In 2021, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, received a loan of five masterpieces by celebrated 20th century artists from the Art Bridges collection.
Works by Jacob Lawrence (on view through January 2023), Hughie Lee-Smith (on view through February), Norman Wilfred Lewis (on view through June), Lee Krasner (on view through Jan. 21) and Marsden Hartley (on view through July 2023) expanded the museum’s inclusivity with Black, female and LGBTQ+ artists.
Several upcoming programs highlight the works and mark the return of robust onsite programming.
The Future is Female sees a marathon five-hour performance by pianist Sarah Cahill playing works by more than 60 female composers. Cahill will begin with a “blind” listening session, performing works by both male and female composers to challenge perceptions about gender in music. Lee Krasner’s painting Re-Echo will be showcased during the performance. Free with museum admission. 2-8 p.m. Thursday.
Our Walls is a weeklong event that invites children and adults to participate in a community art display on the museum’s front lawn. Inspired by Hughie Lee-Smith’s The Walls, participants are asked to create an artistic response to “the barriers that walls create in our everyday lives.” Free. Jan. 24-30.
Spiral Full Circle is an evening of multidisciplinary performances celebrating Spiral, a collective of Black artists who formed in the 1960s to navigate the civil rights movement and their artistic practices. Performers include author Tenea D. Johnson, reading speculative fiction inspired by Emma Amos; actor Cranston Cumberbatch performing a piece centered on Romare Bearden; and musician Butch Thomas playing a suite inspired by Norman Lewis. Free with museum admission. 7-9 p.m. Jan. 27.
The museum also offers a special audio tour for the Art Bridges pieces called In Their Own Words, which includes narratives about the artworks.
Events take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. 255 Beach Drive NE. $10-$20, free for kids 6 and younger. The museum is part of the Museums for All programs and offers free admission to eligible guests (must present SNAP EBT card). 727-896-2667. mfastpete.org.