We're approaching one of the big art weekends of the year with three major museum shows opening along with lots of galleries debuting new ones, too. • Why now? • The fall shows have packed up and left, and it's a new year for everyone. Whatever your taste, you'll have a broad menu of arts offerings. Here are highlights. (Call or go to websites for admission and hours.)
Andy Warhol, Mr. 15-minutes-of-fame, will get a lot more time than that at the Dalí Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg, with "Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality." With more than 100 works, it's the largest Warhol survey to come to west-central Florida. It opens Saturday and continues through April 27. (727) 823-3767 or thedali.org.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg opens "New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring the Raymond James Financial Collection" on Saturday, too. It's a broad show with many media ranging from pre-Hispanic pottery to contemporary paintings and sculpture. The centerpiece is Georgia O'Keeffe's landscape, Grey Hills Painted Red, New Mexico, which is in the museum's collection. The exhibition continues at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, through May 11. (727) 896-2667 or fine-arts.org.
Ambitious, challenging and illuminating describe University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum and its mission. For 25 years, it has brought some of the finest contemporary artists to the Tampa Bay area to exhibit and work. "CAM@25: Social Engagement" marks the anniversary with work from Los Carpinteros, Pedro Reyes and Janaina Tschape, opening Friday and continuing through March 8. CAM is at 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; (813) 974-2849 or ira.usf.edu. Looking ahead to a related show, the Tampa Museum of Art honors the University of South Florida's Graphicstudio in "Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice," opening Feb. 1, a celebration of 45 years of innovative collaborations with artists that have yielded a large collection of prints and multiple original sculptures and mixed media pieces.
Also coming up is "NowHere," a series of exhibitions and performance art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Matthew McLendon, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Dwight Currie, curator of performance art, will preview the shows at the museum at 7 p.m. today. For a list of them, go to ringling.org.
The beloved Miniature Art Society of Florida's annual show and competition opens Sunday at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Ave. Magnifying glasses will help viewers see the masterful work in almost 1,000 pieces that measure no more than a few inches. (727) 298-3322 or dfac.org.
Master printer Carl Cowden often assists visiting artists at University of Tampa's Studio-f but he has his own impressive body of works. In "Mythic Dimensions in Printmaking," Cowden demonstrates the complex and diverse possibilities of screen printing in a series that uses his personal interpretations of symbols and myths. See them at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Gallery, Palm Avenue and 15th Street in Tampa's Ybor City through Jan. 26. Cowden will be at the gallery today for a reception and talk from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. (813) 253-7674.
"A Taste of the Silk and Spice Roads" at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, combines contemporary photographs of China, Tibet, Mongolia, India and Nepal by Michele Miley and paintings by three female painters from Mongolia. On Friday, visit the gallery for a performance by Mongolian musician Sundui Chimidkhorloo from 5:30 to 7 p.m. carrollwoodcenter.org or (813) 269-1310.