The big buzz surrounds the Tampa Museum of Art, which opens its doors to a grand new facility in February. But we should not downplay the importance of other bay area museums. They all have a fine lineup of exhibitions in keeping with their diverse missions that will broaden our conversations about art. - Inevitably, theeconomy is part of the picture, with museums using more of their permanent collections, if possible, rather than expensive loans. And that's a good thing. Most notable along that line will be a historical show at the Dali Museum that traces its history from its opening 27 years ago in preparation for its move to a new facility in 2011. That move represents a kind of bookend to this exhibition year about new beginnings, change and wonderful art. - Take a good look.
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John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota; ringling.org; (941) 359-5700
Through Oct. 11
- Dangerous Women. An interactive gallery installation of paintings telling the Biblical stories of Judith and Salome and the confusion they have generated among people - including painters - through the ages. Viewers are asked to vote on whether a painting depicts Judith or Salome. In some cases, even the museum isn't sure.
Through Nov. 8
- Paths to Paradise: The World of Buddhism. Using mostly works from its permanent collection, the show highlights the religion's deities within the context of Buddhism's history.
Oct. 10 through January
- Venice in the Age of Canaletto. Canaletto's paintings of Venice are among the most famous renderings of the fabled city but his restrained style was oddly anomalous in the 18th century period called the Rococo. This show of works from the permanent collection and 40 loaned paintings studies that disparity and the Venetian identity of the time.
Dec. 9 through April 10
- Gothic Art in Gilded Age. In 1927, Alva, long divorced from William Vanderbilt, asked the dealer Joseph Duveen to inspect her Newport, R.I., house, and in December of that year, he sold John Ringling nearly the entire contents of the Gothic Room, a treasure house of medieval and Renaissance art and objects. Many are dispersed throughout the Ringling galleries; for this show, they will be brought together again, along with those kept mostly in storage, along with period photographs.
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Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs; spcollege.edu/museum or (727) 712-5762
Through Nov. 8
- Artists of the Hamptons. Selections from the Benjamin and Jean Gollay Collection by a group of well-known abstract expressionists whom Benjamin Gollay befriended in the 1950s.
Sept. 13 through Nov. 8
- Arnold Newman: One World/One People. Fifty-three portraits of international Jewish figures by the major 20th century photographer span six decades.
- Angelo Mantis: Epitaph/Roadside Memorials in America. The photographer documented these anonymous tributes over the years; this show has 33 examples.
Nov. 22 through Jan. 10
- Rocky and Friends: A Tribute to the Palm Harbor Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. Artist Rocky Bridges began exhibiting at this outdoor show in 1978 at age 14 and has been exhibiting there ever since. Now a nationally recognized artist, Bridges and nine other artists who have also won awards at the show during its 35-year history will have works on view in homage to the festival.
Nov. 22 through April 25
- The Visionary World of Vladimir Yaffe. The museum organizes this first showing of 42 sculptures in stone, wood, metal and plaster by the Russian-born artist, given in 2006.
Jan. 7 through Feb. 7
- 35th annual International Miniature Society Exhibition. With more than 230 artists from around the world represented and about 800 works, this is a big show despite the small size of the works.
Feb. 21 through May 2
- Dean Mitchell: Visions With Heart and Soul. If you're going to be a realist painter these days, you better be good, and Dean Mitchell is. His genre watercolors invited a comparison to the great Vermeer by New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman, no less. He recently settled full time in Tampa and this is his first major exhibition in our area.
May 16 through July 18
- Volf Roitman and the Ludic Revolution. The venerable MADI artist turns 80 and the Leepa-Rattner presents a retrospective in his honor featuring 54 works in his signature geometric abstract style.
Aug. 1 through 26
St. Petersburg College Art Faculty Exhibition. The talents of those who teach painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and mixed media are on display.
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Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; fine-arts.org or (727) 896-2667
Saturday through Jan. 17
- Legends in Photography: Major Works from the Museum's Collection. The exhibition of 60 works is the third in two years drawn entirely from the museum's collection of more than 1,500 photographs, one of Florida's best, ranging from the earliest days of the medium to greats of the 20th century and emerging artists.
Oct. 10 through Dec. 27
- I Heard A Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill. The artist who uses the written word as a basis for her delicate constructions is showcased in this major show featuring 34 new works, some monumental.
