Oklahoma City, OK— Internationally-acclaimed contemporary artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz will complete a site-specific installation entitled Poodles & Pastries (And Other Important Matters): New Paintings by Franco Mondini-Ruiz at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to be on view September 8 through December 31, 2011.

Organized by the Museum as the fourth installment of the NEW FRONTIERS Series for Contemporary Art, artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz will conduct performances during the opening weekend of Poodles & Pastries. The installation will include more than 750 small-scale paintings, each measuring 8 x 10 inches, and a collection of small sculptures born of Oklahoma flea markets . Whimsical subject matter includes poodles, Parisian icons, drinks, pastries, cupcakes, chandeliers, couples, and fashionable women that appear on canvases, embodying a visual extravaganza of imagery. Quick brushstrokes offset by vibrant colors of pink and blue capture spontaneity reminiscent of fashion illustrations. Witty titles evoke the poetic voice and humor of the artist. In essence, these paintings become miniature utopias to behold.

“Mondini-Ruiz creates works of art that merge high and low culture in a way that is accessible, funny, beautiful, and collectible. He is a master of wit and irony,” said Glen Gentele, Director, of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Franco Mondini-Ruiz will be present in the galleries on Wednesday, September 7, 6:00-8:00pm during the Members’ Preview and Thursday, September 8, 5:00-9:00pm. Enjoy music, dancing, complimentary pink drinks and desserts during these lively performances. Additionally, the artist will be present throughout Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 8 – 11, during Museum hours. Works of art will be for sale during the performances.

Born in 1961 in San Antonio, Texas, internationally-acclaimed artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz is a painter, sculptor, and performance artist based in New York, New York and San Antonio, Texas. The son of an Italian father and a Spanish/Mexican mother, the artist references a hybridity of high and low culture, class and art. A self-taught artist, Mondini-Ruiz graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate before becoming a lawyer in San Antonio. Named one of the “25 Movers and Shakers” in ArtNews, Mondini-Ruiz has been featured in numerous museums and international shows and he has been awarded many prestigious grants and prizes. Mondini-Ruiz is a 2004 recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Exhibitions include Mexique (2000) at the Museo del Barrio, New York; Infinito Botánica (1999) at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Ultrabaroque: Apsects of Post-Latin American Art (2000-2003) and The Whitney Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Download high rez images here: http://www.okcmoa.com/PRESSKIT/OKCMOA_Poodles_and_Pastries.zip

About the series
NEW FRONTIERS Series for Contemporary Art presents the work of individual contemporary artists and current perspectives in the field. The series was created to provide a framework for the exchange of ideas between the Mu­seum, artists, and the community and to advance the visual arts. NEW FRONTIERS connects the Museum to the international dialogue on contemporary art and emphasizes the impor­tance of the art-of-our-time as a critical and dynamic part of our daily lives.

About Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 125,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries and presents exhibitions drawn from throughout the world. The Museum’s collection covers a period of five centuries with highlights in European and American art from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, a growing collection of contemporary art, and a comprehensive collection of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region’s premiere repertory cinema, which screens the finest international, independent, and classic films, and is home to the Museum School, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as art camps for children. Amenities include the Museum Store, a roof terrace, and the Museum Cafe, a full-service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, a full bar, and catering services.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Visit the Museum online at okcmoa.com for admission pricing and hours of operation.



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