Eat Whipped Cream Off a French Guy at Frost Art Museum's Francophile Exhibit
When most people hear the term "Tour de France," they think of the 2000-mile long international bicycle race.
But after witnessing Tour de France/Florida: Contemporary Artists from France in Florida's Private Collections at Florida International University's Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on Saturday January 21, images of sweaty, possibly chemically enhanced cyclists will be replaced by the lingering memory of a marathon French art event in which a grown man is smeared with cherry-flavored cake ingredients.
"This is going to be an event on cherries," explains Martine Buissart, curator of Tour de France/Florida and event coordinator for the French consulate in Miami.
Jacques Halbert's Cherry Composition
While the majority of the nine-and-a-half hour event, which includes
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panel discussions by cutsyotd, artists and collectors, will revolve
around the museum's exhibition of French art found in private Florida
the pot with their performance piece called "Life Is a Bowl of
According to a scenario draft prepared by Halbert, a painter and
performance artist who apparently has been obsessed with this small
pitted fruit since 1975, there will be chanting faux-protesters carrying
cherry signs, accompanied by cherry-themed songs, dishes, and drinks
served up by blue pajama-clad waitstaff -- in addition to 20 red balloons
and at least one blow gun. Audience participation is also encouraged,
with attendees invited to wear cherry-decorated clothes and jewelry.
The climax will occur during dinner, when Hubaut, a mixed-media artist, will turn Halbert into a cherry cake.
"The public is invited to dip cookies into the creams covering me,"
Halbert states in his scenario. "These cookies will be in a basket near
Also appearing at the symposium are artists Bertrand Lavier and
Dominique Labauvie; collectors Elizabeth Lyman and Marvin Sackner; and
Raul Valdes-Fauli, president of the France Florida Foundation for the
Tour de France/Florida runs from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
January 21, at the Frost Art Museum, on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique
Campus, 10975 SW 17th St. The "Life Is a Bowl of Cherries" performance
starts at 6 p.m. Tickets, which include lunch and dinner, are $50.
Discounted tickets for FIU students with valid student ID are available
for $5. Space is limited; RSVP by January 18 with Jessica Lettsome at
-- Erik Bojnansky
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