Due to construction, exhibition dates are subject to change.
Identity in the Ancient World
On view March 2023
This two-year presentation centers around the theme of identity in the ancient world. Across the ancient Mediterranean, people will have felt some sense of group identity such as belonging to a tribe, race, culture or civilization. They will have recognized differences between men and women, and will have experienced desires and moral constraints. Feelings of identity could also be expressed in opposition to other groups, such as Greeks vs. Persians or Scythians, Romans vs. Gauls or Germans, men vs. women. In our modern society, many more expressions of identity are recognized that may invoke a sense of belonging or form exclusive alliances. In the ancient world, expressions of identity could not always be articulated explicitly because the terminology for voicing thoughts about personal, cultural and national frames of identity did not exist. Identity in the Ancient World will illustrate some of these aspects based predominantly on the Museum’s own Antiquities Collection, supplemented with some prominent long-term loans from other museums and private collections.
Identity in the Ancient World is one of several new exhibitions dedicated to the Museum’s permanent collection that will be on view for long-term displays over the next five years.
C. Paul Jennewein
On view April 2023
C. Paul Jennewein’s (German-American, 1890-1978) artwork reveals the inspiration of the ancient world while also engaging with the new sculptural styles of his time, merging Art Deco with the neo-classical tradition. In 1978, the Tampa Bay Art Center, predecessor of the Tampa Museum of Art, received a bequest of 2,600 objects including finished artworks, as well as preparatory drawings, plaster casts, and molds for the numerous commissions Jennewein received during his prolific career. Starting in Fall 2022, the Museum will present Jennewein’s early sculptures for an extended two-year display.
Drapo Vodou: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Permanent Collection
On view April 2023
The Tampa Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes one of the largest collections of drapo vodou (Haitian vodou flags) in the Southeast. These newly acquired works, largely gifted by the Gessen Collection, will remain on view for an extended display with new rotations focused on various themes and artists associated with drapo vodou. The inaugural display will survey the first, second, and third generations of flagmakers and the evolution of the genre from ritual art to high art. Artists featured in this selection include Clotaire Bazil, Myrlande Constant, Silva Joseph, Edgar Jean-Louis, Antoine Oleyant, Yves Telemak, George Valris, and others.
Taking Pictures: Women of Independent Spirit
Selections from the Peter J. Cohen Collection
On view April 15, 2023
Taking Pictures: Women of Independent Spirit celebrates the anonymous women who shaped the evolution of vernacular photography. The result of a year long collaboration between gallerist Julie Saul and independent curator Carly Ries, this exhibition brings together photographs from the Collection of Peter J. Cohen, a photographic archive spanning the analog era from the 1890s through the 1990s.
Taking Pictures: Women of Independent Spirit selections from Peter J. Cohen collection was curated by Julie Saul and Carly Reis.
Haitian Paintings from the Arthur R. Albrecht Collection
On view April 26, 2023
The Arthur R. Albrecht Collection includes over 75 artworks from Haiti’s most prominent painters including Rigaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Prefete Duffaut, and Philome Obin. Rarely seen by the public, the works present an overview of the major developments in Haitian painting from the 1960s-80s. Highlights from the Albrecht Collection include paintings by the first generation of artists to train at Le Centre d’Art, Haiti’s premier art school in Port-au-Prince, and a selection of Cap Haitian works by the Obin Faimily.
Pepe Mar: Myth and Magic
On view July 13, 2023
The Tampa Museum of Art will present the exhibition Pepe Mar, a 15-year survey of the artist’s work. It will include fifty objects from Pepe Mar’s (born 1977, Reynosa, Mexico) diverse practice in collage, sculpture, ceramics, and painting. Mar has developed a highly unique personal style in which he equally mixes and innovates craft, Op art, painting, and identity politics. The artist often explores themes related to cultural isolation and identity, rituals and mythologies, and consumer consumption and excess. Recent projects illuminate cultural history and icons—the places, events, and people often overlooked or marginalized in historical narratives. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad and is included in private and public collections. Mar received his BFA from California College of Art, San Francisco and his MFA from Florida International University. Mar lives and works in Miami.
Exhibition Sponsor: David Castillo Gallery
Contributor Sponsors: Dr. Charles Boyd, Elizabeth Dascal Spector, Leslie & Gregory Ferrero, Amy & Harry Hollub, Alexa Wolman
Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie
On view August 2023
Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, a multi-channel video installation, nods to the achievements and life of scientist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie. Eve Curie, Marie and Pierre Curie’s daughter, wrote the definitive biography on the scientist and noted her mother’s passion for gardening. Steinkamp, a pioneer in video art and animation, depicts in Madame Curie over 40 flowers and plants described in Curie’s biography. In this room-sized installation,entangled and intertwined flora appear to swirl and sway as the branches and flowers slowly move across the projection. Animations of apple blossoms, daisies, eucalyptus, passion flowers, periwinkle, and wisteria are amongst the flowers featured in Madame Curie. Originally commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 2011, Madame Curie will be presented as a site-specific installation at the new Bronson Thayer Gallery at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Frontiers of Impressionism: Paintings from the Worcester Art Museum
On view September 28, 2023
Frontiers of Impressionism: Paintings from the Worcester Art Museumincludes53 works by over 30 artists—including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and Max Slevogt. Together, they demonstrate Impressionism’s international allure and its national adaptations captured in subjects from Monet’s famed Giverny lily pond to the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon.
This exhibition is organized by the Worcester Art Museum
Community Sponsor: Robert and Susan Isbell