SPONSORED: The Orlando Museum of Art (Facebook | Website) will host a fall exhibition featuring the work of Orlando-based international artist, JEFRË, called JEFRË: Points of Connection, which will open Thursday, September 24, 2020, and continue through January 3, 2021. 

JEFRË, born Jefre Figueras Manuel in 1972, Chicago, is a Filipino-American artist currently residing in Central Florida. He has created numerous site-specific artworks in major cities around the world including “Reflection” (2010) in Philadelphia’s Unity Plaza, “The Beacon” and “Code Wall” (2014) in Orlando and “Heaven’s Gate” (2019) in Manila. He is currently working on a 24-story high standing figure with arm raised, titled “The Victor.” Located at a bridge connecting the cities of Pasig and Quezon in the Philippines, the sculpture is expected to be completed in 2020 and will be one of the world’s tallest artworks.

Designed to be a touchless, interactive exhibition, Points of Connection will feature a series of site-specific installations and sculptures constructed at a human scale, introducing the audience to JEFRË’s past projects alongside a series of works exemplifying his current studio practice. Visitors will journey through the exhibition, guided by the stanzas of the artist’s poem “Heart to Heart,” as they interact with immersive installations exploring his immigrant identity, history with heart disease, and his creative work as a placemaker for cities around the world.

JEFRË: Points of Connection will be the artist’s first solo museum exhibition featuring multimedia sculptures and installations that have become the hallmark of his artistic practice. Experimenting with new materials and technologies, his artwork aims to activate public spaces and bring people together through a shared experience, illuminating our common humanity across age, gender, ethnicity, and nationality. Soundscapes for the exhibition will be provided by Grammy award-winning artist Ayo The Producer. This exhibition is presented by AdventHealth and Dr. Phillips Charities. Additional support comes from The Mall at Millenia and Monster XP.

The exhibition preview nights, to be hosted on September 24-25, have been designated as invitation-only experiences open to museum members and special guests of the artist. Beginning September 26, members and visitors are encouraged to book advance reservations through the museum’s online timed ticketing system. A limited number of tickets will be available for on-site purchase each day.

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