When inanimate objects reflect cultural concerns, historical narratives, and playful humor, it becomes clear that artists project their impressions of history into figurative works to better understand contemporary society. The sculptures, puppets, and installations in Personify engage new audiences and ask for participation while exploring this interplay. Art-making activities will be available for gallery visitors and tour groups in an installation by Jim Hammond in the Interactive Room. In the Immersive Gallery, marionettes by Pablo Cano will be on view, along with an installation series by Jeanne Jaffe that is based on the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla. Body textiles by Israeli artist Gili Avissar reflect his time spent in Miami this past spring at Fountainhead Residency. Works by Bernadette Despujols will blend fashion with human hair and reference orifices, while Aurora Molina infuses the personal and the political in her figurative works. Ernesto Oroza introduces a propaedeutic machine as an object to teach dancing among other sculptures in an online video of a Cuban creator. A work by Jacolby Satterwhite will be exhibited, courtesy of artist Pepe Mar.
Curated by Laura Marsh