Narciso Rodriguez is heating up Miami’s Art Basel Week.
The Cuban-American fashion designer is opening his first-ever solo museum exhibition at Florida International University’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. On view from Oct. 9 to Jan. 8, the exhibition, “Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism,” will showcase over 40 couture designs, archival materials, original sketches and video alongside works of art selected by the designer. It will also be the first time a living fashion designer’s exhibition will be presented by a major museum during Miami’s Art Basel Week.
“I am honored to be asked to be part of the celebrated history of exhibitions presented by the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and particularly excited to do so during Art Basel season in Miami,” Rodriguez said.
At the museum’s Grand Galleries, visitors will have the opportunity to see Rodriguez’s designs along with work from other popular artists, including Elena Asins, Lygia Clark, Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Antonio Llorens, Mira Schendel and Jennifer Steinkamp.
“Like a master sculptor or painter, he finds inspiration in the world around him to create an artistic continuum of ideas that are the underpinning of his life’s work,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU. “As a first-generation immigrant who impacts our contemporary culture globally, Narciso personifies the creative aspirations of today’s artistic influencers who are propelling the artistry and designs of this new century.”
Co-curated by Elle magazine’s creative director, Alex Gonzalez, and Frost Art Museum curator Klaudio Rodriguez, the exhibition will have its opening reception on Oct. 9.