Alas, we were crestfallen to discover that Material Terrain: A Sculptural Exploration of Landscape & Place -- the exhibition opening tonight at 8:00 at the Lowe Art Museum -- is not a probing exam of belly-button aesthetics. Instead its a study of the uneasy relationship between the natural and constructed world, featuring 11 artists who employ diverse techniques and materials to raise questions about inside-ness and outside-ness, say the exhibits organizers.
Bursting out of the museums Green and Friends Galleries, the provocative show pokes into the murky associations between landscape and place, where the artists reveal that nature is a realm of retreat and wonder; nostalgia provides a pristine, pre-industrialized landscape; and eroticism crops up in cycles of cultivation, production, and consumption. Tonight at 7:00, the show is preceded by a free lecture, Telling Land: Mapping Territories in Contemporary Art, by indie curator and critic Dominique Nahas. Complimentary Bacardi cocktails, light munchies, and music by the UM Jazz Duo are included with the $10 admission. The exhibit will continue through November 27. Call 305-284-3535, or visit www.lowemuseum.org.
Sept. 14-Nov. 27, 2007