UM Presents

New Yorker Cartoonist to Mix Art and Humor with Bubbles & Brunch

Award-winning New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast will discuss a relevant topic—Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?— and sign her acclaimed graphic memoir of the same title at the Lowe Art Museum’s annual Bubbles & Brunch breakfast on Sunday, December 6. Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, the breakfast will begin at 10 a.m. at the Lowe; the talk and book signing will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. General admission tickets are $15, and may be purchased online.

“We could not be more pleased to have Roz Chast as our featured speaker this year,” said Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts director and chief curator of the Lowe. “Art and humor are a wonderful way to showcase universal truths, and with Ms. Chast’s engaging personality, dynamic presentation skills, and a string of book awards to her credit, she is sure to delight our audience during this most exciting art season in Miami.”


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View the Work of Incoming MFA Students at CAS Gallery Reception September 4

Karla Kantorovich, Flaw 3, Mixed Media on Canvas,

Flaw3, by Karla Kantorovich, mixed media on canvas

The works of incoming Master of Fine Arts graduate students Patricia Cooke (sculpture), Karli Evans (photography), Karla Kantorovich (painting), Izia Lindsay (graphic design), Anna Meier (sculpture), and Jeannette Stargala (printmaking) are on view until Friday, September 18 at the CAS Gallery, located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, where a reception for the artists will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 4. Admission is free and open to the public.

CAS Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday.

The MFA program is a 60-credit, three-year program resulting in a terminal degree that both prepares students to enter the professional, studio art world and qualifies them for college teaching. The program is highly competitive, with applicants coming from across the country and around the world. For more information about the exhibition or the CAS Gallery, call 305-284-3161 or email m.cardoso1@miami.edu.

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‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ Now on Display

Thirty-seven artistic works by Professor Thomas A. Spain, whose enormous talent and unwavering devotion to teaching design and drawing have indelibly impacted two generations of students, are on exhibit at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery through Friday, September 12, when a closing celebration of ‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ and lecture by Professor Jorge L.  Hernandez will begin at 6 p.m. in Glasgow Hall. A reception with the artist will follow the lecture.

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Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water Showcases Student Life Over the Decades


In University Archives, cheerleaders from another era sport an M rather than the now-familiar U.

University of Miami Libraries University Archives’ exhibition, Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water, is on display through January 2014 at the Otto G. Richter Library, and features photographs, fanfare, memorabilia, and publications that reflect student life at the University during the 1960s, 1980s, and early 2000s.

“There is a vibrant history here at UM,” says Koichi Tasa, University archivist and the exhibition’s lead curator. He notes that the exhibition’s title, the first line of the University’s Alma Mater, alludes to the timeless backdrop that unifies University athletics, student activities, and campus events across many generations.

Among the exhibition’s ’60s generation mementos is a vintage photograph of soul music pioneer Ray Charles performing at the UM Homecoming Concert in 1963, just two years after the University officially desegregated the campus. Research Services Supervisor Marcia Heath, a curator of the exhibition, said that Charles’s performance was a catalyst in raising morale among the student body during the racially charged period.

“These materials really show us where we’re coming from…how far we’ve come,” she said, also referring to the transformation in the University’s physical campus. One 1962 photograph of the Richter Library shows the completion of the main floors and stacks addition, which earned a design award by Florida Architect in 1964. The library now houses a print collection of more than four million volumes.

The exhibition, also curated by Education and Outreach Librarian William Jacobs and Special Collections Research Assistant Steve Hersh, includes IBIS yearbook spreads chronicling the evolution of traditions like Carni Gras, where students in the ’60s and ’80s strutted in high gear to embrace the Carnival spirit.

The exhibition even houses traditional fanfare such as a dink, once-required headgear freshmen sported until Miami’s first touchdown, and then tossed into the air. “Like the world, the University is changing daily,” said Cynthia Cochran, director of alumni programs. “The opportunity to visit some artifacts from those periods only enriches [alumni’s] visit back to campus, for some of whom it has been 50 years.”

Since he started at the University Archives in 2007, Tasa has worked closely with the UM Alumni Association. In 2010 artist Jacobina Trump created a mural at the Alumni Center, inspired by collection materials, conveying an unchanging horizon over the many generations to walk the campus. Like the exhibition, it also bears the words Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water. “Those words hit home for us all,” Tasa said.



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6th Annual CaneFair Opens in the Wynwood Building

MFA student Cynthia Fleischmann's bodypaintography is among the works on display at CaneFair.

MFA student Cynthia Fleischmann’s bodypaintography is among the works on display at CaneFair.

Coinciding with Art Basel, the 6th Annual CaneFair, featuring works by University of Miami students who are pursuing their Masters of Fine Arts, debuted in Miami’s Wynwood Building last week and will show through January 24 by appointment.

Presented by the University of Miami Art and Art History Department, this year’s CaneFair showcases photography, sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other works by 19 students in the three-year highly competitive MFA program, which prepares artists for the professional, studio art world and qualifies them to teach art in college.

CaneFair is in the University of Miami Gallery, Suite 4, at the Wynwood Building, 2750 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami. A closing reception for the artists will be held during January’s Wywnood Art Walk on Saturday, January 11, from 2 to 9 p.m.

For more information about viewing the exhibition or about the Wynwood Art Gallery, call 305-284-3161 or email m.cardoso1@miami.edu. For a schedule of all department exhibitions visit www.as.miami.edu/art.

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