For International Museum Day 2020, the Tampa Museum of Art invites you to participate in a virtual pop-up exhibit of eight works of art from TMA’s permanent collection. Participate by creating your own exhibition inside the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch. This is a chance to take some creative freedom and imagine how you would display a museum exhibition on your island. Then, host a virtual reception by inviting your friends to visit your virtual museum.
This year for International Museum Day, we celebrate Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. International Museum Day 2020 aims at becoming a rallying point to both celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the communities and personnel of museums, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell.
Scan each of the QR codes below with your Nintendo Switch app to send the artwork to your Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. You can then use your NookPhone inside the game to download saved designs to your game.
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Trefoil Oinochoe (Wine Jug) Attributed to the Bochum Painter (Wild Goat and Fikellura Styles). East Greek (Provincial), Carian, ca. 575-550 BC. Ceramic, H. 26.4 cm. 10 7/16 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 1997.001
This attractive oinochoe (wine jug) with three goats cavorting across the shoulder zone, was probably made in ancient Mylasa, near present-day Milas, Turkey.
Lion Couchant Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BC. Limestone, H. 44 cm. 17 inches. 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
Carved from a single piece of limestone, this mid-sized sculpture depicts a lion reclining with head raised to the front. Although the lower jaw is partly damaged, the lion – clearly male, with an impressive mane – bares his upper teeth and crinkles his muzzle in a roar.
Black-Figure Lekythos (Oil Vessel), Greek, Attic, ca. 540–530 B.C. Ceramic. Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.043
A large black octopus spurts a cloud of red ink, offering a sinuous and symmetrical shape that appealed to ancient artists.
Horse Figurine, Greek, Thessalian, late 8th century BC. Bronze (solid cast, with stamped and incised decoration), H: 5.8 cm. 2 3/16 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Museum Purchase, 1995.004
This solid-cast bronze horse, a small but powerful symbol of status, likely served as a dedication in a Greek religious sanctuary.
Beatriz Milhazes (Brazilian, b. 1960), Havai (Hawaii), 2004. Screenprint in colors 55 x 49 inches. Publisher: Durham Press, Durham, PA. Edition 32 of 40. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of his parents in memory of Stephen Rolf Skoien, 2005.001
Brazilian flora, music, Carnival decorations, and European modernism inspire Beatriz Milhazes’ kaleidoscopic works of art.
Alma Thomas (American, 1891-1978), New Galaxy, 1970. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches. Tampa Museum of Art. Gift of Douglas H Teller in memory of Julian H. Singman, 1997.017
Alma Thomas did not receive recognition for her work until later in her career. In 1972, at the age of 80, she showed her paintings at the Whitney Museum of American Art and it was the museum’s first solo show of a female African American artist.
Willie Cole (American, b. 1955), Sunflower, 1994. Scorched canvas and lacquer on padded wood, 80 x 78 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 2004.012
Willie Cole uses familiar domestic objects in his art, including making works by scorching canvas with a steam iron’s heated plate.
Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004), Sunspot, 1964-65. Oil and tempera on canvas, 40 x 32 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Dwight H. Emanuelson, 1980.010.002
One of the Gulf Coast’s most celebrated artists, Syd Solomon’s painting style reflected the influence of his artist circle in the Northeast, and the vibrant colors and forms within Florida’s landscape.