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