• Tableau and Transformation: Photography
    from the Permanent Collection

    On view June 20 through October 20, 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.

    Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection explores the Tampa Museum of Art’s holdings of 20th-century photography. The exhibition highlights explorations in photography through darkroom effects, distinct studio practices, and unique compositions in the work of photographers such as Zeke Berman, Chuck Close, and Lucas Samaras. Artists such as James Casebere, Robert Cumming, and Stephen Frailey create constructed environments, often blurring the boundaries of truth and fiction in their images. Several artists in Tableau and Transformation, including Eileen Cowin, Victor Burgin, and Cindy Sherman, reference art history as a means to explore identity, gender, and visual culture.

    Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection features work by John Baldessari, Zeke Berman, Victor Burgin, James Casebere, Chuck Close, Eileen Cowin, Robert Cumming, Stephen Frailey, Duane Michals, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, William Wegman, and others. Select loans from local collections will also be featured in Tableau and Transformation.

    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.

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  • Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix

    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. America Mix, 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.

  • Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts, Jean-Michel Basquiat

    On view September 12, 2019 through January 26, 2020

    In Fall 2019, the Tampa Museum of Art will present 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.

    The first act, Ordinary/Extraordinary: Jean-Michel Basquiat, focuses on Basquiat’s Untitled (Word on Wood), 1985, one of the artist’s unique wood slat paintings. The exhibition will present a close look and formal analysis of Untitled (Word on Wood ), as well as examine the artist’s distinct visual vocabulary. Related materials and films will further contextualize Basquiat’s art and legacy. One of the most celebrated artists of the late 20th century, Basquiat’s short yet influential career heralded new directions in abstract figuration and mark making.

  • Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts, Purvis Young

    On view September 12, 2019 through January 26, 2020

    In Fall 2019, the Tampa Museum of Art will present 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.

    Ordinary/Extraordinary: Purvis Young, act two in the series, presents for the first time the depth of the 91 Purvis Young (American, 1943-2010) works in the Tampa Museum of Art’s collection. Young, a self-taught artist, created thousands of assemblages with imagery of protesters, pregnant women, and warriors on wood remnants, cabinets, and doors.

    Untitled, ca. 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). Purvis Young often painted on discarded wood doors. The imagery depicts angels looking over the artist’s community.

    Untitled, ca. 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). This work depicts Purvis Young’s portrayal of shackled men.

    Untitled, ca. 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). Purvis Young often painted on discarded wood doors. The imagery depicts angels looking over the artist’s community.

    Untitled, ca. 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). Pregnant women reappear throughout the artist’s work as symbols of hope for the new generation.

  • Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts, Haitian Vodou Flags

    On view September 12, 2019 through January 26, 2020

    In Fall 2019, the Tampa Museum of Art will present 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.

    Ordinary/Extraordinary: Haitian Vodou Flags, will be curated by artist Edouard Duval-Carrié (Haitian, b. 1954) from the Gessen Collection of Haitian Vodou flags, one of the largest collections of Haitian Vodou (or “voodoo”) flags in the world. Made of discarded burlap bags, repurposed fabric, beads, and sequins, the Vodou flags represent Haiti’s spiritually rich yet often misunderstood Vodou religion. Ordinary/Extraordinary: Haitian Vodou Flags is the first exhibition dedicated to exploring the significance of Haitian Vodou Flags in the United States.

    Ague Taroyo, 2007

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968). Mixed media. 48 x 42 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen; Photographer: Philip LaDeau.

    Le Sirene and Ague, 2005

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

    St. Jacques Majeur, ca. 1950-1970's

    Artist unknown. Mixed media. 33 x 31 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen; Photographer; Philip LaDeau.

    Dambalah, ca. 1950

    Artist unknown. Mixed media. 25 x 29 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen; Photographer: Philip LaDeau.

    Grand Erzulie, 2012

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968). Mixed media. 14 x 17 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen; Photographer; Philip LaDeau.

    Ogou Ferrialle, 2004

    Myrlande Constant (Haitian, b. 1968). Mixed media. 42 x 48 inches. Collection of Ed and Ann Gessen; Photographer; Philip LaDeau.

  • Making of a Museum: 100 Years / 100 Works

    On view November 14, 2019 through March 15, 2020

    On the eve of the Tampa Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary in 2020, the exhibition Making of a Museum: 100 Years / 100 Works  from the Permanent Collection, will feature works representative of the institution’s collecting history and mission. The collection is unique—with significant holdings of ancient Greek and Roman art, as well as increased acquisitions of modern and contemporary art. With eight main categories, the collection features a breadth of objects: Classical Antiquities, Prints and Photographs Related to Classical Antiquity, the C. Paul Jennewein Archive, Painting, Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Photography, Works on Paper, and New Media, Video, and Installation Art.

    Making of a Museum: 100 Years / 100 Works will present unique insight into how the collection and identity of the Museum has evolved as it has grown from a small local arts organization to the City’s preeminent museum of art.

    Zito's Bakery, 1932, from the portfolio Retrospective

    Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991). Published by Parasol Press, 1982. Gelatin silver print. 23 x 18 ¼ inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. Morton D. Brozinsky, given in memory of Joseph Brozinsky, 1991.031.003

    Ship-Building, Gloucester Harbor from Harper's Weekly, October 11, 1873

    Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910). Lithograph. 9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Henry Feiwel, 1997.012.006.

    Raft, 2017

    Mernet Larsen (American, b. 1940). Acrylic and mixed media on canvas. 66 1/4 x 52 3/4 in. Tampa Museum of Art, Museum Purchase with funds contributed by Tampa Collects as well as Liz Dimmitt & Piers Davies, Vevie & Lawrence Dimmitt, Mary B. Perry, John Tarapani, Dr. Robert & Sue Isbell, Sandy & Penny Liu, Rick Simonetti, Stanton Storer, Debra Williams, and Susan Mueller, 2018.001

    Lion Couchant

    Greek, Archaic, ca. 6th century BC. Limestone; L. 17 inches (44 cm).

    Red-Figure Hydria (Water Jar), (detail)

    Attributed to the Harrow Painter, Greek, Attic, ca. 470 BC. Ceramic; H. 18 inches (46 cm). Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, purchased in part with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. James L. Ferman, Jr., 1986.070.

  • White Gold: Thomas Sayre

    On view January 23 through May 17, 2020

    White Gold is an immersive installation by artist Thomas Sayre (American, b. 1950) and depicts a cotton-filled Southern landscape. The work intends to express the beauty, the complexity, and the tragedy of our embroiled agricultural traditions. Cotton is one of the nation’s most contentious and layered materials, and one with which almost every American has a personal relationship, either directly or indirectly. Inevitably, it is linked to the economic, racial, and social history of the region and its people. Sayre’s White Gold refers to cotton and a reverence for the land, the labor, and the people (forced or unforced) who made cotton their livelihood. The installation is a fierce expression of the Southern landscape: its magnificence and the haunting pain of history, memory, and ultimately, belonging.

     

    White Gold: Thomas Sayre is organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh.

     

    White Gold, 2016-17

    Thomas Sayre (American, b. 1950). Mixed media. Installation view. © 2017 Thomas Sayre / Clearscapes

  • Modern Women: Modern Vision, Works from the Bank of America Collection

    On view February 20 through May 24, 2020

    Since photography’s inception in the mid-nineteenth century, women have stood among its artistic and technological pioneers. Modern Women/Modern Vision features 100 works from the Bank of America Collection by leading artists of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The exhibition is organized in six thematic sections: Modernist Innovators, Documentary Photography and the New Deal, Photo League, Modern Masters, Exploring the Environment, and The Global Contemporary Lens. Each section examines the photographers’ role in forging new directions and methods in photography, as well as how the medium has evolved with the advent of new digital and studio practices.  Artists featured in this exhibition include Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Tina Barney, Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Candida Höfer, Barbara Kruger, Dorothea Lange, Nikki S. Lee, Helen Levitt, Sonia Handelman Meyer, DoDo Jin Ming, Ruth Orkin, Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

     

     

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    This Exhibition has been loaned through the
    Bank of America
    Art in our Communities program.

    Father & Sons, 1996

    Tina Barney (American, b. 1945). Negative 1996, printed 2006. Color coupler print. 48 x 60 inches. Bank of America Collection. © Tina Barney. Image courtesy Kasmin Gallery.

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