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Observing art from a distance evokes a handful of feelings and emotions, depending on how we relate to it. Because there is more to art than its physical presence on a community mural, on the streets, or in an exhibition, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is hosting Miami-based artist Michael Vasquez for its upcoming Art Roundtable event to discuss the meaning behind his work. Symbolizing the characteristics of modern-day urban dwelling, particularly in Miami, Vasquez's work is known for depicting the allure of neighborhood street gangs, ideals of masculinity, identity, and community. His work is recognized throughout the U.S. in a variety of museums and private collections. Creating remarkably poignant art all around, Vasquez's most recent claim to fame is his inclusion in "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self," which is currently on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Seize the chance to pick the mind of Vasquez on Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Art Roundtable is a complimentary event for members at the Museum Enthusiast ($150) level and above. Reservations are required; email [email protected], or call 954-262-0221. Museum members are eligible for a discount. Visit
Tue., Oct. 21, 12-1:30 p.m., 2014
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Gillian Speiser
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