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“Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art” Coming to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Wed, 05/16/2012

Works on Loan from the Bank of America Collection through Art in Our Communities Program

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 16, 2012) – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Bank of America present a unique survey of Mexican art with their exhibition Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art.  Opening June 5, and closing September 16, 2012, the exhibition is composed of paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years. The exhibition will be on display in the Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery.

Miradas examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border—American and Mexican-American—to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) to the present day.  The works included are by some of the best-known Mexican artists—Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso—as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham.  Visitors to the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of a number of artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern artistic theories alike.

Miradas gives our community access to a dynamic collection of culturally important works of art, including many pieces that have never been showcased in this region,” said the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Director Hope McMath. “We are very grateful to Bank of America for sharing this incredible exhibition.”

Many artists of Mexican descent working in the United States continue to implement social ideas and educational theories first taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. They also understand and react to the sociopolitical climate in the United States and the global art and theories of the second half of the twentieth century, incorporating contemporary regional politics along with their broad understanding of their diverse heritages. The Miradas exhibition allows visitors to survey this rich trajectory.

“Bank of America is committed to strengthening the communities we serve through partnering with important cultural institutions like The Cummer,” said Gregory B. Smith, Jacksonville president, Bank of America. “The Mexican-American community in Jacksonville is vibrant and we are pleased to help celebrate their heritage with Miradas.”

By providing these exhibitions, Art in our Communities helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the venues, which in turn leads to stability in local communities.  Between the time of the program's launch in 2009 and the end of last year, 50 communities worldwide will have benefited by the loan of an exhibition to one of their local museums.

This exhibition was originally curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America’s corporate art program staff.

Special Events & Programming

Throughout the Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art exhibition from June 5 through September 16, 2012, The Cummer will feature a variety of special events and programming:

Ponce de León Society and Members' Opening: Monday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for live music, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and an exclusive look at Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection.  Members Free and Non-member Guests $15; RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Cummer Affiliates Cocktail Event: Monday, June 4, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail event prior to the members' opening.  Affiliate Groups include Cummer Cummelia, Cummer Council, Docents, FOCUS Cummer and Up & Cummers.  Affiliate Members free and non-member Guests $15;   RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Community Opening: Tuesday, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for art making projects and live music as we celebrate the Miradas exhibition.  Admission to the opening is free.

Talks and Tea: Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The event will include seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following.  Reservations required; ticket costs are: members and non-members $6.   For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Tequila and Tamale Tasting: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a sultry evening of Tequila, Tamales and live music in the Gardens. Three zesty Mexican antojitos (appetizers), inspired by three works of art from the exhibition will be paired with three tempting libations for you to enjoy.  Don’t miss what promises to be an evening of spicy hot fun for amigos new and old.  Available to guests 21 and older; ticket costs are: members $25 per person and non-members $35 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Dinner with Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida: Friday, August 10, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The rich cultural vibrancy of Mexico comes alive through the sights, sound and flavor of this once in a lifetime opportunity. You are invited to experience an evening of art, fine dining and conversation with Alberto Fierro, the Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida.  Begin the evening with a tour of the exhibition and discover vivid images of the land and people of Mexico. Mexican Consul Fierro will share insight into the history, the culture and the revolution that inspired this work. The evening will continue with festive music, a savory authentic Mexican dinner and lively discussion.  Ticket costs are: members $100 per person and non-members $110 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Art for Two: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will study the art of Mexico then create a self-portrait using modern printmaking techniques.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per pair and non-members $15 per pair.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Adventures: Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 will study the ancient roots of Mexico through modern works of art then create a portrait using printmaking techniques. Ticket costs are: members $10 and non-members $15.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Mexican Fiesta: Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Gather your family and friends to experience another magical evening in The Cummer Gardens. Lively Mexican music will be the focus of this colorful, summer fiesta celebrating the rich Mexican culture. Enjoy the exhibition one last time before it closes. Savory Mexican food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per person and non-members $20 per person.  Reserved table for Fiesta $400, includes seating for 10 and a box meal featuring Mexican cuisine.   For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Free Admission to the Museum and Gardens, sponsored by Florida Blue.

