Ana Mendieta  Creek , 1974, Still from super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent. Running time: 3:11 minutes. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

Ana Mendieta Creek, 1974, Still from super-8mm film transferred to high-definition digital media, color, silent. Running time: 3:11 minutes. © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.




A program inspired by the work of artist Ana Mendieta

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Cocktail and dim-sum reception: 6:00PM
Performance: 7:00PM

de la Cruz Collection
23 NE 41 Street
Miami, Florida 33137

IlluminArts presents “A Female Force,” a program inspired by the work of celebrated Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta at the de la Cruz Collection on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Mendieta's groundbreaking work was largely autobiographical and focused on themes of feminism, life, identity, place, and belonging. Her art provides a wealth of inspiration to be illuminated through a musical program focusing on arrangements by some of today’s most influential female composers including Paola PrestiniSarah Kirkland Snider, and Libby Larsen. Director Alison Moritz, whom NPR has called, “A rising young star in the contemporary American opera field,” will fully stage this multimedia performance with a cast lead by Metropolitan Opera soprano and Broadway star Jennifer Zetlan, with internationally renowned soprano Emily Birsan and the sensational mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen. This celebration of art as rite and ritual will blur the line between classical music and performance art.

Join us after the performance for a "Talk Back" session led by Dennis Scholl, President of ArtCenter/South Florida, with the cast and creative team of "A Female Force." Ask questions, hear about the process, and learn more about Ana Mendieta and the inspiration her work provided for the performance. 

Full Cast:
Emily Birsan, Soprano
Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano
Mary Adelyn Kauffman, Piano
Chloe Tula, Harp
Angela Maleh, Cello
Alison Moritz, Stage Director
Amanda Crider, Artistic Director


IlluminArts is Miami's Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music series, collaborating with Museums and Galleries to present site specific programs inspired by the visual arts. Following a growing desire in our programming to highlight social issues, IlluminArts recognizes the power of the arts to inspire thought, dialogue, and action by exposing audiences to performances that not only entertain, but also engage. A two time Knight Arts Challenge winner, IlluminArts has collaborated with the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Lowe Art Museum and Bass Museum of Art, among many others. 

de la Cruz Collection
“Our art collection includes works made since the mid 1980s that interact and engage in dialogue amongst themselves. You can witness 'the push and pull’ of abstraction and figuration as well as that of the accidental gesture versus the deliberate one. This is the story of contemporary American art influencing and being influenced by the contemporary artists from central Europe over the last three decades.” - Rosa de la Cruz

In the late 1980s, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz started collecting from their home which they opened to the public by appointment. From 2001 to 2007, Rosa founded and chaired the non-profit Moore Space, a kunsthalle located in Miami's Design District. It was then that Rosa and Carlos started planning and building the present de la Cruz Collection on 41st Street, a 30,000 square foot museum which opened to coincide with Art Basel/Miami 2009.

Public initiatives supported by the de la Cruz Collection include lectures, artist-led workshops, international student travel, and summer pre-college programs in New York. 

Admission free: including lectures, events, and all educational programs. 
Museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

The de la Cruz Collection is a private museum and is not government funded.