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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Newness at FMoPA

New Visions and an interim director debut at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

THE POWER OF PORTRAITURE: Polly Gaillard's "Sick Day."
  • THE POWER OF PORTRAITURE: Polly Gaillard's "Sick Day."

Call it a case of “be careful what you wish for.” Last August, Zora Carrier began volunteering at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa. She thought it would be a good way to get to know the city as a recent transplant from Grand Rapids, Mich., where she founded and ran a nonprofit art exhibition space called Open Concept Gallery for eight years. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Full House: St. Pete art fans flock to a house show of a different sort

Some of St. Petersburg's most celebrated artists showed works in a very different atmosphere.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM


On Sunday afternoon, art fans, hipsters, scenemongers and more descended upon artist Sarah Gail Hutcherson's cute Old Northeast carriage house for a "house show" that had nothing to do with punk rock, and everything to do with community.

Hutcherson, a long-time Bay area art-scene maven who formerly curated the Vitale brothers' "quonset hut" space on First Avenue South, turned pretty much every wall of her home into a showcase space for local artists, and opened her doors to the world, inviting anyone who was interested in to bring some craft beers, nosh and check out works by Frank Strunk III, Pale Horse, April Seelbach, Kristin Eschenroeder, Tes One, Mari Sabra, Chad Mize, Angus Shafer, John Vitale, Nick Nicks, Bask, Joey Vitale, Kate Cummins and more — including the hostess herself.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Do This: The Weekend's Top 10

Celebrate Ray Davies' birthday at Skippers, Go Skateboarding Day and enjoy some really great shows.

Posted By on Sat, Jun 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM


Happy Summer Solstice! 
Here's your event guide for the longest day of the year.

1. ROCK: The Kinks is one of the most beloved and covered bands of all time by musicians, yet is somehow still unappreciated and unknown by most Americans. Apart from hits like "You Really Got Me" and "Lola," non-audiophiles don't really know too much about the band. Well, here's your chance to brush up on a British Invasion act that's been mightily influential. Honor the Kinks on frontman Ray Davies'  big 70th birthday by attending WMNF's tribute festival, A Well Respected Man: the WMNF 70th Birthday Tribute to Ray Davies with Four Star Riot, Coco and Homo, Funny Bunny, Scone Train, Ronny Elliott Band, Soul Purpose, Rich Whiteley Band, Ricky Wilcox and the Moonsnakes, Doll Parts, Ed Woltil and the Loaded Question and Joe M. It's all Kinks, all day, showcasing the British Invasion act's ever evolving repertoire of sweet pop hooks, masterful lyrics and badass ingenuity. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday's Do This: Bluelucy Ybor's first show

Bluelucy Ybor opens with an exceptional assortment for the weekend-long show Misc.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 8:03 AM


Bluelucy's auspicious Tampa offshoot opens today at 6 p.m. with a mini art show (this weekend only) that the gallery officially announced Tuesday (after CL's print deadlines).

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Local celebs salute The Studio@620 on its 10th birthday

See what local arts luminaries David Manson, Ray Villadonga, Roxanne Fay, Paul Wilborn, Eric Davis and Heather Jones have to say about the little space that could ...

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

  • I Love the Burg

The transient nature of performance and visual art spaces is an all too true and sad reality. If one survives at all, it might relocate and reinvent itself several times during the course of its tenure. When Bob Devin Jones and David Ellis opened the multipurpose, multi-genre Studio@620, we were taken aback by its rise to prominence and diverse offerings. The wildly multifaceted and always suprising downtown St. Petersburg venue provides everything from staged readings to radio plays to town hall meetings to art shows to open mics to concerts to puppet shows and so on.

Pop in and bid congrats to Devin Jones, Ellis and company at The Studio@620 10th Anniversary Party, where you can enjoy some birthday cake and raise a glass in a Champagne toast to a Tampa Bay treasure. Takes place 6:20 p.m. this Saturday, June 21.

See what local arts luminaries David Manson, Ray Villadonga, Roxanne Fay, Paul Wilborn, Eric Davis and Heather Jones have to say about the little space that could ...

