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Lowe Art Museum to present Arnold Newman Lecture and Workshop in Photography

7:00 pm

The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum will present the Annual Arnold Newman Lecture and Workshop in Photography on Thursday, October 21 with artist William Wegman. The lecture, “Three Mistakes,” begins at 7 p.m. at Storer Auditorium and is sponsored by the Arnold and Agusta Newman Foundation. A reception and book signing will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum. Pre-order a copy of William Wegman: Funney/Strange by calling the Lowe Museum Store at 305-284-6988. Signing is limited to books from the Lowe Museum Store.

William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 with a B.F.A. in painting and earned his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

After teaching at various universities, Wegman’s interests in areas beyond painting ultimately led him to photography and the infant medium of video. While living in Long Beach, California, Wegman acquired Man Ray, the dog with whom he began a fruitful 12-year collaboration. Man Ray became a central figure in Wegman’s photography and videos, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence. In 1972, Wegman and Man Ray moved to New York.

In 1986, a new dog, Fay Ray, came into Wegman’s life, and soon thereafter another famous collaboration began, marked by Wegman’s use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. With the birth of Fay’s litter in 1989 and her daughter’s litter in 1995, Wegman’s cast grew. His photographs, videos, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. A retrospective of his work traveled to museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His most recent exhibitions have gone to Japan, Sweden, and the Orange County Museum of Art in California. Wegman lives in New York and Maine. For more information about the artist, visit

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