Brown Department of Visual Art Presents Conversations in Latinx Art: Firelei Báez

Ciguapa Pantera (to all the goods and pleasures of this world), 2015, acrylic and ink on paper, 95” x 69”. Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York © Oriol Tarridas Photography Inc. Tiroche DeLeon Collection & Art Vantage PCC Ltd

The Brown Department of Visual Art presents an artist talk by Firelei Báez on Wednesday, March 18th at 5pm.

Rendering her subjects in complex layers of pattern and imagery, New York-based artist Firelei Báez reconfigures visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for the future. By overlapping representational motifs, Báez carries portraiture into a space where subjectivity is rooted in historical narratives as much as it can likewise become untethered by them. In her exuberantly colorful paintings, Báez negotiates identity in relation to overlapping, non-linear cultural and regional histories, combining symbolic cues that span from hair textures to textile patterns, plantlife, folkloric and literary references, and wide-ranging emblems of healing and resistance. Often featuring strong female protagonists, her works incorporate the visual languages of regionally-specific mythology and ritual alongside those of science fiction and fantasy to envision identities as unfixed, and inherited stories as perpetually-evolving.

Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic; lives and works in New York) received an M.F.A. from Hunter College, a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union’s School of Art, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The artist’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the ICA Watershed in 2020. In 2019, Báez solo exhibitions took place at the Mennello Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the Modern Window at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her monumental outdoor sculpture, 19.604692°N 72.218596°W, is currently included in the 2019 High Line Art exhibition. Her major 2015 solo exhibition Bloodlines was organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL and traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Supported in part by the Charles K. Colver Lectureship and Publication Fund. Sponsored by American Studies and the Department of Visual Art.

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.  You can RSVP and see more details on the Eventbrite page.

Jamestown Arts Center Announces A Mythic Pause

The Weight of Awe by Molly Kaderka

The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) announces A Mythic Pause exhibition featuring artists Molly Kaderka and Kit Howland opening Thursday, March 5th 6-8pm. A Mythic Pause creates an immersive environment with Kaderka’s latest large-scale, site-specific paintings laminated directly to the walls. Using a combination of printmaking, drawing and painting, Kaderka depicts two different realms: the celestial and the terrestrial. Framed by a tactile printed rock surface, the circular compositions act as an aperture to the distant and intangible stars.  Kaderka explores deep time embodied in geological formations and the night sky engaged in a delicate interplay of terrestrial and celestial realms.

Exhibition Dates: March 5 – April 11
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5th 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Wed. – Sat. 10am-2pm, or by appointment

For more information, visit Jamestown Arts Center’s Exhibitions page.

Full Circle: Digital Arts and Photography Juried Exhibit Opening Reception

“Getting to Know You” by Matthew Smith

Warwick Center for the Arts invites you to join them for the opening reception for the “Full Circle: Digital Arts and Photography Juried Exhibit” Thursday, November 21 from 6-7:30 pm. Meet the artists and learn more about Juror Daniel O’Neill’s exhibit and award selection. Opening receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For  more information, visit Warwick Center for the Arts website.