April 2016, Volume 20, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

Traveling in Time

From French symbolist paintings hearkening back to the days of Oscar Wilde to contemporary sculpture rooted in Asian traditions, the MDC Museum of Art + Design is spanning time and space in various media.

Order From Chaos

Metaphysical matters take on physical form in Residue: The Artistic Manifestations of Sunkoo Yuh, opening April 21 in the Skylight Galleries. Curated by Mindy Solomon, the exhibition of ceramic sculptures of Korean-American artist Sunkoo Yuh, created over a 12-year period, play out a journey of spiritual discovery and cultural integration.

“My ceramic sculptures express not only physical realities but psychological realities at the same time,” said Yuh. “My relationship with people and life experience, encompassing front and back, inside and outside, present and past memories.”

All Eyes on an Icon

Exhibiting concurrently with Residue, Richard Haas’ Florida explores works on paper by the muralist whose iconic work is embedded in the collective memory of South Floridians. Haas is perhaps best known for the trompe-l’oeil Arc de Triomphe that served as a landmark to drivers on Miami Beach’s Collins Avenue as they neared the Fontainebleau, depicted at the mural’s center. In this exhibition curated by MOA+D Associate Curator Wanda K. Texon, the Museum is featuring works from Haas’ personal collection to include final preparatory studies of the artist’s extravagant architectural fantasies created throughout Florida.

Both exhibitions remain on view through Aug. 14.

Wilde Explorations

Students from the College’s Museum Studies program collaborated with The Wolfsonian-FIU and the O, Miami Poetry Festival in curating A Patch of Blue: Illustrations of Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol, an exhibition of 15 original, framed gouache drawings by French symbolist painter Jean- Georges Cornélius.

The drawings were made in 1927 for a French publication of Oscar Wilde’s The Ballade of Reading Gaol, which the acclaimed playwright, novelist and poet penned while incarcerated in Reading, England, on charges of homosexual offenses in 1895. In addition to the drawings, the exhibition includes two first-edition copies of the book. It is currently open to the public and will remain on view through July 17.

— MR

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