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All Decked Out! celebrates the art of the skateboard at Polk Museum of Art

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 7:12 AM

  • Shane Hoffman

About a decade ago, skateboard culture got a warm embrace from art museums when the exhibition Beautiful Losers toured the U.S., spotlighting contemporary art inspired by 1990s street culture, including painted skate decks and documentary photographs. Last year, all things skate got another big institutional nod when the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation hosted Innoskate, a public festival on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall that explored the technology and innovation of skateboarding from gear to fashion to performance.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Weekend That Was: China, Mieka, Norma, Tony

From the Tampa Museum of Art to St. Pete Opera to a living room-turned-concert venue.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Elizabeth de Trejo plays the title role in "Norma" at St. Pete Opera.
  • Elizabeth de Trejo plays the title role in "Norma" at St. Pete Opera.

An exhibit that expands your view of the world, a concert that expands the capacity of your living room, a juicy love triangle with killer music (or was that a killer love triangle with juicy music?), and an impressive display of Hugh Jackman’s cardiovascular fitness — how’s that for a weekend?

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists is an extraordinary show, and I’ve only seen the half of it, or really only a quarter of it. If you read Megan Voeller’s story  in this week’s CL, you know it’s not only a collaboration across international boundaries. It’s also (and this is maybe even more of an achievement) a collaboration between two museums on either side of the bay, the Tampa Museum of Art and St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts.

An exhibition of 27 artists born in mainland China since 1976, the show is “the first U.S. exhibition to focus solely on the new post-Mao generation of Chinese artists,” say the museums, and is grouped loosely around several themes, including family, politics and environment. There are numerous breathtaking works (the gigantic “Utopia” by
Qiu Xiaofei, vigorous and thickly painted in a style that recalls Anselm Kiefer, was one of the most arresting).

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Arts: Made in China

A blockbuster show on both sides of the Bay showcases the work of young Chinese artists.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:17 AM

REALLY MIXED MEDIA: “Fearless” (2012), mixed media on canvas by Xu Zhen, produced by MadeIn. - COURTESY OF LONG MARCH SPACE, BEIJING
  • Courtesy of Long March Space, Beijing
  • REALLY MIXED MEDIA: “Fearless” (2012), mixed media on canvas by Xu Zhen, produced by MadeIn.

In her 2010 book The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China, Barbara Pollack describes a moment after a friendly argument with artist Ai Weiwei. The two are squabbling over the differences between American and Chinese cigarettes, and when Pollack later turns to the Internet to gather evidence for their next bout, she’s struck by the absurdity of her own cigarette nationalism. If a billion people are puffing on Chinese smokes, she reasons, who’s to say Marlboros are really better?

In her book, Pollack offers the story semi-jokingly as an analogy for coming to grips with contemporary art in China, where she began traveling and reporting in 2004. At home in New York, her work as an art critic had put her in contact with Chinese artists who lived in the city during the 1990s. When she arrived in Shanghai and Beijing, she realized those cites were on their way to growing communities of artists, galleries and museums that could rival art capitals like New York — and soon.

“It was really clear to me that there was going to be a major art scene erupting there, which is what happened by 2006,” Pollack says.

On Saturday, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, debut My Generation: Young Chinese Artists. The exhibition is curated by Pollack and showcases the fruits of her decade-long arts reporting in China, focusing on 27 artists born in the country since 1976, the year of Mao Zedong’s death. The idea for the show originated over a dinner party during video artist Janet Biggs’s 2011 solo exhibition at TMA. At the dinner, which followed a public conversation between Biggs and Pollack, museum trustee Sara Richter, upon learning about Pollack’s China research, suggested that her next project take the form of an exhibition for Tampa. After a 2013 trip to China with Pollack for studio visits with many of the artists who would end up being featured in My Generation, TMA director Todd Smith was convinced: the country’s burgeoning scene deserved a closer look in the U.S., outside of New York and L.A.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Weekend That Was: Anna Brennen, Roxanne Faye, Lance Bass

Stageworks fetes its founder, an actress embodies a role, and Bass comes to CASS.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Anna Brennen.
  • Anna Brennen.

Two powerful women shone this weekend (and I’m not talking about Elsa or Angelina), and a South Tampa gallery opened with a splash — and a Bass.

On Sunday, I was glad to be in the audience for Stageworks Theatre’s grand sendoff to Anna Brennen, the company’s formidable founder and retired artistic director. The program took place in Stageworks’ home base in the Channel District; the space, which opened in 2011, was one of Brennen’s proudest achievements following the company’s long history as a “gypsy” theater.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Strokes for Stroke exhibits lifesaving art

See the spirit win at the CL Space on Fri., May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 donation at the door.

Posted By on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM


Witness the triumph of artistry and help prevent the No. 4 killer of Americans. In recognition of May as American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will present the first Strokes for Stroke Art Show, a showcase of works created by stroke survivors.

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