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May guide to the arts at the U

View a list of arts-related events for this month, including a performance by Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, a family workshop inspired by the arts of Indigenous Peoples, and a discussion about the preservation of Miami Beach.
Netsuke of a fish from the collection of Dr. Joseph and Elena Kurstin. Photo by Mariana Espindola and Alyssa Wood
Courtesy of the Collection of Dr. Joseph and Elena Kurstin. Photo by Mariana Espindola and Alyssa Wood

Explore a roundup of events this month, including a free movie screening and discussion with an Oscar-winning screenwriter, artist exhibitions at the Coral Gables Campus, and virtual and in-person panel discussions with scholars and researchers. Visit The U Creates for more information on the arts and humanities offerings at the University throughout the year.

Bill Cosford Cinema 

Saturday, May 6, 5 p.m.

Tarell Alvin MCraney, acclaimed playwright, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and actor, will present a screening of “Fresh” (1994). Following the screening, McCraney will join Rene Rodriguez, Bill Cosford Cinema manager, for a Q&A and discussion about McCraney's life and career. Admission is free but registration is required. Register now.

5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

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Frost School of Music

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires makes a rare Miami appearance. Pires is hailed by The New York Times as “an elegant technician and probing interpreter” and acclaimed for her recordings of music by Mozart, Chopin, and Schubert. This concert is made possible by the generous support of the Patrick Park Foundation. Get tickets.

Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 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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Lowe Art Museum 

Saturday, May 6, 10 a.m.

Explore your creativity during a family workshop. Led by teaching artist Lissette Lutz, the class is inspired by the arts of Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains. Participants will create a parfleche using paper, crayons, colored pencils, and other mixed media. These ceremonial bags, with their distinctive colors and shapes, were originally created to be waterproof packaging that would contain important artifacts and tools. Family Workshops are a monthly program designed for intergenerational groups. Register now.

Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Glenn Adamson, curator, writer, and historian; Meghen Jones, associate professor of art history at Alfred University; and James Herring, lecturer at the University of Miami, will sit down to discuss the work of Kondo Takahiro and the exhibition “Transcendent Clay / Kondo: A Century of Japanese Ceramic Art.” The talk will cover the history, artistic ideation, and process of working with ceramics. Register to attend.

On view through March 3, 2024

Art Lab: Spirits of Time: Netsuke from the Joseph and Elena Kurstin Collection” highlights miniature masterpieces carved from a variety of media and spanning several centuries. Initially conceptualized as toggles to secure inro boxes to kimono sashes, netsuke—miniature sculptures from 17th century Japan—were created from materials such as ivory, wood, and metal, and depict a wide range of subjects from flora and fauna to mythical creatures and historical figures.

Co-curated by nine students participating in this year’s ArtLab at the Lowe—an upper-level seminar hosted by the Lowe Art Museum in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of art and art history—the exhibit complements works on view in the Lowe's Taplin Gallery for Asian Art. Transcendent Clay: Kondo/A Century of Japanese Ceramic Art, which features works by three generations of the Kyoto-based Kondo ceramic dynasty, also is on view at the gallery.

Explore the Lowe’s events calendar.

University Libraries

Wednesday, May 3, 6 p.m.

Celebration for the Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholar

The Libraries will host an online reception that includes an opportunity to meet and engage with each of the 2022–23 Library Research Scholars and Adobe Scholars as they share the results of their projects. Register now.

Thursday, May 4, 1 p.m.

“Ballerinas, Butterflies, and Bucky Balls”

Join a virtual conversation between Arthur Dunkelman, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, and Matthew H. Edney, Osher Professor in the history of cartography at the University of Southern Maine and director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who will discuss how 20th-century modernism gave rise to many paradoxes and antagonisms, among them a repeated challenge to the "scientific" map. Register now.

Friday, May 5, 2 p.m.

“Preserving Art Deco and Historic Architecture in Miami”

Attend a presentation and discussion with Daniel Ciraldo, executive director of Miami Design Preservation League, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the architectural, cultural, social, economic, and environmental integrity of Miami Beach. Created by the American Library Association, Preservation Week is a national celebration that inspires dialogue among library professionals and the broader community. It focuses on how to care for our books, personal papers, photographs, and treasured possessions. Register now.

Otto G. Richter Library
Third Floor Conference Room

1300 Memorial Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.

Book talk: “El sueño inconcluso: Historia del Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil”

Attend a presentation by author Javier Figueroa de Cárdenas about his book, which tells the story of the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil, a group created in 1960 by Cuban students to defend democracy in Cuba. A discussion between Figueroa and editor Juan Manuel Salvat will follow the presentation. This event will be presented in Spanish. Register to attend.

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

Thursday, May 11, 1 p.m.

“​​What Makes a Map Persuasive? Or Not?”

During this virtual event, PJ Mode, map collector and curator, and Arthur Dunkelman, curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection, will explore examples of persuasive maps and analyze whether they are effective or not—and why. "Persuasive cartography" refers to maps intended primarily to influence opinions or beliefs—to send a message—rather than to communicate geographic information. The program will be followed by an audience question and answer session. Register to attend.

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

“Collective Voices: Online Community Archives on Cuba and Its Diaspora”

Attend a virtual panel presentation about online community archives on Cuba and its Diaspora. Moderated by Amanda Moreno, Interim Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection and Archivist, the panel includes presenters Librada González Fernández, founder, Archivo Cubanecuir; Marley Pulido Vargas, founder, Historia Negra de Cuba; and María Antonia Cabrera Arús, founder, Archive of Cuban Socialism. Register now.

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University of Miami Art Galleries

On view May 2–12

The Department of Art and Art History presents the work of Alyssa Musarra, a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate. Attend the opening reception on Thursday, May 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Offered by the Department of Art and Art History, the Bachelor of Fine Arts is a four-year program that gives undergraduate students an in-depth education in the arts combined with a solid University liberal arts education. Learn more.

University of Miami Rainbow Gallery
1540 Levante Ave., Second floor
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

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