American Art Museum selects first Fil-Am artist for major exhibit


    World-renowned Filipino-American artist, JEFRË, is set to unveil his first solo exhibit, Points of Connection, at the Orlando Museum of Art from October 3rd, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021.

    Designed to be a touchless, interactive show, JEFRË: Points of Connection will be among the first museum exhibits to launch in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “JEFRË creates artworks that express the spirit of our time with energy and optimism,” says Hansen Mulford, Senior Curator of the Orlando Museum of Art. “Exploring his own visual language, rooted in personal experience, contemporary culture and social concern, his work strives to make connections and draw people together.”

    JEFRË: Points of Connection is the artist’s first solo museum exhibit featuring multimedia sculptures and installations that are now signature hallmarks of his practice. The exhibit is presented by Advent Health and Dr. Philipps Charities, with additional support from Monster XP and Mall at Millenia.

    “Through Points of Connection, I seek to bridge that divide by telling a highly personal story that speaks to the shared experiences of people, regardless of their background. Now even more, considering the pandemic and everything that has happened in the past year alone,” shares JEFRË.

    During the exhibit, the artist’s past projects will be displayed alongside a series of sculptures that take visitors through an interactive and personal journey guided by stanzas from “Heart to Heart”, a poem written by JEFRË himself. The collection of immersive installations will explore JEFRË’s personal history as a child of immigrants, survivor of heart disease, and his practice as a city placemaker. This includes pieces from his highly-lauded Talking Heads series, as well as new installations that celebrate cultural symbols.

    More than an interactive museum exhibit, Points of Connection uses JEFRË’s personal journey to weave a story that illuminates the common human experiences shared across age, gender, ethnicity, and nationality. Additionally, JEFRË: Points of Connection showcases an exciting collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist, AYO The Producer’s Sound Art. AYO The Producer’s recent success includes Cardi B’s record-breaking hit song, “WAP”.

    Moreover, Points of Connection makes history as one of the first public museum exhibits set to launch in the United States in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.