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The Most Exciting Exhibitions of 2023 at Florida's Art Museums



Paper Thin & Shadow Deep
Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun’s
Hand-Cut Paper Works

thru June 18
Appleton Museum of Art
College of Central Florida
4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. • Ocala

Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun’s  three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multi-step process which produces art that is amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her most significant early influence was ‘ehon’, a general term given to Japanese picture books. With no formal art training, she has evolved a unique, homegrown artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity that is now found in all of Japan’s biggest cities.


Reclaiming Home

Contemporary Seminole Art

March 18 – September 4

The John & Mable

Ringling Museum of Art

State Art Museum of Florida

Florida State University

5401 Bay Shore Rd. • Sarasota


The exhibition will highlight the range and depth of the fantastic artwork by some of the most outstanding Seminole, Miccosukee, and mixed-heritage artists from Florida, along with notable work by the internationally-recognized artists of Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole descent from Oklahoma and beyond. It will expand the conceptual framework of Native American art made in Florida today and provide a fuller understanding of  the complexities of issues within the art of the Seminole diaspora. Reclaiming Home is The Ringling Museum of Art’s first collaboration with Florida’s Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of Seminole culture and history, located on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation.


American Journey
thru May 7
Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave. • Orlando

American art has expressed the ideals, aspirations, and challenges of the nation throughout its history. ‘American Journey’ explores this history through paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs dating from the 19th Century to the present. Divided into thematic sections with artworks of the past and present seen side by side, sections include Land and Sea, aspects of nature and geography of the American landscape; The West, myths and symbolism about the nation’s growth and ambition; Farm and City, representing qualities of American character such as self-reliance, industry, and progress; and People and Community, showing ever-changing views of individuals and their social relationships. 


Love Stories
from the National Portrait Gallery, London

February 4 – May 7
The Baker Museum

5833 Pelican Blvd. Naples

This exhibition presents masterpieces from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, arguing that ideas of love and desire as critical to the development of portraiture, from the 16th century to the present day. At the heart of this exhibition are a series of real-life love stories, grouped thematically, with each story exploring a different aspect of romantic love and the role of portraits within it, from images of  an artist’s obsession with their muse to those that record tragic love affairs or celebrate the triumph of love against the odds. ‘Love Stories’ features  work by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Angelica Kauffman, Man Ray, Lee Miller, and David Hockney, among others.


True Nature
Rodin and the Age of Impressionism
thru March 26
Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg
255 Beach Drive NE • St. Petersburg

The exhibition presents works by one of the most celebrated sculptors of all time, side by side with extraordinary paintings by his renowned contemporaries. It offers a comprehensive look at Rodin, placing him within the context of the profound artistic, cultural, and social changes occurring at the end of the 19th Century in France, and explores his desire for academic recognition, even as he remained at the forefront of the avant-garde alongside the Impressionists. The exhibition includes nearly 40 of Rodin’s masterpieces, ranging from intimately scaled marble statues to monumental bronzes, as well as major paintings by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Edgar Degas, and photographs, drawings and sculptures by other masters of the period.


Andrea Kowch

Mysterious Realms

January 14 – April 9
Museum of Art - DeLand
100 N. Woodland Blvd. • DeLand

The stories behind Andrea Kowch’s figurative realist paintings stem from life’s memories and emotions, resulting in narrative, allegorical imagery that illustrates the parallels between human experience and the mysteries of the natural world. The lonely, desolate American landscape encompassing the paintings’ subjects and  real, yet dreamlike, scenarios serve as metaphors for the human condition, all retaining a sense of vagueness to motivate viewers to explore various layers of mood and meaning. Kowch’s work reminds viewers of places that sometimes no longer exist, and to recognize and honor them as a part of our history that is worth preserving. 


Edward Hopper and Guy Pène du Bois

Painting the Real
thru March 26
Polk Museum of Art
Florida Southern College
800 E. Palmetto Street • Lakeland

An original Polk Museum of Art exhibition, ‘Edward Hopper and Guy Pène du Bois: Painting the Real’ comprises approximately 60 works and focuses on Hopper and Pène du Bois, two very thematically different but stylistically-overlapping artists who became lifelong friends from the time of their earliest studies at the New York School of Art. Hopper and Pène du Bois shared a deep interest in representing the evolving modern worlds around them — New York City, Paris, suburban and rural America — and each refracted those worlds through his own unique lens of Realism. Both were also celebrated in their own era as masters of and authorities on American art and Realism. Despite the close connections between Hopper and Pène du Bois in life and in their art, this  is the first to examine these two American masters side by side.


