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What's happening in Tampa Bay art: 'Dalí Lives,' Tampa Bay Rays' Artist Print Series

On Saturday, ‘Dalí Lives,’ an artificial intelligence experience that showcases an uncanny version of the late Salvador Dalí, opens at the Dalí Museum in downtown St. Petersburg. [Paradise Public Relations]
On Saturday, ‘Dalí Lives,’ an artificial intelligence experience that showcases an uncanny version of the late Salvador Dalí, opens at the Dalí Museum in downtown St. Petersburg. [Paradise Public Relations]
Published May 8, 2019

He's Back: Dalí Lives

For the past several years, the Dalí Museum has been utilizing digital technology to enhance the museum experience. In 2014, Gala Contemplating You turned visitors' selfies into a projected full-scale replica of the 1976 monumental painting, Gala Contemplating the Mediterranean Sea Which at Twenty Meters Becomes the Portrait of Abraham Lincoln (Homage to Rothko).

In 2016, the museum created the "Dreams of Dalí" virtual reality experience, which transports viewers into Dalí's painting, Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet's "Angelus." And now, using artificial intelligence technology, the museum has resurrected the likeness of Dalí himself. "Dalí Lives" on a series of screens throughout the museum, talking to viewers about his paintings and even commenting on contemporary subjects.

VIDEO: See Dali come to life via Dali Lives

It's a collaboration between the museum and Goodby Silverstein and Partners, which also created the first two projects. Not to spoil the magic, but Dalí's image was created by using archival footage of the artist to create an algorithm to learn his face. An actor with the same physical characteristics was filmed reading from Dalí's writings, along with present-day messages, and an algorithm generated a version of Dalí's likeness to match the actor's face and expressions. The resemblance is uncanny. Fans of Dalí will love it. $10-$24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767.

Team Spirit: Rays' Artist Print Series

There's no crying in baseball, but that doesn't mean there can't be art in baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays are showing support for our local art scene with an Artist Print Series. The Rays worked with arts organization Creative Pinellas to select eight artists to design posters for specific series during the season. It began last month with Zulu Painter's sublime design commemorating Jackie Robinson. This month, the featured artist is Carrie Jadus, who designed the painterly throwback to the Devil Rays series against the New York Yankees. The print will be available for $30 in the Rays Republic Team Store at Tropicana Field during the game against the Yankees on Friday, where you can still purchase Zulu Painter's work and the rest of the series once they are released. The rest of the series:

iBOMS: June 13

Brian McAllister: July 4

Caitlin Albritton: Aug. 3

Carol Mickett + Robert Stackhouse: Aug. 24

Beth Reynolds: Sept. 5

Daniel "R5" Barojas: Sept. 20

1 Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.


  1. Meaghan Farrell Scalise's "Head First II" was chosen as the featured image for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which will return to Tampa this weekend. [Courtesy of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts]
  2. Chad Mize creates doodle art on a car at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts in Tampa in 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  3. Graciela Iturbide's 1986 photograph, "Fiesta de las Velas, Juchitan,Oaxaca," is on display in the Tampa Museum of Art's "Modern Women: Modern Vision" exhibition, opening Feb. 20, 2020. [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art]
  4. Linda Jablonski, 61, of South Pasadena, visits the "Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank" exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum and tries out the virtual reality experience of Anne Frank's "Secret Annex." [CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times]
  5. "Black Figure Skyphos (Drinking Cup)," part of the Tampa Museum of Art's permanent collection, is on display in the exhibition "The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works." [Courtesy of the Tampa Museum of Art.]
  6. Kirk Ke Wang's exhibition, "Landscape of Human Skins," is on display at the Morean Arts Center through Feb. 29. [Courtesy of Kirk Ke Wang]
  7. Local Tampa artist, Nathan Mitchell, plays the piano in his home studio in Brandon. Mitchell is among five artists nominated for "Outstanding Jazz Album" for the 51st NAACP Image Awards that will air live on Feb. 22 on BET. [MONIQUE WELCH  |  MONIQUE WELCH | Times]
  8. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  9. A piece of glass art from Petr Hora, whose last show on American soil happens at the Hampson Gallery in St. Petersburg on Feb. 8. [Courtesy of Hampson Gallery]
  10. Changing Woman, a copper plate etching and copper plate by the late artist Helen Hardin, is part of the Spirit Lines exhibition at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The exhibition runs through March 1, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  11. "Crescent Lake Sunrise" by Robert Herbenick, one of the artists who'll participate in the 2Cool Art Show at the Gulfport Casino on Feb. 1 and 2. [Courtesy of PAVA]
  12. Pablo Picasso's scene design for Pulcinella is part of the "Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, which will open on Jan. 25. [Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg]