THE UNIVERSTIY OF MIAMI’S LOWE ART MUSEUM PARTICIPATES IN MIAMI MUSEUM MONTH

The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami announced that they will once again participate in Miami Museum Month in May. The goal of Miami Museum Month is to encourage the public to become members of a museum. Membership at any of the participating institutions grants them a free pass for any of the other museums. This year the participating institutions are offering not only reciprocal admission, but now visitors and locals can advantage of a two-for-one admission offer. The month-long program enables everyone to travel around and experience the Miami cultural scene, whether they are long-time museum visitors or new members. The month will also be marked by a wide range of members-only programs at each institution, which include exhibition openings, social hours, family days, and lectures.

Miami Museum Month is especially exciting because of the unique partnership that Miami area cultural institutions have formed with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Because of the GMCVB’s sponsorship, Miami Museum Month is like a “Miami Spice” for museums – it encourages and promotes membership at all the participating institutions and is a great benefit for the museum members.

Participating cultural institutions include Ancient Spanish Monastery, Art Center/South Florida, Bass Museum of Art, Black Police Precinct & Court House Museum, Coral Gables Merrick House, Coral Gables Museum, The Haitian Heritage Museum, HistoryMiami, Jewish Museum of Florida, Lowe Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Wings Over Miami Air Museum, The Wolfsonian—FIU. Visit http://www.miamimuseummonth.com/ for a complete listing of participants, happenings and sponsors.

The Lowe Art Museum is located at the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Regular Admission (not including special events) is $10; $5 for Seniors and Non-UM Students; Free for Lowe Art Museum Members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. For more information on membership or the museum, call (305) 284-3535 or visit www.miami.edu/lowe.

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Events

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7-9 PM

LoweDown Happy Hour

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

The Lowe presents the last LoweDown of the season and we have a lot of things to celebrate! This event is in conjunction with Miami Museum Month and Membership Appreciation Evening, as well as the opening reception for the new ArtLab@the Lowe student curated exhibition entitled Women, Windows and the Word: Diverging Perspectives on Islamic Art. Guests can enjoy light Mexican nibbles, a Mariachi performance, and cocktails courtesy of Bacardi and PAMA Spirits. Other beverages provided by Vitamin Water Zero and SmartWater.

$10 Admission; Free for Lowe Members and Members of participating institutions for Miami Museum Month

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7-9 PM

Exhibition Preview

Annual Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition

Second part of annual two-part student exhibition, featuring MFA candidates from University of Miami Art and Art History Department.

(On view May 12-May 29, 2011)

Event is free and open to the public

Exhibitions on view

Ongoing:

Frank Paulin: American Documentarian

A gift of thirty photographs by American photographer Frank Paulin has been made to the Lowe and is on view in the Michael and Judi Matus Focus Gallery. Paulin is recognized for uniquely documenting fleeting human moments of both humor and poetry, particularly against the backdrop of gritty urban scenes.

On view through May 29th:

UM Faculty EXHIBITION:  Ivan Albreht: Repetitive Choices

Ivan Albreht has coordinated the Ceramics program in the Department of Art and Art History since joining the faculty in 2008. Albreht is a nationally and internationally awarded and exhibiting artist, as well as a member of The International Academy of Ceramics based in Geneva, Switzerland. Repetitive Choices exemplifies his use of porcelain and industrial ceramic methods.

On view through May 8th:

Annual Juried Student Competition Exhibition

On view May 6, 2011 – April 22, 2012 (Preview: May 5):

ArtLab @ The Lowe: Women, Windows and the Word: Diverging Perspectives on Islamic Art

This exhibition will explore the significant role played by the Islamic world as a conduit for people, ideas, commodities, artworks, and artistic techniques between East and West. The Islamic world’s strategic location between the Far East, Western Europe, and African placed it at the center of political interactions, commercial exchanges, and cultural encounters with all these regions.  European, African, and Far Eastern objects from the Lowe’s permanent collection will be featured as manifestations of cultural interaction and the exchange of techniques and motifs with Islamic lands. The ArtLab series is generously sponsored by Stella M. Holmes.