AESTHETICS & VALUES 2018 STUDENT PERSPECTIVES
BY JACQUELINE MARTINEZ
“They’re not art majors.”
I have heard John Bailly say this to many representatives of each place this class has explored, from the Margulies Collection to the Deering Estate. The fact that the students of Aesthetics & Values (A&V) come from all disciplines is just one of the things that makes this course so hybrid. In this case, that hybridity is also what made this class one of the most rewarding I have ever taken at FIU.
We spend the first weeks learning about art and how it has transformed with every decade. Students are urged to question what art really is as they explore Monet’s snapshot-like impressionism, Picasso’s abstraction, and Duchamp’s challenging statements.
“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not,” said Katerina Cutie, a Psychology major.
We moved from seeing famous pieces on the projector of a classroom to experiencing art in person. Together, the class dove into the art world, hearing lectures at some of Miami’s most prominent cultural landmarks like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. These excursions prepared us slowly to go from being the spectators to the curators of our own show.
Liliana Fonte, a Broadcast Media/Entrepreneurship student, shared, “To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else… This past year I didn’t just learn about art. I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years”
In the middle of our Spring semester, we were hit with the bombshell news that after 11 years in the running, ours would be the last A&V exhibition. But by then this class was for much more than a grade, and this obstacle only pushed us to do even better. Fonte added, “As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V, I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates to try to make the event extra special.”
So we did. We made 3D models of what the exhibition should look like. Over 50 restaurants were contacted to vend at our reception, and students learned countless new lessons about graphic design as they created poster after poster for social media.
All these efforts made the final Aesthetics & Values reception a final bang we will never forget. Most importantly, though, we learned to work together despite any differences we had.
Biology student Natalie Brunelle was genuine when she told me, “I learned that sometimes things need to fall apart to get better, visions need to be shared and discussed and that there are more than two ways to solve a problem. Letting cards fall into place and having faith in that is a scary thing to allow when planning events, but the world has a way of working itself out. Though troubles presented themselves, I’ve made close friendships with many of the class members, and nothing made me happier than to see the reactions of people the day of the event.”
“When the big day finally came, it felt so surreal to see two semesters of work happen in 3 hours,” said Barbara Sanchez, a Sociology major. “Knowing I helped create something as grand as this event and hearing how much others enjoyed it brings me immense pride. Now that it’s over, I realize how lucky I am to have been part of the last A&V class and to have made friends with the people in it.”
I believe all the students of A&V can agree with Brunelle when she expresses that because of our hard work, “We would not only leave a legacy behind, but were also the catalyst for a new generation of collaborations in the art world and Miami community.”
Jacqueline Martinez is a sophomore at Florida International University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing and Rhetoric, along with a minor in Art History. An avid francophile and animal lover, she enjoys spending her free time practicing French, and playing with her four dogs. During Summer of 2018, she will be participating in the France Study Abroad Program led by Professor Bailly.
Aesthetics & Values (A&V) student Galina Abdel Aziz captured the essence of A&V in her photos. The A&V seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the A&V Exhibition at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami.
“Aesthetics & Values is a unique, immersive experience. There is no other class like this at FIU. A&V goes beyond the classroom and the university; it takes us to the heart of Miami’s art world.” – Selena Everitt
“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not. I feel proud to have been a part of the last year of A&V. Knowing how hard we had to work to make this the best year yet made us realize the importance of teamwork. We knew that this had to be a time to come together rather than crumble apart in order to ensure that we made a lasting impact on people. Although extremely stressful at times, I have learned more in this class than I have in any other Honors course I have taken at FIU.” – Katerina Cutie
“To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else. It was amazing to see how many of the students in the class did not know we had such rich, cultural, historical places right in out backyards. Every visit to a different location immersed us in a different topic, a different style of art, a different time period. As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates, to try to make the event extra special. It was a bittersweet feeling throughout, but it helped all the students gain even more motivation to make the exhibit and the reception the absolute best we could. This past year I didn’t just learn about and look at art. I learned about my culture and it’s history, I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years. I also learned how to plan an event for thousands, and how to curate an art gallery. Something I never thought I would have to do in my life! And being a facilitator for the Final Reception, I also felt that my leadership skills were put to the test, and I learned so much more about how to be a leader. Aesthetics & Values is about so much more than just art, it is about knowing your city, your surroundings, and about knowing yourself.” – Lily Fonte
“A&V means coming out of your comfort zone, out of your major and going into the vast world of art. A&V means becoming immersed in a foreign arena full of various ideas and putting them together. A&V means teamwork, family; a group of people from several backgrounds and majors becoming one united entity and pulling off a great contemporary art exhibition.” – Richard Suarez
“A&V was the most enriching learning experience I’ve had in this university so far. Our tasks ranged from learning about the history of art, to diving together in search of residues from hurricane Irma in the Deering State, and eventually curating our very own art exhibition. Being in the last year of the Aesthetics & Values exhibition made me want to honor its previous years even more by putting in extra effort to make sure everything worked out well during the event. I viewed this class as a wonderful opportunity to actually get to know people outside of my major, and I truly looked forward to spending my Friday afternoons discovering new and exciting places in Miami’s art scene. I highly recommend this course to anyone – regardless of your major or background knowledge on art history – you will definitely learn something new.” – Ligia Filgueiras
AESTHETICS & VALUES 2018
CURATED BY STUDENTS OF THE FIU HONORS COLLEGE
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
SATURDAY 21 APRIL, 2018, 4-7 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Jennifer Ann Basile, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Brookhart Jonquil, Karen Rifas, David Rohn, Gerry Stecca, TM SISTERS (Monica Lopez De Victoria & Natasha Lopez De Victoria), Tom Virgin, Purvis Young
Miami, Fl, April 10, 2018– The Aesthetics & Values (A&V) class of FIU’s Honors College is excited to announce its contemporary art exhibit coming to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum this summer. Its opening reception will be free for admission on April 21 st from 4-7 PM. The exhibit will feature Miami-Based artists and be located at 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199.
The work of artists Jennifer Basile, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Brookhart Jonquil, Karen Rifas, David Rohn, TM Sisters, Gerry Stecca, Purvis Young, and Tom Virgin will all be on display. Together, their pieces form a combination of sculptures, paintings, and installations aimed to immerse its audience in a state of philosophical and political contemplation.
The students of A&V are the sole curators, organizers, and architects of this event. Professor John Bailly immersed them in two semesters of contemporary art education. In Untitled Miami Beach art fair 2017, the class collaborated with the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to create the piece Garbage Wall. One of the student-curators, Michelle Gonzalez, expressed that “this class was probably one of the most immersive in FIU. It inspires students like myself to pursue a dream entirely; to seek opportunities instead of standing by.” Juan Carlos Espinosa, Dean of the FIU Honor’s College, adds, “I have watched A&V grow from a modest exhibition on the second floor of the Green Library to the blockbuster show… that brings together some of the top artists in South Florida.”
After a year of diving into the world of art and realizing its influence on who we are, the students are pleased to extend the hand of immersion to the greater Miami community.
Contact Jacqueline Martinez
Cell 786-261- 8132
A&V is a seminar under FIU’s Honors College taught by professor and artist John W. Bailly. Bailly’s vision is that “the Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues.” A&V exhibitions are an annual project organized by each class. This year’s exhibit will mark the 12 th and last year of A&V.
Aesthetics & Values 2018 is sponsored by Bacardi, Bahama Breeze, Bocas, Del Pelson, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, My Cosmetic Surgery, PDQ, Publix Supermarkets, Red Lobster, and Skin Associates of South Florida.
Study Abroad 2019 Meeting & Info Session
Tuesday, 17 April at 03:30 PM
SASC 160, Florida International University
Free and open to the public
This meeting is for students interested and/or already registered in FIU Honors 2019 France, Italy, or Spain study abroad. Professor Bailly and Rachel Young will be teaching in Europe, away from Miami until the Fall semester. This is the chance for the group to meet and to ask questions.
Join us for an insightful evening of poetry inspired by artworks from the Margulies Collection in collaboration with FIU Honors College course “Poetry Art Community” developed by Professors John W Bailly and Richard Blanco. Amid the remarkable works of Anselm Kiefer, George Segal, Ernesto Neto, and others, Blanco alongside renowned poets Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Carlos Pintado, Nikki Moustaki-Brandt, Michael Hettich and FIU students will debut their original poems that respond to pieces from the collection and explore art through the palette of poetry. The project manager is Giselle Lopez.
Wine sponsorship provided by:
Photos from FIU PAC at Margulies.
2019 FRANCE, ITALY, & SPAIN STUDY ABROAD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
Professor JW Bailly’s 2019 France, Italy, and Spain study abroad programs with the FIU Honors College are now open for registration. Registration works on a first come, first serve basis! Please follow these step-by-step instructions to claim a spot:
- Starting Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00am, bring your current unofficial transcript printed out and a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY!) made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice. It is non-refundable and constitutes a serious commitment to go
- You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
- Apply online
Professor John William Bailly’s Florida International University study abroad programs merge education and adventure. Engage the history and culture of France, Italy, or Spain in a unique, immerisve, and experiential manner.
These FIU Office of Study Abroad programs will see you hike in the Alps while retracing the steps of the French Resistance. Bike Rome’s greatest road, the Appia Antica. Wander the medieval streets of Toledo. Markets, towers, museums – a class without a classroom.