• Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist / Two Masterpieces

    On view September 12, 2019 through November 10, 2019

    Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist / Two Masterpieces focuses on two unique Basquiat artworks: Yellow Door (1985) and Untitled (Word on Wood) (1985). The exhibition will examine the artist’s visual vocabulary in an intimate presentation of these two important paintings. Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist / Two Masterpieces explores the artist’s use of found materials, text, and portraiture as a means to explore socio-political themes and self-identity. Related materials will further address how Basquiat’s art signified new directions in abstract figuration and 20th-century painting. This show is part of the fall exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts.

    The exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist / Two Masterpieces is part of the exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts. The series simultaneously presents three discrete shows focused on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and a selection of 20th- and 21st-century Haitian Vodou flags. The use of found objects, such as discarded wood and textiles, formally links the exhibitions together. More importantly, historical and socio-economic narratives informed by the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, the Black experience in America, as well as European artistic influences, unite the artists featured in the series. Although each is a stand-alone show, viewed together, the series explores provocative portrayals of race, identity, spirituality, survival, and hope in a range of assemblage objects and compositions.

     

    Additional support for the Ordinary/Extraordinary
    exhibition season is provided by:

    Deborah Brittain | Muriel Braithwaite
    Dr. Willie Logan and Lyra Blizzard Logan | Bales Security

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Purvis Young: 91

    On view September 12, 2019 through January 26, 2020

    The exhibition Purvis Young: 91 presents for the first time the depth of the Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010) holdings in the Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection. In 2004, the Rubell Family Foundation gifted 91 works by Young to the Museum, one of the largest donations of the artist’s work in the Southeast. Young, a self-taught artist, created thousands of assemblages with imagery of protesters, pregnant women, and warriors on wood remnants, cabinets, and doors. The artworks reflect Young’s experiences and observations living in Overtown, Miami.

    Purvis Young: 91 is part of the exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts. The series simultaneously presents three discrete shows focused on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and a selection of 20th- and 21st-century Haitian Vodou flags. The use of found objects, such as discarded wood and textiles, formally links the exhibitions together. More importantly, historical and socio-economic narratives informed by the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, the Black experience in America, as well as European artistic influences, unite the artists featured in the series. Although each is a stand-alone show, viewed together, the series explores provocative portrayals of race, identity, spirituality, survival, and hope in a range of assemblage objects and compositions.

     

    Additional support for the Ordinary/Extraordinary
    exhibition season is provided by:

    Deborah Brittain | Muriel Braithwaite
    Dr. Willie Logan and Lyra Blizzard Logan | Bales Security

     

    Untitled, c. 1985-1999

    Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010), Mixed media, paint on wood. 94 x 49 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, 2004.046.025. © Larry T. Clemons / Gallery 712 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York). Photographer: Philip LaDeau

    Untitled, c. 1985-1999

    Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010). Mixed media. 64 5/8 x 47 1/4 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, 2004.046.064. © Larry T. Clemons / Gallery 712 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York). Photographer: Philip LaDeau. Pregnant women reappear throughout the artist’s work as symbols of hope for the new generation.

    Untitled, c. 1985-1999

    Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010). Mixed media. 38 1/2 x 18 3/8 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, 2004.046.016. © Larry T. Clemons / Gallery 712 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York). Photographer: Philip LaDeau. This work depicts Purvis Young’s portrayal of shackled men.

    Untitled, c. 1985-1999

    Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010). Mixed media. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, 2004.046.085. © Larry T. Clemons / Gallery 712 / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York). Photographer: Philip LaDeau. Purvis Young often painted on discarded wood doors. The imagery depicts angels looking over the artist’s community.

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection

    On view September 12, 2019 through January 26, 2020

    Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection examines the tradition and artistry of Haitian Vodou flags. Often made of discarded burlap bags, repurposed fabric, beads, and sequins, Vodou flags represent Haiti’s spiritually rich yet often misunderstood Vodou religion. Guest curator and artist Edouard Duval-Carrié (Haitian, b. 1954) examines the role of Vodou flags and flagmakers within Haiti’s dynamic visual culture. Sacred Diagrams highlights vintage ceremonial flags from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as explores recent interpretations of Vodou flags by artists Clotaire Bazile, Myrlande Constant, Mireille Delice Delisme, Silva Joseph, Dubreus Lherisson, Edgar Jean Louis, Antoine Oleyant, Yves Telemaque, and George Valris.

