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Please join us for a lecture with internationally renowned artist Leonardo Drew in conjunction with exhibition, Leonardo Drew: Cycles, now on view at the Frost Art Museum FIU. This exhibition, curated by Loretta Yarlow, comes from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Following the lecture please join us for food and beverages on the patio. If you can't make it in person, follow along on Zoom or Facebook Live @frostartmuseum. 

Leonardo Drew is known for creating contemplative abstract sculptural works that play upon a tension between order and chaos. Drew transforms accumulations of raw materials such as wood, scrap metal, and cotton to articulate various overlapping themes with emotional gravitas: from the cyclical nature of life and decay to the erosion of time. His surfaces often approach a language of their own, embodying the labored process of writing oneself into history. 

Drew’s works have been shown internationally and are included in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; and Tate, London. Recent solo museum exhibitions include shows at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson (2020); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (2020); de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California (2017); Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (2006); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2000). 

Drew was born in 1961 in Tallahassee, Florida, and he grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Since 1981, the Steven & Dorothea Green Critics’ Lecture Series has introduced internationally renowned artists, museum curators, scholars, and critics to the South Florida Community. These speakers have shaped art history through their scholarly, creative, and leadership contributions. They have inspired us to think critically, investigate further, and consider the discourses and practices that shape the world of art. 

Leonardo Drew in his studio, 2021. Photo: Christopher Garcia Valle. Courtesy Anthony Meier Fine Arts and Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.