Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Life & Culture

Fall Arts Preview: From Basquiat to augmented reality, what’s coming to Tampa Bay museums

Expect a wide variety of visual treats this season.

WANT MORE? Check out the rest of our Fall Arts Preview

This season brings an energizing variety of visually stunning and conceptually dynamic exhibitions to local museums. And, we’re in for a entirely new museum, too.

We’ll get the rare opportunity to see work from iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a decorative installation of dried exotic insects and the Chinese zodiac rendered in Legos. Many museums are pushing into the digital age with virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Ideas about impacts on the environment and the authenticity of facts are explored. And celebrated artists will share insights into their work.

St. Petersburg will see the opening of its newest museum, bringing the total to ten. The Museum of the American Arts and Craft Movement is set to open in December. While we don’t have dates yet, upcoming exhibitions will educate viewers on the history of the movement and showcase many of its top artists.

Looking ahead to summer of 2020, local artists get the opportunity to show their work in museums again with the return of Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. The work will be shown in the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum and, new this time, the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.

Our galleries and arts centers are also packing exhibition schedules. And the streets of St. Petersburg become an even bigger outdoor gallery when the Shine Mural Festival returns Oct. 18-26, bringing international, national and local artists to adorn walls.

Here’s what to look forward to this fall and beyond.


One Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive and Fifth Ave. SE), St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Before Dalí: Goya: Los Caprichos (runs through Sept. 15)

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes was a famous Spanish artist of the 18th and 19th centuries whose work was a huge influence on Dalí. On view are a series of 83 satirical prints exploring his visions of the superstitions and societal ills of his time. They will be replaced by another suite of prints on Sept. 21.

Francisco Jose Goya de Lucientes "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters" from Los Caprichos 1799. This print will be included in "Before Dali: Goya - Visions and Inventions" at the Dali Museum, opening June 15, 2019. [ Courtesy of the Meadows Museum ]

Visual Magic: Dalí’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality (runs through Nov. 3)

Dalí's popular masterworks get a high-tech treatment with digital effects that allow the viewer to go “inside” the works and gain more insight about the paintings.

Salvador Dalí, The Hallucinogenic Toreador, 1969-70. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida. The painting gets a high tech treatment of augmented reality in the Dalí Museum's exhibition, "Visual Magic," on display through Nov. 3, 2019. [ Courtesy of the Dalí Museum. ]

Bronzes From the Vault (runs through Nov. 3)

A set of Dalí's small cast bronzes from the museum’s permanent collection, originally commissioned by publisher Isidro Clot in the 1970s, are on display for a limited time. Additionally, four large format sculptures cast by Spanish group 2049 Obra Contemporanea S.A., are on display outside in the Avant-garden.

Salvador Dalí's bronze sculpture, "Terpsichore, Muse of Dance (Woman Dressed in a Skirt)" was originally conceived in the 1970s. It was enlarged and cast in 2014 by 2049 Obra Contemporanea S. A., who gave it to the Dalí Museum. It's on display in their Avant-garden Collection of the Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, FL. [ Courtesy of the Dalí Museum. ]

Flavors of Spain: Photos by Chef Bandel, Café Gala (runs through Dec. 1)

Cafe Gala’s chef Chuck Bandel traveled through Spain capturing images of the legendary cuisine of Catalonia and Basque, as well as behind-the-scenes views of Spanish restaurant life. The exhibition is free to view in the Raymond James Community Room on the first floor of the Museum.

Cafe Gala Chef Chuck Bandel's 2018 photo of a dish of tarama with beetroot and sour horseradish from Restaurante Martine Berasategui is on display in "Flavors of Spain" at the Dalí Museum through Dec. 1, 2019. [ Courtesy of Chuck Bandel ]

Before Dalí: Goya — La Tauromaquia (Sept. 21 - Nov. 3)

In this suite of 33 famous etchings, Goya depicts the evolution of bullfighting on the Iberian Peninsula.

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes. The forceful Rendon stabs the bull with a pique, from which pass he died in the ring at Madrid, 1816. This print is part of the bullfighting series, La Tauromaquia, part of the Algur H. Meadows Collection, on loan from the Meadows Museum for the Dalí Museum's exhibition, "Before Dalí: Goya, Visions and Inventions" [ Courtesy of the Meadows Museum ]

Fashion Design at The Dalí (Dec. 7 - Jan. 5)

The exhibit showcases photographs of garments created by budding Tampa Bay high school fashion designers who have completed the 12-week Fashion Design at The Dalí program.

Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: Pinellas County (Jan. 11 - March 8)

Student Surrealist Art Exhibit: Hillsborough County (March 21 - May 3


255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami (runs through Sept. 22)

The ancient Japanese craft of paper folding is taken to new heights in this mind-bending traveling exhibition that relies as much on mathematics as it does on aesthetics.

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, "Together" (2012). The piece is on display in the "Above the Fold" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, through Sept. 22, 2019. [ Courtesy of Erik and Martin Demaine ]

Explore the Vaults: Visions of France (runs through March 22)

Guests get the opportunity to see fragile and rarely displayed holdings from the permanent collection inside storage cabinets. The focus is on late 19th and early 20th century prints, drawings and photographs of Paris and the French countryside from renowned artists including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Pissarro.

Paul Cesar Helleu's rarely displayed pastel on paper, "La Parisienne (Portrait of Mme. Helleu)," is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg's "Explore the Vault: Visions of France" exhibition, on display through March 22, 2020. Gift of Mrs. Philip Morrison. [ Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg ]

The Grasshopper and the Ant and Other Stories as Told by Jennifer Angus (Oct. 12 - Jan. 5)

Neo-Victorian artist Angus uses dried exotic insects to create installations inspired by Victorian wallpaper and 19th century book illustration.

Artist Jennifer Angus will create installations of exotic dried bugs in her exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and Other Stories, as Told by Jennifer Angus," on display Oct. 12, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020. Permission granted to archive and republish. [ Courtesy of Jennifer Angus ]

Ancient Theater and the Cinema (Nov. 9 - April 5)

The exhibition combines 14 ancient images of the Greek theater and 50 movie stills inspired by Greek plays and mythology.

This Red Figure Krater (Wine Mixing Vessel), c. 340-330 B.C., by the Aphrodite Painter is on loan from the William Knight Zewadski collection for the Museum of Fine Arts' "Ancient Theater and the Cinema" exhibition, on display from Nov. 9, 2019-April 5, 2020. [ Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts ]

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney (Jan. 25 - May 10)

Throughout history, artists have collaborated with the theater to create stage designs and costumes. Divided into six themes, the anchor of the exhibition is a section celebrating Ballet Russes, for whom Pablo Picasso designed cubist sets and costumes. It also includes a poster from David Hockney’s 1981 set and costume design recreation for the ballet Parade, which Picasso had originally done in 1917. Live dance performances will happen throughout the exhibition’s run.

David Hockney's poster for the 1981 ballet "Parade," is included in "The Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, on display Jan. 25-May 10, 2020. Screenprint, Gift of Friends of the McNay. [ Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts ]


120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 274-8130.

Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix-16 (runs through Jan. 5)

A portfolio of 16 photogravures featuring pictures of vignettes and found objects that Rauschenberg encountered on his travels around the U.S.

The Tampa Museum of Art has pulled Robert Rauschenberg's portfolio of photogravures from its permanent collection. [ Courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art ]

Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts

The following three exhibitions are linked together by the use of found objects and socio-economic influences. Themes of race, identity, spirituality, survival and hope are explored.

Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist/Two Masterpieces (Sept. 12 - Nov. 10)

Basquiat’s visual vocabulary and use of found materials, text and portraiture to express socio-political themes and self-identity are examined through two paintings, Yellow Door (1983) and Untitled (Word on Wood) (1985). With a limited run of just two months, crowds are guaranteed.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988), Yellow Door, 1983. Acrylic and oil stick on collaged wood door. Collage elements: color xerox paper on pegboard, nails and metal hinges. 84 x 36 inches. Private Collection. Photographer: Jeremy Scott. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York. [ JEREMY SCOTT | Courtesy of Jeremy Scott ]

Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection (Sept. 12 - Jan. 26)

Elaborate and ornate ceremonial Hatian Vodou flags, made from repurposed fabrics, beads and sequins, reveal a spiritually rich culture. Guest curator and artist Edouard Duval-Carrie examines the role of the flags and the artists who make them.

Purvis Young: 91 (Sept. 12 - Jan. 26)

The number signifies how many pieces by the self-taught artist are in the museum’s collection, thanks to a gift from the Rubell Family Collection, on display together for the first time. The artist created thousands of assemblages with found objects that reflected imagery from his Overtown neighborhood in Miami.

