Panel Discussion: “Rafael Soriano—The Abstract Art Movement in Cuba and Beyond”

Rafael Soriano - Serena imagen 1991 (1)

The panel discussion “Rafael Soriano—The Abstract Art Movement in Cuba and Beyond,” will take place on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm, at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University (10975 SW 17th Street, Miami, Florida). This is event takes place in the last week of the exhibition “Rafael Soriano The Artist as Mystic”, organized by the McCullen Museum of Art, Boston College, in collaboration with the Rafael Soriano Foundation, and curated by Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta. This event is free and open to the public. [A post by Peter Jordens.]

Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920-2015) was an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American origin, like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Cuban Revolution, Soriano immigrated to the United States in 1962.

Between October 27, 2017 and January 28, 2018, the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University is hosting the exhibition “Rafael Soriano The Artist as Mystic”, organized by the McCullen Museum of Art, Boston College, in collaboration with the Rafael Soriano Foundation, and curated by Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta. An unprecedented examination of his life work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”

Moderated by CRI Director Dr. Jorge Duany, this stellar panel will feature four experts on Soriano’s work: curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta, art historians Dr. Alejandro Anreus (William Patterson University) and Dr. Abigail McEwen (University of Maryland, College Park), and Hortensia Soriano, Director of the Rafael Soriano Foundation. The panelists will discuss Soriano’s place within the abstract art movement in Cuba during the 1950s as well as the changes in his work after moving to the United States in 1962.

For more information, contact cri@fiu.edu.

Sources: https://cri.fiu.edu/events/2018/rafael-soriano-the-abstract-art-movement-in-cuba-and-beyond, https://thefrost.fiu.edu/calendar/2018/soriano-panel.html and https://thefrost.fiu.edu/exhibitions/2017/rafael-soriano.html

[Image above: Rafael Soriano’s “Serena imagen,” 1991.]

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