What’s happening in Tampa Bay art: A rare Robert Rauschenberg exhibit, Martin and Erik Demaine flex creative genius

The Demaines, artists and MIT mathematicians, will appear this weekend at the Duncan McClellan Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts, where their work is on display.
Published August 7

MIX MASTER: Robert Rauschenberg

Influential 20th century artist Robert Rauschenberg was well known for what he termed “combines,” a blend of painting and sculpture. He also layered photography into his work, as well as found objects. The Tampa Museum of Art has pulled a portfolio of his photogravures from its permanent collection and will have them on display to the public Friday through Jan. 5. “America Mix-16” is a suite of 16 pieces that feature found vignettes or objects he observed as he traveled the United States. His appreciation for ordinary objects and random imagery was a hallmark of his style. $15, $7.50 seniors, military and Florida educators, $5 students, free for college students with ID, children 6 and younger and members. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, military and their families get in free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday with pay-what-you-will admission. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. fourth Fridays. 120 W Gasparilla Plaza. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.


Martin and Erik Demaine are father and son, geniuses who work in a seemingly impossible combination of paper and glass. They are also both mathematicians at MIT, and used math to create a technique of folding paper on a curve, rather than a straight line. They have pieces in the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg’s “Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami” exhibit. They’re in St. Petersburg this weekend, appearing at the Duncan McClellan Gallery on Saturday night and at the Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday. Here’s what to expect:

There is an exhibit of their work at DMG. “A Fold in Time” features their Destructors series, some of which are also at the MFA. The concept came from Graham Greene’s short story of the same name, that destruction is a form of creation. They combine folded paper with hand-blown glass in a “ship-in-a-bottle” style. They’ll debut works that employ their newest technique, which is to crack the glass by pouring water into it while it’s hot. Folded paper with the Destructors short story printed on it will be inside. They’ll explain their genius form and show a film from 5:30 to 8 p.m., followed by a glassblowing demonstration, which Martin will give while he’s blindfolded (!). Free. 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday. 2342 Emerson Ave. S. (855) 436-4527. dmglass.com.

Things get even brainier on Sunday at the museum, when the Demaines will fold their “curved crease” sculptures, accompanied by jazz pianist and neurologist John C. O’Leary. The trio will create a performance piece based on the notion of the intersection of the left and right brain. Watching geniuses at work sounds fascinating. It takes place in the Marly Room. $15-$25, includes museum admission. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. 255 Beach Drive NE. (727) 896-2667. mfastpete.org.