Tour & Talk – A Virtual Visit to "Why Shouldn’t We Talk About These Things at The Table?: A Community Based Conversation with South Florida Artists", an online contemporary art exhibition

Jeanie Ambrosio and AdrienneRose Gionta
Politics / Current Events

Course Description

“As you talk, sit up straight and don’t fidget. And choose your subjects with care. While politics, religion, and other potentially volatile topics aren’t really off-limits, discussing them could risk nettling your dinner companions and putting a damper on the meal.“ Peggy Post, Emily Post’s Etiquette (New York: Harper Resource, 2004) There are many unspoken rules within society that are tacitly governing our everyday actions and conversations. In 1922, Emily Post wrote many of these rules in her book titled Etiquette: The Blue Book for Social Usage. “Why shouldn’t we talk about these things at the table?: A Community Based Conversation with South Florida Artists” in an online exhibition that presents 15 artists residing in South Florida whose work varies greatly in style and media. In questioning why certain subjects are not traditionally discussed in formal settings or at the proverbial “table” the co-curators Jeanie Ambrosio and AdrienneRose Gionta emphasize dialogue as a core tool for speaking to the many challenging subjects which have arisen in the community. To begin this conversation in a time of social/physical distancing, the curatorial process builds on a series of virtual studio visits with the artists and co-curators which aim to understand how local artists from diverse backgrounds are responding to the current political climate through their work. Opening to the public one month prior to the presidential election, this exhibition will serve as an alternative source of contemplation beyond the traditional debates and media stream. Presenting and reflecting on these collective yet varied points of view may serve to enrage, divide, heal, or enlighten, while bringing forth a sense of community, reminding us that we are all delicately interconnected. Artists in this exhibition include Harumi Abe, John William Bailly, Randy Burman, lou anne colodny, Morel Doucet, Todd Lim, Laura Marsh, Peggy Nolan, Marielle Plaisir, Sri Prabha, Sandra Ramos, Lisa Rockford, Sarah Michelle Rupert, Onajide Shabaka, & Michelle Weinberg. Come take a virtual tour & talk with contemporary art curators Ambrosio and Gionta about the curatorial process, the art and artists featured in this exhibition on view beginning October 1, 2020, as part of the FAU | University Galleries Presents: A Four Exhibition Look At Our Past, Present & Future Politics online exhibitions at

About the Instructor

  • Jeanie Ambrosio works at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami serving both as associate curator and assistant to collector Martin Z. Margulies. Since 2010, Ambrosio has curated and produced numerous contemporary art exhibitions for institutions including FAU, Broward College, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, and USF. Her most recent curatorial project included an exhibition of 139 historic photographs culled from the collection of Martin Z. Margulies on display at the Ritter Art Gallery, University Galleries, FAU in early 2020. Ambrosio is a founder and collaborator of the writing collective The Cabbage Palm who produce reviews and interviews of artists and arts professionals. She received a BA in art history and a BFA in photography from Florida Atlantic University. She attended the University of South Florida where she was the recipient of the James Rosenquist Fellowship and received her MA in art history specializing in contemporary art and photography.

    AdrienneRose Gionta currently serves as the Coordinator of Administrative Services for both the FAU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Ft. Lauderdale and with the FAU College of Arts and Letters in the Office of the Dean on the Davie Campus. She is also an artist and curator whose work is currently featured at Oolite Arts in Miami and the Foreign Objekt international online exhibition. Gionta has curated and designed several contemporary art exhibitions at institutions such as at the Ritter Art Gallery, the Schmid Center Gallery Public Space, and the Schmidt Center Galleries at FAU as well as The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art and The Coral Gables Museum of Art. She earned an MFA in Time Based Media and Photography from Florida International University, Miami, Florida, and her BFA in Sculpture from the Department of Visual Arts and Art History and a BA in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. She has been awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists – one of the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States; as well as the Art and Architecture Fellow at the Department of Architecture, FIU, the Betty Laird Perry Award from The Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Art, and the Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship, FAU.

Upcoming programs presented by Jeanie Ambrosio and AdrienneRose Gionta.

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