November 14th, 2022

Subverting Materials:
Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists

By MoCA-Americas Team

On November 11, 2022, the former Kendall Art Center inaugurated its transition to the public as the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas (MoCA-Americas). The curatorial team, under the leadership of Jorge Rodríguez Diez (R10), unveiled three concurrent exhibitions. Two of these showcased the holdings from the museum's two principal collections, while a third, of an extraordinary nature, was held in collaboration with the citywide event Threading the City. This latter exhibition, "Subverting Materials," was curated by art critic and historian Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig. "Subverting Materials" features fiber works by female artists, offering a nuanced exploration of the medium's potential.

"Subverting Materials: Textile and Fiber Art by Women Artists" extends the museum's enduring mission to promote and exhibit the work of female artists, further enriching the museum's annual "Women in the Arts" program. In partnership with the citywide event "Threading the City" and the Fiber Artist Miami Association (FAMA), this exhibition illuminated how artists amalgamate and employ textiles, fibers, and threads as innovative mediums for crafting fine arts.

Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig is an art historian, independent curator, and art critic. She received a Master’s in art history and a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Miami. She is a founding and contributing editor of ArtNexus magazine. Since 1989, she has written about modern and contemporary art for specialized magazines, newspapers, artists' monographs, and exhibition catalogs. She specializes in Latin American and Caribbean art, with an emphasis on young emerging artists and pioneering women artists from the 20th century, such as Myra Landau, María Teresa Hincapié, and María Thereza Negreiros. She is the author of the book Essays on 20th Century Latin American Art (Routledge, 2022). From 2008 to 2015, she worked as an adjunct curator at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida. As an independent curator, she has organized over one hundred exhibitions in the United States and Latin America. She co-curated with Juan Canela the XXIII Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala in 2023. She is a former founding board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), and Founding Arts Broward. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, and the Board of Directors of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Sarasota, Florida. She belongs to several professional organizations, including the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), the College Art Association (CAA), the Association for Latin American Art (ALAA), and Art Table.


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