Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. July 1st, 2009. 6:00 p.m. 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 and Bodybuilding Championships will unite to present “The Muscular Body as Living Art.” The special event will be held at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale’s Horvitz Auditorium and outdoor Sculpture Terrace in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This summer’s event is inspired by the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 1976 live exhibition, “The Body as Art,” which featured Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane, and Ed Corney.
Ellie Rodriguez, the entertainment reporter for Deco Drive, will host “The Muscular Body as Living Art” – 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 Michelangelo’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.
“Artists for centuries have studied the human body, its contours, beauty, and power,’’ said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. “Now, 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.”
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 “Pumping Iron.”
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301