Eager to explore the visual arts of world destinations such as Japan, Rome, Europe, and New York this summer, but can’t justify the cost? Head straight to The Palm Beaches, where cultural organizations are offering visitors a series of exhibitions that feature an international flavor—without ever leaving Florida!
Here are 10 shows this summer that you won’t want to miss:
Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach
Once in a LIFE Time: The Photographs of Ralph Morse (Through August 4)
This is the first posthumous exhibit of the works of Ralph Morse. Early in his career, the acclaimed photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt grasped his innate talent and hand-delivered Morse to the editors of LIFE Magazine. His career there spanned from being LIFE’s youngest war correspondent in 1942 to photographing John Glenn’s return to space in 1998. Eisenstaedt’s words were prophetic: “He’s going to be one of the Greats.”
Forever thinking on his feet, Morse would skirt the rest of the press to configure unique angles. He would make friends on the spot and enlist them in inventing novel apparatus and avenues for seizing the moment. Captions weren’t needed: His photographs themselves told the story.
Renewal: Going Native (Through August 4)
A celebration of the natural beauty of Florida’s indigenous plants and the wildlife they support, this exhibition also celebrates Renewal: Going Native Plant Week celebrating the City of West Palm Beach’s recently revised landscape ordinance that highlights and rewards the use of native plants in public and private landscapes.
See more of these once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions at workshop.org.
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography (Through July 15)
The exhibition “William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography” celebrates the Norton’s recent acquisition of one of Talbot’s “photogenic drawing negatives” made some time before 1845. The exhibition examines Talbot’s process, his rivalry with Parisian Jacques-Louis Mandé Daguerre (whose own “invention” of photography was celebrated by the French) and Talbot’s concerted effort to explain to a Victorian public why the invention mattered.
Unexpected Narratives: Videos by Chris Doyle and Muntean/Rosenblum (Through July 15)
“Unexpected Narratives” showcases three videos from the early 2000s, featuring works by American Chris Doyle and the artist collaborative of Muntean/Rosenblum (Austrian Markus Muntean and Israeli Adi Rosenblum). Doyle’s “Hotel Bernini I” and “Hotel Bernini II” from 2004 are part of a larger series of stop-motion animation films that bring vacant hotel bedrooms to life. The 2005 video, “Disco,” by Muntean/Rosenblum is a modern-day tableau vivant that opens in a deserted discotheque that transforms into a reinterpretation of the Romantic masterpiece painting, “The Raft of the Medusa,” 1818-1819, by French artist Théodore Géricault. Together, the three works use video to create compelling narratives in unexpected places.
Explore more of these exhibitions online at norton.org.
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton
Nick Carone: Shadow Dance (Through July 29)
Nick Carone is considered one of the founding fathers of abstract painting. He was part of an elite group of artists labeled the “Abstract Expressionists” that included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and Franz Kline. Much of his work is influenced by the cultures of New York City and Rome. The exhibition includes rare enigmatic sculpture heads carved from Roman fieldstone, as well as some of his most iconic paintings.
Nomadic Murals: Contemporary Tapestries And Carpets (Through October 21)This exhibition highlights the ancient art of tapestries and carpets, one of the most coveted artworks of the 14th century. Kings and nobles alike collected these works to decorate wall space, absorb sound in cavernous castles, and showcase one’s wealth and power. In fact, society deemed tapestries more valuable than paintings and sculptures. Guests can observe tapestry designs from contemporary artists such as Aziz & Cucker, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, William Kentridge, Fred Tomaselli and Kehinde Wiley.
For more details, visit bocamuseum.org.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
Unexpected Smiles: Seven Types of Humor in Japanese Paintings (Through August 10): Japanese culture has always valued humor as a powerful form of artistic expression. This exhibition focuses on seven specific categories of humor that includes parody, satire, personification, wordplay, fantasy, exaggeration and playfulness through the expression of painting.
Edo-goma: Japanese Spinning Tops (Through August 10): The Edo period (1600 – 1868) was characterized by live theatrical performances that were based around spinning tops. These tops, known as “Edo-goma,” were balanced on intriguing items such as the blade of a sword or a fan as performers would simultaneously dance. Unfortunately, the novelty became so prominent the government censored purchases of these tops. Regardless, visual artists found a way to construct, buy and perform with these iconic but infamous tops. The exhibition displays work from the collection of Janell Landis.
See more of the incredible world of Morikami Museum at morikami.org.
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth
Educators and Artists (Through August 18): As part of the Cultural Council’s 40th anniversary, this special exhibition features work in various mediums by 40 past and present faculty of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. The founder of the Council, Dreyfoos made the largest-ever private contribution to a public school in Florida when he pledged $1 million to support Palm Beach County School of the Arts, which was subsequently renamed in his honor. A majority of the work on view is new, made exclusively for this exhibition, which is a testament to the dedication of the teaching artists themselves and their passion to create. Work ranges from ceramics to paintings to fabric pieces and more.
Visit palmbeachculture.com to learn more about this exhibition and others on display this summer.
Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach
Flora (Through September 23): “Flora” is an exhibition dedicated entirely to the beauty of springtime, flowers and new beginnings from 30 artists around the world. Highlights include an immersive, hanging-thread garden that guests can walk through, a larger-than-life dandelion atrium and a collaborative “enchanting garden” installation that includes a variety of sculptures. For more photos and a look inside Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, visit oldschoolsquare.org.
With this incredible array of work on display, The Palm Beaches is the perfect place to experience international art this summer. Your trip starts as soon as you start planning it, so why not make it easy on yourself? Let us help you make this summer unforgettable.