The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF) in Miami Beach will present, “Hello Gorgeous,” October 14, 2021 – February 20, 2022, dedicated to living legend Barbra Streisand.
Over her long and illustrious career, Streisand worked on Broadway, starred in over two dozen major motion pictures, recorded 52 gold and 31 platinum albums, won countless awards and has mastered almost every entertainment medium in existence. And, she is undeniably a gay icon.
“We are so proud to be the only museum in the United States [outside of New York City] to debut this colorful exhibition exploring the life of a living legend, accompanied by stellar educational and curatorial programming,” said Executive Director Susan Gladstone Pasternack.
Following its premiere in New York City at the Temple Emanuel Streicker Center, JMOF is the exclusive Southeast presenter of this exhibition. The arc of Streisand’s story unfolds on the gallery’s walls — a glimpse into her life in Brooklyn, her first steps to stardom, her extraordinary career and her activism on behalf of social justice, according to curator Jaqueline Goldstein.
The exhibition includes her 1959 Erasmus Hall High School yearbook; some of her first night club contracts, including one from the famed Bon Soir, NYC; her original gown with the sailor top from “My Name is Barbra,” her first television special; the portrait used for a 1964 Time magazine cover, on loan for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; and original costumes from “Funny Girl” and “Yentl.”
“One of the most celebrated actresses of our time, Barbra Streisand is truly a force to be reckoned with and her beautiful voice, humor and highly acclaimed acting have cemented her status as one of the brightest entertainers to date,” explained curator Jacqueline Goldstein. “Barbra's civil rights activism along with her philanthropy rival the successes of both her acting and singing careers combined. ‘Hello Gorgeous’ is a window into the woman behind the star: comedic, feisty, strong and fierce.”
“Hello, Gorgeous,” is on display October 14 through February 20, 2022 at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach. For more information, go to JMOF.FIU.edu.
‘Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care’ at Frost Art Museum FIU
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, located on the FIU campus in southwest Miami, is currently displaying the premiere of Michigan-born, Miami-based photographer Robert Andy Coombs’ first solo museum exhibition, “Notions of Care” through Sunday, Nov. 7.
The photographs document his experiences at the intersection of sexuality and disability, which are rarely expressed publicly in contemporary visual culture. Coombs describes his approach as unapologetic, presenting his own body boldly and confidently, according to exhibition notes.
The series presents selected works from “Cripfag,” his photographic series that embraces and reclaims the epithets “crip” and “fag,” reimagining these words to produce a new context where personal and revealing moments are delicately laid bare.
The exhibition visually demonstrates notions of care and tenderness while challenging preconceptions of disability and reveals an autobiographical narrative filled with both joy and the banal. Coombs brings visitors along to relate and revel in his journey.
“In sharing details of his personal life, Robert Andy Coombs brings needed perspective to contemporary art and to our popular consciousness,” explained curator Amy Galpin.
Frost Museum Director Jordana Pomeroy added, “Upon closer inspection, Coombs’ work paints a picture about different narratives of love, which he tells boldly and tenderly. This exemplifies great photography — art that pushes, pulls, and inspires deep thought and dialogue, which is why we chose to feature him at the Frost Art Museum.”
“Robert Andy Coombs: Notions of Care” is on display through Nov. 7 at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17th Str. in Miami. For more information, go to Frost.FIU.edu.