In ancient Creation myths, water represented everything from fertility to the unconscious to a powerful force for healing. It was also considered an enduring symbol for change. For Cuban artist Manuel Mendive Hoyo, known for incorporating his Yoruban roots from the west coast of Africa and the clandestine language of his Santería religion into his mysterious artworks, water is also a recurring symbol of how his ancestors transformed the New World.
This Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Frost Art Museum (10975 SW 17th St., Miami), the internationally celebrated Afro-Cuban talent will inaugurate “Things That Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive” with a unique performance procession, Water (Homage to the Waters), focusing on the importance of the titular fluid in different cultures and its presence and symbolism for African, Asian, and Western religions to the present day. The public procession will be followed by an opening reception for the artist from 5 to 8 p.m.
Mendive’s uplifting performance, which will include a group of colorfully costumed dancers, actors, and musicians engaging with the audience, will culminate with the unveiling of one of the artist’s sculptures, Aguas de Río (Waters of the River), which will be carried by the crowd into the museum.
Inside the Frost, viewers will discover a multifaceted, 50-year survey of Mendive’s iconic artwork, including more than 50 paintings, four sculptures, and one tapestry, along with a mask installation.
“Manuel Mendive unites man’s body to the Earth that generated him, to the plants and animals, water and sky, to Mother Nature, in which he is a creature among creatures and in which he finds the reason, time, and space of his very existence,” says Carol Damian, the Frost’s director and chief curator.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 16. Continues through Jan. 25, 2013