PETER MAX: 50 COSMIC YEARS
Peter Max was the visual voice for the Age of Aquarius, the era of the 1960s and 1970s which saw the rise of Pop culture and him as one its most famous interpreters. "Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming" now open at the Tampa Museum of Art covers those years and subsequent ones with 90 career-spanning paintings and prints. His signature style during his early years, sometimes described as psychedelic, used bright colors and clearly delineated but exaggerated figures. He still uses vibrant colors but now much of his work is less graphic, more brush-stroked. Through the years, he has been commissioned for designs large and small, from a postage stamp to a jumbo jet. The show continues through Sept. 10.
The museum is at 120 Gasparilla Plaza. 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 $15; $7.50 seniors, Florida educators and active military; and $5 youths. Free for kids younger than 6. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: SHANA MOULTON
"Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, has as its centerpiece her acclaimed Whispering Pines series of nine videos inspired by soap operas and shown on television sets. The series is modeled on her childhood growing up in a mobile home park inhabited mostly by seniors. Other videos and sculpture are also in the show, most referencing consumer and popular cultures. Moulton has been part of numerous group shows but this is her first solo museum one. The show opens Saturday. The artist will give a talk at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The museum is at 255 Beach Drive NE. 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, $15 seniors and $10 youths 7 and older and students with ID. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.
VIVA CUBA: CLYDE BUTCHER AND MORE
The St. Petersburg Museum of History has scored a big coup with its new show, "Experience Cuba." Not only does it have photographs by Clyde Butcher, right, but it also features work by acclaimed contemporary Cuban artists Ibrahim Miranda and Los Carpinteros, a collective.
Butcher, famous and beloved for his large-scale, black and white photographs of the Florida landscape, was commissioned by the United Nations to create a photographic portfolio of Cuba's natural beauty, a contrast to the vibrant, vintage vibe of Havana that we usually see in photographs.
A fun third element is a gallery of personal photos featuring Cuba sent in by the community. There will no doubt be many vintage ones since the country was a favorite honeymoon destination before its revolution.
The exhibit opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 30 at the museum, 335 Second Ave. NE. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15, $12 seniors and $9 military, youths 6 to 17 and students with ID. (727) 894-1052. spmoh.org.
ART IN THE PARK: HELP A PRIMATE
The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, is having a festive fundraiser with lots of things to do Saturday. Artists will set up their easels and paint on scene, and caricature and face-painting artists will paint you. There also will be games for kids, live entertainment and, of course, the primates: chimps, orangutans, gibbons and monkeys. Some of the paintings by the primates themselves will be on view and for sale, but they won't be unleashing their creativity live at the event. Their handlers say they're accustomed to working in private and curious onlookers might upset them. Unlike many such events, dogs on leashes are welcome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations requested are $10 adults, $5 kids 3 and older, free for kids 2 and younger. Many of the activities are free but some, such as a caricature portrait, have an additional charge. suncoastprimates.com.