2018-19 Season Preview for The Palm Beaches

2018-19 Season Preview for The Palm Beaches


Provided by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County


Exhibitions are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cultural Council’s galleries in Lake Worth.

Play with your Food

Play with Your Food!

Sept. 14 – Nov. 3, 2018

Exhibition Preview: September 13

The delights of the culinary world often lead to once-in-a-lifetime experiences that evoke comfort, tradition and culture. Food is also one of the ties that bind and bring friends and families together. Since people tend to eat with their eyes first, in this exhibition, 21 artists are encouraged to “play” with their food and create works of art in all media. From the painterly realism on canvas to the incredible mastery of bronze on display, here is where food will be transformed into something timeless.


November 2018 – April 2019: The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach

The 14th season of Culture & Cocktails features well-known speakers and talented interviewers to delight audiences with conversations of art, music, dance, photography and so much more. Free for Council members, $75 in advance, $85 at the door 

November 5: Cinematic Angles 

Doug Liman, Director (Swingers, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fair Game, Edge of Tomorrow)

January 7: Collage Mirage

Bruce Helander, Artist & Writer Interviewed by Deborah Pollack

February 4: Movies, Wine & Design

Charles Cohen, Film Producer & Developer Interviewed by Dr. David Breneman

March 11: Art Attack

Christine Awylard, Collector Interviewed by Daphne Nikolopoulos

April 8: Who’s Sorry Now?

Dick Robinson, Broadcaster & Philanthropist, Interviewed by Jill & Rich Switzer With Special Surprise Guests


Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Excuse Me!?! I’m Looking for the “Fountain of Youth” 

Nov. 13, 2018 – March 24, 2019

Over the past 35 years Michael Smith has chronicled the life of his alter-ego “Mike,” the quintessential Everyman, in live performances, video, photography, drawings, and installations in museums and festivals around the world. Smith’s tragicomic character traverses the pitfalls of contemporary life in America, never quite understanding the trends he tries to follow or what exactly is happening to him. Smith’s exhibition looks at aging from “Mike’s” perspective. It includes a tableau with a lonely disco ball documenting all the years of his life since 1951; photographs taken on his trip to the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park in St. Augustine, Florida; and a trip to KidZania where children can step into adult roles. Smith’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as many other international venues. He recently created a tattoo studio serving clients over 65 for the prestigious once-in-a decade exhibition, Munster Sculpture Project.

Admission: $12/adult, $10/senior; free for members, students (with valid ID) and children 12 & under


Evenings at the Council

November-April - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the end of the week with music and art. Evenings at the Council features talented, local musicians at our Lobby Desk Concerts on the first Friday of the month and provides performance opportunities for up-and-coming talent at our Open Mic/Jam Nights on the third Friday of the month.

Summer Concert Series


What better way to celebrate the end of a long summer Saturday than to take a seat, sip a cold drink and enjoy an evening of music? The beat goes on as the Cultural Council hosts its Summer Music Series with three performances featuring local musicians.

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Sept. 29, 2018 – March 31, 2019

Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was – and still is – prized for its sheen, a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials. Since the late 1980s, this tradition has been challenged. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists have pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures, works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer’s natural virtues. To create these forms and shapes, contemporary lacquer artists bend tradition to their needs. Kofushiwaki Tsukasa’s Fallen Moon I is four meters (13 feet) long, a scale enabled by the kanshitsu technique, developed in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 AD), in which a base of lacquer-saturated hemp fiber is created with a mold. Many artists have gravitated to polystyrene, a lightweight, flexible, yet immutable material, such as Aoki Chie’s Body 09-1. For The Dual Sun, Kurimoto Natsuki used an even more modern base: an automobile hood. Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the thirty works by sixteen artists comprise the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture. They have all been drawn from the Clark Collections at Mia, the only collection in the world to feature this extraordinary new form.

Admission: $15/adult; $13/senior; $9/children

Public Art/Cities of West Palm Beach & Lake Worth

Artist: Hula /Sean Yoro @Canvas Outdoor Museum

CANVAS Outdoor Museum

After “painting the town red” for two years in West Palm Beach, CANVAS brought color to the city of Lake Worth for its third year. Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS brings together the most innovative contemporary artists, collectors and art influencers from around the world.

Championing art in public places, CANVAS transforms landscapes into an interactive art experience, activating spaces and engaging with the city from concept to completion. Colossal murals and installations punctuate the landscape, along with a complement of public and private events as a nexus between the artists and the community. Guests can pick up a map of Lake Worth mural locations at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, or take a mural walk in downtown West Palm Beach.

Admission: Free


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