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March guide to the arts at the U

View a list of arts-related events for this month, including the Miami Film Festival, a student production at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, and new art exhibitions opening at the Lowe Art Museum and University of Miami Gallery at Wynwood.
Large white porcelain vessel (Hakuji ōtsubo), created by Kondō Takahiro in 2019. Wheel-thrown porcelain with clear glaze, 20 1/2 × 21 7/8 × 17 3/4 inches
Kondō Takahiro (b. 1958), Large White Porcelain Vessel (Hakuji ōtsubo), 2019. Wheel-thrown porcelain with clear glaze, 20 1/2 × 21 7/8 × 17 3/4 inches. © Kondō Takahiro. Photo: Mugyūda Hyōgo

Explore a roundup of events this month, including a book talk, several musical and theatrical performances, and new art exhibition openings. Visit The U Creates for more information on the arts and humanities offerings at the University throughout the year.

Bill Cosford Cinema

Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 12

The 40th annual Miami Film Festival is rolling out the red carpet, showcasing films created by a diverse set of filmmakers from across the world. As one of the official venues for the festival, the Bill Cosford Cinema is screening 20 films and on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. will host the University of Miami Documentary Achievement Award, which is sponsored by the School of Communication M.F.A in Documentary program. Learn more. View the film screening schedule.

5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Center for the Humanities

Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. 

University of Miami Presidential Lecture Series
“Slavery and the Past and Future of Southern Intellectual History”

Drew Gilpin Faust will deliver this lecture on perceptions of America’s racial past and current approaches to the history of racial injustice. President emerita of Harvard University and the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor, Faust is the author of six books, including most recently “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” (2008), which chronicles the impact of the Civil War’s enormous death toll on the lives of nineteenth-century Americans. Register now.

Lakeside Auditorium, University of Miami
1280 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Monday, March 6, 7 p.m. 

Edith Bleich Speaker Series
“On the Move: Finding Young People in the Early Modern World”

In this lecture, Nicholas Terpstra will discuss examples of the youth experience in the early modern world, as well as questions and challenges that researchers encounter as they pursue understanding of young people in the period. Professor of history at the University of Toronto and president of the Renaissance Society of America, Terpstra is a historian of Renaissance and early modern social history, exploring questions at the intersection of politics, religion, gender, and charity, as well as topics that deal with marginalized individuals and groups. Register now.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive 
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. 

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professors Series
“Can We Forget: A Memorial to Enslaved Laborers”

Mabel O. Wilson will explore how the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia engages the university’s hidden history of slavery. Wilson is the Nancy and George E Rupp professor of architecture, planning, and preservation, and a professor in African American and African diaspora studies at Columbia University, where she also serves as the director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Register now.

Kislak Center at the University of Miami
1300 Memorial Drive 
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Frost School of Music

Thursday, March 2, and Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Regarded as one of the greatest operatic comedies ever written, “The Marriage of Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a timeless satirical masterpiece that pits master against servant and wife against husband. Join Frost Opera Theater and the Frost Symphony Orchestra as they bring the full humanity of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte's characters to the Gusman Concert Hall stage. The show will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Get tickets.

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

American jazz singer René Marie possesses one of the unique voices in her genre. Her devotion to social issues and ability to engage an audience with her moving stories, clever humor, and profound compositions are unmatched. Come experience her magic alongside the Frost Studio Jazz Band. Get tickets.

Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.

An Amsterdam-based ensemble, the Calefax Quintet is known internationally for its virtuosic playing and “pop” sensibility as they arrange, recompose, and interpret music from eight centuries. Get tickets.

Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

A 20-year partnership that began as teenage guitar students in São Paulo, Brazil, João Luiz and Douglas Lora have found success with innovative programming. From Brazilian choros to Baroque works, attend an evening of music by Gismonti, Pixinguinha, and others. Get tickets.

Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Explore this season’s signature events as part of Frost Music Live—a series of live concerts sponsored by the Frost School of Music. All live concerts can be accessed virtually.

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Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

March 1–10

The University’s student production of “The Rover” by Aphra Behn kicks off the first mainstage performance of the spring semester. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Ring Theatre box office. Attend one of several performances between March 1 and March 10 and witness a group of undergraduate students bring a classic piece—involving three young women seeking liberation by abandoning their conventional lives—to a contemporary setting.

Explore the calendar of spring season performances, which continues with the musical production of “Lucky Stiff” from April 20 to April 29. Contact the box office at or 305-284-3355 for more details.

Lowe Art Museum

On view March 23 through Sept. 24

In the exhibit “​​Transcendent Clay/Kondo: A Century of Japanese Ceramic Art,” visitors can experience featured works by three generations of the Kyoto-based Kondo ceramic dynasty. Ranging from traditional porcelain vessels to meditative sculptures cast from the artist’s body and accented with a “silver mist” glaze, this compelling exhibition serves as a bridge between the past and the present as well as a meditation on the future of Japanese ceramics. Learn more.

Attend the opening reception on Thursday, March 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Register to attend.

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.

Join the Lowe for a conversation with curator Lance Fung and visual artist Wendy Wischer, whose works include a wide range of media, from sculptural objects to installations, video, projection, light, sound, and community-based and public works. This month’s discussion will cover the installation of “Reflecting Hope” and other works by Wischer. Register now.

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University Libraries

Tuesday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 29

"Diaspora in Recent Film from the Spanish Caribbean"

Film scholars, curators, and filmmakers are invited to attend a two-day virtual symposium. Throughout the panel discussions, participants will focus on the work of Jamaican-born theorist Stuart Hall, author of the influential 1996 essay, “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” 

Register now to attend the webinar.

Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Book presentation of “Mariano. One Hundred Masterpieces”

In honor of the release of the book “Mariano. One Hundred Masterpieces,” Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta and Beatriz Gago will host a conversation on Mariano Rodríguez (Havana, 1912-1990). Regarded as one of the most important and influential painters of the second generation of Cuban modernists, Rodríguez’s work has appeared in group exhibitions in the United States and internationally. A professor of Hispanic studies at Boston College for more than 20 years, Goizueta’s research interests focus on the relationship between art and literature in 20-century Latin America and Spain. An editor, researcher, and member of the Mariano Rodríguez Foundation since 2017, Gago is the author of the books “Más que 10 Pintores Concretos” and “GPC: Evolución de la vanguardia en la crítica de Guy Pérez-Cisneros.” Register now.

Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library
1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

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Wynwood Gallery

On view March 9–31

Explore “Work and Play,” an exhibit that features recent works by alumni Martin Casuso and Jacqueline Gopie. Attend an artist reception on Saturday, March 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

The University of Miami off-campus gallery is located inside the Wynwood Building, in the historic Wynwood Art District. The space frequently hosts exhibition openings, artist talks, and lectures. Get more information about the University of Miami art galleries.


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