Clyde Butcher captures Dali’s Spain, contemporary Japanese ceramics at the MFA

Published June 8 2018
Updated June 13 2018

CLYDE BUTCHER: VISIONS OF DALÍ’S SPAIN

Floridians all know Clyde Butcher for his incredible black-and-white photographs of Florida’s swamps and marshes. Butcher’s ability to create drama in any landscape he shoots makes him the perfect candidate to shoot the dramatic vistas of Dalí’s home in Catalonia, Spain. So the Dalí Museum sought out Butcher to do just that for the exhibition opening Saturday, Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dalí’s Spain. With 41 photos in the exhibition, Butcher keenly captures some of the most recognizable sites from Dalí’s paintings, including the rugged region of Cap de Creus and Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, pictured above. The exhibit is not only the first time Butcher has shot Spain, it’s also the first time he has been commissioned to photograph an area that influenced another artist. Looks like he nailed it. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and will remain on display through Nov. 25. $24, $22 seniors, $17 students/ages 13-17, $10 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. $10 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY: CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CERAMICS

There are new exhibits everywhere you turn at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, including an intimate collection of contemporary Japanese ceramics. We Do Not Work Alone is on loan from Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, who have one of the United States’ most extensive collections of contemporary Japanese ceramics, which they generously share with museums around the country. The exhibition title refers to the notion that outside factors influence artistic creation, particularly in ceramics, in which the kiln really has the last word on how a piece will turn out. The collection has works from artists from centurieslong family traditions, while others are truly contemporary and even emerging. On display through Sept. 23. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $17, $15 seniors and military, $10 students with college ID, kids 6 and younger free. $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays. 255 Beach Drive NE. mfastpete.org.

ACCESSIBILITY: LIBRARY/MUSEUM PARTNERSHIP

Your Pinellas County library card now gives you free access to three museums in St. Petersburg: Great Explorations, the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Library card holders are able to borrow a free family pass to these institutions for seven days. Each branch only has two passes for each museum, so they’re on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the availability online or by calling. The pass enables up to two adults and three children one visit within the seven-day loan period. They must be checked out by an adult. pplc.us/mfa.shtml.

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