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Michael Genovese, Visiting Artist Program at the Patricia and Phillip Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami FL
Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
Visiting Artist Program (2011-2012)
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University presents its first visiting artist program featuring Michael Genovese with P.S. (2008-2012). P.S. is a process-focused project, that has taken place in Florida, Texas, California and Illinois, that collects the spirit and attitude of Americans. In this iteration of the project, students are invited to carve their thoughts, views and ideas into blank surfaces placed in social spaces throughout the university’s campuses. These reflections and ruminations capture the essence of the individual, community, and university as a whole. This unedited information, which mirrors a range of perspectives during a time of change, are studied in content, form and function as a starting point for the creation of new work by Genovese.
With the diverse university community and in conjunction with FIU’s Worlds Ahead initiative, the project seeks to engage the university and outside community through this highly collaborative project. The artist will work with groups, acting as a mentor, facilitator, and collaborator. The project will include plates, quotes, and documentation from previous locations. It will pose questions about contemporary American issues that are rooted in art, history, and the social sciences. The lectures will also address the process of art making in today’s information filled landscape, emphasizing on cognitive human experience and its merge with industry and technology. Other topics will include the artist’s role in contemporary society, its post-war history and future.
Surfaces were installed with a provided stylus and subject in social spaces throughout Miami Dade County. The designated areas were installed throughout FIU’s campus, The Frost Art Museum, CARTA, Miami Beach, The Gannsevort, Shooters, Hialeah, among others.
In addition to workshops and lectures on campus, Michael Genovese designed an education outreach program to engage Miami Dade public school students. The project reached as far as North Miami Beach, Hialeah and Redlands. Students from sixth to twelfth grade participated by learning about artwork in the Frost Art Museum's permanent collection and created collaborative drawings that were presented in an exhibition.
Drawings inscribed on aluminum composite panels with an enameled finish. The subjects for the work included: faith, stereotypes, classification, identity, existentialism, confessions, dreams, intoxication, signatures, protest, and censorship.
Location: FIU South Campus
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Protest/Occupy, Public Participation
Michael Genovese joined students who were protesting with Occupy Wall Street in Downtown Miami. A sign station was set-up to offer protest signs free of charge, and the voice of the movement was captured through drawing onto provided plates.
Internship Program New World School of the Arts/FIU
Four students were selected from the New World School of the Arts to participate in an internship program at the Frost Art Museum. They assisted by transcribing, researching, and documenting the project.
Post-Script Exhibition at the Frost Art Museum
"What sets Michael Genovese apart from most artists is that the Miami-based talent typically engages an audience as part of his creative process. And the ambitious proposal that snagged him the 2012 Visiting Artist title at the Frost Art Museum is no different. Genovese created 60 baked, enamel-coated aluminum discs and installed them throughout the Florida International University campus and other South Florida spots where people congregate. Then he invited passersby to carve their thoughts, beliefs, or ideas upon them, riffing on 15 different themes, including “dreams,” “faith,” “stereotypes,” and “censorship.” Those who engaged the works left a lexicon of symbols and multilingual commentary that invested the objects with an unusual Rosetta Stone-like nature. The public input doesn’t end there. A second group of folks was recruited to interpret these “P.S.” plates by transcribing the scribbles and markings into text, creating an online archive recording the wildly disparate descriptions. The artist then filtered these reactions and commentaries to create his own original body of work. The result is “P.S.-P.P.S.,” an artist’s call-and-response dialogue with all kinds of broader implications."- MIAMI NEW TIMES, “He Said, We Said”, Carlos de Jesus Suarez