Tampa Museum of Art

There are some great exhibitions currently running at the Tampa Museum of Art just across the river. Admission for students is $5.

Running from January 28 to May 6, 2012 is Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections.

From the TMA:

“The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, an exhibition of approximately 80 works of art that span the career of this internationally renowned artist. Bearden (1911-1988) is widely regarded as one of the most important African-American artists who worked in the United States during the 20th century. He has been the focus of many solo exhibitions, including presentations at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 1987 he was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by President Ronald Reagan.”

Read more about this artist here.

The Tampa Museum of Art is also presenting John Cage 33 1/3 – Performed by Audience A Celebration of the Centenary of the Composer’s Birth from January 28 to May 6, 2012.

From the exhibition description:

“One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, John Cage (1912- 1992) created sound and performance works that broke through boundary after boundary. In celebration of his enduring legacy and the 2012 centenary of his birth, the Museum is pleased to present John Cage’s 33-1/3 – Performed by Audience – an interactive installation guest curated by Jade Dellinger.

“Conceived in 1969 as an ‘audience participation’ work, John Cage’s original ‘score’ simply stipulated that the gallery be filled with about a dozen record players and two- to three-hundred vinyl records. Museum visitors were encouraged to act as DJs and create a musical mix by playing records freely and thus performing the work.

“According to guest curator Jade Dellinger, ‘when the work was first installed at the University of California in Davis, a local record store graciously volunteered the hundreds of necessary records. However, as Cage never discussed condition or specified titles, the store promptly sent over the most common and undesirable, damaged and utterly unsalable records in their inventory.’ Dellinger was inspired by a line from a letter he received in the 1980’s from Cage in which the composer noted that ‘I am not interested in the names of movements but rather in seeing and making things not seen before.'”

The Macdonald Kelce Library carries a book on Bearden’s children’s art titled The Art of Romare Bearden, and a more critical work written by Bearden titled A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present in the reference section.

We also carry books about John Cage, music written by John Cage, and, for those of you with turntables, albums by John Cage. We also have several databases where you can hear John Cage compositions.

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