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Changing Waters

Flyer Sea Level and Biscayne Bay Health event

Love science, art, music and/or theater? Interested in learning about the impact of sea level rise in South Florida’s coastal communities and about the water quality of Biscayne Bay?

Join us for this innovative science-art event that will feature a science panel with experts from a variety of disciplines and musical and theatrical performances insipried by the global rise of sea levels and the search for solutions.
Theatrical performaces presented at this event are part of the “A Sea Change” Production.

RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changing-waters-tickets-39630688456?aff=es2 


Dr. Chris Kelble – Oceanographer, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)

Dr. Tiffany Troxler – Executive Director, FIU Sea Level Solutions Center

Dr. Rolando Santos Corujo – Postdoctoral Research Associate, FIU Southeast Environmental Research Center 

Matthew Smith – Ph.D. Student, FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

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Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is sponsored by FIU’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the Muslim World Studies Program and the Green School Arts & Humanities Initiative. The exhibition features the artwork of Turquoise Mountain artisans, which was commissioned by the Green School for this project. This exhibition was produced under the guidance of the Turquoise Mountain Trust and the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The original exhibition opened on March 5, 2016 and runs until October 29, 2017.

Turquoise Mountain was founded by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and former President of Afghanistan H.E. Hamid Karzai to restore historic areas and traditional crafts and to provide jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride.

The Green School would like to acknowledge the people and organizations that played a critical role in the original exhibition at the Sackler Gallery: the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Along with Turquoise Mountain, we acknowledge His Royal Highness Prince Al Waleed bin Talal and Alwaleed Philanthropies for their long-term support of the Turquoise Mountain project.

All the videos in this exhibition were filmed on location in Afghanistan by Lalage Snow.

Art Thinking: How to Carve Out Creative Space in a World of Schedules, Budgets, and Bosses – Career Webinar

Anyone from CEO to freelancer knows how hard it is to think big, let alone follow up on that big idea, while under pressure to get things done. Amy will share with you practical principles, inspiration, and a healthy dose of pragmatism to help you navigate the difficulties of balancing creative thinking with driving toward results.
You will:

    • Learn how to adopt a mindset that looks at problems, situations, and issues differently.
    • Learn how to integrate art and the tools of business to protect space for open-ended exploration and manage risks on your way to success. 
    • Move from saying “Wouldn’t it be cool if . . . ?” to realizing your highest aims, helping you build creative skills you can apply to all facets of business and life. Warm, honest, and unexpected, 
    • Re-imagine your work and life—and even change the world—while enjoying the journey from point A.
Amy will remind you that if you are making a work of art in any field, you aren’t going from point A to point B. You are inventing point B. You are breaking new creative ground!
Join Amy for a refreshing and inspiring discussion on creativity in the workplace and beyond– that will draw on art, psychology, science, sports, law, business, and technology –all to help you land big ideas in the practical world.
Presenter: Amy Whitaker
Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist, and teacher working at the intersection of creativity, business, and everyday life. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art at the University College London.
She is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the New Museum Incubator, and principal in the curriculum development company Eggshell Knight.
She is the author of previous books including Museum Legs, and her writing has appeared in Fast Company, the New York Post, the New York Times, Art21, Architectural Design, and The Millions. In 2013, she received the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She lives in New York City.

A Moveable Nation: Cuban Art and Cultural Identity in the Pérez Art Collection at FIU


The Cuban Research Institute (CRI) will hold an academic conference to assess the significance of Cuban and Cuban-American art for the construction of national and diasporic identities. Participants will take advantage of the Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Art Collection at FIU, which documents the historical trajectory of Cuban art since the late 1800s, beginning with Víctor Patricio Landaluze’s work reproduced above. Lecturers will be encouraged to include examples of Cuban art from the Pérez Art Collection at FIU.

The conference will be dedicated to FIU Professor Emeritus of Art History, Dr. Juan A. Martínez, in recognition of his lasting contributions to teaching, researching, and exhibiting Cuban and Cuban-American art. In particular, Dr. Martínez’s seminal work, Cuban Art and National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters, 1927–1950 (1994), has served as an inspiration for many art critics and others interested in modern Cuban culture.

