The University of Miami will celebrate one of the cultural and social highlights for the Americas, Art Basel Miami Beach, with events hosted by the Lowe Art Museum and the College of Arts and Sciences running concurrently from December 2nd – 5th.
On campus, The Lowe Art Museum will present its Annual Art Basel Champagne Brunch on Sunday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to noon with an artist lecture at 9:30 a.m. This extraordinary event is hosted by LAM Director, Brian Dursum. On view are the temporary exhibitions, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper and Usable Art: African Aesthetics in Daily Life from the UM Lowe Art Museum. An artist lecture will be presented by multi-media sculptor Alison Saar at 9:30 a.m. in Storer Auditorium located at the UM School of Business. This event is open to the public, but RSVP is requested as space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Lowe Art Museum at 305-284-3603 or www.lowemuseum.org. The Lowe Art Museum is located on UM’s Coral Gables campus at 1301 Stanford Drive.
In honor of Art Basel Miami Beach, the Department of Art and Art History, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present Mechanomorphic: Environmentally minded manmachine. Mechanomorphia, or the concept of the machine changing into something else over time, questions man’s relationship to the machine and to nature. Artists working around this theme will consider how the machine’s relationship to the environment has changed in our contemporary context, question whether or not man has metaphorically become a machine, or alternatively explore the role that man/machine plays in our current “Green Age.” Mechanomorphia will be held at the Wynwood Project Space in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach 2010. This exhibition will run from November 29th – December 27th with opening receptions on Saturday December 4th and December 11th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 305-284-2542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on view at the Coral Gables campus, The University of Miami Sculpture Garden highlights sculptures placed outside at various locations around the campus. More than two dozen sculptures by respected artists serve to delight and engage members of the University community and visitors. For a guide map of those artworks currently installed on campus, please visit http://www6.miami.edu/campuspd/Brochure/um_sculpture.html
There is no shortage of opportunities for the art lover to participate in the University’s celebration of Art Basel! Stay updated on arts and other cultural events by visiting UM Presents at www.miami.edu/umpresents.