FIU Museum (The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum) Unveils DANGEROUS WOMEN EXHIBITION Preview

Portrait of Mamma Bush by Mickalene Thomas (2010), rhinestones, acrylic and enamel on wood (Girls' Club collection)

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents the world premiere of Dangerous Women, an exhibition that explores shifting perceptions of these historic characters, whose power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them “dangerous” but whose strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the “Me Too” movement).

Courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales abound in the Old and New Testaments. From Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, Delilah to Lot's Daughters and Potiphar's wife, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — shaped biblical history. 

Dangerous Women demonstrates how throughout history men have feared women who wield power through their intellect and sexuality,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the Director of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. “This timely new exhibition of old-master paintings demonstrates how powerful women were feared, even when their acts were heroic,” adds Pomeroy. “As the museum in Miami that distinguishes itself by presenting works that span all historical periods, we want our audiences to appreciate the narrative of women who are either victims of sexual violence or dominate powerful men, which feels utterly relevant to conversations trending right now. As remote as some of these works may initially appear, art history provides a lens with which to see shifting perceptions about women over centuries,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy.

Judith with the Head of Holofernes, by Fede Galizia (1596), oil on canvas
Salome, by Robert Henri (1909), oil on canvas

While some were portrayed as paragons of family goodness who saved their people, others were shown as harlots and hussies, purveyors of sin, deadly temptresses and seductresses. Featuring spectacular and thought-provoking Old Master paintings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Dangerous Women showcases more than twenty paintings and etchings of women found in the Bible by 16th and 17th century artists, including: Pietro da CortonaFede GaliziaPordenoneGiovanni Andrea Sirani and Francesco del Cairo. Many of these works are accompanied by Old Master prints and drawings, including Jan Saenredam’s series Famous Women of the New Testament



Thru May 20

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays


10975 SW 17 Street
Miami, Florida


Free admission.  

For more visit the FIU Museum website



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