The Lowe Art Museum is back.
The institution operated by the University of Miami has reopened in anticipation of the fall season, more than a year after switching to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And to mark the occasion, the Lowe has planned three new exhibitions, as well as gallery installations and the donation of free admission.
âWe are all very relieved and delighted to be able to welcome visitors through our doors once again,â said Jill Deupi, Director and Chief Curator of Lowe’s Beaux Arts. “We have quite a few works that have never been seen before, as well as some very large loans from local collections.”
The exhibits on display will offer something for everyone, including those who want a trip down memory lane.
“William Wegman: Instant Miami”, for example, offers a nostalgic look at Miami through the lens of a famous and renowned photographer who is best known for his whimsical depiction of his Weimaraner dogs. It will be visible until September 26.
âIt’s actually an encore performance,â Deupi said. âIn November 1984, then-director Ira Licht asked William Wegman to come to Miami for a little over a week. The charge was to let Wegman photograph anything that captured his imagination and interest.
The technical aspects of the production turned out to be a unique and at times humorous part of the project.
âHe was documenting the city with this really crazy, really big Polaroid Land camera,â Deupi said of the 235-pound photographic equipment. âIt’s literally the size of a refrigerator that had to be rented from the manufacturer. It took several people to operate on it, so it’s really quite fascinating.
She invites those who may have missed the exhibition the first time to come take a look.
“It hasn’t been shown here since late ’84, early ’85, the one and only time they’ve been shown to the public, so we’re very happy to be able to share them with people who may have seen this show almost. 40 years ago, âshe said. âIt’s a real slice of history. It’s just Miami like it was in a very different time.
If your tastes lean towards the rich and famous, then look no further than “Duane Michals: The Portraitist”. The exhibit, which features 135 images of the inner circle of the Hollywood circuit, will also be available until September 26.
The works âare not only beautiful as a piece of art, but super interesting because the models are all brilliant,â Deupi said.
Who you recognize will depend on your generation, with photos including âpeople like Burt Reynolds and Tilda Swinton and the actors of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Andy Warhol, painters, musicians, movie stars, writers. They’re all there, so it’s really, really fun and interesting, because Michals is such a gifted portrait painter, âshe said.
“His photography is not only visually stunning, but he has a real knack for getting into the minds and souls of his models, which I think is the mark of a truly gifted photographer who focuses on people. . “
Presented until October 17, “FORCE OF NATURE: Highlights from the Myrna B. Palley Art Jewelry Collection” focuses on objects rather than people.
“This is a small sample of her wonderful collection of fine art jewelry, so people can get a feel for an area of ââher collection that was very private and personal to her – although people who knew Myrna will certainly recognize some of them. works that are on sight because she actually wore all of her jewelry. In fact, she would select her jewelry before choosing her outfits, which is, I think, the reverse of what people normally do, “he said. Said Deupi. “She was so excited about the fine art jewelry she had, she wanted to share it with the whole world. The pieces are really stunning. They are wearable sculptures.”
The Lowe can welcome patrons again for free thanks to the Beaux-Arts, which was founded to help the museum. Free admission will be available until May 31, 2022.
âWe are a small but very powerful group of passionate women helping the community,â said Elizabeth Timberlake Green, President of Fine Arts. “The women came together to support the Lowe and have helped him grow over the years.”
She has witnessed how the Lowe Art Museum has successfully overcome the challenges of the pandemic.
âIt has been an interesting year to see how they have always maintained a connection with the community with the works of art that they have within their walls,â she said.
The Lowe has carefully cultivated their collections online – and plans to continue to do so.
âEven though we are open, we will continue to develop this platform,â Deupi said. “We learned how important these virtual programs are to reaching a wider and farther audience, so there is a really rich array of material that I would encourage people to check out.”
Yet, she said, there is no such thing as the human element when it comes to art.
“It became very clear [that] art without people is not really art. It’s something completely different, and in the same way, museums without guests really function as warehouses, rather than a meeting place where people can come and engage with works of art as well as between them, âshe said.
“I think it’s really important for people who have never been to know us and to understand that we are the oldest art museum in Miamiâ¦ Now that we are free I think this is an opportunity perfect to visit and see what we have to offer. “
Several precautions are in place to deal with the pandemic, including the obligation for customers to register in advance.
âWe carefully control how many people can be on site at any one time, so it’s 20 people every 30 minutes,â Deupi said. âAnd we have a very large facility, so there’s really no need to worry about people feeling overcrowded or unsafe in any way.â
If you are going to
The Lowe Art Museum, located at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, has reopened and is now available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday by reservation. Admission will be free until May 31, 2022. For more information, visit lowe.miami.edu or call 305-284-3535.
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