Cultural Camaraderie

At The Frost Art Museum-FIU, FANS Encountered Dangerous Women (Good and Bad)

On Tuesday Aprl 24 at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum-FIU,  FANS enjoyed courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales from the Old and New Testaments at the world premiere of Dangerous Women. This timely new FAN-funded exhibition explores shifting perceptions of historic characters. Their power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them “dangerous” but their strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the “Me Too” movement).

From Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, Delilah to Lot’s Daughters and Potiphar’s wife, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — shaped biblical history.

Salome, by Robert Henri (1909), oil on canvas

Salome, by Robert Henri (1909), oil on canvas

Featuring Old Master paintings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Dangerous Women showcases more than twenty paintings and etchings of women found in the Bible by 16th and 17th century artists, including: Pietro da Cortona, Fede Galizia, Pordenone, Giovanni Andrea Sirani and Francesco del Cairo.

Many of these works are accompanied by Old Master prints and drawings, including Jan Saenredam’s series Famous Women of the New Testament. The exhibition concludes with modern and contemporary works, including the sensuous Salome (1901) by Robert Henri, and Portrait of Mamma Bush(2010) by Mickalene Thomas.


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