Do brain corals dream?
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science presents the inaugural Curious Vault Collaborations exhibit with a panel discussion 7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 10 exploring “Do Brain Corals Dream of Algal Symbionts?” by local artist Sinisa Kukec and associate professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries at the University of Miami Dr. Andrew Baker. The duo’s massive brain coral piece simulates an actual coral reef through the use of brain coral, neon, acrylic two-way mirror, red oak, a soundtrack and electronics. Local writer Nathaniel Sandler and the museum’s art and collection manager Kevin Arrow join the panel. Cocktails and light bites will be served. Free and open to the public with RSVP: email@example.com. 3280 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-646-4200 or miamisci.org.
Yemenwed at PAMM
At the Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, members of the New York-based art collective “Yemenwed” will discuss their roles within the group, as well as the role of “space” in their collaborative works in architecture, painting, sculpture, animation, performance and music as part of their PAMM Researchers-in-Residence program. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12. Free with museum admission. 305-375-3000, pamm.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Shards of the Past: Pre-Colombian Art,” an exhibit with 26 artifacts in the form of figures, vessels , bowls, and plates (some of which are more than 2,000 years old), is on display through August 31 at the Frost Art Museum. Students enrolled in the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at Florida International University curated the exhibit from beginning to installation. FIU, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890 or thefrost.fiu.edu.
Low Tide Shopping
Swampspace unveils its new gallery space in the Design District, 3940 N. Miami Ave., with “Low Tide Shopping,” a group show featuring works by local artists Jeffrey Noble, Gary Fonseca, Diego Guzmán, Emmett Moore, Jason Hedges, Gustavo Oviedo, Jose Felix Perez, Johnny Laderer, and Mario M. Gonzalez. Opening reception is 7 – 11 p.m. Saturday, June 14. swampspace.blogspot.com.
New at Morikami
Two new exhibits are on view at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: “Samurai Culture: Treasures of South Florida Collections” and “From A Quiet Place: The Paper Sculptures of Kyoko Hazama.” Samurai Culture was organized in conjunction with South Florida collectors and features samurai suits of armor and weapons fashioned during the Edo period (1600-1868). The other showcases elaborate paper sculptures far more complex than origami by Kyoko Hazama, who describes them as “symbolic self-portraits” made from washi, a traditional Japanese paper. Both are on view through August 31. Free with paid admission; adults, $14; seniors, $13; students, $11; children 6-17, $9 and free for members and children 5 and under. 4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach; 561-495-0233 or morikami.org.
Also at Morikami: Visit the Japanese gardens Friday, June 13 for the first “Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk” of the season. From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., the event features taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko, food from the museum’s Cornell Café, and craft sake from Stacole Fine Wines. The museum galleries are closed during these events: July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Admission at the gate is $8 for adults; $6 for children 4-10; free for museum members and children 3 and under. Food and drink sold separately; $2 for taiko performance. Advanced tickets for adults are $7 and available for a until 11:59pm on the Thursday before.
Lowe appoints new director
The University of Miami named Dr. Jill Deupi, who currently serves as director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, the new director of the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables. Beginning Aug. 11, Dr. Deupi will work to connect the Lowe’s collections to the contemporary art world and current cultural trends through enhanced public accessibility with a new online, user-friendly database. miami.edu/news.