Login Form

Dangerous Women: Electrifying New Exhibition Premieres At The Patricia And Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales abound in the Old and New Testaments. From Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, Delilah to Lot's Daughters and Potiphar's wife, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — shaped biblical history. 

 

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents the world premiere of Dangerous Women, the timely new exhibition that explores shifting perceptions of these historic characters, whose power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them "dangerous" but whose strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the "Me Too" movement).

While some were portrayed as paragons of family goodness who saved their people, others were shown as harlots and hussies, purveyors of sin, deadly temptresses and seductresses.


Celebrity Interview: Louis Lefebvre Curator Galerie Lefebvre & Fils, Paris


Featuring spectacular and thought-provoking Old Master paintings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Dangerous Women showcases more than twenty paintings and etchings of women found in the Bible by 16th and 17th century artists, including: Pietro da Cortona, Fede Galizia, Pordenone, Giovanni Andrea Sirani and Francesco del Cairo.

Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Francesco Cairo (ca. 1633–37), oil on canvas; Susannah and the Elders by Sisto Badalocchio (ca. 1602-10), oil on canvas    

Many of these works are accompanied by Old Master prints and drawings, including Jan Saenredam's series Famous Women of the New Testament. The exhibition concludes with modern and contemporary works, including the sensuous Salome (1901) by Robert Henri, and Portrait of Mamma Bush(2010) by Mickalene Thomas.  

"Dangerous Women demonstrates how throughout history men have feared women who wield power through their intellect and sexuality," said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. "This timely new exhibition of old-master paintings demonstrates how powerful women were feared, even when their acts were heroic. As the museum in Miami that distinguishes itself by presenting works that span all historical periods, we want our audiences to appreciate the narrative of women who are either victims of sexual violence or dominate powerful men, which feels utterly relevant to conversations trending right now," adds Pomeroy.

Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Fede Galizia (1596), oil on canvas; Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness by Karel Dujardin (ca. 1662), oil on canvas

The opening reception is free and open to the public on Saturday, February 17, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The museum presents a panel discussion about feminism in art history and the lives of women in Renaissance society, on the day of the opening from 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Led by the museum's Director, Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, panelists include: Kimberly Dennis, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History and Program in Sexuality, Women's & Gender Studies, Rollins College; Mary D. Garrard, PhD, Professor Emerita of Art History, American University; and Guido Ruggiero, PhD, Professor of history and College of Arts and Sciences Cooper Fellow, University of Miami.


Hagar and the Angel by Pietro da Cartona (ca. 1643), oil on canvas.

"Dangerous Women demonstrates how throughout history men have feared women who wield power through their intellect and sexuality," said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. "This timely new exhibition of old-master paintings demonstrates how powerful women were feared, even when their acts were heroic," adds Pomeroy. "As the museum in Miami that distinguishes itself by presenting works that span all historical periods, we want our audiences to appreciate the narrative of women who are either victims of sexual violence or dominate powerful men, which feels utterly relevant to conversations trending right now. As remote as some of these works may initially appear, art history provides a lens with which to see shifting perceptions about women over centuries," said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy.


Cast: Art and Objects Book Review – An Exhaustive Reference Manual For Artists, Scholars and Designers


Whether these women were deemed as saints or sinners, their stories and passions shaped biblical history and these perceptions of women have been taught, reviewed and re-evaluated for centuries.

While some artists from the Renaissance and Baroque periods often included these characters as an excuse to paint the sensuous female nude form, other artists from these and other periods focused on the drama and morals contained in these women's stories.  

Dangerous Women is a partnership between the Ringling Museum of Art (Florida State University), the Frost Art Museum (Florida International University) and the Cornell Museum (Rollins College). The exhibition is organized by the Ringling and will only appear at the Frost Art Museum FIU and the Cornell Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Scala Arts Publishers. The exhibition will be closed for a ticketed concert performance by the choral group Seraphic Fire on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

About the Museum

One of the largest free-standing art museums in Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University was founded in 1977 and is the Smithsonian Affiliate in Miami. The museum's new lakeside building debuted in 2008, designed by Yann Weymouth (the chief of design on the I.M. Pei Grand Louvre Project), and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. With 46,000 square feet of energy efficient exhibition, storage, and programming space, the museum was honored with LEED silver certification. 

The museum's mission is three-fold: to be a campus resource for the entire FIU community; to offer interdisciplinary training in the arts for the next generation of artists and art historians; and to serve as a premier cultural destination for the residents of Miami, and the 15 million visitors to one of the world's most vibrant cultural destinations - home to global cultural events including Art Basel.

The Frost offers programming that complements its exhibitions with a wide range of educational initiatives. Admission to the museum is always free. The Frost is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is located at 10975 SW 17 Street. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. The Sculpture Park is open every day. More information at frost.fiu.edu 

 

Haute Tease

  • The American Film Institute And Library Of Congress To Celebrate AFI 50th Anniversary

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Celebrity packed Gala dinner in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2017.  

  • Marvel's The Avengers - Action Packed Thrills from Director Joss Whedon

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Avengers, a fast action, non-stop thrill ride, recently hosted its global press junket which featured the first full length and only pre-release screening of the highly anticipated summer event film!

     
  • THE MARINE 3: HOME FRONT Review: Director Scott Wiper and Mike “The Miz” Mizanin Score the Win

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE MARINE 3: HOMEFRONT, from WWE Studios and FOX Home Entertainment, is the third installment in the successful THE MARINE franchise and brings World Wrestling Entertainment star MikeThe MizMizanin to the big screen.

     
  • Sarah Janks, Australian Bridal Designer, Offers Five Tips in Planning Destination Weddings

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Proposal season is officially in height and many new brides-to-be will be jumping to start the wedding planning process in 2016! With more and more brides choosing destination weddings, we have the best tips for travel, dress shopping and ultimately planning the perfect destination wedding.

     
  • INTERSTELLAR To Play The California Science Center Imax® Theatre In Limited Engagement Through January 17

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    IMAX and Paramount Pictures today announced a special limited run of Christopher Nolan's acclaimed film "INTERSTELLAR" at the California Science Center IMAX® theatre, marking the first time a theatrical presentation of a major motion picture has screened there.

     
  • Festival De Cannes Announces 2018 Dates; Hosts Six Memorable 2017 Features for Festival de Cannes Week in Buenos Aires

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 71st Festival de Cannes will take place from Tuesday, 8th May to Saturday, 19th May 2018. It will start one day earlier than in previous years, but will run for exactly the same length of time.  

  • People Exclusive: Inside the Leadership of the Word of Life Church: Is Tiffanie Irwin Running a Killer Cult

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The residents of the sleepy hamlet of Chadwicks, New York, had long suspected there was something different about the Word of Life Christian Church – even before two teenage brothers were savagely beaten after over a dozen hours inside the church's sanctuary room, according to police.

Donate Elite

It's the desire at Haute-Lifestyle.com to keep journalism free. Running a business, however, dictates what is now a common dilemma; a paywall, subscription or donation. Thank you for your donation.