Museums on Us®

In conjunction with Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, The Cummer will participate in the Museum on Us® program, which allows free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of every month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders. The Cummer will participate in this program** beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 and ending Sunday, December 2, 2012.

**Offer valid the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. Photo ID and any Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder.

The Cummer Store: Regalos Mexicanos

The Cummer Store's Regalos Mexicanos contains Mexican inspired gifts, jewelry, and folk art.  Choose from a carefully selected assortment of cultural and festive decor from Mexico; including hand-crafted tiles, Dia de Los Muertos products, and many more.  Don't miss this opportunity to take home a representation of Mexico's beauty and culture.  For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees.  Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving.  By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business.  We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/opportunity and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

CONTACT:

Amy Chamberlin
(904) 899- 6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

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Wed, 05/16/2012

Works on Loan from the Bank of America Collection through Art in Our Communities Program

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 16, 2012) – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Bank of America present a unique survey of Mexican art with their exhibition Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art.  Opening June 5, and closing September 16, 2012, the exhibition is composed of paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years. The exhibition will be on display in the Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery.

Miradas examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border—American and Mexican-American—to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) to the present day.  The works included are by some of the best-known Mexican artists—Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso—as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham.  Visitors to the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of a number of artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern artistic theories alike.

Miradas gives our community access to a dynamic collection of culturally important works of art, including many pieces that have never been showcased in this region,” said the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Director Hope McMath. “We are very grateful to Bank of America for sharing this incredible exhibition.”

Many artists of Mexican descent working in the United States continue to implement social ideas and educational theories first taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. They also understand and react to the sociopolitical climate in the United States and the global art and theories of the second half of the twentieth century, incorporating contemporary regional politics along with their broad understanding of their diverse heritages. The Miradas exhibition allows visitors to survey this rich trajectory.

“Bank of America is committed to strengthening the communities we serve through partnering with important cultural institutions like The Cummer,” said Gregory B. Smith, Jacksonville president, Bank of America. “The Mexican-American community in Jacksonville is vibrant and we are pleased to help celebrate their heritage with Miradas.”

By providing these exhibitions, Art in our Communities helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the venues, which in turn leads to stability in local communities.  Between the time of the program's launch in 2009 and the end of last year, 50 communities worldwide will have benefited by the loan of an exhibition to one of their local museums.

This exhibition was originally curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America’s corporate art program staff.

Special Events & Programming

Throughout the Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art exhibition from June 5 through September 16, 2012, The Cummer will feature a variety of special events and programming:

Ponce de León Society and Members' Opening: Monday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for live music, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and an exclusive look at Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection.  Members Free and Non-member Guests $15; RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Cummer Affiliates Cocktail Event: Monday, June 4, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail event prior to the members' opening.  Affiliate Groups include Cummer Cummelia, Cummer Council, Docents, FOCUS Cummer and Up & Cummers.  Affiliate Members free and non-member Guests $15;   RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Community Opening: Tuesday, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for art making projects and live music as we celebrate the Miradas exhibition.  Admission to the opening is free.

Talks and Tea: Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The event will include seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following.  Reservations required; ticket costs are: members and non-members $6.   For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Tequila and Tamale Tasting: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a sultry evening of Tequila, Tamales and live music in the Gardens. Three zesty Mexican antojitos (appetizers), inspired by three works of art from the exhibition will be paired with three tempting libations for you to enjoy.  Don’t miss what promises to be an evening of spicy hot fun for amigos new and old.  Available to guests 21 and older; ticket costs are: members $25 per person and non-members $35 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Dinner with Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida: Friday, August 10, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The rich cultural vibrancy of Mexico comes alive through the sights, sound and flavor of this once in a lifetime opportunity. You are invited to experience an evening of art, fine dining and conversation with Alberto Fierro, the Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida.  Begin the evening with a tour of the exhibition and discover vivid images of the land and people of Mexico. Mexican Consul Fierro will share insight into the history, the culture and the revolution that inspired this work. The evening will continue with festive music, a savory authentic Mexican dinner and lively discussion.  Ticket costs are: members $100 per person and non-members $110 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Art for Two: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will study the art of Mexico then create a self-portrait using modern printmaking techniques.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per pair and non-members $15 per pair.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Adventures: Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 will study the ancient roots of Mexico through modern works of art then create a portrait using printmaking techniques. Ticket costs are: members $10 and non-members $15.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Mexican Fiesta: Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Gather your family and friends to experience another magical evening in The Cummer Gardens. Lively Mexican music will be the focus of this colorful, summer fiesta celebrating the rich Mexican culture. Enjoy the exhibition one last time before it closes. Savory Mexican food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per person and non-members $20 per person.  Reserved table for Fiesta $400, includes seating for 10 and a box meal featuring Mexican cuisine.   For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Free Admission to the Museum and Gardens, sponsored by Florida Blue.

