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Artist Vanessa Diaz, West Palm Beach, right, hangs one of nine chandeliers in the Kathryn B. Stenquist Jacobean Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Monday, 4/18/16, in preparation for her transforming museum installation: Vanessa Diaz: Beginning at the Cornice, Not the Foundation. Diaz is transforming the museum's period rooms and decorative arts galleries into surprising, fantastical spaces. Diaz uses sculptures, furniture, various textiles, and found objects in her displays. "The chandeliers represent an accumulation of fixtures a person may own in their lifetime," said Diaz. "I want to show a sense of the uncanny using found objects." The exhibition opens Wednesday, April 20 and runs through Sunday, July 10. A public reception for the artist will be held April 20th from 5:30 to 7 pm and is free for museum members. Non members pay a $5.00 admission. Curator of Contemporary Art, Katherine Pill will conduct a gallery talk on Sunday, April 24, at 3pm.
Published Apr. 19, 2016


Artist Vanessa Diaz of West Palm Beach hangs one of nine chandeliers Monday in the Kathryn B. Stenquist Jacobean Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for her transformative exhibit, "Vanessa Diaz: Beginning at the Cornice, Not the Foundation." Diaz's show opens Wednesday, with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m., and runs through July 10.


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