Briar-root benches, tete-a-tetes, wooden rockers and French gilt music chairs are just some of the seats that will be on display at Henry B. Plant's Tampa Bay Hotel at the University of Tampa, 401 W Kennedy Blvd. starting Saturday. With many of the chairs dating back to the 19th century, the exhibition promises to offer historical insight into the social and cultural mores of the Victorian era. Presumably, the chairs are not for sitting. There's plenty of time to catch the "Splendid Seats and Curious Chairs" exhibit. It continues through November. For information, call 254-1891, ext. 23.
The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum's next exhibition, "L. C. Armstrong: Making and Unmaking," opens Monday. Armstrong, an artist based in New York, is known for her meldings of sculpture and painting. With the creation and destruction of language as her theme, Armstrong often marks her works with burns, bullets and stains, sometimes melded with works of poetry. The artist will be on hand at 7 p.m. Aug. 25, to discuss her work. A reception will follow. The exhibition continues through Aug. 26. The museum is located at the Tampa campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave. For information, call 974-2849.