Current Exhibitions

Nneka Jones Destroy the Myth
Nneka Jones (Trinidadian, b. 1998) Destroy the Myth. Embroidery. 16×20 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, 2021.035

Verde: Poetics of Shade

On view now through July 24, 2022

The exhibition Verde: Poetics of Shade features five artists regional to the Tampa Bay area as an introduction and a celebration of their work in a variety of mediums. The artwork in Verde speaks to growth and expansion as well as timeless artistic expression. It speaks to feminine energy and artistic contributions.

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Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) Phenomena Magnetic Octaves, 1981. Acrylic on canvas. 75 ¼ x 67 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches. Haskell Collection.

Paul Jenkins: From America’s Heartland to an International Journey

On view now through June 26, 2022

Paul Jenkins (American, 1923-2012) represents the legion of Abstract Expressionist artists who altered the landscape of modern art. He is celebrated for his unorthodox approach to paint application. This exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the Haskell Collection in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Jenkins Estate in New York City, looks at the evolution of Jenkins’ art from his large-scale paintings to works on paper.

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Jack “Mr. B” Beverland (American, b, 1939), Untitled, n.d. Paints on board. 24 ¾ x 34 ½ inches. Courtesy of the Monroe Family Collection.

An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art

On view now through May 22, 2022

This exhibition includes 86 works and features objects by several self-taught artists from Florida’s West Coast and Central region. During the last several decades, the work of the Outsider artists has come to the forefront of our thinking about the nature of art as their paintings and sculptures have made their way into fine art museums hanging alongside new and time-tested paintings and sculptures.

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Patricia Cronin (American, b. 1963) Aphrodite Reimagined, 2018 Cold-cast marble and resin. Courtesy of Patricia Cronin Studio, LLC

HerStory: Stories of Ancient Heroines and Everyday Women

On view now through June 19th, 2022

HerStory explores the story of women in antiquity through the depictions of goddesses, heroines, mythological characters, and everyday women in the Museum’s collection of classical antiquities. The exhibition highlights objects that speak to the role of women in the ancient world—ranging from warriors and athletes, to mothers and caretakers—through myths and their stories.

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Bust of young man holding palm frond
Bust of young man holding palm frond, Stone sculpture, Roman Syria, ca. 2nd-3rd cent. CE. Karam Collection, USF Libraries’ Special Collections, 63

Highlights from the Karam Collection

On view now

In 1998, Dr. Farid Karam and his wife Jehanne generously donated 149 objects to the Special Collections of the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries. The authentic antiquities originate from ancient Syria, Phoenicia, Egypt, Greece and the Arab world. In date they range from the Bronze Age to the early Islamic period (ca. fifteenth century BCE – thirteenth century CE). The metal, stone, glass and ceramic artefacts include cosmetic and medical implements, utility vessels and oil lamps, as well as sculpture and figurines. This presentation of 58 highlights is the first time the Karam Collection of Lebanese Antiquities is on display for the general public. The selection reveals Dr. Karam’s profound interest in the diversity of ancient cultures found in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Dominique Labauvie (French, b. 1948)Maison Dépliée, 1994. Forged and waxed steel. Courtesy of the artist and Bleu Acier, Inc. Photographer: Philip LaDeau.

Air Fer Mer: Dominique Labauvie

On view now

Artist Dominique Labauvie (French, b. 1948) unites language, both his native French and English, with image in his architectonic steel sculptures. Although his medium of industrial steel suggests a sense of permanence, Labauvie aims to capture fleeting moments in his sculpture—from the movement of light and shadows, to the passage of time and life unfolding around us. “Air Fer Mer” also translates to iron, air, sea—a fitting description of the objects’ relationship to the natural world. In this unique setting, three of Labauvie’s sculptures exist in harmony with the Hillsborough River and Tampa skyline.

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Black-Figure Eye Cup Greek, Attic (Chalcidizing), ca.
530–520 BC. Ceramic; H. 10 cm. Tampa Museum of Art,
Joseph Veach Noble Collection, purchased in part with funds
donated by Craig and Mary Wood 1986.051.

The Classical World

On view now

The Classical World showcases ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman artworks, from prehistoric pottery and statues from the Aegean to marble sculpture and terracotta figurines from the Roman Empire – dating from as early as 3000 BCE to as late as the 5th century CE. The display includes a particularly fine assortment of Archaic and Classical black and red-figure vases produced mainly in Greece and South Italy during the sixth through fourth centuries BCE.

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Jaume Plensa (Spanish, b. 1955) Laura with Bun, 2014.Cast iron.
© Jaume Plensa. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

Laura with Bun

By Jaume Plensa

On view now

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.

Leo Villareal (American, b. 1967) Light emitting diodes, Mac Mini, circuitry, Custom software and aluminum. Tampa Museum of Art. Museum purchase. Additional funds provided by Friends of the Museum and the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. Support for the purchase of LED lights was made possible in part with funds from the City of Tampa’s Public Art Program 2010.001.

Sky (Tampa)

By Leo Villareal

On view now

The Tampa Museum of Art features Leo Villareal’s site-specific LED light installation Sky (Tampa) on its south façade. Sky (Tampa) become an iconic fixture in the Tampa skyline when it is visible at night.