Museum of Art
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Maria Brito: Rites of Passage
April 25 through August 2, 1998
Mother and Child, 1996, oil on wood, 30 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches
Maria Brito is one of the most revered members of "The Miami Generation," a group of Cuban-born artists who emigrated to the United States and were raised with bicultural influences, The Rites of Passage, Brito's first "solo" museum show in South Florida, features works including sculptures, installations and paintings completed over a 10 year period, from 1988 to 1998. Among the themes explored through her art, Brito expresses psychological repression, entrapment and death. The exhibition will also include a 30-page, color catalog and academic essay by Dr. Dorothy Limouze, a professor of Art History at St. Lawrence University who is currently completing a post-doctorate degree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "This exhibition exemplifies the sadness that many who left Cuba still feel as well as the struggle of trying to enculturate in a new country," says Jorge Santis, Curator of the Collection for the Museum of Art. Brito is the recipient of many awards including the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and N.E.A. fellowships.
Maria Brito: Rites of Passage (Sculpture and Painting 1988-1998) is sponsored by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Broward Cultural Affairs Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council.
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