Museums on Us®

In conjunction with Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, The Cummer will participate in the Museum on Us® program, which allows free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of every month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders. The Cummer will participate in this program** beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 and ending Sunday, December 2, 2012.

**Offer valid the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. Photo ID and any Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder.

The Cummer Store: Regalos Mexicanos

The Cummer Store's Regalos Mexicanos contains Mexican inspired gifts, jewelry, and folk art.  Choose from a carefully selected assortment of cultural and festive decor from Mexico; including hand-crafted tiles, Dia de Los Muertos products, and many more.  Don't miss this opportunity to take home a representation of Mexico's beauty and culture.  For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees.  Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving.  By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business.  We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/opportunity and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

CONTACT:

Amy Chamberlin
(904) 899- 6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

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Works on Loan from the Bank of America Collection through Art in Our Communities Program

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 16, 2012) – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Bank of America present a unique survey of Mexican art with their exhibition Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art.  Opening June 5, and closing September 16, 2012, the exhibition is composed of paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years. The exhibition will be on display in the Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery.

Miradas examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border—American and Mexican-American—to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) to the present day.  The works included are by some of the best-known Mexican artists—Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso—as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham.  Visitors to the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of a number of artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern artistic theories alike.

Miradas gives our community access to a dynamic collection of culturally important works of art, including many pieces that have never been showcased in this region,” said the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Director Hope McMath. “We are very grateful to Bank of America for sharing this incredible exhibition.”

Many artists of Mexican descent working in the United States continue to implement social ideas and educational theories first taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. They also understand and react to the sociopolitical climate in the United States and the global art and theories of the second half of the twentieth century, incorporating contemporary regional politics along with their broad understanding of their diverse heritages. The Miradas exhibition allows visitors to survey this rich trajectory.

“Bank of America is committed to strengthening the communities we serve through partnering with important cultural institutions like The Cummer,” said Gregory B. Smith, Jacksonville president, Bank of America. “The Mexican-American community in Jacksonville is vibrant and we are pleased to help celebrate their heritage with Miradas.”

By providing these exhibitions, Art in our Communities helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the venues, which in turn leads to stability in local communities.  Between the time of the program's launch in 2009 and the end of last year, 50 communities worldwide will have benefited by the loan of an exhibition to one of their local museums.

This exhibition was originally curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America’s corporate art program staff.

Special Events & Programming

Throughout the Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art exhibition from June 5 through September 16, 2012, The Cummer will feature a variety of special events and programming:

Ponce de León Society and Members' Opening: Monday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for live music, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and an exclusive look at Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection.  Members Free and Non-member Guests $15; RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Cummer Affiliates Cocktail Event: Monday, June 4, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail event prior to the members' opening.  Affiliate Groups include Cummer Cummelia, Cummer Council, Docents, FOCUS Cummer and Up & Cummers.  Affiliate Members free and non-member Guests $15;   RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Community Opening: Tuesday, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for art making projects and live music as we celebrate the Miradas exhibition.  Admission to the opening is free.

