Art museum

Frost Art Museum showcases art from Puerto Rico and the Diaspora | FIU News

FRC Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art is delighted to announce its exhibition, In Search of Knowledge: The Art of Puerto Rico and the Diaspora offered by Dr. Gamaliel R. Herrera. Dr. Herrera donated the vibrant, multidisciplinary contemporary works in response to Frost’s efforts to build a more inclusive art collection. The exhibition showcases a wide range of contemporary Puerto Rican artists, who have worked in diverse genres ranging from conceptual and abstract to landscapes and political works.

This new core collection for the Frost includes works by Myritza Castillo, Wilfredo Chiesa, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, José Lerma, Melvin Martínez, Quintín Rivera Toro, Gamaliel Rodriguez, Julio Rosado del Valle, Noemí Ruiz and Miguel Trelles. These artists share thematic nodes that connect their different practices. For example, Ruiz’s enigmatic abstract forms suggest a built environment while Rodriguez and Castillo question the links between power and architecture. Chiesa’s expressive abstract composition shares an aesthetic sensibility with abstract expressionist and color field painters while Martinez layers and deconstructs paint in vivid colors to evoke a contemporary Baroque aesthetic that draws attention to the material qualities of the art.

As the child of a college professor, Dr. Herrera spent a lot of time on the campus of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. There he developed a keen interest in art and philosophy. While pursuing his own medical training, Dr. Herrera began collecting contemporary art, initially focusing on several Puerto Rican artists.

“We are extremely grateful for Gama Herrera’s generosity to the Frost Art Museum and in particular his commitment to telling the rich history of late 20th century art in Puerto Rico,” said Jordana Pomeroy, director of the Frost Art Museum. “His gift is truly transformative for our museum’s collection and sets a powerful precedent for other avid collectors in the Miami area.”

“In considering a suitable home for my collection, I was particularly struck by the fact that Florida International University is ranked #1 in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students nationwide,” said said Dr. Herrera. “Miami, FIU and the Frost Art Museum will provide unprecedented access to these artists who exemplify the contemporary Puerto Rican experience.”

The exhibition is on view until September 11, 2022. Frost’s Chief Curator, Amy Galpin, will give a public tour of the exhibition on August 16 at 2 p.m.