Tampa Museum of Art Celebrates 100 Years with Centennial Exhibition

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Centennial Exhibition Presents 100 Important Works from the Permanent Collection.

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Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Joanna Robotham said, “The permanent collection has given me a unique perspective on the TMA's history and the extraordinary community which helped build our Museum. This is a special time, and I look forward to celebrating the centennial in 2020.”

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present 100 important works from its permanent collection in celebration of the upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2020. In recognition of this landmark occasion, the Museum has organized The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works, which will be on view through March 15, 2020.

The 100 objects selected represent works important to founding the Museum and the growth of its permanent collections. With significant holdings of ancient Greek and Roman art, as well as Modern and Contemporary art, the collection is unique. Today, the Museum’s collection includes over 7,000 objects with works of art acquired each year. In this exhibition, objects made in an array of media and created over different periods of time are juxtaposed to create new dialogues. Together, the works on view reveal the story of the Tampa Museum of Art.

Of the exhibition, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Joanna Robotham said, “It is such an honor to participate in the Museum’s 100th anniversary through the organization of the exhibition The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works. The permanent collection has provided me with a unique perspective on the history of the Tampa Museum of Art and the extraordinary individuals in our community who have helped build our Museum. This is a special time to be part of the Tampa Museum of Art and I look forward to celebrating the centennial in 2020.”

The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works explores the collection through four different themes: “Building a Collection,” “Inspired By,” “Soil, Sea, and Sky,” and “Figure Forward.” In Lemonopoulos Gallery, one of the galleries dedicated to Classical Antiquity, select works on view highlight the theme of “Building a Collection.” Visitors will encounter Black-Figure Column Krater (Mixing Vessel), ca. 510 BC, the first object the Museum purchased in 1981. In 1986, the Museum acquired the Joseph V. Noble Collection, a major private collection of 150 ancient objects. The Noble Collection prompted additional gifts from regional collectors and the Museum soon amassed an impressive collection of black-and-red figure pottery from Greece and South Italy. In MacKechnie Gallery, 18th, 19th, and 20th century works are placed in dialogue with ancient objects to illustrate the continued influence of the classical world on modern artistic practices. Entitled Inspired By, this section includes several objects representative of the C. Paul Jennewein Collection, an extensive archive of Neo-Classical artworks by the American sculptor.

The Tampa Museum of Art’s collection also houses an evolving collection of Modern and Contemporary art. In two galleries, Sullivan Gallery and Ferman Gallery, the objects on view demonstrate the two main motifs of the Modern and Contemporary collection: landscape and portraiture. In Sullivan Gallery, representations of the “Soil, Sea, and Sky” are evident in key works by artists Martin Fletcher, Rockwell Kent, Robert Rauschenberg, and Alma Thomas. Ferman Gallery presents interpretations of portraiture and the body through the theme of “Figure Forward.” This gallery presents works from the late 1800s to the present and includes photography by Berenice Abbott and Garry Winogrand; figurative sculpture made by Jacques Lipchitz and Pepe Mar; paintings created by Louise Nevelson and Theo Wujcik and rare prints by Mary Cassatt and Marc Chagall.

From its beginnings as Tampa Museum of the Fine Arts (1920-1923) to the burgeoning Tampa Art Institute (1923-1966) and the Tampa Bay Art Center (1966-1979), the Tampa Museum of Art has matured in tandem with the growth and cultural prosperity of the Tampa Bay area. As the Museum celebrates its past, it looks towards the next 100 years.
As an accompaniment to the centennial, the Museum is publishing a 200-page history book — The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works — which will be released in January 2020. The book tells the museum’s story through a combination of interviews and works from the collection.

About the Tampa Museum of Art
Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires the residents of the Tampa Bay region and others around the world by providing engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern and contemporary art. As the Tampa Museum of Art nears its 100th anniversary, its exhibitions in part will focus on the breadth of the institution’s growing permanent collection.

The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s largest museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more. With a 14,000 square-foot LED installation of Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) illuminating the south façade and the Museum’s 23-foot tall cast iron sculpture Laura with Bun by Jaume Plensa silhouetted in front of the north façade, the Tampa Museum of Art stands as an iconic landmark of downtown Tampa.

Year-round creative classes offered both on-site and at various locations throughout Hillsborough County provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to discover new skills and learn different art-making techniques. The Museum brings together local, national and international artists and scholars to inspire visitors to take part in exhibitions and art discourse through lectures, tours, and community partnerships.

While shopping for unique exhibition-related objects at the Museum Store or enjoying handcrafted meals, coffee, and gelato at the Riverwalk Cafe at TMA, visitors can take in the views of Tampa’s scenic riverfront and see why the Museum also serves as one of Tampa’s premier venues for special private events. Located in the heart of downtown, next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art leads as both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its home city.

General Hours and Information
The Museum opens daily at 10 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday*, Saturday & Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. *Fourth Fridays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Museum’s phone number is 813.274.8130 and the website is http://www.tampamuseum.org. The Museum’s address is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

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