The South Florida Museum, January 27, 2015

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Ocean Soul from National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry
Opens Saturday, February 7
with Exhibition Reception to Follow Thursday, February 12 at 5:30 pm
Harp Seal by Brian Skerry
Visitors to the South Florida Museum will voyage across the oceans and into the depths of mystery and wonder with National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry to experience the ocean like never before. Ocean Soul, a National Geographic Traveling Exhibition opening on February 7, showcases Skerry’s stunning visual display of the ocean environment and the creatures living there. The exhibition will run through June 7, 2015. The Museum will hold an exhibition reception on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator Matthew Woodside says of the exhibition, “I first saw the Ocean Soul exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. I was amazed at National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry’s vibrant underwater photography. I came away with a new appreciation for the beauty and mystery of the ocean’s creatures, ecosystems and biodiversity.” He continues, “When I learned that the National Geographic Society offered a traveling version of the exhibition, I wanted to bring this wonderful show to the South Florida Museum community.”

Translucent shrimp on anemones, Kingsman Reef (2007) by Brian Skerry.

A lifelong diver and advocate of the ocean, Skerry is a revered underwater photographer who has shot nearly 20 National Geographic magazine features, profiling ocean environments and marine conservation. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater documenting the troubles and triumphs of our planet’s oceans. Whether beneath the Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters, Skerry’s dives in extreme conditions have captured rare and intimate moments of marine creatures in their natural settings. His photographs tell compelling stories of survival, from harp seals fleeing execution by commercial hunters in the North Atlantic to damaged coral ecosystems beginning to rebuild themselves in the central Pacific.

“To make great pictures, a photographer must observe and truly see,” said Skerry. “Over time I learned that the real value is in being patient, slowing down and watching the world around me.”

According to NOAA, Earth’s oceans cover 71 percent of the planet’s surface, contains 97 percent of our planet’s water, yet more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. SFM Curator Matthew Woodside observes, “Oceans have a major influence on many of the Earth’s systems such as weather, climate and global temperatures. Oceans produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb most of the carbon from it. We consume more than 170 billion pounds of wild fish and shellfish each year.” He concludes, “I hope this exhibition will inspire people, as it did me, to think a little deeper (pun intended) about our oceans and the life it supports and to simply be amazed at Brian Skerry’s spectacular photography and amazing stories.”

Southern Right Whale, New Zealand (2007) by Brian Skerry

The South Florida Museum will host an Exhibition Reception on Thursday, February 12 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Visitors will be welcome to browse the exhibition and speak with Museum staff about the exhibition and related upcoming programs. Light refreshments will be provided in addition to a cash bar. The Reception is free to Museum Members and $5 admission for the general public. Please click here to register. For information and reservations for the Ocean Soul Reception, please contact Susan McCarthy at [email protected] or 941.746.4131 ext. 13.

The more than 50 photographs in the Ocean Soul exhibition are drawn from Skerry’s fall 2011 National Geographic book of the same name, a retrospective of his photography from the last 20 years. Both follow four key creatures whose gripping stories illustrate the health of the world’s oceans: shark, right whale, leatherback turtle and harp seal. The beautiful, hardcover edition of the Ocean Soul book will be available for sale in the South Florida Museum Store during the run of the exhibition ($50).

On view in the Museum’s East Gallery from February 7 – June 7, 2015, the Ocean Soul exhibition is included in general Museum admission. General admission prices are: Adults – $19, Seniors (65+) – $17, Children (4-12) – $14, Children under 3 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. (Museum members are always free for general Museum admission.)

The Evolving Universe Exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Open through Sunday, February 1 ONLY
Don’t miss this opportunity to see images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other deep space photography!
For information on Exhibits and Daily Admission, visit our website at or call 941-746-4131, ext. 0.

Tomorrow Night
Wednesday, January 28 from 7 pm – 9 pm

[ste-lif-er-uhs] adj. 

Definition – full of stars

Join us for our exciting live star talk, Stelliferous Live with Jeff Rodgers, Director of the Bishop Planetarium. Stelliferous Live is the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the Bishop Planetarium.

Each month, we’ll take a look at the upcoming month’s night skies, then enjoy a discussion about current events in astronomy. Past topics include the Higgs Boson, the search for extrasolar planets and the future of space exploration.



Museum Members – $3

Non-Members – $5
(children 16 and under are FREE)
Paid reservations required; please RSVP by clicking here or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13.


Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).
Sponsored in part by

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. 

Transcendent Man (2011)
This Friday, January 30 at 6 pm!

Join us for “Great Minds”every Friday at 6 pm through March 20. Enjoy these documentaries highlighting an array of brilliant figures in the fields of arts and sciences. These films explore the contributions, insights, discoveries and complexities of some of the greatest thinkers, artists, and minds of our time.

This week’s film: Transcendent Man (2011) Rated PG-13, 96 mins.

This exciting film gets inside the mind of the award-winning scientist and futurist Ray Kurzweil. The film outlines his theory of singularity – the point when change occurs so rapidly that humans will need to merge with technology to keep up – while also chronicling Kurzweil’s history, his myriad accomplishments (including 24 U.S. patents), and his unique vision of the future.

Film Fridays Admission Prices:

Members – $5

Non-members – $7

Paid reservations are required; click here to reserve online or call 941-746-4131, ext. 13.

Remaining Films in the series:

FEBRUARY 6: Sketches of Frank Gehry (2006) PG-13, 83 minutes.

FEBRUARY 13: The Loving Story (2012) Not Rated, 77 minutes.

FEBRUARY 20: Tim’s Vermeer (2013) PG-13, 80 minutes.

FEBRUARY 27: I Have Never Forgotten You (2007) PG-13, 105 minutes.

MARCH 6: Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) PG, 93 minutes.

MARCH 13: Searching for Sugar Man (2012) PG-13, 86 minutes.

MARCH 20: 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2007) Not Rated, 85 minutes.


Please arrive promptly: Pre-purchased program seats will be held until 5 minutes prior to program start time ONLY, at which time they may be released for re-sale (no refunds or exchanges will be given after the start of the program).


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