Things That Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive
|FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Frost Art Museum
Manuel Mendive, Yemayá, 1970. Pan American Art Projects
This exhibition is a multi-faceted effort that explores Manuel Mendive's visual and performance work while delving into the themes of religion, nationalism, and memory. This newly-produced show covers Mendive's career full of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and video performances from the early 1960s to the present, and emphasizes the artist's mature work. Curated by Cuban-born art historian Dr. Bárbaro Martínez-Ruiz, the exhibit benefits from his extensive knowledge of African and Caribbean artistic, visual, and religious practices.
Manuel Mendive Hoyo (Havana, Cuba 1944–) is internationally recognized as a master of contemporary Cuban art. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Africa, and Latin America. He creates paintings, sculptures, and objects that capture the rhythm of the /orishas/, the ancestral spirits of Africa that are the source of his imagery. For today's world, Mendive continues to appropriate, transform, and adapt the visual language of Africa as a means of conveying its rich mythology to a new audience, informed less about its ritual than about its aesthetics.
This exhibition was originally conceived by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in association with the California African American Museum, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and Fundación Amistad.