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Top Exhibits in 2017
in Florida Art Museums


Thomas Hart Benton and the Navy
February 16 – June 3

This exhibition presents an important series of 24 paintings and drawings that capture the heroic actions and moments of respite that made up life aboard submarines and around shipyards during World War II. In the 1940s, Benton’s patriotic ardour, which remained a driving force throughout his career, drew the attention of Abbott Laboratories, a leading pharmaceutical company that wound up underwriting the artist’s work throughout the war. Abbott later donated many of Benton's World War II era images to the United States Naval History & Heritage Command, which lent them for this exhibition.
Cummer Museum of Art
JACKSONVILLE
cummermuseum.org


Grace Hartigan 1960-1965
The Perry Collection
January 19 – March18
The exhibition presents a rare selection of paintings and collages that represent Hartigan’s noted Abstract Expressionist style as it evolved in the early 1960s. Long overlooked, Haritgan was a key innovator among the painters of the New York School and is noted for her influence on three generations of graduate students as Director of Maryland Institute College of Art's Hoffberger School of Painting. The paintings in this exhibition are characteristic of Hartigan’s style at the time, a style of vivid color and texture on a large scale.
Mennello Museum of American Art
ORLANDO
mennellomuseum.org


Flora
March 30 – September 9
'Flora' is a group exhibition featuring contemporary artwork inspired by spring, flowers, and plant life, including everything from new growth to the beautiful decay. The exhibition includes immersive installations, artwork created from real flowers, depictions of flowers, and everything in between by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists.
Cornell Art Museum
Old School Square
DELRAY BEACH
oldschoolsquare.org


Internal Landscapes :
The Mysterious World of Steven Kenny
January 21 – April 15
The exhibition features nearly 50 paintings by renowned surrealist painter, Steven Kenny, including two recent donations to the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition highlights Kenny’s love of mysticism, focusing on the beauty and mystery of a world of contradictions and unpredictability, where men and women are adorned with mysterious headdresses and meld into the landscape to become one with nature. As ethereal and physical worlds collide, the subconscious emerges through surreal yet harmonious symbolic juxtapositions. His refined craftsmanship and lush colors create a world where reality is not as it appears but as he understands it.
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art
St. Petersburg College
TARPON SPRINGS
leeparattner.org


Alfred Eisenstaedt: Defining Moments
thru March 18
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of the luminaries of American photojournalism. The German-born Eisenstaedt learned his craft in Europe in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering the use of the small Leica 35mm camera. He became one of the first photojournalists of LIFE magazine, the weekly newsmagazine that chronicled the twentieth century in pictures. His career photographing historically significant events and the notable people spanned nearly forty years, resulting in some of the most iconic images of the era. The photographs in the exhibition includes portraits of 20th-century legends Ernest Hemingway, George Bernard Shaw and Bette Davis.
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
State Art Museum of Florida – Florida State University
SARASOTA
ringling.org


The Domes of the Yosemite
February 13 – mid-July
The largest known painting by American artist Albert Bierstadt will be exhibited through a special loan of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The 1867 oil-on-canvas, measuring almost 10 by 15 feet, will be installed following conservation in Miami. The painting, created during a period of self-discovery for Americans fascinated by the western landscape, depicts one of the nation's most admired natural wonders. In an era when California remained a distant and inaccessible region for most Americans, Bierstadt's monumental painting offered viewers a compelling personal experience of its grandeur. The painting has not been on display outside the Athenaeum since its first installation in 1872.
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
WINTER PARK
morsemuseum.org


Rembrandt and the Jews
January 20 – March 18
The exhibition features a collection of 22 etchings by the Dutch master that explore the relationship between the artist and the Jewish residents of his Amsterdam neighborhood. Rembrandt’s legacy as an etcher is characterized by the new and innovative techniques he introduced to printmaking. Breaking with traditional depictions of biblical narratives, Rembrandt added emotional and psychological depth to his subjects through expressive faces, dramatic body language, and his bold use of shadow and light. In Rembrandt’s interpretation of Protestant Old Testament narratives, he consulted Jewish theologians for a nuanced perspective. He also painted and etched portraits of prominent Jews.
Appleton Museum of Art
College of Central Florida
OCALA
appletonmuseum.org


Towards Impressionism :
Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet
Highlights from the Musée des Beaux Arts, Reims
January 20 – April 8
One of only two venues nationwide to host this collection of 45 French 19th-century landscape paintings. The exhibition traces the revolutionary evolution of landscape painting in France from Romanticism up to Impressionism. The Barbizon painters, artists like Rousseau, Corot, Boudin, and Millet rejected urban life and burgeoning industrialization, seeking untouched nature in its original form and fascinated by the forest and the rural tradition. The exhibition will also feature paintings by several Impressionists, including works by Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Rollins College
WINTER PARK
rollins.edu/cfam


State of Excellence:
Treasures from Florida Private Collections
January 26 – April 29
The exhibition will present 60 outstanding works of art from private collections throughout the State. Focusing on American and European art, it will include paintings, sculptures and significant decorative works from the 18th through the mid-20th century. Showcasing art and collections that are not otherwise available to the public, the exhibition will provide opportunities to learn about the importance of private collections to cultural vitality, collecting philosophies and the art of connoisseurship. In addition, it will bring new recognition to the depth and breadth of collecting in Florida today.
Orlando Museum of Art
ORLANDO
omart.org


January-February 2018

Cummer Museum of Art

Mennello Museum of American Art

Cornell Art Museum
at Old School Square

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Ringling Museum of Art

Appleton Museum of Art

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Orlando Museum of Art