    This exhibition is part the exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts. The series simultaneously presents three discrete shows focused on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and a selection of 20th- and 21st-century Haitian Vodou flags. The use of found objects, such as discarded wood and textiles, formally links the exhibitions together. More importantly, historical and socio-economic narratives informed by the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, the Black experience in America, as well as European artistic influences, unite the artists featured in the series. Although each is a stand-alone show, viewed together, the series explores provocative portrayals of race, identity, spirituality, survival, and hope in a range of assemblage objects and compositions.

     

    Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from
    the Gessen Collection
    is presented by: 

    Kay & Roderick Heller, The Harpeth, Franklin, TN

     

    Additional support for the Ordinary/Extraordinary
    exhibition season is provided by:

    Deborah Brittain | Muriel Braithwaite
    Dr. Willie Logan and Lyra Blizzard Logan | Bales Security

     

    Grand Erzulie, 2012

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968), Sequins and beads on cloth. 14 x 17 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer: Philip LaDeau

    Star-Legba, c. 1960-1970

    Artist unknown, Sequins and beads on cloth. 26 x 30 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer; Philip LaDeau

    Le Sirene and Ague, 2005

    Lionel St. Eloi (Haitian, b. 1950), Sequins and beads on cloth.. 33 x 32 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer; Philip LaDeau

    Dambalah, c. 1960-1970

    Artist unknown, Sequins and beads on cloth. 25 x 29 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer: Philip LaDeau

    Ague Taroyo, 2007

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968), Sequins and beads on cloth. 48 x 42 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer: Philip LaDeau

    Ogou Ferrialle, 2004

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968), Sequins and beads on cloth. 42 x 48 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen. Photographer; Philip LaDeau

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix-16

    On view August 9, 2019 through January 5, 2020

    One of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008) defined his oeuvre by using ordinary, non-traditional materials to create distinct works of art. His “combines” hovered between painting and sculpture, and incorporated a range of media and techniques. Rauschenberg often used photography in his work and layered images to render provocative narratives or observations about the world around him. Suite 1 from (America Mix-16), 1983, a portfolio of 16 photogravures, features photographs of found vignettes or objects Rauschenberg encountered during his travels around the US. He found beauty in the mundane, such as a dilapidated rag hanging from the gas cap of an abandoned truck or the inadvertent still life of trashed objects resting on the curb. Rarely exhibited from the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection, the entirety of this portfolio will be on view.

    Flags from Suite 1 (America Mix-16), 1983 (detail)

    Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), Boxed portfolio of 16 photogravures. 20 ½ x 26 ½ inches. Edition 7 of 40. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Gail and Arnold Levine, 1984.075.005. © 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Photographer: Philip LaDeau

    Truck from Suite 1 (America Mix-16), 1983 (detail)

    Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925-2008), Boxed portfolio of 16 photogravures. 20 ½ x 26 ½ inches. Edition 7 of 40. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Gail and Arnold Levine, 1984.075.013. © 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Photographer: Philip LaDeau

  • Tableau and Transformation: Photography
    from the Permanent Collection

    On view June 20 through October 20, 2019

    Tableau and Transformation presents an overview of the Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings in 20th-century photography, a cornerstone of the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition looks at how artists have used distinct darkroom effects and studio practices to create new narratives in photography.  Artists such as James Casebere, Robert Cumming, Stephen Frailey, Sandy Skoglund, and William Wegman create constructed environments, often blurring the boundaries of truth and fiction in their images. Photographers Blythe Bohnen, Duane Michals, Arnulf Rainer, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman examine the transformation of one’s self as a means to explore identity, gender, and place.