Purvis Young, Untitled, c. 1985-1999. It's on display in the Tampa museum of art's exhibition, "Purvis Young: 91" on display from Sept. 12, 2019-Jan. 26, 2020. Collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of the Rubell Family Collection. [ Courtesy of Philip LaDeau ]

The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works (Nov. 14 - March 15)

The museum celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, and celebrates by showcasing works from the permanent collection that highlight its collecting history, which includes Greek and Roman antiquities and modern and contemporary art.

Berenice Abbott's photograph, "Zito's Bakery" will be on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's exhibition" The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works" from Nov. 14, 2019-March 15, 2020. Collection of the Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. Morton D. Brozinsky. [ Courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art ]

White Gold: Thomas Sayre (Jan. 23 - May 17)

An immersive installation by artist Thomas Sayre that depicts a cotton-filled Southern landscape, exploring America’s complex relationship with the contentious material.

Modern Women: Modern Vision (Feb. 20 - May 24)

Features 100 works from the Bank of America Collection of leading female photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, exploring their innovations in the genre.


150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200.

Environmental Impact II (runs through Dec. 1)

Artists explore environmental issues including global warming, loss of bee populations and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill through paintings in sculptures in this traveling exhibition.

Sayaka Kajita Ganz's sculpture, Nanami, which means "seven seas" in Japanese, i smade of recycled plastic objects and is part of the "Environmental Impact II" exhibition at the The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Florida Shines On: PARC Artists (September 2019)

A showcase of work from the organization’s Inspired Artist Studios. PARC provides programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings (Dec. 21 - March 1)

The colorful copper plate etchings of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin celebrate her Native heritage as well as modern interpretations and techniques. Her work is featured alongside paintings by her mother, Pablita Velarde, and sculptures by contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo artist Tammy Garcia.

Helen Hardin's Mimbres Kokopelli is part of the "Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings" exhibit at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, on display Dec. 21, 2019-March 1, 2020. [ Courtesy of the James Museum ]

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo (March 28 – June 20)

Los Angeles-based photographer Little documented the gay rodeo circuit and the lives of its participants between 1988 and 1992.

Blake Little photograph, Rodeo Partners Gene Hubert and Rick Ferreira, Sun Valley, California, 1991 is part of the "Blake Little: Gay Rodeo" exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. Loan courtesy of Blake Little. [ Courtesy of Blake Little ]


5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700.

The Fabric of India (runs through Oct. 16)

This exhibition showcases more than 140 examples of textiles from the 15th to 21st centuries, drawn from the holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections.

Sun Xun: Time Spy (runs through Feb. 16)

Time Spy (2016), a 3D animated film by Chinese artist Sun Xun, incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing, and woodblock printing.

Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection (Nov. 10 – Aug. 1, 2021)

Features more than 20 paintings and sculptures by European and American artists associated with Abstract Expressionism.

Joan Mitchell's untitled oil on canvas form 1965 is on display in the "Remaking the World" exhibition. Bequest of Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman, 2018. [ Courtesy of the Ringling Museum ]

Ai Weiwei Zodiac (2018) LEGO (Nov. 17- Feb. 9)

Ai Weiwei’s most recent exploration of the Zodiac series with large panels featuring the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac in Legos.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Specters and Parables (Dec. 8 - March 1)

The self-taught photographer became one of the most important artists in Mexico and is considered one of the fathers of modern photography. His body of work ranges from the 1920s-1990s.

Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed (Dec. 15 - April 26)

A selection of paintings by American abstract artist Syd Solomon, along with numerous objects from the Solomon Archive, on view for the first time.

Syd Solomon, Silent World, 1961. Museum purchase, 1962. [ Courtesy of the Ringling Museum of Art ]

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (March - June)

Retainers of Anarchy is a large scale animated hand drawing depicting the social and political climate of current day Hong Kong, woven with martial arts tropes and characters.


Events associated with the museum are at 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa, unless otherwise specified. (813) 974-2849.

The Return of the Real (runs through Dec. 7)

Artists Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela respond to the climate of fake news and fabricated fears by rearranging and distorting reality to question its most fundamental premises.

