March 18 – Ft. Lauderdale - If you're looking for a new place to grab a drink after work, and perhaps hook up with a new crowd, consider the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd.), which from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday will offer free admission to its glamorous new photography exhibit, "Edward Steichen: In High Fashion." There also will be live Brazilian music and movers and shakers out on the patio, and drinks available in the museum cafe. Info: moaflnsu.org, 954-525-5500.
The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, founded in 1958, is housed in a building designed by noted American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and completed in 1986. In 2003, the Museum inaugurated its Studio School, offering courses in painting, drawing, design, and other disciplines taught by professional artists; classrooms are located in the Studio School Annex located in the historic Travel Guard building along the scenic New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. An active performing arts program, including Inside Out as its resident theater company, is scheduled in the Museum’s 256-seat Horvitz Auditorium.
The Museum has now become well known for its exhibitions, which have ranged from Diana: A Celebration to Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and for the highly regarded Artist in Residence Program, which broadens the sphere of conversation about contemporary art. The Museum of Art has become one of South Florida’s leading cultural attractions; since 2003, it has broken all South Florida museum records by hosting more than one million visitors. The Museum’s collection of more than six thousand works is international in scope, while strongly reflecting the creative expression of the cultures of South Florida and the Caribbean.
The collection includes significant works by the American artist William Glackens, by the artists of the northern European CoBrA movement, and by contemporary Cuban artists. It is the mission of the Museum to explore the broadest spectrum of visual culture at the highest level of quality.
The Museum's two floors have a total of more than 21,000 square feet of space (not including the Glackens Wing) available for exhibitions. The Norma and William Horvitz Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 256, is a versatile facility that can be used for lectures, concerts, plays, films, and other activities, and the Miriam and Bernard Peck Sculpture Terrace on the second floor offers roughly 2,800 square feet of space for sculpture installations. The auditorium, sculpture terrace, and other Museum facilities can be rented for private functions.
The Museum is located at One E. Las Olas Blvd., on the northeast corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, at the foot of the Andrews Avenue drawbridge over the New River.