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The Most Exciting Exhibitions of 2024 at Florida's Art Museums



Walasse Ting: Parrot Jungle

thru March 12 

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

1 E. Las Olas Boulevard • FORT LAUDERDALE


Tue-Sat 11am-5pm & Sun 12-5pm

(1st Thu 11am-7pm - free)

The first American museum exhibition recognizing the extraordinary world of Chinese-American artist, Walasse Ting. One of the most radical and independent figures of his time, Ting’s work bridged ancient Chinese aesthetics and the European avant-garde with American pop art multiverse. The exhibition provides viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Ting’s neon-soaked visions of women, flora, fauna, and an endless menagerie of cats, parrots and hibiscus. 


Fascinating Clutter: 

American Taste During the Reign of Victoria

March 7 ongoing 

The Charles Hosmer Morse

Museum of American Art

445 N. Park Avenue • WINTER PARK


Tue-Sat 9:30am-4pm & Sunday 1-4pm

This exhibition of over 100 objects from the Museum’s collection explores the rich aesthetic landscape of 19th century Victorian America and offers visitors a chance to be immersed in the influences that emerged in the United States during such a monumental era. Far from the stilted and chaste stereotypes, the Victorian era featured a wide range of styles that emerged from a dynamic environment, one in which modes of personal and artistic expression were transformed on both sides of the Atlantic.



Spirituality, Ritual, and Society

January 20-May 12

Rollins Museum of Art

1000 Holt Avenue • WINTER PARK


Tue 10am-7pm, Wed-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 12-5pm

Drawn from the museum’s collection of the Rollins Museum of Art, the exhibition features works dating from the 14th-21st centuries and includes historical art from Europe, America, and Asia, as well as global contemporary artists. Nine works in this exhibition are recent acquisitions which will be shown publicly for the very first time. Organized in thematic sections, the exhibition includes  painting, sculpture, and photography.


Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces

thru March 24

Sarasota Art Museum 

Ringling College of Art & Design

1001 S. Tamiami Trail • SARASOTA


Mon-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 11am-5pm

Judy Pfaff, regarded as a pioneer of installation art, has created work that spans disciplines from painting to printmaking and sculpture to installation. She ingeniously transmutes and transforms materials, including natural objects from her garden, hand-painted and digitally manipulated images, welded steel, aluminum, wood, expanded foam, melted plastic, blown glass, neon, and LED lights. Pfaff’s largest installation since 2017, it is her response to the Florida environment, and the devastation of Hurricane Ian.


Sasha Gordon

thru April 28

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

61 NE 41st Street • MIAMI


Wed-Sun 11am-6pm

The first solo museum presentation for rising artist Sasha Gordon debuts a suite of new paintings and recent work. The exhibition demonstrates the ongoing evolution of Gordon’s signature, surrealistic practice, which explores the complexities of bodily experience in hyperrealistic detail. In her most recent works, Gordon depicts herself in a condition of becoming, transforming into animal, botanical, and geological phenomena.


Reckonings and Reconstructions: 

Southern Photography 

from the Do Good Fund

February 16-May 19

Lowe Art Museum

University of Miami

1301 Stanford Drive • CORAL GABLES


Wed-Sat 10am-4pm

This large-scale survey of the Do Good’s remarkable collection of photography charts a visual narrative of the ever-changing American South. Featuring works by Guggenheim Fellows, five Magnum photographers, and two Henri Cartier-Bresson Award winners, this show also includes images by lesser-known or emerging photographers from the region.



Extraordinary Works from the

Two Red Roses Foundation

January 19 ongoing

Museum of the American 

Arts & Crafts Movement

355 4th Street N. • ST. PETERSBURG


Tue-Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 12-4pm

The exhibition represents the height of the Arts & Crafts movement with a selection of the best and rarest objects from the era. Featuring masterworks from Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gustav Stickley, Charles Rohlfs, Dard Hunter, John Bradstreet, Newcomb College and more, it highlights the artistic design, craftsmanship, and beauty of the American Arts & Crafts movement.


