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It's your last weekend to catch two important exhibitions at the MFA before they close

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Published Aug. 3, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — It's the last weekend to catch two important exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts. "Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today" and "Can I Get a Witness: Photographs by Herb Snizter" close on Sunday.

"Magnetic Fields" is the first American exhibition dedicated to women artists of color working in abstraction. Though much of the artists' work contribute greatly to the genre of abstraction, many of the artists have been overlooked by major institutions. The exhibition, which was organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., contains 41 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from 21 artists born between 1890 and 1980.

The title "Magnetic Fields" comes from the name of Mildred Thompson's 1991 triptych that was inspired by scientific theories of magnetic energy, and is included in the show. Born in Jacksonville, Thompson was the city of Tampa's artist in residence in 1974.

"Can I Get A Witness" is a selection of photographer Herb Snitzer's images of protest. A lifelong activist, Snitzer captured protests from New York City in the 1960s all the way up to the 2017 Women's March in St. Petersburg, where he lives. Also famous are his photographs of jazz musicians, a few of which are also on display, including a rare one of Nina Simone smiling.

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