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David Freeman: Unstoppable Imagination of Information for ChangeJuly 18 - September 5, 2009David Freeman's art is as wide-ranging as his life experiences, which include growing up in North Africa and Saudi Arabia, running an art gallery, founding a magazine and now teaching at South Texas College in McAllen. In this bold and thought-provoking exhibition for the BMFA, Freeman uses a wild variety of media-digital photography, nail polish, sequins, bamboo, textiles, and found objects-to explore artistic themes of color and natural beauty as well as religious and political questions. Freeman uses the satellite tower as a metaphor for technology's increasing control over our access to information, and thus over our very lives. Conversely, a sensitive display of icons and found religious relics reinforces the power of individual spirituality and faith in humankind.
Nancy Moyer: The Bicameral FaceJuly 18 - August 22, 2009Artist Nancy Moyer photographs her subjects up close, and then highlights the asymmetry of the human face by digitally manipulating the image. The resulting photographic portraits use two left or two right sides of the face-revealing the two sides of the brain, or what Moyer calls the Facilitator and Commander aspects of the subject's personality. A jeweler by training, Moyer began experimenting with the study of the bicameral mind in the early 1980s. Moyer turns her jeweler's eye from the external adornment of the body to the inner workings of the brain and the way we reveal or conceal our true personalities.
Cultural Leader of the Year AwardThe Museum is proud to announce its 2009 Cultural Leader of the Year Award. Four individuals and an organization will be honored at the Museum's anniversary gala in October for their contributions to the cultural life of South Texas.Hortencia H. Sloss - Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the wealth of artistic creativity in south Texas / northern MexicoHortensia C. Tijerina - Enrichment of life in south Texas by supporting and encouraging organizations that promote and advance the arts through Education Outreach of K -12 YouthPerla & Roberto Robles, MD - Community leadership skills focusing on the development of core values, team effectiveness, organizational motivation and creativity, and personal renewal for the visual and performing artsInternational Bank of Commerce - Corporate leadership developing relationships between the business communities of south Texas and Mexico to enrich the quality of life in both nations through the cultural arts.
Museum Summer Art Camp
The Museum's Summer Art Camp is underway! It's not too late to enroll your aspiring young artist, aged 5 to 17, in classes that explore art appreciation, painting, drawing and sculpture. Classes are held five days a week from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $75. Two- and three-week courses are available. Contact Linda W. Marin for more information: 542-0941 x302.
Coming this Fall -The Medieval Meditations of Benjamín DomínguezIn October, the BMFA will exhibit the work of Mexican artist Benjamín Domínguez. Domínguez is famous for his use of original Renaissance painting technique, which he combines with contemporary culture and art history. He creates a fascinating and startling concoction of lavish gold repoussé and luxurious fabrics contrasted with our current world of tattoos, motorcycles, political violence, and magic. Born in Jiménez, Chichuahua, in 1942, Benjamín Domínguez has exhibited all over the world. The BMFA will be premiering fifteen new paintings as well as displaying the famous Arnolfini Series from 1985. This exciting and provocative exhibition is made possible in partnership with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Consulate of Brownsville.
Speaking of ArtYour Museum is on the air! Catch our three-minute interview segments during the KMBH 88.9/88.1 morning and afternoon news hours (8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Or visit our website for our current and archived broadcasts. Click here.
Spice Up the SummerMany thanks to all who helped make Spice up the Summer a delightful and memorable event. Special thanks to Dr. Mahdavi Reddy and the India Cultural Center.
About the Brownsville Museum of Fine ArtThe Brownsville Museum of Fine Art strives to contribute to the art education and cultural enrichment of the community, exhibit works of art, arrange for and offer educational programs for children and adults, and encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art throughout the community.
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