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Tune In to the Sounds of the Social Justice Movement with This Thoughtful Exhibit

Join curator Amy Galpin as she gives a tour of the exhibition, Patrick Martinez: American Memorial, on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum through September 10, 2017.

In Martinez's work, memorials take myriad forms. The act of mourning offers an opportunity to express pain and to demonstrate respect. In public, mourning can function as a political protest, a defiant act, and ultimately an expression of love. Memorials exist as material manifestations of grief. Hip Hop culture and graffiti served as early influences for the artist. He remains in tune with popular culture, and is deeply concerned with current events. With his neons, the artist reimagines texts that reflect hard realities, truths, and embody struggle and fear. These words become amplified and reverberate in our collective consciousness.

In other recent works, Martinez, inspired by Pee Chee school folders and rendered in both paint and print, creates sensitive portrayals of people who too often are depicted without respect and dignity. Most specifically, the artist presents people of color who are victims of excessive force and police brutality. His early success as an illustrator and designer for record labels enables his multilayered subversion of the Pee Chee series. A number of paintings in the show pay tribute to floral memorials.

The ubiquitous use of flowers to commemorate loss or in some cases, the intervention of flowers in daily life that inspire a mediation on the meaning of beauty emanate from these works. With a colorful palette, the artist leverages certain aesthetics that reflect both individual and communal pain. His neon that states "Then they came for me" haunts as a reminder of the fragility of personal safety and of a just society. Born in 1980, Martinez lives and works in Los Angeles, California. This exhibition marks the artist's first solo exhibition at a museum.

We know you love your home at College Park Towers, the premier apartments in Orlando, Florida, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.

Event Time/Date:
Friday, August 25, 2017 – 11:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789

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