The Shape of Dreams
thru April 30
The Dali
1 Dali Blvd. • St. Petersburg

The exhibition explores 500 years of dream-inspired paintings from the 16th to 20th century, demonstrating how Western artists have depicted the enigmatic state of awareness that often leaves dreamers searching for meaning. It features a selection of art on loan from American museums, along with several works from The Dalí’s permanent collection. In addition to Salvador Dali’s works, The Shape of Dreams features works by Paul Delvaux, Pat Steir, Philip Guston, Max Beckmann, Lodovico Carracci and Odilon Redon, withmany monumental canvases. 


Oswaldo Vigas
February 15 – May 21
Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real • Boca Raton

This exhibition spans the career of Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas. More than a simple retrospective, it is a personal tribute to the artist, a modernist that employed elements of cubism, surrealism, constructivism, and neo-figuration, Vigas’s works are imbued with his ongoing search into his mestizo identity. Vigas resettled in Paris in 1952 and immersed himself in the local avant-garde scene, befriending the likes of Rene Magritte, Wilfredo Lam, and Fernando Leger. Returning to South America, he was one of the first artists practicing in his country using both elements of European modernism and the art of ancient America. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, graphics, tapestries, and sculptures that span decades.  


Richard Benson

The World Is Smarter Than You Are
February 5 – May 7

Sarasota Art Museum
1001 South Tamiami Trail • Sarasota

This exhibition surveys nearly 50 years of Benson’s photography, a wide-ranging body of work that reflects his humility and curiosity about the world and his tireless exploration of how to make photographs. In addition, the exhibition includes a selection of artworks by ten artists who studied and worked with Benson at Yale University, where he was a professor and later Dean of the Art School. These works illustrate Benson’s impact on generations of photographers by examining points of overlap and difference between his works and those of the artists he influenced. 


The Stories They Tell

Indigenous Art and the Photography
of Edward S. Curtis
February 4 – May 14

The James Museum of
Western & Wildlife Art

150 Central Ave. • St. Petersburg

Utilizing photogravures specific to Indigenous material culture by Edward S. Curtis as a starting gate, this exhibition displays correlating Native art from the 20th & 21st centuries. The show is presented in three sections: Southwest Pueblo pottery, California basketry, and Northwest Coast carving and textiles. Each section reflects on how objects harbor memories and tell stories about a time, a place, and a people. 


Pressing Issues

Printmaking as Social Justice
in 1930s United States

January 14 – April 2

Rollins Museum of Art

1000 Holt Avenue • Winter Park


This exhibition brings together work by artists who, through their art, portrayed various scenes of everyday life through images of modern and rural landscapes, leisure activities, and industrial growth, as well as directing viewers’ attention to economic toil and key social issues. These artists produced radical critical commentaries on the social injustices plaguing the country in their time. Relying primarily on rarely displayed Works Progress Administration and Federal Art Project prints, the exhibition includes approximately 40 works organized into themes of labor unrest, discrimination and racial violence, and reactions to the rise of fascism. 


Poetry in Paint

The Artists of Old Tampa Bay

Selections from Alfred Frankel’s Artists of Old Florida, 1840-1960

thru January 23  
Tampa Museum of Art
Cornelia Corbett Center

120 W. Gasparilla Plaze • Tampa

Collector Dr. Alfred Frankel has studied and collected the paintings of relatively unknown Florida artists capturing Florida’s untamed landscape for the past 40 years. To date, Dr. Frankel has acquired nearly 500 works of art depicting Florida’s raw beauty and revealing how local artists from Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Gainesville were influential in developing art communities across the state in the early 20th century. The exhibition explores artists essential to the founding of the Tampa Bay area’s creative circles and features painters such as Harry Bierce, Theodore Coe, and Belle Weeden McNeer. 


Impression and Reality
thru June 11
Mennello Museum of American Art
900 East Princeton St. • Orlando

From the late 1800s through the 1920s, two important stylistic movements of early 20th Century art history coexisted – American Impressionism and Realism. These artists’ styles overlapped in time and a loose, impressionistic brushstroke, but transected in their subject matter. Highlighting the diversity of American artists’ experiences, training, and location at the turn of the century, the exhibition considers the dichotomy between these two co-occurring philosophies — one that highlights light, nature, and the temporary pleasures or luxuries of life, and the other that emphasizes the harsh, strenuous conditions of ordinary life in the growing urban cities. The exhibition features 34 paintings and 3 works on paper by the most celebrated artists of the early 20th century art in the United States, including John White Alexander, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Henry Salem Hubbell, Lydia Field Emmett, Jane Peterson, and Lilla Cabot Perry, among others.

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