East Meets West in ArtLab @ The Lowe

The Lowe Art Museum Explores Western Influences on Art in 20th Century Japan

(September 18, 2012) — As international travel became easier and the world became smaller in the 20th century, art was influenced and affected by an influx of foreign ideas. Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as EAST Encounters WEST, Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art, the fourth exhibition in the series ArtLab @ The Lowe, is on view through April 21, 2013, in the Richard and Shelley Bermont Focus Gallery of the University of Miami Lowe Art Museum.

This year’s theme – the modern and contemporary art of Japan - focuses on the integration of foreign influence in Japan itself and abroad, and the ways in which these influences contributed to artistic development in twentieth-century Japan. The exhibition examines three general topics: Japanese artists living abroad, cross-cultural influences returning to Japan, and the role of traditional Japanese art. The 32 works of art selected by student curators are drawn entirely from the Lowe’s permanent collection and provide the opportunity to see this body of work, much of which has never been exhibited before, in an entirely new context.

Curated by museum studies students in the class ARH 511, and supervised by Brian A. Dursum, Director and Chief Curator of the UM Lowe Art Museum and lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Department of Art and Art History, ArtLab @ The Lowe provides a hands-on museum experience to UM students, who curate an exhibition from the conceptual state to the final installation.

“The annual program is now always fully subscribed and both students and faculty look forward to it,” says Dursum. “My thanks, as always, to Stella Holmes, a UM alumna who annually underwrites this critical museum studies program.”

The title of the 2012 ArtLab exhibition was inspired, in part, by a soon-to-be-released television documentary, West Encounters East, created by ArtLab sponsor Stella M. Holmes, the documentary’s Executive Producer, which will run next year on WPBT/Channel2. The documentary, produced by Linda Corley, examines the fusion of Asian and Latin American artistic traditions in the work of artists of Asian heritage who live and work in Brazil, and includes footage of the 2012 ArtLab class visiting the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. Student curators selected works for the exhibition which include a number of examples by Japanese artists living in Brazil.

“In an age of challenge between different cultures,” Holmes says, “West Encounters East promotes mutual awareness and respect as modes of greater tolerance and more positive interchange.”

The Lowe Art Museum is located on the campus of the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables.  Museum gallery and store hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday noon-4.  The Museum is closed Mondays and University holidays. General Admission (not including programs) is $10, senior citizens and non-UM students are $5, and the Museum is free for Lowe members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. Admission is free on Donation Day, the first Tuesday of every month. Public Program Admission is $10 for non-members and free for Lowe members.  For more information, call 305.284.3535 or visit www.lowemuseum.org.

The exhibition series is generously underwritten by Stella Holmes, President of The Brickellian, Inc., and a UM alumn, whose ongoing support of the ArtLab program has allowed the Lowe to create the perfect teaching laboratory in which to fulfill its primary goal of supporting, extending, and enriching the mission of the University of Miami for students, faculty, scholars, residents, and visitors to South Florida.

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