En Plein Air Painting—Three Painting Sessions Investigating South Florida Landscapes

En Plein Air Painting—Three Painting Sessions Investigating South Florida Landscapes

May 23-Septmebr 21, 2017

Opening Reception: May 25 at 7pm

Andris Vītoliņš Head of the Department of Painting at the Art Academy of Latvia and Aleksejs Naumovs, also a noted painter and the Rector of the Academy, have been funded by Erasmus 2.0 to collaborate on new creative projects with Jacek Kolasinski, Chair of FIU Art/Art History and MBUS researcher and FIU Professor of Ceramics, Bill Burke, both of whom recently returned from Erasmus-funded talks to students and colleagues in Riga (for more, click here).  They will paint in situ at the FIU BBC and MMC campuses, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and at the Miami Beach Urban Studios.

Photographic and Ethnographic Exhibition – Getting the Water Right: The Culture and Politics of Water in the Everglades

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Getting the Water Right: The Culture and Politics of Water in the Everglades

Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research collaborator and anthropologist Dr. Jessica Cattelino teamed up with photographer Adam Nadel for this exhibit to visually and textually explores the interplay of ecological, social, and cultural processes in one of the world’s most iconic and imperiled wetlands ecosystems.

Getting the Water Right is a traveling exhibition shown at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (CT), The Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), and the Everglades National Park (FL) between January 15 and June 1, 2017. 

Adio Kerida Sefarad

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TotalBank Distinguished Speaker Series
Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program

Adio Kerida Sefarad

Exploring the Sephardic Experience through Art, Music and Personal Reflection
Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:30 PM | FIU MMC | Green School Gallery (SIPA First Floor)

Jônatas Chimen Dias DaSilva-Benayon is a Brazilian-American Symbolist painter, sculptor, performance artist, writer and lecturer. His work explores personal and collective identity amidst a complicated and ever-changing cultural landscape. The artist’s exploration of identity is often drawn from his own family’s history of immigration. Chimen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida International University. His work has been featured at major art galleries, art auctions, and venues such as Artexpo New York, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami Art Week and at the Jewish Museum of Florida. In 2015, Jônatas Chimen was awarded the title of Artist of the Year by the Anti-Defamation League for his art series titled The Journey.

Susana Behar was born in Havana to a Cuban/Jewish family and grew up listening to the traditional music of her homeland as well as the evocative music of her Sephardic ancestors. In 1965 she immigrated to Venezuela where she explored and performed the music of her adopted country, as well as that of Latin America and Jewish folklore in general. Her music has been featured in the documentary Adio Kerida, of anthropologist Ruth Behar. Her second CD, At The Crossroads, is a compilation of a live concert featuring Sephardic and Latin American songs.

Jose Luis de la Paz is a flamenco guitarist and co-founder of Nu Flamenco Collaborative. He has performed throughout the world and has won numerous prizes for his work, including the Premio Jóvenes Interpretes-Bienal de Sevilla, Premio Asociación de la Prensa-Huelva, and Cuarto Cabales among others. In 1995 he appeared in Felix Grande’s book Agenda Flamenca as one of the 20 best guitarists in Spain.

Reza Filsoofi was born in Tehran, Iran. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays santoor, setar, tombak and daf. For many years, Reza had the privilege of refining his talents in Iran with master musicians such as Zarrabian, Shoaari and Arash Farhangfar. The knowledge gained from these masters has opened doors for him to perform before live audiences in Iran and the U.S.

—Presented in collaboration with—

Consulate General of Spain | Global Jewish Studies Program | Department of History
Department of Religious Studies | Cuban Research Institute | College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here
For more information, please call 305-348-7266.

