The Frost Art Museum Presents The Fire Next Time

Miami, (August 3, 2011) – If the works of Cuban artist, Humberto Calzada has been historically couched in an unabashed nostalgia-­‐ism for his homeland-­‐ mapping the territory of exile with emotional and psychological force-­‐ the new works aim to readdress his very own diasporic narrative. Works on the destructive and regenerative properties of fire by Calzada are the subject of the next Florida Artist Series exhibition, on view at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum from October 12, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Organized by Elizabeth Cerejido, The Fire Next Time presents works on the idea of Fire – the fire of war, the fire of light, the fire of passion and emotions with its metaphorical connotations.

Calzada, who was born in Cuba and lives in Miami, unveils this new artistic and formal language – deviating from his hard-­‐edge approach to a more unpredictable painting style. This interplay between the past and the present indexes a self-­‐referencing journey that serves to deconstruct and recreate both the artist and/in the work. Calzada seemingly poses an open question between the personal and historical past and the promise of its future.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. as part of The Museum’s Target Wednesday After Hours series. This reception will also serve as the opening of Magdalena Fernández: 2iPM009, a video installation which incorporates sound and movement of lines and colors and Modern Meals: Remaking American Foods from Farm to Kitchen in the Wolfsonian-­‐FIU Teaching Gallery is. Admission to this reception is free and open to the public.

About The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000-­‐square-­‐foot state of the art building in November 2008. Over 85,000 people have visited The Museum in its new building since its opening in November, 2008. Admission to The Museum is always free. The Frost is an AAM accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate and is located at 10975 SW 17thSt across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-­‐5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu or call 305-­‐348-­‐2890. Find The Frost Art Museum on Twitter (http://twitter.com/frostartmuseum) and Facebook (http://facebook.com/frostartmuseum).

About FIU
Florida International University is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, with more than 42,000 students. Nearly 130,000 FIU alumni live and work in South Florida. Its colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations and law. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. The opening of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in August 2009 has enhanced the university’s ability to create lasting positive change in our community. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.