The MOAS West Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The West Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), this exhibition features 26 graphic works done between 1917-1997. Included are his Hiroshima Series
of eight prints, the Genesis Series of eight prints and 10 prints from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Series. Since his first published print in 1963 Jacob Lawrence has produced a body of prints that is both highly dramatic and intensely personal. In his graphic work, as in his paintings, Lawrence has turned to the lessons of history and to his own experience. From depictions of civil rights confrontations to scenes of daily life, these images present a vision of a common struggle toward unity and equality, a universal struggle deeply seated in the depths of the human consciousness.
The Jacob Lawrence: Three Series of Prints exhibition comes from the collection of Alitash Kebede of Los Angeles, CA. The exhibition and museum tour was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, CA.
Photo Credit: Jacob Lawrence, To Preserve Their Freedom, from the Toussaint L'Ouverture Series serigraph, 1986-1987
The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.