The Brazilian-born Muniz is known for the startling materials he uses in the production of his stunning images. By employing diverse materials such as toys, diamonds, garbage and magazine clippings, the artist creates tableaux, which are then photographed. Poetics of Perception includes elements of several of his renowned bodies of work, including Diamond Divas, Pictures of Chocolate, Pictures of Junk, Pictures of Color and more.
Using the same ideas and given access to thousands of diamonds, Muniz created dazzling portraits of Hollywood’s silver screen divas: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich. He tested the “degree of interference between the overkill glamour of the stars themselves and that of shiny rocks.” These mesmerizing portraits of some of the 20th century’s most celebrated actresses seem to cast a glittering, eternal afterimage.
Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception was organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach. The exhibition is guest curated by Carla Hanzal, independent curator based in Charlotte, NC and former Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, February 7
Mirco-exhibition: Vik Muniz from the Collection of Tony Podesta
February 7 – April 19
Art & Inclusion Teacher Workshop
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Tuesday, February 17
LoweDown and gallery tour with exhibition curator Carla Hanzal
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,Thursday, April 2
Waste Land screening
2 p.m., Sunday, April 12
Family Day featuring Vik Muniz: Poetics of Perception
Noon to 3 p.m., April 19, 2015
February 7, 2015 – April 19, 2015
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124