Tenth Annual Breakfast in the Park at the Frost Art Museum Provides Exciting Conclusion to Art Basel Miami Beach Festivities


John Henry, I Lean, 2012, Steel painted red, 312 x 204 x 120 inches, The Frost Art Museum, Anonymous Gift, FIU2013.11

MIAMI, FL (Nov 27, 2013)- The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, this year in partnership with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, celebrates Art Basel Miami Beach with its tenth annual Breakfast in the Park, on Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 9:30 am to noon. Guests will enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, relax and sip Korbel Champagne Mimosas on the terrace, hear a stimulating talk by the featured sculptor and take guided tours of the Sculpture Park, as well as the exhibitions in the Museum.

This year’s featured sculptor is John Henry. This renowned American artist has long been recognized for his ability to transform the simplest of forms into complex visual statements. Whether they are situated in the land or as part of a cityscape, John Henry’s monumental abstract sculptures challenge notions of balance and equilibrium. A formalist at heart, his concern for line, shape and form is essential to the structure that is the basis of his work and the varied angles that define their recognizable configuration. Although the shapes in John Henry’s works may appear as simple elements arranged like pick-up-sticks, there is no doubt that the concepts that drive his constructions are complex, and the visual experience enhanced by their energy.

Born in 1943, Henry received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Doctor of the Arts from the University of Kentucky. He has received numerous awards, including the Governor’s National Award in the Arts from the State of Kentucky.
John Henry has been an active participant in promoting the arts, serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and the Board of the International Sculpture Center, where he held various leadership roles, including Chairman. Henry was a founding member of ConStruct, the artist-owned gallery that promotes and organizes large-scale sculpture exhibitions in the U.S.

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John Henry, Blue Storm, 1993 Painted aluminum, 150 x 72 x 64 inches, The Frost Art Museum Gift of the Jaffee Family, FIU 2003.008.001

His works grace many public and private collections around the U.S., Europe and Asia, and are included in the collections of the British Museum, London; the Dallas Museum; MOCA, Chicago; and the Sonje Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. The Frost Art Museum and The Sculpture Park at FIU have several of his works in their collections and on display.

The Frost Art Museum is delighted to partner with West Kendall Baptist Hospital to bring Breakfast in the Park to our community. This innovative partnership assists both our organizations with the important task of inspiring and educating our community toward an appreciation for the arts, and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Our new coalition, “Healthy West Kendall,” aims to use our collective resources to influence and improve health outcomes in the area we serve. This overarching goal will be accomplished by engaging our community in initiatives that advocate for active living, healthy lifestyle and community well-being.

Breakfast in the Park guests are also invited to view the six current exhibitions on view at the Frost Art Museum:

• Things that Cannot be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive
• Humberto Castro: Tracing Antilles
• Crisis and Commerce: World’s Fairs of the 1930s
• Eternal Cuba: The Darlene M. and Jorge M. Pérez Collection at FIU
• Deep Blue by Javier Velasco
• Alberto Baraya’s Naturalism/Artificiality: Expeditions, and Research of the Herbarium of Artificial Plants

Breakfast in the Park is held the final day of Art Basel Miami Beach. County buses will offer free transportation for Art Basel patrons and the general public, leaving from the Miami Beach Convention Center at 9:30 am, and leaving the Frost Art Museum for the return trip to Miami Beach at 11:30 am. For further information or to make a reservation to attend, please call 305.348.2890.

About the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building in November 2008. Admission to the Museum is always free. The Frost is an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum and Smithsonian affiliate and is located at 10975 SW 17thStreet, across from the Blue garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday throughSaturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit http://thefrost.fiu.edu or call 305-348-2890. Follow us on Twitter and Like Us on Facebook.

About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visithttp://www.fiu.edu/

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