Jan. 9 through April 4
- The Baroque World of Fernando Botero. Botero is a Latin American artist who has transcended that label with his colorful paintings and sculptures that stay true to his heritage while ranging far in their references to European masters and 20th century art movements. It's the first North American retrospective of his work in three decades and the first time a comprehensive collection of his has come to our area. It includes 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures.
April 17 through Aug. 15
- Whistler, Hassam, and the Etching Revival. This exhibition of more than 80 prints is organized by the museum's chief curator, Jennifer Hardin, based on prints in its permanent collection and supplemented by some loans. It traces the revival of the etching process in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with all the major players in Europe and the United States represented.
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Salvador Dali Museum
1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; thedali.org or (727) 823-3767
- Mabel Palacin's Una Noche Sin Fin (An Endless Night). A double-screen video projection represents a single night with scenes that take place in a theater, a factory, a dormitory and a table laden with food shot in slow and fast motion. The project is part of the Dali Museum's "Traces (of the Avant-garde)" commissioned works.
Through Nov. 2
- Dali Seen Through Glass. Ten glass sculptures from the museum's permanent collection, from a group Salvador Dali produced 1968 to 1984 for the Daum Crystal Co. in France, are on view.
- Dali at Work and Play: The Photographs of Marc Lacroix. More than 40 color photographs of Dali and his wife, Gala, in the late 1960s and 1970s by Marc Lacroix include images of the couple together and individually in their private life in their homes in Spain.
Nov. 13 through April 18
- Dali: Gems. Rarely viewed pieces - jewelry, paintings, drawings, glassware and flatware designed by Dali - come from the museum vault. Some "special friends" of the museum have chosen their personal favorites and their comments will be included.
- Dali Illustrates. Salvador Dali illustrated two classic works of children's fiction, the collected fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll'sAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, with a typically surrealist twist.
April 23 through 2010
- History of the Dali Collection in St. Petersburg. As the museum prepares to move in January 2011 into its new building, this final exhibition in the current building will present, through documentation archival and personal, the museum's beginnings and its nearly three decades in St. Petersburg.
- Selections from the Albert Field Bequest. Albert Field (1916-2003), Dali's official archivist and publisher of the definitive catalog on Dali prints, generously bequeathed his research and a large portion of his collection to the museum. His donation, the largest apart from museum founders A. Reynolds and Eleanor Morse's own, added significant works to the museum's collection, including Dali's earliest oil painting, Landscape, plus a watercolor, 50 print suites, 60 prints along with numerous objects and books. A selection from this donation will highlight the new and unique items of the bequest.
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USF Contemporary Art Museum
4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; usfcam.usf.edu; (813) 974-2849
Through Oct. 10
- Teresita Fernandez: Blind Landscape. In 14 formal, elegant installations and sculptures, Fernandez explores reality and how we perceive it.
Nov. 6 through March 6
- New Weather: Diana Al-Hadid, Robyn O'Neil and Iva Gueorguieva. David Norr, CAM curator who organized the exhibition, writes: "The monumental sculptures of Diana Al-Hadid, the turbulent paintings of Iva Gueorguieva and the enigmatic drawings of Robyn O'Neil become a terrific reminder of the pregnancy of culture and the power of the imagination."
March 26 through May 8
- MFA Graduation Exhibition 2010. CAM, as part of a university, is also a teaching institution and gives its graduate students an opportunity to have their work viewed by the public, as well as university faculty and colleagues, in a professional environment.
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Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
200 N Tampa St., Tampa; fmopa.org; (813) 221-2222
Sept. 17 through Nov. 7
- Burk Uzzle's Woodstock and Other Americana. Forty years ago, Uzzle was a photojournalist who turned up at an outdoor music fest in upstate New York. His Woodstock photographs became iconic representations of an iconic event.
Nov. 19 through Jan. 9
- Work by Andrea Modica and Suzanne Camp Crosby
Jan. 21 through March 13
- Photographs by August Sander & Jules Aarons
- The Verizon Project: FMoPA's partnership with the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
March 25 through May 15
- Portraits of the Artists: Selections from the collection of Robert Sanchez
- Work by Israeli photographer Shai Kremer