(September 28, 2010) — The University of Miami Lowe Art Museum will host the Annual Arnold Newman Lecture and Workshop in Photography that will take place Thursday, October 21st with artist William Wegman. The lecture “Three Mistakes” begins at 7 PM at Storer Auditorium (5250 University Dr, Coral Gables) and is sponsored by the Arnold and Agusta Newman Foundation. A reception and book signing will follow from 8-10 PM 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 BFA in painting and an MFA at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana 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 twelve-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 www.wegmanworld.com .
The Lowe Art Museum is located at the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Gallery and Museum Store hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10-4; Sunday: 12-4; Monday: Closed. Regular Admission (not including special events) is $10; $5 for Seniors and Non-UM Students; Free for Lowe Art Museum Members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. For more information, call (305) 284-3535 or visit www.lowemuseum.org.
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