Talks and Tea: Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The event will include seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following.  Reservations required; ticket costs are: members and non-members $6.   For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Tequila and Tamale Tasting: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a sultry evening of Tequila, Tamales and live music in the Gardens. Three zesty Mexican antojitos (appetizers), inspired by three works of art from the exhibition will be paired with three tempting libations for you to enjoy.  Don’t miss what promises to be an evening of spicy hot fun for amigos new and old.  Available to guests 21 and older; ticket costs are: members $25 per person and non-members $35 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Dinner with Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida: Friday, August 10, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The rich cultural vibrancy of Mexico comes alive through the sights, sound and flavor of this once in a lifetime opportunity. You are invited to experience an evening of art, fine dining and conversation with Alberto Fierro, the Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida.  Begin the evening with a tour of the exhibition and discover vivid images of the land and people of Mexico. Mexican Consul Fierro will share insight into the history, the culture and the revolution that inspired this work. The evening will continue with festive music, a savory authentic Mexican dinner and lively discussion.  Ticket costs are: members $100 per person and non-members $110 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Art for Two: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will study the art of Mexico then create a self-portrait using modern printmaking techniques.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per pair and non-members $15 per pair.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Adventures: Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 will study the ancient roots of Mexico through modern works of art then create a portrait using printmaking techniques. Ticket costs are: members $10 and non-members $15.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Mexican Fiesta: Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Gather your family and friends to experience another magical evening in The Cummer Gardens. Lively Mexican music will be the focus of this colorful, summer fiesta celebrating the rich Mexican culture. Enjoy the exhibition one last time before it closes. Savory Mexican food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per person and non-members $20 per person.  Reserved table for Fiesta $400, includes seating for 10 and a box meal featuring Mexican cuisine.   For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Free Admission to the Museum and Gardens, sponsored by Florida Blue.

Museums on Us®

In conjunction with Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, The Cummer will participate in the Museum on Us® program, which allows free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of every month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders. The Cummer will participate in this program** beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 and ending Sunday, December 2, 2012.

**Offer valid the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. Photo ID and any Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder.

The Cummer Store: Regalos Mexicanos

The Cummer Store's Regalos Mexicanos contains Mexican inspired gifts, jewelry, and folk art.  Choose from a carefully selected assortment of cultural and festive decor from Mexico; including hand-crafted tiles, Dia de Los Muertos products, and many more.  Don't miss this opportunity to take home a representation of Mexico's beauty and culture.  For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees.  Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving.  By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business.  We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/opportunity and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

CONTACT:

Amy Chamberlin
(904) 899- 6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

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Wed, 05/16/2012

Works on Loan from the Bank of America Collection through Art in Our Communities Program

Jacksonville, Fla. (May 16, 2012) – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Bank of America present a unique survey of Mexican art with their exhibition Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art.  Opening June 5, and closing September 16, 2012, the exhibition is composed of paintings, prints and photographs created over the past 80 years. The exhibition will be on display in the Minerva and Raymond K. Mason Gallery.

Miradas examines and celebrates work by artists on both sides of the border—American and Mexican-American—to reveal a variety of cultural aspects as they emerged in the years after the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) to the present day.  The works included are by some of the best-known Mexican artists—Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Gabriel Orozco, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Gunther Gerzso—as well as Mexican-American artists such as Judithe Hernandez, Roberto Juarez and Robert Graham.  Visitors to the Miradas exhibition will have the opportunity to observe the works of a number of artists who have been attracted to and inspired by Mexico’s ancient civilizations and modern artistic theories alike.

Miradas gives our community access to a dynamic collection of culturally important works of art, including many pieces that have never been showcased in this region,” said the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Director Hope McMath. “We are very grateful to Bank of America for sharing this incredible exhibition.”

Many artists of Mexican descent working in the United States continue to implement social ideas and educational theories first taken up by modern Mexican artists at the end of the Mexican Revolution. They also understand and react to the sociopolitical climate in the United States and the global art and theories of the second half of the twentieth century, incorporating contemporary regional politics along with their broad understanding of their diverse heritages. The Miradas exhibition allows visitors to survey this rich trajectory.

“Bank of America is committed to strengthening the communities we serve through partnering with important cultural institutions like The Cummer,” said Gregory B. Smith, Jacksonville president, Bank of America. “The Mexican-American community in Jacksonville is vibrant and we are pleased to help celebrate their heritage with Miradas.”

By providing these exhibitions, Art in our Communities helps sustain community engagement and generate vital revenue for the venues, which in turn leads to stability in local communities.  Between the time of the program's launch in 2009 and the end of last year, 50 communities worldwide will have benefited by the loan of an exhibition to one of their local museums.

This exhibition was originally curated by Cesáreo Moreno of the National Museum of Mexican Art in collaboration with Bank of America’s corporate art program staff.

