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Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design Presents a Retrospective Exhibition of the Life, Legacy, and Impact of Famed Cuban Painter Antonia Eiriz


Eiriz' A Tribute for Democratic Peace, Courtesy of Artist's Estate

Miami, August 26, 2013 - The walls of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) will be filled with artistic designs created by one of Cuba’s most famed painters, Antonia Eiriz. The lifetime retrospective exhibition, A Painter and Her Audience, opens Friday, September 13.

The exhibit, organized by the Museum and curated by Michelle Weinberg, a Miami-based artist and creative director at Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale, opens the fall season at the College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception is free and open to the public. 

Eiriz (1929-1995) developed a highly-personal style as a painter, boldly addressing themes such as the machinations of power, propaganda, and human suffering in a manner suffused with wry metaphors, irony, and dark humor. Her work was admired by - and highly influential - to a generation of Cuban artists in the 1960s, leaving a profound imprint on her many students in Cuba.

Her pieces are related to parallel developments in painting by American and European artists who explored surrogate motifs for the human figure such as Philip Guston and John Walker. The intensity of the surfaces she crafted provides an analog for human physical and emotional suffering, as in works by contemporaries Leon Golub and Nancy Spero. One can make a direct connection from Goya to Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch to Eiriz’ work, for their shared obsession with the fragility, moral ambiguity, and the darker aspects of human existence.

Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience will also include works by contemporary Cuban and Cuban-American artists whose remembrances and influences of Eiriz testify to the continued relevance of her contributions as a painter. Among these are works by Luisa Basnuevo, José Adriano Buergo, Ana Albertina Delgado, Nereida García Ferraz, Guido Llinás, Ana Mendieta, Glexis Novoa, Sandra Ramos, Tomás Sánchez, and Gladys Triana.

A catalog with illustrations and texts by Janet Batet and Michelle Weinberg accompany the exhibition.

A public panel discussion about Eiriz’ significant career featuring curator Michelle Weinberg, arts writer Janet Batet and participating artists Nereida García Ferraz and Gladys Triana is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, at the Museum. The discussion is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be on display through Nov. 17. Museum hours are Wednesdays – Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and private tours are available. 

About MDC Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art-related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.

The MDC Museum of Art + Design provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection. Miami Dade College has been collecting art since the 1960s. Over the years, the collection has grown to contain more than 1,600 works in all mediums and genres, specifically within the movements of minimalism, pop art of the ’60s and ’70s, conceptual art and contemporary Latin American art. The College and Museum actively acquire works by emerging and under-recognized artists, as well as major figures in modern, post-modern and contemporary art.

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