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100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

Visual Arts

Published 4/6/21

Held in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School District's Spring Break week, educators from more than 60 local schools, as well as those teaching in virtual and home-school programs, enjoyed free admission from Tuesday, March 16th through Friday, March 19th.Each educator also received free educational resources to take back to their classrooms, as well as a special thank you gift. Teacher Appreciation Hours were generously underwritten by Templeton & Company."It was so wonderful to provide this retreat to teachers, who have been working in extraordinary circumstances this school year and deserve a giant thank you," said Allison Goff, Member and Visitors Services Director at the Flagler Museum. "The Flagler Museum is grateful to Templeton & Company for helping us to provide our classroom heroes with this opportunity to enjoy the beauty and elegance of our historical architecture and our collection of fine art." The Flagler Museum also welcomed approximately 200 children …

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

Visual Arts

Published 2/23/21

Don’t call these artists naive. It’s a patronizing term smacking of colonial arrogance.The works in “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection” — on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami — offer a stylized portrait of Haiti, primarily in the 1940s and 1950s, by artists working with simple materials and exceptional vision. They depict the hardscrabble Caribbean nation with grace and pride.However, paintings such as these were once labeled “naive,” says exhibit curator Francine Birbragher. “This was a negative connotation,” she adds, arising from the artists’ lack of formal training and materials.Yes, the paintings often have the “flat” look common to artists unused to portraying their subjects with three-dimensional perspective. Although some paintings are by artists more skilled than others at depicting subjects realistically, she says, “In general, these artists are all self-taught. …

NSU Art Museum Store

NSU Art Museum Store

Visual Arts

Published 1/25/21

“Because of Covid, we accelerated all our virtual programming and services and the online store is now one of ways that we can better connect with and serve our ever-expanding audience,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “We have also been well aware of the economic hardships that so many in our creative community have been facing this year and have increased the number of items we feature in the Museum Store by local artists and makers.”The store’s delightful selection of merchandise is curated to enhance the overall Museum experience and includes handcrafted jewelry, ceramics and textiles, distinctive accessories for home and office, toys, puzzles, t-shirts, handbags, limited edition art books for children and adults and exhibition catalogues. Shipping is available on all purchases.NSU Art Museum members receive 10% off on their purchases as well as a 20% discount during members double discount days. Through the Museum’s New Members …

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

Visual Arts

Published 11/10/20

“Tomás Esson: The GOAT,” the latest installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, is the Cuban painter’s first-ever solo museum presentation.Throughout three decades, Esson’s work has been called grotesque and challenging, and has been censored, with exhibitions being shut down in his native country. Since moving to the United States in 1990, Esson has lived between Miami and New York, and he has pieces in the permanent collections at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, among others.The opportunity to support Esson with a solo exhibition at this transformational juncture in his career resonated with ICA Artistic Director Alex Gartenfeld.“Tomás is such an important artist who has been based in Miami on and off for almost 30 years. It’s so crucial to our mission to be able to support not just international …

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

Visual Arts

Published 10/15/20

The exhibition invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.“Originally displayed at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2017, The World of Anna Sui continues to highlight a fresh and engaging cultural perspective. The exhibition showcases a fashion designer who is not only highly creative and entrepreneurial, but also playful and positive,” said Nothdruft. “I’m delighted that as the exhibition continues to tour internationally, the joyous and influential work of Anna Sui will be celebrated among ever-greater audiences. After successful runs in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, I’m very much looking forward to another exciting incarnation of The World of Anna Sui at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.”Anna Sui said, “I am delighted to partner with NSU …

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy our world-renowned facility, exhibitions and collections,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “Art provides escape from the ordinary and helps us see the world in new and different ways. We hope our community will have the opportunity to experience this at the Museum.” Prior to NSU Art Museum’s public opening, Museum members, including NSU students, faculty, and staff, will be able to enjoy exclusive access to NSU Art Museum during Member Appreciation Days on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. To become a member, visit nsuartmuseum.org/join/. For the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, there will be new health and safety guidelines in place, which include social distancing, reduced capacity, face coverings and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.  Several of the Museum’s current exhibitions have been extended. Happy! will now be on view through …

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

Following the safety standards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach guidelines, The Bass is prepared to welcome visitors back to the museum once again after closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With new policies in place to ensure the health and well-being of the museum’s guests and staff members, The Bass reopens with adjusted hours, new exhibitions, returning favorites and more.The museum’s adjusted opening hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members are also invited to visit the museum during reserved members-only hours from Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. daily, RSVP required.WHATS ON VIEWThe Bass is also pleased to announce the opening of new exhibitions and projects, as well as the return of previously over view exhibitions.Open Storage: Selections from the Collection On Long Term View …

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Visual Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Florida Holocaust Museum has announced a new partnership with Dr. Davide Tanasi and his team from The Institute of Digital Exploration (IDEx) at the University of South Florida (USF) They will be capturing three dimensional interactive renderings of artifacts in the Museum's permanent collection, virtual gallery experiences, and more! USF IDEx is hard at work developing this new content and has already made five artifacts captured by the IDEx team using digital photogrammetry available for public view online.Digital photogrammetry is a technique that allows three-dimensional digital reconstruction of physical artifacts using a collection of high resolution photographs, a controlled light environment, and processed with specific software based on the pattern of recognition of algorithms.One of the artifacts that has been captured using digital photogrammetry is a pair of baby shoes from The FHM's permanent collection. This pair of tiny lace up baby shoes was worn by two-year-old …