Special Events & Programming

Throughout the Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art exhibition from June 5 through September 16, 2012, The Cummer will feature a variety of special events and programming:

Ponce de León Society and Members' Opening: Monday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for live music, cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and an exclusive look at Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection.  Members Free and Non-member Guests $15; RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Cummer Affiliates Cocktail Event: Monday, June 4, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail event prior to the members' opening.  Affiliate Groups include Cummer Cummelia, Cummer Council, Docents, FOCUS Cummer and Up & Cummers.  Affiliate Members free and non-member Guests $15;   RSVP to Wendy Stanley at (904) 899-6007 or wstanley@cummer.org.

Community Opening: Tuesday, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m.

Join us for art making projects and live music as we celebrate the Miradas exhibition.  Admission to the opening is free.

Talks and Tea: Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The event will include seated gallery talks with afternoon tea and refreshments following.  Reservations required; ticket costs are: members and non-members $6.   For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Tequila and Tamale Tasting: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a sultry evening of Tequila, Tamales and live music in the Gardens. Three zesty Mexican antojitos (appetizers), inspired by three works of art from the exhibition will be paired with three tempting libations for you to enjoy.  Don’t miss what promises to be an evening of spicy hot fun for amigos new and old.  Available to guests 21 and older; ticket costs are: members $25 per person and non-members $35 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Dinner with Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida: Friday, August 10, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The rich cultural vibrancy of Mexico comes alive through the sights, sound and flavor of this once in a lifetime opportunity. You are invited to experience an evening of art, fine dining and conversation with Alberto Fierro, the Consul of Mexico for Central and North Florida.  Begin the evening with a tour of the exhibition and discover vivid images of the land and people of Mexico. Mexican Consul Fierro will share insight into the history, the culture and the revolution that inspired this work. The evening will continue with festive music, a savory authentic Mexican dinner and lively discussion.  Ticket costs are: members $100 per person and non-members $110 per person.  For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Art for Two: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Children ages 3 to 5 and their favorite adult will study the art of Mexico then create a self-portrait using modern printmaking techniques.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per pair and non-members $15 per pair.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Art Adventures: Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children ages 6 to 12 will study the ancient roots of Mexico through modern works of art then create a portrait using printmaking techniques. Ticket costs are: members $10 and non-members $15.  For program reservations and information, please call (904) 355-0630.

Mexican Fiesta: Friday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Gather your family and friends to experience another magical evening in The Cummer Gardens. Lively Mexican music will be the focus of this colorful, summer fiesta celebrating the rich Mexican culture. Enjoy the exhibition one last time before it closes. Savory Mexican food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Ticket costs are: members $10 per person and non-members $20 per person.  Reserved table for Fiesta $400, includes seating for 10 and a box meal featuring Mexican cuisine.   For event reservations and information, please call (904) 899-6004.

Florida Blue Free Tuesdays: Every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Free Admission to the Museum and Gardens, sponsored by Florida Blue.

Museums on Us®

In conjunction with Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art: Works from the Bank of America Collection, The Cummer will participate in the Museum on Us® program, which allows free general admission to the Museum on the first full weekend of every month to all Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card holders. The Cummer will participate in this program** beginning Saturday, June 2, 2012 and ending Sunday, December 2, 2012.

**Offer valid the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. Photo ID and any Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder.

The Cummer Store: Regalos Mexicanos

The Cummer Store's Regalos Mexicanos contains Mexican inspired gifts, jewelry, and folk art.  Choose from a carefully selected assortment of cultural and festive decor from Mexico; including hand-crafted tiles, Dia de Los Muertos products, and many more.  Don't miss this opportunity to take home a representation of Mexico's beauty and culture.  For more information, please call The Cummer Store at (904) 899-6035.

About The Cummer

For the past 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers more than 109,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.  For more information, including hours, visit www.cummer.org.

Bank of America Corporate Social Responsibility

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees.  Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving.  By partnering with our stakeholders, we create shared value that empowers individuals and communities to thrive and contributes to the long-term success of our business.  We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture. Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/opportunity and follow us on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

CONTACT:

Amy Chamberlin
(904) 899- 6034
achamberlin@cummer.org

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