Edge

ART REVIEW

Looking into the eternal images of Russell Crotty’s paper and acrylic globes at the Miami Art Museum is a humbling experience. The detailed pen and watercolor drawings of cosmos over southern California stretched over 3D spheres reminds us of how truly small we and our problems really are.

The exhibit consists of nine globes varying in size from 8 to 46 inches with an additional globe, commissioned by the museum, of the night sky over the Everglades. The larger pieces have both poetry and prose (mainly from travel magazines) written on them as well as a view of the southern California tree line. Smaller pieces consisted of only stars with the exception of passing meteors on one.

It’s easy to over think this exhibit as the infinite white specks covering the blue and black spheres invite contemplation. However, still speculating possible meanings about the exhibit almost a week later is a bit obsessive. For instance, I doubt that Crotty – an astronomer who has worked in collaboration with NASA – chose to have an equal number of globes as planets in our solar system as merely a coincidence. I also don’t think that the amalgamate of poetry and travel writing adorning the terrestrial landscape was accidental either, but I’m unsure of his message.

However, a minor problem with this show is that physically, there isn’t much to it. The space housing the showcase is small with stark white walls; only one lonely placard describing the size and materials of the spheres hangs by the entrance.

Overall though, the show is quite compelling and thought-provoking, despite its small size and lack of information, both posted and printed. While it’s easy to feel cheated coming out of this exhibit, it isn’t something seen everyday.

Miami Art Museum is located at 101 West Flagler St., directly across from the Metrorail government station. General admission is $5 and students with a valid ‘Cane Card can come in free. The exhibit runs through June 27.

Jonathan Twiggar can be contacted at j.twiggar@umiami.edu.

March 30, 2004

Reporters

The Miami Hurricane

Student newspaper at the University of Miami


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • HurricaneSports

It wasn’t long ago when the Miami Hurricanes’ Class of 2020 included the top three rising senior pro ...

Six new Hurricanes football players arrived on campus and began classes Monday, a group including a ...

The Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship schedule is set. The No. 4 seed Miami Hurricanes ...

The first regular season of Gino DiMare’s head-coaching era ended Saturday at Mark Light Field. But ...

The Miami Hurricanes’ hopes for hosting an NCAA regional were damaged a bit on Friday night by a 12- ...

Imagine simulating diabetes, lung cancer, or heart disease on a device no larger than a credit card. ...

Alabama’s new abortion law puts the issue of women’s rights in the spotlight for the upcoming 2020 e ...

The University of Miami is shaping the future of education by using innovative approaches that drive ...

Six short films created by University of Miami film students will be screened in Los Angeles this we ...

Researchers from 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries, hosted by the Institute for the Advanced ...

Four Miami Hurricanes were among those recognized by the Atlantic Coast Conference Monday for their ...

Top-seeded Estela Perez-Somarriba of the Miami women's tennis team started her NCAA Singles Cha ...

The Barcelona, Spain, native caps his sophomore campaign with a team-high 21 singles wins. ...

The University of Miami track and field program garnered 20 entries in the 2019 NCAA East Preliminar ...

Miami's schedule features seven matches against teams that reached the NCAA Championship. ...

TMH Twitter
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly in print on Tuesdays during the regular academic year.