Robert Lazzarini's, Chain-link Fence (Torn), is included in "The Return of the Real" at USF's Contemporary Art Museum. [ Courtesy of University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum ]

Stink! Stank! Stunk! Artist talk with Alex Da Corte (Sept. 10, Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St.)

The renowned contemporary artist will discuss his reworking of American pop culture and his contributions to the 57th Carnegie International and the 58th Venice Biennale.

Alex Da Corte, Rubber Pencil Devil, 2018. installation at the Carnegie International. He'll give an artist talk locally titled “Stink! Stank! Stunk!” [ Courtesy of University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum ]

Nick Cave: Art, Performance and Empowerment (Oct. 8, Tampa International Airport third floor event space)

Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust will give a talk and lead a discussion of their tapestry, Palimpsest, which is held in the airport’s permanent collection.

Breaking Barriers: Selected Work (Dec. 11 - 12)

Photographic artworks by military veterans created in a free workshop series led by photographer Forrest MacDonald.

Sponge Exchange: Hope Ginsberg (Jan. 13 - March 7)

Ginsberg dove into the local sea sponge culture in Tarpon Springs to examine how the health of marine invertebrates impacts the environment and economy of the region. Inspired by the dioramas found in the Spongeorama museum, she and USF students re-imagine them in three dimensional sculptures that address climate change in Florida.

FloodZone: Anastasia Samoylova (Jan. 13 - March 7)

The first solo exhibition for the Moscow-born, Miami-based artist presents an ongoing photographic series that reflects the impacts of sea level rise in South Florida. She pays particular attention to the blind eye that real estate developers turn to the problem, continuing to build in places that may soon be underwater.

Anastasia Samoylova, from the FloodZone series, 2016-19. [ Courtesy of USF Contemporary Art Museum ]


400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 221-2222.

Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night (runs through Dec. 31)

Wilkes captures world landmarks from dawn until dark and combines 30 to 50 photos to create one image.

Stephen Wilkes, Eiffel Tower, Paris, Day to Night™, 2013 [ Courtesy of Stephen Wilkes ]

Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful (runs through Dec. 31)

85 photographs of women from the 1960s and ’70s that capture the fashion, energy and attitudes of the era.

Garry Winogrand's "Laughing Woman with Ice Cream Cone," 1968, on loan from the Kemper Museum in San Francisco. [ Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco ]


600 E Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 712-5762.

Deborah Masters: Spirits (Oct. 6 - Jan. 5)

Monumental sculptures of heads suspended from the ceiling reflect Masters’ visions of humans and animals in their social, existential and spiritual dimensions. Also included are a series of painted wooden crosses depicting Christian imagery and global crises.

Deborah Masters, Big Spirits, 2000-2017, Hydrocal, rebar, fabric, found objects, dimensions vary. Image courtesy of the artist. [ Courtesy of Deborah Masters ]

ALTARed States: From the LRMA Collection (Oct. 6 - Jan. 5)

To complement Deborah Masters: Spirits, the exhibition explores the spiritual realm through sculpture, painting, photography and mixed-media objects from the museum’s permanent collection.

Robert Coon: Intersection (Nov. 17- May 31)

The Vero Beach painter, sculptor and printmaker creates bold, outdoor metal sculptures that explore the negative spaces between intersecting abstract shapes. On display in the outdoor Terrace Gallery.

Robert L. Coon (American, b. 1941), Intersection, 2002, aluminum, aircraft enamel paint, 3 x 3 x 10 ft. Image courtesy of the artist. [ Courtesy of Robert L. Coon ]

Louisa Chase: What Lies Beneath (Jan. 25 - April 19)

The exhibition celebrates the life and career of the contemporary painter and printmaker who emerged out of New York’s male-dominated art scene in the 1970s as a strong female presence in the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s. The museum will also display works from female printmakers and sculptors from its permanent collection.

Louisa Chase (American, 1951–2016), Cloudburst, 1982, 25-color woodcut, 31 3/8 x 30 3/4 in. Image courtesy of the Louisa Chase Estate. [ Courtesy of the Louisa Chase Estate ]


Opening in December. Exhibits do not yet have dates. 355 4th St N, St. Petersburg. (727) 943-9900.

RELATED: What’s the latest on the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement?

Love, Labor and Art: The Roycroft Enterprise

Roycroft was an community of craft workers and artists who were a major part of the early American Arts and Crafts movement, producing furniture, lighting, metalwork, books and ephemera and stained glass, all made with simple lines and impeccable quality.

