests is the result of the extraordinary vision and passionate quest of the Winter Park collector Dr. Feldman who shares with us an unparalleled visual intellect fueled by his knowledge, curiosity, humanity, and keen eye.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art features works from the following artists:

Nina Chanel Abney
Farley Aguilar
Radcliffe Bailey
Yoan Capote
Nathaniel Donnett
Mark Thomas Gibson
Luis Gispert
Clotilde Jiménez
Jennie C. Jones
Samuel Levi Jones
Kyle Meyer
Lavar Munroe
Toyin Ojih Odutola
Ebony G. Patterson
Lamar Peterson
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz
Paul Henry Ramirez
Jamel Shabazz
Vaughn Spann
Shawn Theodore
Mickalene Thomas
Hank Willis Thomas
Carlos Vega
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Nate Young

“The artists in Shifting Gaze are powerfully breaking boundaries in the conversation about identity and culture in America—especially through the lens of seeing the body and that body having agency,” says Dr. Feldman. “I am inspired by their work and vision and honored to support them as critical artists at the forefront of important dialogues in our culture.”

A full-color exhibition catalog will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition and includes an essay by Shannon Fitzgerald and an interview with Dr. Feldman by Katherine Navarro, Associate Curator of Education, Mennello Museum of American Art.  A book release and signing will be announced.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art is curated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mennello Museum of American Art.

 


 

Please save the date for the opening reception of Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

 Opening Reception
Friday, October 19, 2018

Members-only Preview
5:30–6:30 p.m.

Public Reception
6:30–8:00 pm

Free for members  |  $10 for Guests

 

Panel Discussion on the occasion of the exhibition
Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art
Saturday, October 20
Orlando Museum of Art Auditorium
11:30 am – 1 pm

Mennello Museum Executive Director Shannon Fitzgerald will moderate a panel discussion with artists and gallerists from the exhibition: Radcliffe Bailey, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Mark Thomas Gibson, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Vaughn Spann and Carlos Vega.

 


 

PLEASE NOTE THE BELOW REQUIRED CREDITS FOR IMAGES:
Hi-res images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yuyrxvyxe0j83um/AAD1NXy_-L83AGl89aB7TnPOa?dl=0

Images:

Nina Chanel Abney, #33,2018, © Nina Chanel Abney. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Collection of Dr. Robert B. Feldman.

Clotilde Jiménez, Fruity Boys, 2016, mixed media on paper. Courtesy of the artist/Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

Radcliffe Bailey, Zion Crossing, 2016 © Radcliffe Bailey. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Mickalene Thomas, I’m not the Woman You Think I am, 2010 © MickaleneThomas. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Ebony G. Patterson, Untitled IV (Khani + di Krew) from the “Disciplez” series, 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery,Chicago.

 

Kyle Meyer, Unidentified 61, 2018 © Kyle Meyer. Courtesy of the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery.

Vaughn Spann, Slip and Slide (McKinney Pool Palette),2018. Courtesy of the artist and Fredericks & Freiser, New York.


Mission, Vision and Values

Mission
The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

Vision
The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

Values
Quality. We believe the City of Orlando deserves only the best; we aim to excel at everything we do.

Accessibility. We believe in creating a welcoming space and experience for all; we are friendly, welcome diversity, and are inclusive of all.

Curiosity. We never stop learning or thinking; we continually push boundaries and explore new ideas and strive to remain relevant and provide meaningful experiences.

Collaboration. We believe community partners are essential to mutual success; we work to build relationships and co-create with individuals and organizations.

Stewardship. The Museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.

Accountability. We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value to the residents of Orlando and our visitors.


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 October 7, 2018:

Our Orlando: Making Sense of Our WorldandAmerican Youth: Our Future

The Collectors Passion: Paintings by Laurence A. Campbell

 

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.

Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando
francesca.ascione@cityoforlando.net
407.246.4113