    This exhibition features approximately 50 photographs with objects ranging in date from the mid-1960s to through the early 2000s. Predominately drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, Tableau and Transformation includes artists John Baldessari, Morton Bartlett, Zeke Berman, Blythe Bohnen, Victor Burgin, James Casebere, Eileen Cowin, Robert Cumming, Robert Fichter, Stephen Frailey, Les Krims, Duane Michals, Patrick Nagatani and Andreé Tracey, Arnulf Rainer, Richard Ross, Lucas Samaras, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Sandy Skoglund, Joel Sternfeld, and William Wegman. Tableau and Transformation also features key loans from Trenam Law’s photography collection and includes companion photographs by several of the above-mentioned artists, as well as Laurie Simmons and Doug and Mike Starn.

    As the Tampa Museum of Art nears its 100th anniversary, exhibitions in 2019 and 2020 focus on the breadth of the institution’s permanent collection, as well as examine its collecting history. The Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings are unique, with collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as modern and contemporary art.

    Germs are Everywhere, 1984

    Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946), Dye Destruction / Cibachrome. 37 x 44 ½ inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward W. Lowman by Exchange, 1989.021. © 1984 Sandy Skoglund

    Waterfall, 1983

    James Casebere (American, b. 1953), Gelatin silver print. 24 x 30 inches. Edition of 5. Tampa Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward W. Lowman by Exchange, 1989.043. © James Casebere

    Untitled (The Bathers), 1987

    Eileen Cowin (American, b. 1947), Dye Destruction/Cibachrome. 41 x 49 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Bequest of Edward W. Lowman by Exchange from the Jayne Baum Gallery, Inc., 1989.022. © 1987 Eileen Cowin

    Sponsored in part by

  • Ancient and Modern Glass from the Permanent Collection

    Shards and Illusions on view through August 18, 2019
    Ancient Glass: A Closer Look on view April 11 through August 18, 2019

    As the Tampa Museum of Art nears its 100th anniversary, exhibitions in 2019 and 2020 will focus on the breadth of the institution’s permanent collection, as well as examine its collecting history. The Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings are unique, with distinct collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as modern and contemporary art.

    Shards and Illusions: Contemporary Glass from the Permanent Collection in the Wallace Family Promenade.
    Shards and Illusions features an intimate selection of contemporary glass by American and European artists Jon Kuhn, John Luebtow, Steven Maslach, Michael Pavlik, Louis Sclafani, Lino Tagliapietra, and Toots Zynsky. This presentation focuses on architectural, abstract forms and highlights the Tampa Museum of Art’s unique holdings in contemporary glass. Shards and Illusions offers an opportunity to view rarely exhibited works from the permanent collection.

    Ancient Glass: A Closer Look in the Maureen and Doug Cohn Promenade.
    Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, this small exhibition spotlights examples of ancient Greek and Roman glass vessels made in a range of ancient techniques, including core-formed, blown, and mold-blown, some with trailed or mold-made decoration. The objects on view help to illustrate the development of glass production in the classical world over a period of nearly one thousand years.

    One-Handled Bottle

    Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd century. Glass (mold-blown body, separately made handle); H. 4 ¼ inches (10.8 cm). Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.157

    Rainbow Bloom, 1992

    Jon Kuhn (American, b. 1949), Glass. 9 3/4 inches. cube. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Jan Gordon, Ken Dickson, Michael Dickson, Robert Dickson, Harvey Gortner, and Terri Kenefsky in memory of Will and Bettie Gortner, 2001.036.

    Oinochoe (Jug)

    Greek, 4th century BC. Glass (core-formed); H. 3 ¾ inches (9.5 cm). Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.153.

    Night Street Chaos from the series Chaos, 1988

    Toots Zynsky (American, b. 1951), Fused and thermo-formed glass threads. 7 1/8 x 13 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson, 1999.003.

  • The Classical World

    Ongoing, reinstalled July 14, 2018

    The Classical World showcases nearly 200 Greek, Etruscan, and Roman artworks and artifacts from the Museum’s notable antiquities collection, supplemented with important loans from local private collectors. Ranging from prehistoric pottery and sculpture (dating from as early as 3000 BC) to marble sculpture and terracotta from the Roman Empire (dating to as late as the 5th century AD), the exhibition includes a particularly fine assortment of Greek and South Italian black-figure and red-figure vases. Also included in the exhibition are important works of sculpture in terracotta, stone, and precious metal, as well as ancient coins, jewelry, and glass vessels. Ongoing, reinstalled July 14, 2018.