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/20

It offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. The online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students.“With our new online collection we are opening our doors even wider and inviting the world to explore the exceptional scope and depth of NSU Art Museum,” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator. “During the 1970s, the founders of the Museum sought to represent South Florida’s diversity in the art works collected and exhibited. The collection continued to grow with this goal in mind.”Today, NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the …

March of Museums

March of Museums

Visual Arts

Published 2/22/20

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fourth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities.In 2017, the department piloted the March of Museums initiative with museums in Tallahassee, and in 2018 expanded to include 75 partner museums statewide. This year the initiative includes over 150 partner museums throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that populate the Sunshine State.“The March of Museums initiative is a great platform for communities to foster heritage and cultural tourism to their local museums during the month of March,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “As Florida’s Chief Cultural Officer, I’m proud to see that the variety of museums participating in this year’s initiative ensures anyone who lives in or visits Florida can find a museum nearby that encourages …

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Visual Arts

Published 8/27/19

The latest Caribbean-focused exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” assembles work by 14 artists from the region and its diaspora. The show takes a slightly different tack from exhibits delineating connections between Caribbean past and present. It considers the future, as well, particularly following recent natural disasters in the region. The Pérez has commissioned several new works for this exhibit. They include Lavar Munroe’s “Rehearsal for Reconstruction,” compelling for its translucent overlay of figures that mysteriously seem to shift in space, resisting predictable definition. “Certainly, a lot of people say that the Caribbean is ground zero for climate change,” says María Elena Ortiz, who curated this show in collaboration with scholar Marsha Pearce of University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Ortiz adds, “I was talking to an economist last year, and he was …

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The artworks in this pioneering show making its world premiere at the Boca Raton Museum of Art take viewers on a deeper dive into adult realms, tackling some of today’s thorniest issues: politics, divisiveness, immigration, racial prejudice, planetary climate armageddon, feminism, LGBTQ rights, religion, gender, and more.Most assume comics are primarily intended for children, usually featuring super heroes as evidenced by today’s popular films – but this exhibition is decidedly for adults. The only references to superheroes in this show are by Renee Cox (whose Jamaican anti-racist avenger Raje does not wear a cape), and Luca Buvoli’s animation Not-a-Superhero.The show features more than 80 works by 40 artists: paintings, video, photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, and tapestries.Rare comics will also be shown, plus contemporary animation and rarely seen historic cartoons from the early 1900s on vintage TVs.“Beyond the Cape delves into the world of comics and graphic …

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

Leavening high-end irony with lightweight kitsch, González has painted an industrial-strength, restaurant-size tray with the cheery Sun Maid, using enamel to mimic commercial printing. Print media, including advertising and newspapers with sensational stories bearing headlines and captions such as “Murdered Woman at Lodging. Could Not Be Identified,” have long piqued the 80-year-old artist’s populist imagination.“Sun Maid” betrays no nuanced color akin to those found in icons of European art by Vermeer and Velásquez, whom González admired when studying art history in the early 1960s in her native Colombia. The tray itself matches the one cradled by the iconic “spokeswoman” for Sun-Maid Growers, a California-based dried-fruit processor known worldwide.The piece captures the artist’s wry sense of humor. Both spooky and cheery, González’s Sun Maid sports green teeth and green sclera, the white part of the eye. It is just one of many examples of the artist’s wit …

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The exhibition “Campo Abierto (Open Field),” on view through Sept. 29 at the Bass museum in Miami Beach, is rich in surprises, but not all are the pieces flashy. Many of the works are muted in color and relatively flat. Hicks’ genius derives from her ability to masterfully evoke water currents (“Seal Beach,” “Pêcher dans la Rivière”), re-create the majesty and solidity of an ancient masonry arch (“Moroccan Prayer Rug”), suggest drips and misty veils (“Silk Rainforest”) and spin sensuous flow in “Menhir,” a luxuriant blend of braided and wrapped brown, gold, copper and blue. In one series of exquisitely subtle chromatic gradients she uses the deceptively simple technique of winding dyed linen yarns around rectangular stretchers. The exhibition spans five decades and presents an artist who’s constantly experimenting and whose aesthetic, though coherent, doesn’t follow a simple trajectory. Along with Lenore Tawney, Jack Lenor Larsen, …

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/18

2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.thebass.orgLast Sunday of every month, 2-4 pmActivities include art projects, scavenger hunts and prizes.12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177www.goldcoastrailroadmuseum.orgFirst Saturday of every Month101 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130www.historymiami.orgSecond Saturday of every monthFamily Fun Day, with special activities for children all day.1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.orgAdmission is always free61 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137www.icamiami.orgAdmission is always freeGuided tours at 2 pm301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.jmof.fiu.eduEvery Saturday, 10am-5pm980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132 www.miamichildrensmuseum.orgThird Friday of every month, 3-9 pm770 N.E. 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161www.mocanomi.orgLast Friday of every month, 7-10 pmwith free jazz in the courtyard at 8 pm. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz …

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