Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami

A landmark exhibition, "Radical Conventions: Cuban American Art from the 1980s" is the first major museum presentation to focus solely on Cuban American art created during the 1980s. By exploring the heterogeneous nature of Cuban diasporic work from this pivotal decade, the show offers a critical counterpoint to an often binary, identity-focused narrative by framing the artists’ works more expansively within the aesthetic frameworks prevalent in the American avant-garde of the late '70s-'80s and the era’s broader socio-economic, cultural, and political landscape. The exhibition features nearly 100 works by over 25 Cuban American artists representative of various generations, including Luis Cruz Azaceta, Fernando García, Nereida García-Ferraz, Félix González-Torres, Tony Labat, María Martínez-Cañas, Luis Medina, Ana Mendieta, César Trasobares, and Carmelita Tropicana. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Cerejido, Ph.D., Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair and director of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Radical Conventions is presented in collaboration with the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami Libraries. The exhibition is made possible due to generous support by the Knight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, Funding Arts Network, American Alliance of Museums, Florida Department of State Division of Arts & Culture, Miami Dade County, the City of Coral Gables, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and The Arnold and August Newman Foundation.

Visit our permanent collection and other temporary exhibits:

  • FORCE OF NATURE: Highlights from the Myrna B. Palley Art Jewelry Collection is a testament to Mrs. Palley’s indomitable spirit and her keen eye as a collector. It also pays homage to the special relationships Palley forged with the artists whose beautiful works she so proudly wore, including Pierre Cavalan, Kat Cole, Giselle Courtney, Steven Ford, David Forlano, Karen Gilbert, Tzuri Gueta, Chris Hentz, Mirjiam Hiller, Linda MacNeil, Julie Milhalisin, Sabine Müller, Maryanne Petrus-Gilbert, Joyce Scott, Luca Tripaldi, and Jazmin Winters. Each worked in a dynamic range of techniques and media, all of which are highlighted in this small but compelling exhibition.

  • Coral City Camera, Coral City Camera is a multimedia artwork and (click here for live stream) research tool by artist-scientist duo Coral Morphologic and presented by Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) and Bridge Initiative. Submerged alongside PortMiami, the Coral City Camera reveals the surprising diversity of pioneering coral reef organisms that call Miami home. Coral Morphologic is studying these populations in conjunction with NOAA and the University of Miami to better understand their apparent resistance to disease, siltation from dredging, and pollution as compared to offshore natural reefs. At the project’s center is a 360-degree underwater live streaming camera that transmits real-time images of an urban coral reef community to public spaces, to scientists via the Internet, and into school classrooms through partnerships with the Everglades Foundation. In the time since the live stream launched in February 2020, the Coral City Camera has recorded over 170 species of fish and has enabled unprecedented research opportunities to continuously monitor and observe one of these coral communities in a manner that generates civic pride through biodiversity.

  • Bridges captures our intersecting community of South Florida artists and students as an act of inclusion and visibility within greater Miami. Utilizing the windows and galleries at the Lowe Art Museum, this nested exhibition serves as a bridge between the quiet contemplative spaces of viewing contemporary art and the bustling university campus. This action is a collaboration between 2b Non-Profit, the Inside Out Project, the University of Miami, and the Lowe Art Museum.

    Your support makes possible the Lowe’s wonderful exhibitions and ensures the continued conservation of the vast collections entrusted to its care for the benefit of generations to come.
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