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Artists and Collector: Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art

THU, OCT 22 | 6:30PM  


Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art presents a selection of works from Dr. Robert B. Feldman’s extensive collection of contemporary art. The 27 internationally regarded artists create timely considerations into race and identity. Join us in conversation with Dr. Feldman and two Shifting Gaze exhibiting artists Mark Thomas Gibson and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. The panel will be moderated by Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Mennello Museum of Art and curator of Shifting Gaze.

Robert B. Feldman is a collector of contemporary art with one of the most important collections of art in Florida.  The power of his collection, conceptually, formally, across contexts, sensibilities, and interests are the result of his extraordinarily vision and passionate quest.  The exhibition Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art shares his unparalleled visual intellect fueled by knowledge, curiosity, humanity, and a keen eye. In addition to the collection shared in this exhibition, his broader collection of art includes work by artists Nancy Rubins, Elizabeth Murray, Petyah Coyne, Brad Kahlhamer, Diana Al-Hadid, Chie Fueki, Inka Essenhigh, Jiha Moon, Meleko Mokgosi, David Rathman and Vibha Galhotra, among others. He collects work by artists from the United States, Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, South Africa, India, Pakistan, and Japan whose artistic aims and practices, although quite diverse, share global ideas in both content and form that continue to resonate – across time and culture.  Selections from his collection have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, the Cornell Museum of Fine Arts, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando and in an upcoming exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Passport Winter Park. Photo by Amy Wilker.

Mark Thomas Gibson uses modes of caricature, pop, fantasy and narrative to reflect on current American history. The work most often takes the form of drawing, painting and books.

Gibson received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2013.  He has been included in numerous group exhibitions and most recently on view in the solo exhibitions Resting Space at M+B in Los Angeles and The Dangerous One at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has also exhibited at Fredericks & Freiser in New York and Loyal in Stockholm, and participated in the group shows The Curator’s Eggs, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Woke!, Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa; and A Being in the World, Salon 94, New York.

Gibson is represented by Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, (New York, NY), M+B Gallery, (Los Angeles, CA) and Loyal Gallery, (Stockholm, Sweden). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University and lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans video, performance art, installation, drawing, mural making and spoken word.

Raimundi-Ortiz has exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Orlando Museum of Art and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery among others. Her work appears extensively in books and catalogs and she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions most recently the Art and History Museum Maitland 2019-20 Artists in Action awardee and the University of Central Florida 2018 Woman of Distinction Award.

Her work is in included in the collections of The Cornell Fine Art Museum at Rollins College, The Orlando Museum of Art, FL, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Jersey City Museum of Art, NJ, Dr. Robert B. Feldman, and numerous private collections. She received her MFA from Rutgers University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Culture. Raimundi-Ortiz lives and works in Orlando, Florida and is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida.

Robert B. Feldman, Mark Thomas Gibson, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz