Warhol, Christo Among New Exhibits Coming to Tampa Museum of Art


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From masterpieces of landscapes to portraiture to the works of a pop culture icon to the epic wrapped projects of a husband and wife, the Tampa Museum of Art today announced its summer and fall exhibitions.

Acting Director Seth Pevnick called the upcoming exhibitions “very different but equally moving.”

They are:

♦ “Scenery, Story, Spirit: American Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art”

Featuring works from the 1830s and World War I when American art came into its own, the exhibit, opening June 13,i ncludes works from the Hudson River School paintings of Thomas Cole, John Kensett, and Albert Bierstadt and the urban realism of Robert Henri and John Sloan.

The more than 50 paintings and eight sculptures capture the fluxes of modern life while also narrating a chapter in American cultural history from the Civil War and its aftermath to the closing of the western frontier, to the transformations wrought by new technologies at the start of the 20th century, according to a news release.

♦ “In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation”

Opening June 20, this exhibition spans three decades of work from the American pop artist.

It will feature some of the Warhol’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial Electric Chair portfolio. The exhibit, divided into five sections — experimentation, emotion, experience, subversion, and attitude, will place Warhol’s work with that of other artists of the postwar era such as Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, and Frank Stella, who “use color as a tool to shape how we interpret and respond to images.”

♦ “XTO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude featuring works from the bequest of David C. Copley”

Christo and his late wife and collaborator are best known for the monumental projects accomplished over nearly four decades including include the 24-mile-long Running Fence in California’s Sonoma and Marin Counties (1976), the Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1995), crowd pleasing The Gates (2005), which comprised 7,053 fabric banners spanning the walkways of New York’s Central Park and, of course, Surrounded Islands (1983), where 11 islands in Greater MIami’s Biscayne Bay were outlined by 6.5 million square feet of pink polypropylene fabric.

This exhibit, opening Sept. 26, will present the artist’s important Wrapped Package (1960) alongside many drawings and collages related to his early wrapped objects—chairs, road signs, motorcycles, and more . Featuring more than 50 works, it includes Christo’s large-scale Store Front (1965–66) and a related series of Show Windows from the early ‘70s, which signal an expansion of the artist’s sculptural practice to a new environmental realm.

The museum’s current exhibit, “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” featuring original oil paintings as well as the magazine tear sheets including more than 320 Saturday Evening Post by the American artist, is on view until May 31.


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