Latin Art at FIU in Miami

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The Latino Presence in American Art is the title of a current exhibit at the Frost Art Museum.

It is a presentation of the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the US since the mid-20th century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

On May 14 the museum will host a Latino Panel including Miami-based artists in the exhibit: Maria Brito, Arturo Rodriguez and Maria Martinez-Canas.

The painting shown here (A Distant Place) is by Rafael Soriano, a Cuban artist born in 1920. He migrated to Miami in 1962.

The 1972 painting, in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, exhibits fiery yellows, radiant oranges and rich browns that suggest the sultry climate of the Caribbean. But more than that, the fantastic quality of the landscape suggests a personal journey into an undiscovered country dense with cosmic undertones.

The Frost Museum is located on the campus of Florida International University, at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. It is open Tues to Sat. 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.

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Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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