In Mira Lehr’s art, a celebration of the sea and its creatures and a lament for what lies ahead.
This article is part of our latest 在博物馆专题报告, which focuses on the intersection of art and politics.
ORLANDO — Sometimes Mira Lehr sees the ocean as dark and foreboding. Other times it is sparkling and inviting.
In her solo exhibition “High Water Mark,” running through May 10 at the 梅纳罗美国艺术博物馆 这里， 毫秒。莱尔 tells a nuanced story of global warming with video, paintings and sculpture.
“It’s the beauty of everything interspersed with the gravity of what’s happening,” said Karen James, a retired Social Security manager from Maitland, an Orlando suburb, who stopped by the museum one afternoon with her sister and brother-in-law.
毫秒。莱尔 has lived most of her life in Miami Beach. As she was raising a family, she helped start an art collective “for women who were equally adrift and feeling isolated.” The women sponsored workshops and organized “small potatoes shows to support each other.”
“It’s dangerous and it’s exciting,” she said of the gunpowder. “It’s what my work is all about: beauty and its opposites, danger and destruction.”
In her current exhibition, she turned a room in the museum into a small movie theater. On a big screen, a dark, menacing ocean pulses on a deserted beach, murmuring in a low funereal chant. On the side walls she hung cutout shapes of 鹿角珊瑚 covered with mirrored glass. The mirrors flicker with reflections of a warming, acidic ocean that has been devastating coral reefs around the world.
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There are lessons in coral reefs. “There is a kind of chain reaction with coral,” she said. “One goes and they all go. That could happen to our cities. We need to work together to save them.”
“Her work lets you be a part of it,” said Colleen Nelson, a preschool teacher in nearby Winter Park. “You feel it.”
毫秒。莱尔’s idyllic painting of the sea stretches 40 feet over 10 wooden panels. It is an arresting work with an overall sunny mien, yet she subtly suggests potential distress with dark flecks and soft flashes of red.
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The small Mennello Museum, near downtown, is cradled in a forest of sprawling oak trees draped with Spanish moss.
Shannon Fitzgerald, executive director of the Mennello, said she liked the tone of 毫秒。莱尔’s work. “It doesn’t hit me in the face,” she said. “It gets me in my heart.”