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Dali/Duchamp explores the friendship of artists, new exhibits at the MFA reveal history

By Maggie Duffy
Published: February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 at 11:49 AM
Image: Gregg Perkins, Sunshine City, 2018. Inkjet print. Courtesy of the Artist. Gregg Perkins exhibition, Sunshine City opens at the Museum of Fine arts on Saturday.

Highly Conceptual: Dalí/Duchamp

The new exhibition opening Saturday at the Dalí Museum is another exploration of Dalí’s relationships with other groundbreaking artists. This time it’s Marcel Duchamp. Named the "father of conceptual art," Duchamp was associated with many early 20th century movements, including cubism, dada and surrealism. At a certain point in time, he broke from painting and instead placed ordinary objects on pedestals, elevating them by claiming anything an artist calls art is art. This sort of disruptiveness was right up Dalí’s alley, so the two forged a lifelong friendship, the subject of "Dalí/Duchamp.e_SDRq The exhibit features more than 50 works, including Dalí’s paintings and sculptures, Duchamp’s ready-mades and assemblages and the pair’s collaborations. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students and children 13-17, $10 children 6-12. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. (727) 823-3767.

On View: New Exhibitions at the MFA

In addition to its powerhouse exhibition "Star Wars and the Power of Costume," the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, has new, fascinating showcases of art.

"Moon Museum: Art and Outer Space" is open, and reveals a moment in history that was likely under the radar. In 1967, two years before the Apollo 12 mission to the moon, artist Forrest Myers embarked on a project to leave a piece of artwork on the moon. Artists John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol contributed drawings printed on a tiny ceramic tile. The tile was affixed to the landing module of Apollo 12, which was left on the moon’s surface after the spacecraft returned to Earth. Forty copies of the tile were made, and the one from a private collection in Fort Myers is on loan at the MFA. It remains through May 20.

"Gregg Perkins: Sunshine City" opens Saturday, and explores unknown pieces of St. Petersburg’s history. Inspired by a 1930 E.G. Barnhill postcard of St. Petersburg’s skyline, Perkins zeroed in on the now-demolished Hotel Soreno, the destruction of which was fraught with controversy. Perkins has digitally re-created the hotel, available as a digital app. He also uses animation and digital photography programs to create tourist postcards that reflect the city’s constantly-changing skyline. It will remain on display through May 27.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. Admission for the Star Wars exhibit is $25, $18 ages 7 to 17, 6 and younger free. 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667.