    Lion Couchant

    Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BC. Limestone; L. 17 inches (44 cm.) Tampa Museum of Art, Museum Purchase with funds contributed by Tampa Collects as well as Sherran Blair, Liz Dimmitt & Piers Davies, Vevie & Lawrence Dimmitt, Mary B. Perry, Dr. Robert & Sue Isbell, Judi Kelly, Sandy & Penny Liu, Rick Simonetti, Stanton Storer, Debra Williams, and Susan Mueller, 2018.002

    Statue of Poseidon/Neptune alongside Dolphin

    Roman, 1st century AD (Flavian [AD 69–96]?). Marble; H. 62.2 inches (158 cm). Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.135.

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

  • The Classical World in Focus: Contests, Combat, and Commemoration

    Ongoing, installed July 14, 2018

    Contests, combat, and commemoration played important and often interrelated roles in ancient art, life, and culture. This small exhibition, drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, explores a number of these connections within both mythological and historical contexts. Altogether, some eighty works of Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Egyptian art are included, ranging from the sixth century BC to the fourth century AD, and from painted pottery to sculpture in terracotta, bronze, and stone. Ongoing, installed July 14, 2018.

    Black-Figure Neck Amphora (Storage Vessel) with Athena Facing a Warrior

    Attributed to the Swing Painter, Greek, Attic, ca. 540-530 BC. Ceramic. Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.025

    Grave Altar of L. Caltilius Diadumenus

    Roman, AD 140–170. Marble. Tampa Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by The Collectors, 1991.001

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

  • Aphrodite Reimagined by Patricia Cronin

    With her commissioned outdoor sculpture Aphrodite Reimagined, 2018, Patricia Cronin (American, b. 1963) has re-envisioned a fragmentary Aphrodite torso in the Museum’s antiquities collection as a monumental “complete” statue of the goddess. With a stone torso and translucent head and limbs, the sculpture acts as a metaphor for shifting historical certainties.

  • Kiss and Tell by Wolfgang Flad

    Wolfgang Flad is a German artist living and working in Berlin. Born in 1974, he studied textile design at Fachhochschule Reutlingen and fine arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Germany and other European countries, and has placed his artwork in museum collections in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Primarily a sculptor, Flad is interested in “upcycling” previously used material, and in creating unexpected associations and connections between art and the natural world.

    Kiss and Tell consists of some 30 individual wooden elements hanging from a grid in the Morsani Atrium. Each element has been coated with different types of paint and varnish, as well as with papier-mâché made from various papers dealing with art (critical texts, invitations, magazines, books, catalogs, etc). In this way Flad tries to bring the material back into organic shapes and structures reminiscent of the trees and other plants from which such materials first originate. According to Flad, this idea is close to that of the Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone, who has talked about “the hidden life within” in his peeled wood works that reveal delicate plants inside larger beams. Flad is also interested in the flora and fauna of Florida, where he spends time each year; some of his forms resemble mangroves and other plants from this region.

    Generous funding for the framework used to hang this artwork provided by the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

  • Laura with Bun by Jaume Plensa

    Jaume Plensa is an internationally acclaimed artist who has exhibited his sculptures in museums all over the world.  In locations as diverse as Seoul, Paris, Chicago, Bordeaux and London, Plensa’s monumental sculptures have reaffirmed the power of art to transform a public space into a community. This is aptly demonstrated in his first major commission in the United States, The Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park (2004). Two 11-story LED towers face each other across a thin pool of water, with images of a changing and diverse city reflected in the water, a continuously cycling metaphor for the life of a city.

    The Crown Fountain was the beginning of Plensa’s investigation of the portrait via photography and form. This led to works like Laura with Bun. At more than 23 feet tall, this artwork expresses both individual and universal traits at great scale, inviting viewers to consider multiple aspects of beauty and human nature. Like all of his large-scale female portrait heads, Laura has her eyes closed, as if looking within. In speaking about these works, Plensa has said, “Look into yourself. My piece is a mirror to reflect your image, so you can think about your own interior—how much beauty we have inside of ourselves.”

    Laura with Bun initially came to Tampa as part of the 2016 exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous gift and the overwhelming popular support of nearly 100 donors, the Museum has committed to purchase the sculpture for our permanent collection.

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