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“Deep River” Opening Events



Deep River detailThe Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is honored to have artist Whitfield Lovell’s Deep River on display at the Museum. Lovell, a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship winner, creates site specific, multimedia installations that explore the legacy of African Americans who fled from slavery in pursuit of freedom during the Civil War. His artwork is filtered through his personal history and memories as he uses Conte crayon to create the captivating portraits.

The curatorial team is busy building walls, installing projectors and preparing for the opening! On Wednesday, May 20th the Museum will host a special Members Only Preview Day, followed by an Opening Celebration that evening! Then, come back on Thursday, May 21st for Conversations & Cocktails. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Mr. Lovell speak in person about the creative process behind his work.Flight from the Deep River Mound

Member Preview – May 20th, 12 to 4 p.m.
For those who prefer less fanfare and an opportunity to spend quiet, reflective time in an exhibition, the Members Only Preview is perfect for you! All members are invited to peruse Deep River before it opens to the General Public on Thursday, May 21st. Docent tours of the exhibition will be held every hour on the hour starting at Noon. As an added bonus, Members can enjoy 20% off in the Cummer Café and in the Museum Shop as well!

Donor, Member & Community Opening Celebration – May 20th, 5 to 8 p.m.
All are invited to join the Museum in Celebrating the opening of Deep River with small bites, tasty beverages, music from Patrick Evan, a live portrait demonstration with Thony Aiuppy and a first look at the show before it opens to the General Public. Join a docent for a complimentary tour through the exhibition at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. You don’t want to miss remarks by Museum Director Hope McMath at 7 p.m. This event is free for Donors and Members but please register here. Non-Members pay just $10 at the door or by registering online here. (Admission includes a drink ticket and appetizers.)

Deep River Disk #32Conversations & Cocktails – May 21st, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Peruse the exhibition, then enjoy cocktails, small bites and live music on the Cafe patio from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then make your way into the Auditorium for a talk with Whitfield Lovell from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Members are $25 and Non-Members are $35. To register for this event click here.

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