Bridges - December 2, 2021 - April 29, 2022

portraits of people wiht face and torso. All images are black and white with black dots as a background image of portraits of people in showing face and torso. All images are black and white with black dots as a background

Bridges captures our intersecting community of South Florida artists and students as an act of inclusion and visibility within greater Miami. Utilizing the windows and galleries at the Lowe Art Museum, this nested exhibition serves as a bridge between the quiet contemplative spaces of viewing contemporary art and the bustling university campus. This action is a collaboration between 2b Non Profit, the Inside Out Project, and the University of Miami, and the Lowe Art Museum.

The Inside Out Project is a platform that helps global communities create actions to advocate for causes that they believe in, be seen and represented, and to spark global change locally. In a society where art functions within institutions and unregulated marketplaces, many artists and communities are rendered invisible. The Parisian street artist and photographer JR founded the Inside Out Project to foster exchanges between urban epicenters like New York, Paris, London, Bruxelles, El Salvador, Buenos Aires, San Juan, Nairobi, and local representatives that express the need for diversity, inclusion, coexistence, and visibility. Group Leaders create their actions by adhering large-scale black ad white portraits of members from their community in public spaces. 

Bridges is a curated action by 2b Non Profit’s academic practitioners, who believe in holding space for humanitarian messages. Many of the subjects represented here hold more than one connection to the four organizations; many of the artists are also professors and some of the organizers are alumni of the University of Miami. By partnering with the university and Lowe Art Museum, 2b Non Profit can support artists in producing large-scale community projects. 

Curated By Laura Marsh 

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The 2b NonProfit community is a group of artists and producers who make work concerning human rights, police brutality, LGBTQ identities, justice, and our environment. The institution strives for the promotion and empowerment of underrepresented, emerging artists communities by providing avenues of exposure. 2b NonProfit aims to take artists and their work out of the shadows and into the public spectrum where they belong. 

 

Exhibitions and programs made possible thanks to additional support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of Commissioner, the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the City of Coral Gables.

 Hugely successful during his own lifetime, the Detroit-born artist Julius Garibaldi ("Gari") Melchers left behind an artistic legacy that is as varied as it is compelling. From engaging peasant scenes inspired by his years at the Egmonds, Holland (where he shared a studio with the great American painter George Hitchcock in the late 19th century) to intimate portraits of mothers and their children, Melchers' oeuvre is inflected with a dynamic range of influences, including the Barbizon School, Impressionism, and Symbolism. From this broad range of sources, Melchers created a style that was uniquely his own; remarkable for its insistent structural rigor and careful draughtsmanship (absorbed through his years at Dusseldorf's Royal Academy of Art) as well as a lyrical palette and keen observance of humanity.   This exhibition, which is jointly curated by the Bellarmine Museum of Art and the Gari Melchers Home and Studio, surveys more than a half-century of Melchers' career with key examples of the genres he favored, including landscape, genre scenes, and portraiture.   GARI MELCHERS: An American Impressionist at Home & Abroad is made possible thanks to additional support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of Commissioner, the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the City of Coral Gables.