This event has been generously sponsored by TotalBank
and co-sponsored by JW Marriott Miami and Air Europa

Earthly Reflections of Paradise: Islamic Gardens of Spain, Ottoman Turkey and Beyond

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TotalBank Distinguished Speaker Series
Spanish and Mediterranean Studies Program

Earthly Reflections of Paradise
Islamic Gardens of Spain, Ottoman Turkey and Beyond

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 6:30 PM | Coral Gables Museum  | 285 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs invites you to a very special event celebrating the Islamic heritage of Spain and the wider Mediterranean Basin.  Join us as we explore what is perhaps one of the highest forms of visual expression of Muslim civilization—the art of the Islamic garden.  Islamic gardens began from the practical need to organize the surrounding space of human habitation and enhance the Earth’s yield in a harsh environment.  From early agricultural endeavors, the Islamic garden evolved to its refined apex in the iconic formal gardens of al-Andalus, Ottoman Turkey, Persia and Mughal India. “Earthly Reflections of Paradise” will lead us on a fascinating journey to discover not only the exquisite beauty of the Islamic garden, but also its deep spiritual symbolism and its place in the history of sacred art.  And like all sacred art, the Islamic garden invites the visitor to enter an inner space of reflection, contemplation and transcendence.


Karen Mathews, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Miami
Iqbal Akhtar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies/Politics & International Relations, FIU
Juan Antonio Bueno, Ph.D., Professor of Landscape Architecture, FIU
Aurora Morcillo, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director of Spanish & Mediterranean Studies, FIU


Jorge Alfano, Oud
Fernando Moraes, Doumbek

—Presented in collaboration with—

Initiative for Muslim World Studies | Middle East Studies Program
European and Eurasian Studies Program | Consulate General of Spain
Coral Gables Museum | Department of History | Department of Religious Studies
Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.

For more information, please call 305-348-7266.

This event has been generously sponsored by TotalBank
and co-sponsored by JW Marriott Miami, Air Europa and the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

Gallery Openings at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios


Join us for four Opening Receptions at the Urban Studios.

Friday, September 16, 2016 7:00pm

Free and Open to the Public

Sterling Rook’s  Reartiulations of La Selva

Pip Brant’s “Fiberish”

Kim Moore’s  “Liminal Space”

Marciel Ruiz’s  “Activation and Activism: Portrayals of Protest”


For more Infromation click here.



Reception:Open Research Labs at MBUS


Open Research Labs at MBUS

Come join us for refreshments and discussion about our latest work and research projects at the MBUS labs. Free and open to the public.

Meet our researchers and professors:

Tiffany Troxler- FIU Sea Level Solutions Center 

Nick Gelpi- Gelpi Projects 

Roberto Rovira- Robert Rovira Studios

Eric Goldemberg- MONAD studio 

Jacek Kolasinski – Artist in Residence 

Orlando Jacinto Garcia- Composer in Residence 

Peter Licavoli- Arc+ Buildworks 

Richard Florida- Creative Class Group 

Thomas Spiegelhalter- Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Structural and Environmental Technologies Laboratory

Art & Health: Her Body of Art


While women have made significant strides in the past decades, the culture at large continues to place great emphasis on how women should look. These unrealistic beauty standards, distributed through the media, have had drastic impact on women, their body image and overall wellness.

In our inaugural lunch series Art & Health: Her Body of Art, in partnership with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, panelists Dr. Samantha Behbahani, Dr. Zulma Berrios, artist AdrienneRose Gionta and moderator Denise H. Harris, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Advisory Board Member of the Frost Art Museum will discuss how art can help women see their true beauty and live healthier lives.

After the panel discussion, mimosas and a healthy lunch catered by Sergio’s Restaurant, guests will meet artists Donna Haynes and Leah Brown for a viewing of their group exhibition Suddenly Last Summer and a tour In the Beginning was the Word: Works by Corita Kent with Curator Klaudio Rodriguez. In addition, attendees will get an exclusive first look at Resonance/Dissonance, a video art exhibition featuring female artists from the de la Cruz collection.

General Admission: $35 per person

Museum members, FIU Faculty/Staff & students: $25 per person

For more information, please contact us at jlettsom@fiu.edu or 305.348.1899.