Palm Beach County is a vacation destination so rich in arts and culture that it’s been dubbed Florida’s Cultural Capital®. This February, The Palm Beaches are especially full of creative and awe-inspiring experiences for visitors.
“Glasstress Boca Raton,” a glassworks exhibition presented alongside the Venice Biennale since 2009, makes its largest U.S. debut at the Boca Raton Museum of Art from January 31 to July 2. Contemporary artists from around the world who typically don’t work in glass were invited to create new works alongside master glassmakers at Studio Berengo in Murano. The results defy typical notions of glass and tackle social and global issues—as in Song Dong’s surveillance camera chandelier in “Glass Big Brother” and the challenges of the medium, as in Cornelia Parker’s paradoxical snare drum that can never be played.
The 3rd Annual International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium 2017 takes place in downtown Boynton Beach February 3 through 5, with more than 75 kinetic installations powered by solar, wind, lights, robotics, water, gravity and more. There are opportunities to meet kinetic artists and participate in a lecture series, or just stroll among these public outdoor art installations from around the world.
The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience presents “Science Meets Music,” a four-part series combining a scientific lecture with a classical music performance, with the series’ second event on February 15. This lecture features Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D., Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology and one of Time Magazine’s 2015 “100 Most Influential People in the American World,’ whose work includes developing the genome editing tool CRISPR-Cas9. She will be accompanied by Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach.
Collectors and connoisseurs from the world over will visit the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from February 16 to 21. On view will be fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass and textiles, sculpture, and more, from the antiquities to the 21st century.
The 23rd annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival [pictured above]—the world’s largest—will take place February 25 and 26 in Downtown Lake Worth. More than 600 artists will use the asphalt as their canvas to transform the streets into a temporary outdoor gallery of art. Concurrently, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County will present the exhibition “Scenes on the Street: A Photographic Exhibit of the Art of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival” from February 4 to March 4.
Also among February cultural happenings in The Palm Beaches:
Malpaso Dance Company will be at Palm Beach State College’s Duncan Theatre February 3 and 4, and the historic Flagler Museum will present Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende on violin and piano on February 7 and Palm Beach Symphony on February 8.
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will feature “Beautiful, the Carole King Musical,” February 1-5; the Philadelphia Orchestra, February 7-8; “An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth: Celebrating the Art of Elegance” on February 15; Chaka Kahn on February 18; Michael Feinstein Conducts the Kravis Center Pops: Big Band Swing, February 19; and Kravis Center’s 25th Anniversary “Night of Stars” on February 11, hosted by Michael Feinstein and featuring Denyce Graves, Neil Sedaka, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, Cameron Carpenter, Darren Criss, Alan Cummings and more.
For more information on these and other outstanding cultural events in The Palm Beaches, go to palmbeachculture.com/events for a complete calendar of cultural experiences.
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