October 24, 2012

Fans Forever- The Sequel. With Actual Fans. Day 17 of SMCSF 30 day blog challenge

In actuality the title should be- My Last Day in Miami Part 3a Fans Forever  Day 17 of SMCSF 30 day challenge, but that would be too over the top even for BB.  Queee?  JU SO FONII!!!  Ok si, nothings too over the top for BB; I just like this title better.  And I like sharing better, especially when it's beauty. So, without further ado, my favorite fans from the Fans Forever exhibition currently showing at the Miami Dade College Museum of Art & Design.  Bueno, not all of my favorites because the lighting didn't always work well with my camera, but a lot of my favorites.  I could have scanned in the pics of my favs because of the marvelous book Mr.Jeremy M. Mikolajczak bestowed me, but that would have taken away the look of Plebian Pride Babushka so likes to compartir with y'all. Of course you have no idea what I'm talking about if you haven't read the first part.  Go on, it's here and we'll be here.  Heje  BB being BB and playing the tease again. But really, it does make more sense if you read the first part.  Ok, ok. Continuing.




From the introduction pages-


MORE THAN JUST SOME CUBAN FANS...

A fan is much more than a tool to cool oneself.  It is the means for a woman to say something special to a man.  Also, it is an object that, for its beauty, constitutes a work of art.  These days, fans are used less frequently than in the past, a sign of advancements fut also a reflection of the lack of gentleness and charm that surrounds us.

In 1943, the splendid Paris Church of Santa Maria del Rosario, a jewel of Cuban Baroque, held an exhibition and auction of fans to raise funds for the church's care and maintenance.  The event was memorable because of the quality of the works exhibited.  Almost seven decades later, with the title Fans Forever, today's exhibition not only recalls that event but also rescues the magic and beauty of the Cuban fans.

In this exhibition, we have fans painted by some of the artists who exhibited in that historic occasion.  Fortunately, we also have fans painted by artist of later generation, both on the island and in exile.  At a time when the world of creativity seems dominated by works that are primarily destined to oblivion, Fans Forever is a most appropriate title.  This exhibition is worthy of enjoyment and celebration.

Armando Alvarez Bravo


And now in no particular order, except the order in which they were photographed, 
the Fabulous Fans Favored by this Fanatic

Descriptions taken almost directly from the book because they've said it all oh so well.




TONY LOPEZ  1918-2011

And So It All Began

One of his last compositions, filled with a marvelous tenderness and innocence: Adam and Even in Paradise.




MIGUEL ORDOQUI  1939

"colorful fictional characters, humor and sensuality"





PEDRO DE ORAA  1931

"Symbols of the inexhaustible mystery of the aesthetic genius."




CESAR SANTOS  1982

Cesar's artristic energy always inspires him to design figures and objets that are believable and convincing.






TOMAS SANCHEZ 1948

Tomas suggests that we look at others through nature, as a a fair way of looking at and respecting ourselves.



PEDRO PABLO OLIVA  1949

Sweet dreams, a large dose of humanity and a message of hope.



EMILIO SAUMA   1961

"with a brilliant explosion of blazing colors and beautiful silhouettes"




CARLOS ACOSTANEYRA  1962

"with his creative capacity, comes with fish and travelers, and with other elements that denote his arduous work."





ISMAEL GOMEZ PERALTA  1966

"fills a great void of remembrances and absences, rescuing the hopes that he immortalizes forever."






CARLOS ESTEVEZ  1969

"an artist of great spiritual and mystical gentleness, always engaged in an infinite quest across the universe"



ORESTES GAULHIAC  1960

" a painstaking composition by the artist, like his circus scenes, that he paints not as they truly are but as he interprets them."





ERNESTO CAPDEVILA 1970

His works, according to the artist himself, represent an unexpected path. 
 Lies and truths that bare themselves on the same stage.



Of course my Plebian photos can not compare to seeing the fans in person, nor the photographs in the book.  As a matter of fact, the pictures of the artists are also in the book, giving further glimpses into their souls, and they are works of art within themselves. BB wholeheartedly states you see the exhibition and/or buy the book- for the history, the beauty, and the art. Por supuesto y sin duda, I emphatically agree with Mr. Bravo-



"This exhibition is worthy of enjoyment and celebration." 



Babushka Besos a todos.  Cuidensen.




P.S.  The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
  Si quieren ver los abanios, corrrrrrreeeeennnnnn the exhibits last day is November 2.

P.P.S.  Fotos on Feibu of My Last Day in Miami, con abrazotes a todos and hoping you found it as fascinating as BB did and well worth the wait.






Bohemian Babushka
Bohemian Babushka

Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!