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April 25, 2023 - March 3, 2024

ArtLab@the Lowe is an upper-level seminar, which—hosted by the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum each year—is designed to give students hands-on curatorial experience. The lead faculty changes with each ArtLab, as does the theme, but the program's approach remains the same for each iteration. Specifically, ArtLab participants mine the museum's permanent collection (or, in exceptional cases, private collections) to thematically research and document checklist items while creating a unique temporary exhibition and small companion publication.  

This year's ArtLab will highlight miniature masterpieces carved from a variety of media and spanning several centuries. This student-curated exhibition will complement works on view in the Lowe's Taplin Gallery for Asian Art as well as Transcendent Clay: Kondo/A Century of Japanese Ceramic Art, opening March 23, 2023. ArtLab students will also spend a week in mid-March in Kyoto, Japan, where they will engage in transnational, transcultural exchange with University of Kyoto students as well as visiting local artists and artisans, museums, and historic sites in person. Through this program, the Lowe truly touches lives and transforms the University of Miami student experience!

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Art Lab: Spirits of Time: Netsuke from the Joseph and Elena Kurstin Collection was made possible by Elena Kurstin, with support from Jane Hurt; the Palley Family; Perri Lee Roberts; Emily and Rob Rutwich; and Waqas Wajahat. Additional funding was provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Coral Gables; Beaux Arts Miami; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and Lowe members. 


Artist Unknown. Ama and Squid, 17th - 18th century. Ivory, 4.1 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches (10.5 x 4 x 2 cm). Collection of Dr. Joseph and Elena Kurstin. Photo by Mariana Espindola & Alyssa Wood.