Arts Beat: Picasso, New Plays Make South Florida Debuts

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This etching from Picasso’s “La Tauromaquia” is one of 26 images of the bullfight on display at Miami’s Bakehouse Art Complex beginning Oct. 15. Credit: Bank of America Art in our Communities Program

Picasso Exhibit Comes to Miami

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Bakehouse Art Complex, in conjunction with Bank of America’s Art in our Communities Program, will unveil the Miami debut of Pablo Picasso’s landmark “La Tauromaquia” exhibition at the Bakehouse’s Audrey Love Gallery from Oct. 15 – 28.

According to exhibit notes, the Barcelona-based publishing house Gustavo Gili commissioned Picasso in 1957 to illustrate an 18th century book, “The Art of the Bullfight” by José Delgado. Over a few weeks that summer, Picasso etched 26 plates for the book, each depicting different moments in the bullfight. Picasso created this portfolio with a technique that was unusual for him, the sugar-lift aquatint, which allowed him to paint directly on the copper plates with a brush.

Picasso’s life-long fascination with bullfighting began during his childhood, when he would frequently accompany his father to the bullfights hosted in Málaga, his native city. Picasso’s preoccupation with the bullfight remained a recurring theme in his work. This series of aquatints sets out the sequence of steps in a bullfight, from the picture of the bulls lying down in a meadow to the bullfighter being gored in the bullring.

The exhibit will be open to the public at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St. in Miami, Oct. 15 – 28 and admission is free. For more information, go to BACFL.org.

Director Launches Theatre Lab at FAU

Louis Tyrrell, artistic director of the award-winning former Florida Stage in Manalapan and the Theatre at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, is now bringing his magic touch to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Tyrell, a champion of new works, will lead a professional theater company based at the university’s Parliament Hall and serve on the faculty as Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts. The program will also feature an outreach program to local schools led by prominent actor and new associate artistic director Matt Stabile.

The inaugural season will primarily consist of staged and concert readings and workshops, including the song cycle,“Fugitive Songs” by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, Oct. 17 – 18, and featuring a five-piece band led by musical director Caryl Fantel, followed by “Vote for Me: A Musical Debate” by Drew Farnarola and Scott Elmegreen, Oct. 24 – 25. The fall series will be rounded out by a musical to be announced, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, and “Shining Lives” by Jessica Thebus, Andre Pluess and Amanda Dehnert, Nov. 7 – 8. Admission for “Making Musicals” performances is $20 ($10 students).

“Play Slam,” presented weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 21, will feature readings of new works followed by post-performance discussions with playwrights, directors and cast members. Admission is $10 ($5 students).

Acclaimed playwright Israel Horowitz will be the first creative featured on Nov. 18 in “The Playwrights’ Forum” and Marsha Norman will be featured artist when the Theatre Lab kicks off its first new play festival at FAU, Dec. 7 – 13. Admission is $35 ($10 students).

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