Trees, Landscapes & Black Dandies Set for Exhibitions at The Lowe Art Museum


A report from Broadway World.

The Lowe Art Museum continues its line-up of provocative exhibtions to showcase works by three acclaimed artists treating very distinct subjects using diverse media from varying perspectives. The exhibitions explore the patterns of beauty found in trees; the urban and rural landscapes of Cuba, the Caribbean, and New York; and Black masculinity in the dandy culture.

Sean Cavanaugh: Under the Elders’ Gaze

October 27, 2016 – June 25, 2017

Artist Sean Cavanaugh revels in the mundane; specifically, trees are a source of endless fasciation for the artist. Cavanaugh sees in trees not only a boundless array of dazzling visual information but also a limitless range of metaphors. For him, trees are visceral manifestations of the visual splendor and awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world. They are also chronographs, registering the passage of time in their very cores. Trees are sentries, standing guard in their forest homes, and they are our elders, bearing witness to humanity’s endless parade as it passes under their gaze. Through his meticulously detailed work, Cavanaugh explores richly textured tapestries of bark, lichens, and fungus, each different but all embodying a universe unto themselves. Under the Elders’ Gaze is a delightful exhibition of these fine works, including some the artist’s oil paintings. An Opening Reception and Artitst’s Talk will be held on October 27 at 7 pm.

Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections

February 9 – May 21, 2017

Artist Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) was born in the rural countryside of Camagüey, Cuba. He left his native country in 1932 for America, where he fulfilled his lifelong desire to study painting. Inspired by mid-century New York realists such as Edward Hopper and Reginald Marsh (his teacher), Sanchez was drawn to landscapes, both urban and rural, as well as genre scenes. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Sanchez established himself as one of the premier painters of daily life in the Caribbean, including his native Cuba. After the Cuban Revolution, Sanchez shifted his focus to other islands in the Caribbean as well as countries in Latin America and even Morocco. Through it all, New York-where he had permanently settled in 1952-remained a constant source of inspiration for him. Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections brings together stellar examples of this under-appreciated artist’s remarkable oeuvre, which have never before been shown together. An Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will take place on February 9, 2017 at 7 pm.

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity

February 23 – May 21, 2017

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black Dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine and fashionable today. Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity features work from emerging and renowned photographers and filmmakers from the US, Europe and Africa. This exhibition is guest-curated by US-based independent curator Shantrelle P. Lewis. An Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk will be held on February 23, 2017 at 7 pm.

Generous support for Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional support is provided by Hahnemühle. Programming for this exhibition is made possible thanks, in part, to the Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.

The Lowe Art Museum ( is located on the campus of the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida. With a Permanent Collection of 19,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world culture, the Lowe is committed to serving as a vital resource for education and enrichment through art. Its dynamic permanent and temporary exhibitions establish the Lowe as a keeper of memories, a showcase for masterworks, an igniter of awe and wonder, and a bridge between yesterday and today.

Museum gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and University holidays. General Admission (not including programs) is $12.50, $8 for senior citizens and non-UM students, and free foR Lowe members, UM students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. Admission is free on Donation Day, the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, call 305-284-3535, follow us on Twitter at@loweartmuseum, follow us on, or visit

Image: Kia Chenelle (American, b. 1983), The Waiting Man I, 2013, Archival print, 8 x 10 inches, Courtesy of the artist © Kia Chenelle

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