Top Exhibits in 2017
in Florida Art Museums

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Avenue • Orlando
The Wyeths and American Artists in Maine
Selections from the Farnsworth Art Museum
January 20 – April 23
As a source of inspiration, Maine has played an important role in American art and culture since the early 19th century. It was particularly attractive to early American painters who interpreted the State’s vast wildernesses and rockbound coast as emblematic of the nation’s rugged independence and unique spiritual relationship with nature. While scores of American artists have worked in Maine over the past century, the three generations of Wyeth family artists have been uniquely identified with the State. Along with outstanding works by N.C., one of America’s most popular illustrators of the early 20th century; Andrew, who’s ‘Christina’s World’ is one of the icons of 20th Century American painting; and James, who has achieved international accclaim and still paints in Maine; the exhibition also represents the rich and diverse artistic legacy of other artists from Maine.

The Mennello Museum of American Art
900 Princeton Street • Orlando
Bo Bartlett: American Artist
January 27 – May 5
The exhibition presents large-scale oil paintings that are figurative, psychologically imbued, beautifully rendered, and wonderfully sublime by one of the most significant Realist painters of his generation. Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision whose multi-layered narrative work falls within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America's land and people to describe the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary. He pushes the boundaries of the realist tradition with his multilayered imagery, accessible and complex at once. Life, death, transformation, memory, and confrontation coexist easily in his world. Family and friends are the cast of characters who appear in his otherworldly narrative works.

The Dali
1 Dali Boulevard • St. Petersburg
Frida Kahlo at The Dali
thru April 17
Frida Kahlo at The Dali will be Florida’s first solo exhibition showcasing the extraordinary career and life of the acclaimed 20th century artist. The exhibit will feature a collection of more than 60 Kahlo pieces including 15 paintings, seven drawings and numerous personal photographs from the celebrated female artist and influential icon. The exhibition extends outdoors where a special collection of flowers and plants representative of those in Kahlo’s own garden at Casa Azul, her home in Mexico, will grace the grounds of the Museum’s Avant Garden. Co-organized by The Dali and the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City and featuring the Vicente Wolf photographic collection, the exhibition is an intriguing exploration of the life of Kahlo, her striking artwork and her fascinating psyche. Together with the exclusive photographs of family, friends and lovers, the exhibition gives a complete view of Kahlo’s world along with the joys, passions and obsessions of this remarkable artist.

The Wolfsonian
Florida International University
1001 Washington Avenue • Miami Beach
North and South: Photographs of U.S. Route 1 by Berenice Abbott
June 9 – October 8
In 1954, photographer Berenice Abbott journeyed along the length of U.S. Route 1, capturing the road, its towns, and inhabitants. From Florida motels made from buses to Maine potato farmers, Abbott memorialized communities up and down the East Coast. During the trip, Abbott shot more than four hundred 8x10-inch photographs, and over two thousand smaller images using her Rolleiflex camera, representing her largest portfolio of photographs devoted to a single subject. North and South will bring together a selection of 50 works from this series to present a singular visual summary of American life during the mid-1950s.

Polk Museum of Art
800 E Palmetto Street • Lakeland
American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony
thru February 19
The Reading Public Museum’s collection of works by American Impressionists. The exhibition includes more than 100 works, including more than 80 oil paintings and nearly 30 works on paper dating from the 1880s through the 1940s. The exhibition is arranged according to the artists’ colonies that played a critical role in the development of American Impressionism, including those at Cos Cob and Old Lyme in Connecticut; Cape Cod, Cape Ann, and Rockport, in Massachusetts; New Hope and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; Taos, New Mexico; and California.

Perez Art Museum - Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard • Miami
Julio Le Parc: Form into Action
thru March 19
Argentinian, Julio Le Parc is a central and influential figure in participatory kinetic art who has been largely overlooked in the United States, until now. The first solo museum exhibition and only comprehensive survey of his work in North America, the exhibition is presented in the Museum’s two special exhibition galleries and features more than 100 works produced by Le Parc between 1958 and 2013, including large-scale installations and rarely seen works on paper and archival material. The exhibition explores how the artist sought to ‘demystify art,’ breaking down barriers between artwork, viewer and museum. It delves into the artist’s groundbreaking innovations in the fields of light, movement and perception, developed over the course of an almost sixty-year career. The exhibition examines Le Parc's interests and methodologies, focusing primarily on his investigation into notions of spectator-ship and his continuous quest to engage and empower viewers.

The John & Mable
Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road • Sarasota
A Feast for the Senses: Art & Experience in Medieval Europe
February 4 – April 30
Curated by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, in partnership with The Ringling, this major exhibition will feature over 160 objects, many on loan from prestigious institutions across the United States and Europe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Louvre. The exhibition focuses on the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe (1300-1500), a time in which societal changes prompted a new interest in human experience, the enjoyment of nature and the pursuit of pleasure. As a result, the art of this period functioned in a rich sensory world that was integral to its appreciation. These works were not only seen, but also touched, smelled and heard. The exhibition will bring together sacred and secular art, including paintings, tapestries, metalwork, and manuscripts, to reveal the role of the senses in courtly ritual and religious practice.

