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Hot exhibitions still running at Tampa Bay area museums

Summer, meteorologically, will linger for a long time, but officially we're about halfway. So today is a good time to revisit local museum summer shows nearing the end of their runs. If you haven't seen them, consider doing so soon before they're gone. Or if you have seen them, consider revisiting them for a second look. That's what I have done with many and found the shows well worth the extra time. Also remember that most museums also have other exhibitions rotating in and out, plus permanent collections.

The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassai

The exhibition leaves the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, on Aug. 19.

If Brassai's name isn't familiar, some of the images probably will be, because they have been reproduced extensively. Brassai was a writer and painter and didn't take photography seriously, using it only to make a bit more money when he submitted pictures with magazine stories. His friend Pablo Picasso persuaded him that his photographs were equally important as art, and that's what made him famous. Here's what I wrote after I first saw the show:

"Most of the photographs show us the people who hang out in bars or work the streets and brothels. Lovers kiss or quarrel, hookers in various stages of undress meet with clients, people looking for something or nothing hang out together. In other hands, the subject matter could be depressing, maudlin or judgmental."

If you go: Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours to 8 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Suggested $10 donation for adults and $8 for students and military with ID. (813) 221-2222 or

100 Years — 100 Chairs

See this show at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza (Ashley Drive south of Cass Street), through Sept. 16.

In my May review I wrote:

"The thing about icons is that although they are admirably inspirational, they don't blend in with a crowd and they often make us feel uncomfortable. Which is probably why you will recognize and hail many of the chairs though you might not choose some of them to furnish your home. — No matter. You'll love the show."

Yes, you will as I still did on a second go.

IF YOU GO: Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, $7.50 seniors and military, and $5 students. Children 6 and under free. Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. is pay what you will. (813) 274-8130 or

Global + Local: Studio and Contemporary Glass on Florida's West Coast

The exhibition is at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 355 Beach Drive NE, through Oct. 14.

From my review in May:

"On view are 100 examples of studio glass from the mid 20th century, when the movement was born, into recent years, and includes most of the big names in glass who marshal just about any technique known to glass creators."

IF YOU GO: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $17 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students 7 or older (college students need ID). (727) 896-2667 or

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-45

This exhibition at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, is here for a bit longer, continuing through Oct. 28.

Since I saw it when it opened a few weeks ago, I haven't been back, but it's a vivid memory because, as I recently wrote:

"The 200 or so objects in this show represent a broad and pervasive spectrum of this deco hybrid, used stylistically for everything from fine art to household goods. . . . The sinuous undulations of art deco married well with Japanese aesthetics."

IF YOU GO: Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Thursday to 8 p.m. Admission is adults $25, seniors $20, kids 6 to 17 $5. Adult admission $10 on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. It includes the art museum, Ca d'Zan mansion, 60 acres of grounds and gardens and the Circus Museum.

Hot exhibitions still running at Tampa Bay area museums 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 4:30am]
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