Posts Tagged ‘Mathew Abess’

The Pursuit of Abstraction VIP Preview Celebration at The Wolfsonian-FIU

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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Miami Beach, FL – October 13, 2016 – Members, press, and special guests received an advance glimpse at the wonder of The Pursuit of Abstraction, The Wolfsonian–FIU’s exhibition on modern-age spirituality. Guests explored the mystical works on view, enjoyed specialty cocktails by Bacardi, and met the curator behind the curtain, Matthew Abess. Focusing on works produced between 1900 and 1950, the exhibition takes a close look at North American and European artists that turned to abstract thought, feeling, and form as counterpoints to the concrete realities and alienation of modern life. As the world around them became  increasingly secular and urbanized, these makers imagined new expressions of spiritual awareness that drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources: philosophy, mythology,  psychology, poetry, and ideologies ranging from established religious doctrines (Christianity and  Buddhism) to newer, lesser-known schools of thought (Theosophy and Anthroposophy). Despite this diversity, common threads are found in an emphasis on transformation, allusion to forces within and forces beyond, and the depiction of otherworldly figures. The Pursuit of Abstraction will be on view through April 16, 2017, and paired with an online content platform with images, essays, and other supplementary material. In addition to Kirchner, featured artists include Mabel Alvarez, Wenzel Hablik, Victor Karl Hammer, Gertrude Hermes, Agnes Pelton, Henry van de Velde, and Ida O’Keeffe, younger sister of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Shay Maraj

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Tim Rodgers & Mathew Abess

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Mathew Abess, Tim Rodgers, John Fumagalli, & Jeri Wolfson

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Jeri Woflson, Jay Waxenberg, & Shay Maraj

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Jeri Wolfson

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John Fumagalli

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Mathew Abess

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Tim Rodgers

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Jeri Wolfson

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Eric Greenwald, Mathew & Taylor Abess, & Candace Garvey

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Mathew & Taylor Abess, & Candace Gravey

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Mathew & Taylor Abess

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Aura Reinhardt & Jon Mogul

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Sarah Kenneally & Douglas Suarez

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Silvia De La Torre & Victoria Ramirez

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Dulce Arguelles & Fifi Betancourt

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Jay Waxenberg & Shay Maraj

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Jose Dominguez & Christopher Mendez

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Patricia Massey & Beatriz Portela

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Power of Design 2014: Complaints

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Miami, FL – March 20 – 22, 2014 – “Power of Design 2014: Complaints” united participants in a milestone event that used art and design to highlight community challenges and initiate collective problem-solving.  This was the inaugural year of the event and focused on design’s role in transforming society. The festival’s mission was to engage the community by exploring the relevance of ideas embedded in the museum’s collection. “Power of Design 2014”: Complaints brought together change-makers, thought leaders and visionaries from multiple fields for lively discussions, presentations, performances, exhibitions and more. The event was not intended to focus simply on complaints, but on what comes next: action, innovation and collective problem-solving. Highlights of the program included: novelist and public radio host Kurt Andersen as master of ceremonies; political humorist Andy Borowitz on how humor helps complaints get heard and how political humor can spur political change; group discussions with renowned experts on topics that included cities, air travel and watchdog journalism; a hands-on program for children led by Todd Oldham; a dialogue between Pulitzer Prize–winning author Michael Chabon, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, and Wired magazine powerhouse Clive Thompson who explored challenges and opportunities of the digital age, co-curated by Intelligence Squared.  The event was presented by The Wolfsonian–FIU and WLRN in partnership with the Miami Herald, and support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

An Inalienable Right & Bummer at The Wolfsonian

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Steven Heller, Cathy Leff, & Todd Oldham

Steven Heller, Cathy Leff, & Todd Oldham

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Cathy Leff & Celina Agaton

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Steven Heller & Cathy Leff

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Cathy Leff & Steven Heller

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Cathy Leff

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Steven Heller

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Todd Oldham

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Todd Oldham & Steven Heller

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Collecting Complaints at The Wolfsonian

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Susan & Dennis Richard

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Frederick Doner, Steven Heller, & Gabe Klein

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Billy Kimball, Cathy Leff, & Judith Rodin

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Gabe Klein, Michele Oka Doner, & Ric Herrero

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Louis Wolfson, Chris Adamo, & Tim Oliveri

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Marla Revis Patti, Dennis Richard, & Michael Patti

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Michele Oka Doner & Susan Birbragher

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Mary & Edward Crawford

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Jon  Mogul

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Todd Oldham

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Christian Larsen

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Steven Heller

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Cathy Leff, Jon Mogul, Steven Heller, Christian Larsen, & Todd Oldham

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Gabe Klein, Bernard Zyscovich, Suria Yaffar, Michele Oka Doner, & Frederick Doner

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Suria Yaffar & Cathy Leff

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Celina Agaton, Samantha Garcia, & Fataah Dihaan

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Prophets of the Digital Age at PAMM

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Kurt Andersen, Jaron Lanier, Clive Thompson, & Michael Chabon

Kurt Andersen, Jaron Lanier, Clive Thompson, & Michael Chabon

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Michael Chabon, Clive Thompson, Jaron Lanier, & Kurt Andersen

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Jane Wooldridge

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Cathy Leff

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Matt Haggman

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Hannah Kaye

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Barbara de Vries & Alastair Gordon

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Jane Wooldridge, Bianca Erickson, Marisa Toccin Lucas, Cathy Leff, & Matt Haggman

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Bianca Erickson & Marisa Toccin Lucas

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Carol Coletta & Cathy Leff

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Marisa Toccin Lucas & Bianca Erickson

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Nancy Novogrod & Cathy Leff

Michael Chabon, Marianne Devine, & John Devine

Michael Chabon, Marianne & John Devine

Steven Heller, Ashlea Powell, & Gabe Klein

Steven Heller, Ashlea Powell, & Gabe Klein

Hannah Kaye, Jaron Lanier, & Cathy Leff

Hannah Kaye, Jaron Lanier, & Cathy Leff

Chris Adamo, Iran Issa-Khan, & Casey Steadman

Chris Adamo, Iran Issa-Khan, & Casey Steadman

Andy Borowitz, Lizzi Ross, Sara Sjolund, Michael Chabon, & Billy Kimball

Andy Borowitz, Lizzi Ross, Sara Sjolund, Michael Chabon, & Billy Kimball