The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and Nova Southeastern University Present: â€œThe Muscular Body as Living Artâ€ A live art exhibition and discussion
On Thursday, July 9, at 6:00 p.m., the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University and the 2009 NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Bodybuilding Championships will unite to present â€œThe Muscular Body as Living Art.â€ The special event will be held at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdaleâ€™s Horvitz Auditorium and outdoor Sculpture Terrace in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This summerâ€™s event is inspired by the Whitney Museum of American Artâ€™s 1976 live exhibition, â€œThe Body as Art,â€ which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and Ed Corney.
Photo credit: Copyright www.frankzane.com, used with permission
Photo credit: Michelangeloâ€™s The David. Courtesy of Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
Ellie Rodriguez, the entertainment reporter for Deco Drive, will host â€œThe Muscular Body as Living Artâ€ â€“ a fun, live exhibition featuring NPC Bodybuilding Champions with commentary by noted faculty from Nova Southeastern University. The faculty will discuss male and female muscular body images throughout art history from sculpture to pop art. During the discussion, NPC Bodybuilding Champions will bring iconic sculptures such as The Thinker, Diana (goddess of the hunt), Hercules (of the Theatre of Pompey), and Michelangeloâ€™s David to life-posed on pedestals. The audience is invited to participate in what promises to be a lively discussion on male and female muscular body images in society.
â€œArtists for centuries have studied the human body, its contours, beauty, and power,â€™â€™ said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale. â€œNow, front and center for the first time, and guaranteed to be a one-day blockbuster, we offer you what promises to be an exceptional exhibition of muscular energy.â€
The event will be followed by an outdoor party with refreshments featuring bodybuilders posing, live musical performances and an extravagant wall-to-wall screening of the Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary â€œPumping Iron.â€
“This event will be an exciting pre-event to our 2009 NPC Southern States Championships,â€ commented Peter W. Potter, NPC National Vice-President & Promoter. â€œFrom the classical times of the Greeks & Romans to the present, a muscular physique has been the subject of artists and sculptors world-wide. The participating bodybuilders will exhibit the finest physiques of the present, as they will be in contest shape ready for the July 10-11 2009 NPC Southern States Championships contest.”
â€œThe Muscular Body as Living Artâ€ will be an excellent preview to NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Bodybuilding Championships on July 10th and July 11th at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. The NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Bodybuilding Championships is the largest, regional national qualifier east of the Mississippi and includes teenage, adult and senior competitors (both men and women) from ten different states plus Puerto Rico. The NPC Southern States Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Bodybuilding Championships is open to any athlete registered by the NPC (National Physique Committee) which is a part of the International Federation of Body Builders, an international amateur sports organization. For more information about the 2009 NPC Southern States Competition please visit www.npcsouthernstates.com.
For tickets to â€œThe Muscular Body as Living Artâ€ and additional information contact Emily McCrater at (954) 262-0236 or e-mail her at email@example.com. With advance notice, reduced ticket prices are $20 (will call). Ticket prices at the door are $25. Tickets for Members of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and Nova Southeastern University students and faculty with a valid university I.D. are $15.
The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ART | FORT LAUDERDALE
The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, a division of Nova Southeastern University, is open daily 11 am — 5 pm with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 pm. Summer Hours (run May 25th through November 16th) are Tuesday â€“ Sunday 11 am â€“ 5 pm with extended hours on Thursday until 8 pm and closed on Mondays. Suggested admission is $10 adults; $7 students (6 to 17) , military and seniors (65+). College students with a valid ID, children 5 and under, students 6 to 17 with a Broward County Library card and Museum members are admitted free. On the Third Thursday of each month: Free admission from 5 to 8 pm. The Museum of Art is located at One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Studio Arts Creative Art Academy for adults and students (grades 1 to 12) offers a 10-week program, taught by professional artists. Courses on painting, drawing, design, art history, and musical theater. For more information call 954-262-0239 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Museum also features a CafÃ© Bar, which offers illy coffee, wines and beers.
MUSEUM FUNDING SUPPORT
The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is a division of Nova Southeastern University. Funding for the Museum us provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. In addition, the Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and the City of Fort Lauderdale.