Capturing Childhood: Illustrations of American Youth

50 paintings and drawings celebrating childhood, created in the first half of the 20th century, including notable artists Norman Rockwell and Howard Pyle, who was considered the father of American illustration.

Love at First Sight (Girl Watching Canary), 1905. Sarah Stilwell Weber, American, 1878-1939. Oil on canvas. ©2019 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, and the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. [ Courtesy of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement ]

Lenses Embracing the Beautiful: Pictorial Photographs from the Two Red Roses Foundation

More than 150 photographs and rare books made by pictorial photographers from around the world, spanning two generations of photographers.


1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 300-1700.

Karen LaMonte: Floating World (runs through Dec. 31)

Life-size glass, ceramic and bronze kimonos that LaMonte cast after learning the history and construction of the garment during a residency in Kyoto, Japan.

Pivot (runs through Dec. 22)

The museum put out an open call to artists for work that represented a shift in their process. The result is a varied show by international artists working in a multitude of techniques and innovations.

Eunsuh Choi, "Dreams I," flameworked borosilicate glass. It's part of the Pivot exhibition at Imagine Museum, on display through December 2019. [ Courtesy of Imagine Museum ]


800 East Palmetto St., Lakeland. (863) 688-7743.

Paul Fullerton: Forces of Nature (runs through Nov. 10)

Large-scale cast metal reliefs, on display in the museum’s sculpture garden.

Pierre Henri Matisse: Stories of Creativity (runs through Nov. 24)

The grandson of the famous Henri is 91 years old and lives in Florida. His artwork is clearly inspired by his grandfather, especially through his use of paper cuts.

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens (runs through Oct. 13)

Drawn from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, an exploration of the relationship of 19th century French Impressionism and the American interpretation of it through the following decades.

Kelly Sturhahn: A Colored Image of the Sun (runs through Nov. 10)

Sturhahn reinterprets nature abstractly through a sensory experience.

Spirits: Ritual and Ceremonial African and Oceanic Art (Oct. 26 - Jan. 26)

Drawn from the Dr. Alan and Linda Rich Collection, most of the artifacts explore the spiritual connection between humans and animals.

Global Art of the 1970s (Nov. 9 - Feb. 2)

From the S.C. Johnson Collection, the exhibition is a deep dive into rarely seen artwork from one of art history’s most consequential decades.

Antonio Martorell, 'Erzuli #4,' 1979, SC Johnson Collection. [ Courtesy of Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College ]

A Brush With Herstory: The Paintings of Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso (Dec. 14 - April 12)

Dellosso is a contemporary portrait painter who pays tribute to overlooked female old masters.

Music and Dance in Painting of the Dutch Golden Age (Feb. 8 - May 31)

Custom-curated for the museum by the Hoogsteder Museum Foundation of the Netherlands, the exhibit features Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th century.

Louis de Caullery, "Palace Garden with Dancing Company and Musicians," [ Courtesy of the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College ]


55 Fifth St. S., St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts: The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay (runs through March 1)

A photographic account of the history of Tampa Bay’s racial segregation during the Jim Crow era, even after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had passed.

A Times image of a 1960 sit in at Kress Lunch Counter is included in the "Beaches, Benches and Boycotts" exhibition. [ TRABANT, GEORGE | St. Petersburg Times ]

Anne Frank: Let Me Be Myself (Jan. 25 - Jan. 24, 2021)

A modern retelling of the Anne Frank story that addresses current day issues of identity, exclusion, discrimination and the consequences of actions and words. It also has a virtual reality element that allows the viewer to travel to Frank’s “secret annex.”


801 Water Street, Tampa. (813) 228-0097.

Pensacola: Florida’s Second City (Oct. 5 - April 12)

Featuring more than two dozen maps, illustrations, promotional booklets, and other historical items, the history of Pensacola is traced from its first attempted founding in 1549 through its time as the capital of West Florida, its role as an important shipping center, through its current place as both tourist destination and home to a key U. S. military base.

Brick History (Oct. 19 - Feb. 16)

This U.K. based exhibition makes its U.S. debut at the history center. History is explored through Lego sculptures, covering the arts, conflict including natural disasters and political strife, the struggle for equality and discoveries, inventions and transportation.

A Lego image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is part of the Brick History exhibit. [ Courtesy of Warren Elsmore, Ltd. ]