COOL ART: SUMMER EXHIBITIONS AT DFAC
Summer is unofficially here (first official day, June 21), which means it will soon be unbearably hot outside. What better place to cool off than a museum or gallery? The Dunedin Fine Art Center's summer schedule is packed with four exhibitions showcasing a wide range of art. They all open Friday.
I + Thou: Identities of self are explored in this multimedia group exhibition, which includes artists Mason Gehring, Kenny Jensen and Baxter Koizol.
Triangulate: Co-curated by Nathan Beard, Kirk Ke Wang and Eivind Natvig, photographers examine contemporary human culture and relationships in the United States, China and Norway.
Michael Massaro: Fait Accompli: Massaro addresses the plight of refugees across the globe, which he expresses by combining materials to create harmony or discord.
Souvenir: Who knows the kitschy culture of souvenir better than Florida artists? Here they get to design their own 2-D and 3-D works in the media of their choice.
Opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, with an artists' talk from 6-7 p.m. $10, free for members. There will be a panel discussion featuring artists/curators from the Triangulate exhibit from 6:30-8 p.m. June 14. $5, free for members. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.
HIDDEN GEMS: RESTRICTED AT CAM
All museums have a permanent collection, and most of them keep a sizable portion in storage much of the time. The reason for doing so has a lot to do with the conservation of the important works so they may be enjoyed and studied for generations to come. USF's Contemporary Art Museum has more than 5,000 objects in its permanent collection, and beginning Friday, some of the most seldom seen works come out for the exhibition Restricted. The show includes paintings, prints, video, installations and sculptures by leading artists, including this Roy Lichtenstein chair and ottoman. The exhibit will also discuss the care and preservation of these objects and explain the limitations of keeping them on view for an extended period of time. There will be a curator's tour from 6-8 p.m. June 14. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays (until 8 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free, $5 to park. 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. cam.usf.edu.