Tampa Museum of Art
120 W Gasparilla Plaza • Tampa
Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
February 4 – April 30
One of the first museum exhibitions to put sports photographers in the forefront and the most comprehensive presentation of sports photography ever organized. The exhibition encompasses approximately 230 works — from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints to digital images — that capture the universal appeal of sports, highlighting unforgettable moments of drama and excitement from around the globe. The photographers represented include Richard Avedon, Al Bello, Georges Demeny, Ernst Haas, Stanley Kubrick, Edward Muybridge, Leni Riefenstahl, George Silk, Barton Silverman, and others.

Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Avenue • West Palm Beach
Spotlight: Recent Acquisitions
February 2 – March 5
Exhibition celebrates Black History Month through showcasing artwork by contemporary black artists that became part of the Norton collection during the past year. Works on view include Super Blue Omo, a new painting by Nigerian born Njideka Akunyili Crosby; a series of photographs and a sculpture by Willie Cole; and a major painting by Mickalene Thomas, ‘Naomi Looking Forward # 2, 2016.’

The Patricia & Phillip
Frost Art Museum
Florida International University
10975 SW 17th Street • Miami
Casting Shadows: Photographs by Edward West
January 19 - March 19
Edward West traveled to South Africa in the early 1990s after apartheid was abolished. He visited the country's communities of color — townships and squatter camps — places outside and invisible to urban centers, where South Africans of color had been forced to live. There, the artist created his series Casting Shadows, photographs depicting the lives of black South Africans during the new period of societal transformation. West also captures the rich polyglot nature of South African society in the works’ titles, which incorporate four of the country's eleven official languages.

The Baker Museum
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Robert Indiana: Now and Then
thru May 3
One of America’s most celebrated living artists, Robert Indiana’s first painting of the word ‘LOVE” catapulted him to international fame througout the art wolrd in 1965. Conceived originally as a postcard for the Museum of Modern Art, ‘LOVE’ is one of the most recognizable works in American art, but has tended to overshadow other significant themes that permeate Indiana’s work, including his use of numerological and personal symbols and his allusions to literature and history. This exhibition features over 70 works showcasing Indiana’s unique method of working on paper, canvas, print and in three dimensions with the same image. This exhibition includes his icons ‘EAT,’ ‘LOVE’, ‘HOPE,’ ‘THE ALPHABET’ and the debut of his most recent series, ‘LIKE A ROLLING STONE,’ which merges the work of Indiana and Bob Dylan.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue • Winter Park
The Black Figure In The European Imaginary
January 14 – May 14
This exhibition considers the manner in which the visual arts of Europe imagined black people during the period of 1750-1914. As part of an expanding cultural fascination with Africa, images of blacks proliferated in various media and different contexts throughout Europe. These representations are reminders of conquest, meditations on exoticism, and romantic imaginings of black personalities and characters. Blacks in nineteenth-century European art were frequently depicted as beautiful, romantic, and alluring. Black individuals, although marginalized, were part of an increasingly international population in Europe. The Black Figure in the European Imaginary examines some of the complex histories of how black people were experienced and perceived in Europe against the backdrop of slavery and abolition.

Museum of Art - DeLand
600 N. Woodland Boulevard • DeLand
Julio Larraz: Diary Of The Soul
January 20 – April 2
Julio Larraz, extraordinary draftsman, painter and sculptor, is the quintessential embodiment of the post-World War II Latin American artist. Unmasking the angst of humanity, he sets out a new reality and politically conscious self-identity for existence in the modern world. His contribution to Western art, like that of the “boom” generation of Latin American writers, is a new kind of portraiture, which co-opts the conventions of the genre and transforms them into multilevel sociological and historical allegories.

Appleton Museum of Art
College of Central Florida
4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard • Ocala
Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
January 28 - April 2
In May 1931, Nickolas Muray traveled to Mexico where he met Frida Kahlo, a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next 10 years and a friendship that lasted until her death in 1954. This exhibition features 50 photographic portraits of Kahlo taken by Muray. Taken between 1937 and 1946, the photographs explore Muray’s unique perspective as her friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people with whom she shared close friendship.

Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real • Boca Raton
American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection
January 31 – July 2
American tourism before the Civil War usually followed that of the European Grand Tour, focusing on the important cultural centers of France, Italy and Germany. But by the late 19th Century, Americans were showing increased interest in points further abroad, including Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa. This exhibition explores the rich diversity of the Mediterranean region through the work of late 19th and early twentieth-century American artists, who capture the diversity and distinctiveness of its flora, the legacy of the Greco-Roman past, and the influence of Christianity and Islam.

January-February 2017

Orlando Museum of Art

Mennello Museum of American Art

The Dali

The Wolfsonian

Polk Museum of Art

Perez Art Museum - Miami

The Ringling Museum of Art

Tampa Museum of Art

Norton Museum of Art

Frost Art Museum

The Baker Museum

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Museum of Art - DeLand

Appleton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art