By Sebastian Escalante
The Orlando Art Museum, located in Downtown Orlando, is showing a diverse and engaging range of exhibits going on now. These exhibits touch on themes like heritage and social justice.
Many of these exhibits run until next year, which leaves ample time to attend. The artists displayed are inclusive and have varying backgrounds.
The artist JEFRË has an exhibit running through January 2021 called “Points of Connection” that has appeared through multiple galleries.
It is JEFRË’s first solo exhibit that includes a room of rice, a gallery of chrome human sculptures in various positions with blockheads, and a room with large, hanging translucent heads filled with adjectives in different languages.
The exhibit also details a bit about the art- ist’s life and how his heritage plays a part in his creations.
Another exhibit showing is titled, “Lewis Dewis: An Artist’s Life in France”. It focuses on Lewis Dewis, a Belgian post-impressionist painter who was born in 1872. The exhibit shows different works from his life, and they display different mediums in which he worked. His work mostly consisted of landscapes and the nature scenes of France, which is where he was based.
“Voices and Conversations” is an exhibit that displays the work of Kyle Meyer, Nick Cave and Bisa Butler that easily ties into the current call for social justice.
It features the work of contemporary American artists, and the works are often colorful. It is running through May 2021.
There is an exhibit about Oliver Jeffers, an Australian children’s book illustrator, author, and visual artist.
The exhibit is laced with curiosity and humor, which are themes throughout his works. His exhibit has his storybook art, sketches, and even an audiovisual component.
Jeffers is best known for his books, which include “Here We Are” and “The Incredible Book Eating Boy”.
There is a gallery of Native American art that displays the works of many different civilizations. It is one of the final exhibits in the museum. It shows artwork from all over the Americas. There are many types of art depicted, such as gold jewelry and pottery.
Many of the works are sourced from Peru, Costa Rica, and the United States.