The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography Exhibition to Debut at Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale on June 5

April 28, 2011

Exhibition’s More Than 200 Photographs By Acclaimed Photographers Including Annie Leibovitz, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Tina Barney Chronicle Pivotal Life Moments Since the 1940s 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – April 28, 2011 – Featuring photographs spanning slightly more than a 60-year time period, the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale’s exhibition The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography examines the moments that shape our being and how key events in life are celebrated and honored. It also explores how pivotal decisions are made by different cultures throughout the world. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum June 5-Sept. 25, 2011.

The Art of Caring’s more than 200 photographs are organized into seven thematic sections:  Children and Family, Love, Wellness, Healing, Disaster, Aging, and Remembering. The exhibition opens with a group of compelling images by Annie Leibovitz that she personally selected to represent all seven themes.

Inspired in part by the legendary photography exhibition The Family of Man, organized in 1955 by Edward Steichen for New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Art of Caring is entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring. The exhibition’s photographs have been lent by artists, museums, private collectors, and from the holdings of the Time/LIFE Picture Collection, which includes a number of classic images by legendary photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Gordon Parks, W. Eugene Smith, and Margaret Bourke-White.

Beginning with photos taken at the conclusion of World War II, the images allow viewers to witness many of the great events that shaped the last half-century, as well as those that are shaping the new millennium.

From intimate family scenes to a startling image of a dog and a large brood of hungry young puppies, the exhibition’s contemporary photos are memorable, insightful and beautiful. Works by well-known contemporary photographers such as Tina Barney, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, Duane Michals, Nicolas Nixon, and Neal Slavin are combined with works by many younger artists including Elinor Carucci, Albert Chong, Loretta Lux, Walter Martin and Eliza French. Additional acclaimed contemporary photographers featuring works in the exhibition are Jessica Todd Harper, Catherine Opie, Peter Granser, and William Wegman.

Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Museum of Art, announced, “In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum of Art is partnering with The United Way of Broward County to invite health and social service organizations to partner with us on a diverse array of programs.  The Museum has a history of making community-based partnerships a cornerstone of our exhibition and educational programs.  The Art of Caring provides a compelling opportunity to reflect upon how art reflects life:  looking at aging, new family norms, environmental awareness, human rights issues, civil and military preparedness, acceptance of diversity, and our global economy.”

Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and guest curated by art historian Cynthia Goodman, Ph.D., the exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an extensive essay by Dr. Goodman, which is available in Books & Books in the Museum’s lobby.

Ticket prices for The Art of Caring, which includes general Museum admission, are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and Military, $5 for students 6-17. Children 5 and under are free. Special Group rates are available by calling 954-262-0241. The Museum is open daily 11am – 6 pm, Thursdays until 8pm, Sunday 12-5pm, CLOSED MONDAYS.

ABOUT FUNDING THE ART OF CARING
Funding for the exhibition in Fort Lauderdale is being provided, in part, by Funding Arts Broward (FAB).  Programming for the exhibition is being supported by The United Way of Broward County, HBO, and the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations.  Funding for the Museum of Art is provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ART I FORT LAUDERDALE
Since its founding in 1958, the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale has served our growing community as a gathering place for friends and neighbors, a lifelong learning center for children and adults, and as a dynamic hub for the cultural life of Broward County. Housed since 1986 in a distinguished modernist building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the Museum is South Florida’s premier destination for quality exhibitions and programs that encompass every facet of civilization’s visual history. During the past five years, more than 1½ million visitors have enjoyed remarkable exhibitions like Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art, Cradle of Christianity, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. In 2008, the Museum became part of Nova Southeastern University, the seventh-largest not-for-profit independent institution in the nation, to form an expanded arts campus that joins the school’s Davie location with the Museum’s downtown Fort Lauderdale address.

The Museum of Art is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue and is always open at www.moafl.org.

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