Due to construction, exhibition dates are subject to change.
Life & Death in the Ancient World
Introduction to the Antiquities Collection
Opening December 2022 – January 2023
The Tampa Museum of Art purchased its first ancient artwork in 1981, a black-figure column krater, perhaps depicting the wedding procession of Peleus and Thetis. Five years later, the Museum’s antiquities collection quadrupled in size with the single acquisition of the prominent collection of Joseph Veach Noble. The permanent collection currently holds about 575 ancient artifacts, in addition to over 100 long-term loans from private collections. More than three-quarters of the Museum’s antiquities are representative of ancient Greece and Italy, particularly Athens and Rome. The ancient world encompassed a much wider diversity of traditions, however, of which some can be encountered in this introduction to the Museum’s Antiquities Collection. The gallery display will highlight aspects of daily life and death, as well as human and animal figures, beauty ideals and eroticism, athletics and theater, wine consumption and vase production, religion and mythology, trade and politics.
Life & Death 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.
Drapo Voduo: Haitian Voduo Flags from the Permanent Collection
Opening December 2022 – January 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.
Travels in Italy: a 19th-Century Journey through Photography
Opening January 2023
Travels In Italy will feature vintage photographs from the TMA’s collection of some of Italy’s most popular cultural draws like The Pantheon in Rome, the canals of Venice, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as well as lesser known treasures such as the Piazza del Duomo in Milan and Genoa’s Interior Gallery of the Camposanta.
C. Paul Jennewein
Opening February 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.
Identity in the Ancient World
Opening Early 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.
Pepe Mar: Myth and Magic
Opening July 6, 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