Math & Science in Art
On Friday, April 8, 2016, CIFO hosted its first teacher workshop of the year.
A group of teachers from Miami Dade County Public Schools visited CIFO for a workshop in the context of our ongoing exhibition Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas. They enjoyed a guided tour of the exhibition from our Director and Chief Curator, Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, alongside a presentation. The presentation explained the connection between the work of Pérez Monzón, science, and math, known as tensegrity (tension + integrity). Within the presentation, the teachers also got to enjoy a short documentary video of the workshops that the artist himself would put together with his students while still in Cuba (1980’s). The short documentary was followed by a workshop, where the teachers used the same materials as the Vilos, Tramas, and Hilos installations at CIFO, to create a Gustavo Pérez Monzón inspired wall, which they will later use in their classrooms.
[The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) in collaboration with M-DCPS Division of Academics, Visual and Performing Arts will host a teacher workshop on teacher workday, April 8 for visual arts, math and science teachers. The workshop will be lead by Eugenio Valdés Figueroa, Director and Curator of (CIFO). The workshop will explore the art of Cuban artist Gustavo Pérez Monzón and his first solo exhibition in the United States. Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas brings together nearly 70 works created between 1979 and the late 1980s, providing a close look at the artist’s practice during the final decade that he lived and worked in Cuba. The exhibition includes a series of drawings, installations, and site-specific works reflecting Pérez Monzón’s interest in exploring Geometric Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism, and Spatialism. Demonstrating an interest in logic and meaning that runs through his practice, works in the exhibition include Pérez Monzón’s well-known series Tarot (1983, 1985 and 1986)- decks of tarot cards that depict the traditionally representation figures in the deck through abstract, geometric drawings on cardboard- as well as works from his series of drawings Configuration and 15 625 cm3 de relaciones (1981/2015), which derive their internal logic from underlying mathematical principles, mathematic and numerology.] Flyer courtesy of Miami Dade County Public Schools