Past Exhibitions

Picturing Land and Sea: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Dec. 20, 2014 – May 31, 2015

Featuring more than 20 paintings and works on paper from the Museum’s permanent collection, Picturing Land and Sea explores how artists perceive and portray the natural world. Read more

Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF

February 1 - May 18, 2014

Christian Marclay, Allover (Rush, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, and Others), 2008. Cyanotype, 511⁄2 × 100 in. Published by Graphicstudio, University of South Florida Collection. © 2008 Christian Marclay, Graphicstudio, USF; photo by Will Lytch, courtesy of the Institute for Research in Art/ Graphicstudio, University of South Florida.
Graphicstudio has hosted some of the most important artists of the 20th century, creating technical and conceptual breakthroughs in the world of contemporary art. Over 100 works by 45 artists will fill the Museum walls and highlight the important connection between Tampa and the international arts world. Read more.

Arp, Calder, and Miró: Modern Masters from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

October 5, 2013 - January 19, 2014

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976). The Cone, 1960. Painted metal, overall: 100 x 110 x 65 inches (254 x 279.4 x 165.1 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1961. © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Featuring a comprehensive array of fifty-two works across varied media by Jean (Hans) Arp  and Alexander Calder , this exhibition will highlight the work of three modern masters, who pushed color, line, and form beyond convention. Arp, Miró, and Calder converged early in their artistic careers. Read more.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

March 7–May 31, 2015

Triple Self-Portrait - Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, February 13, 1960, ©1960: SEPS, Norman Rockwell Museum Collections
One of the most popular American artists of the past century, Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) was a keen observer of human nature and a gifted storyteller. For nearly seven decades, while history was in the making all around him, Rockwell chronicled our changing society in the small details and nuanced scenes of ordinary people in everyday life. Read More.

Echoes of Antiquity: Revisiting and Reimagining the Ancient World

October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Peter Saari (American, b. 1951) Fragment of a Fluted Column, 1979 Casein and gouache on plaster on canvas on board 75 in. x W. 60 in. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Helen A. Lende  1997.003.001
From the rediscovery of ancient sites and artworks in the Renaissance until the present day, the world of classical antiquity lives on, continually fascinating and inspiring artists.

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

On view January 24, 2016, through May 15, 2016

Jaume Plensa. Soul of Words I and II, 2014. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015. Photo: Dean Dixon. © Jaume Plensa. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York
One of the world’s foremost living sculptors, Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (b. 1955) has created large-scale artworks related to the human figure for public places around the globe. This exhibition, the artist’s largest to date in the United States, features numerous indoor as well as outdoor installations, engaging viewers even before they enter the Museum.

XTO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude featuring works from the bequest of David C. Copley

On view September 26, 2015 through January 3, 2016

Christo, Wrapped Portrait of Jeanne-Claude, 1963, oil on canvas portrait painted by Christo Javacheff. Wrapped with polyethylene and rope by Christo, mounted on a black wooden board, 30 7/8 x 20 1/8 x 2 inches. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Gift of David C. Copley Foundation.  
Christo is best known for the monumental projects he and his late wife and collaborator Jeanne-Claude accomplished over nearly four decades. 

The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

On view June 13 through September 6, 2015

John George Brown (British, active USA, 1831-1913), Pull for the Shore, n.d., Oil on canvas, 24 x 39 3/4 in., Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Gifts from the Estate of Mrs. Stanley McCormick, Norman Hirschl and the American Federation of Arts to the Preston Morton Collection by exchange 1971.18
This selection of more than 50 paintings and eight sculptures highlights the maturation of a distinctly American idiom, one informed by international currents and engaged with capturing the fluxes of modern life. READ MORE

C. Paul Jennewein: Selections from the Permanent Collection

October 11, 2014 - May 31, 2015

C. Paul Jennewein (German/American, 1890-1978), Greek Dance, 1984 (cast from the original 1926 bronze), Gilded bronze, Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Brookgreen Gardens in honor of C. Paul Jennewein  1989.002
Active throughout the early to mid-20th century, sculptor C. Paul Jennewein created works that ranged from intimate small-scale bronze sculptures to major architectural project. Read more

In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

On view June 20 through September 20,2015

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Mao (II.91), edition 212/250, 1972, Screenprint, 36 x 36 in., Publisher: Castelli Graphics and Multiples, Inc., New York, 2000.123b, Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol (1928–1987) depicted the world with the volume turned up. Employing a seemingly endless palette, his work has challenged our perceptions of popular culture, politics, and consumerism for more than fifty years. Read More

Utility and Aesthetics in Ancient Art

March 10, 2012 - May 11, 2014

Red-Figure Calyx Krater (Mixing Vessel), attributed to the Menelaos Painter, Greek, Attic, ca. 440 B.C., ceramic.
The Tampa Museum of Art houses an important permanent collection of classical antiquities—well over 500 ancient artworks and artifacts spanning several millennia (ca. 3000 B.C.-A.D. 500) and a range of cultures and media, from marble Cycladic figurines of the Early Bronze Age to terracottas of the late Roman empire. Read more.

To See as Artists See: American Art from The Phillips Collection


ARTHUR G. DOVE (1880–1946)
Red Sun, 1935
Oil on Canvas
For this exhibition, curators selected works from the 1850s through 1960s that showcase the full breadth of its American art. Geniuses of American painting in the exhibition include Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Rockwell Kent, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and Mark Rothko. Read more