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What’s happening in Tampa Bay art: Basquiat at Tampa Museum of Art, Dunedin Fine Art Center fall exhibits

In addition to two masterworks from Jean-Michel Basquiat, TMA also opens exhibitions of Haitian flags and works by artist Purvis Young.
"Untitled (Word on Wood)" by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The piece is one of the iconic artist's masterpieces on display at Tampa Museum of Art. [Courtesy of Jeremy Scott]
"Untitled (Word on Wood)" by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The piece is one of the iconic artist's masterpieces on display at Tampa Museum of Art. [Courtesy of Jeremy Scott]
Published Sep. 11, 2019


It was huge when the Tampa Museum of Art got the opportunity to show two masterpieces from iconic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. After all, we don’t see many Basquiats around here. But the best thing is the way museum curators cleverly tied the pieces in with other artworks to present a vibrant, thought-provoking experience. “Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts,” opening Thursday, links three exhibitions together with found objects and socioeconomic influences. Themes of race, identity, spirituality, survival and hope are explored. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: One Master Artist/Two Masterpieces” will only be on display through Nov. 10, so act fast in learning the artist’s visual vocabulary. Discover elaborate and ornate ceremonial flags made from repurposed materials in “Sacred Diagrams: Haitian Vodou Flags from the Gessen Collection” (through Jan. 26). And in “Purvis Young: 91," 91 works by the self-taught artist held in the museum’s permanent collection will be on display together for the first time (also through Jan. 26). 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. $15, $7.50 seniors, military and Florida educators, $5 students, free for college students with ID, children 6 and younger and members. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday with pay-what-you-will admission after 4 p.m., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fourth Fridays. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130.


Now that summer is almost behind us, fall exhibits are opening everywhere around Tampa Bay. The galleries of the Dunedin Fine Art Center are filled with five separate shows opening this weekend. “Vista” is the result of a curatorial trip to New Mexico seeking contemporary Native American and regional artists. Curators found some incredible ones, including Holly Wilson and public artist and activist Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds. In Wilson’s exhibition “On Turtle’s Back,” the Cherokee artist tells stories through her figurative sculptures. “Georgia O’Keeffe: By Her Hand” is a limited-edition portfolio of the legendary artist’s lesser-known early drawings. And artists have a ball exploring color in both “Hue and Me” and “'Round the Wheel.” An artists’ talk with Wilson and Heap of Birds at 6 p.m. Friday precedes the opening reception for all of the exhibits. Heap of Birds returns with video screenings and a lecture about his worldwide public art interventions on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. And bring the kids for the center’s Kids Art Fest. Free. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322.

Work from public art activist Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds is part of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's "Vista" exhibit. He'll give a talk at the opening reception on Friday. [Courtesy of Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds]


  1. People browse art installations for the new exhibition, "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  2. Gregory Siff works on a 26-foot-tall mural at Hyde House in Tampa. Siff is in residency at Cass Contemporary, which will culminate in a solo exhibition opening Feb. 28. [TOBIN GREEN  |  Courtesy of Cass Contemporary]
  3. Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which will return to Tampa this weekend. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]
  4. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  5. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  6. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  7. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  8. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  9. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  10. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  11. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  12. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]