Rockwell/Wyeth: Icons of Americana

January 27-May 26 

Polk Museum of Art

Florida Southern College

800 E. Palmetto Street • LAKELAND


Tue-Sat 10am-4pm • Sun 1-5pm

Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth were two of the biggest names in American art of the 20th century. This exhibition features nearly 40 original paintings by the two artists, singular and beloved American icons who created their most familiar images full-size in paint before the scenes were scaled for print publication. In addition to the paintings, this exhibition will feature the full, spectacular array of Saturday Evening Post covers to which the artists contributed.


George Gershwin and Modern Art:

A Rhapsody in Blue

February 10-June 16 

The Baker Museum


5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard • NAPLES


Mon-Fri 10am-5pm & Sat 10am-4pm

George Gershwin is widely known and beloved for his work as a composer, songwriter and pianist, but his passion and talents extended to the visual arts as well. Gershwin produced numerous paintings, drawings and photographs, and his collection of modern art was one of the most significant of his day. This is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the composer’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs, as well as works inspired by Gershwin and his music.


Karen Glaser: Swamps and Springs

February 10-July 7

Appleton Museum of Art

College of Central Florida

4333 E. Silver Springs Boulevard • OCALA


Tue-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 12-5pm

Trekking waters from the magnificent Everglades through the pristine rivers and springs of north central Florida, Karen Glaser uses her camera to capture the beauty found within Florida’s natural ecosystems. In a world where untouched landscapes are rare, the exhibition of more than 30 large-scale photographs focuses on what lies beneath the glassy surfaces, and what is reflected upon them. 


Carlton Ward Jr.: Path of the Panther

thru March

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

1630 E. 7th Avenue Ybor • TAMPA


Tues-Sat 11am-7pm & Sun 12-5pm

Showcasing a collection of photographs by National Geographic explorer and photographer Carlton Ward Jr., this exhibition celebrates Florida’s wild heart through the story of our state animal: the Florida panther. The photographs in the exhibit, featured in the new National Geographic film and book, Path of the Panther, provide an unprecedented portrait of the panther amidst Florida’s wildest landscapes. 


On the Road: 

The Traveling Circus and Carnival 

in the 1970s

April 6-August 25

The John & Mabel

Ringling Museum of Art

State Art Museum of Florida

Florida State University

5401 Bay Shore Road • SARASOTA


daily 10am-5pm (Thu 10am-8pm)

The exhibition features images by two photographers, Jill Freedman and Randal Levenson, who entered the world of traveling entertainers, sideshows, and carnivals in the 1970s, imbedded themselves in these subcultures and captured what life was like for them on the road and behind the scenes. Visitors will be able to appreciate the distinct sensibilities each of these photographers brought to their self-driven projects and catch a glimpse of what life was like on the road with the circus and carnival.


The Divine Feminine:

Contemporary Women Sculptors

thru May 1 

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

253 Barcelona Road • WEST PALM BEACH


Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

The exhibition explores and celebrats the profound contributions of women sculptors while illuminating the divine feminine energy that permeates their work. By showcasing diverse artistic perspectives and engaging with spiritual and mythological themes, the exhibition aims to inspire, empower, and provoke contemplation among viewers. Featured artists include Rachel Hovanian, Arlene Shechet, Kiki Smith, Judy Chicago, Ruth Duckworth and Niki de Saint Phalle.


Nam June Paik: The Miami Years

thru August 16 

The Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Avenue • MIAMI BEACH


Wed-Sun 12-6pm & third Thu 12-9pm

An exhibition featuring works by the Korean American visual artist that explore his connection to Miami Beach and the surrounding South Florida community. Paik, a pioneer in the development of electronic moving images and digitized compositions as a form of art, demonstrated enormous prescience for the influence and proliferation of digital media as an artistic medium, the global expansion of social networks, and the growing enmeshment between modern life and technology.

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