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Current Exhibition

James Michaels (1945-)

White Life, 1987, oil and acrylic on canvas
Popeye Picasso, 2005, oil, acrylic, and fabric on canvas

James Michaels: An American Pop Life

November 17, 2018 – March 3, 2019

It’s not all Western at the James Museum! Our second special exhibition features the Pop Expressionist and Painterly Realism paintings by Tampa Bay artist James Michaels. Inspired by popular culture, childhood memories, and life experiences, Michaels’ colorful canvases are visually bold and boldly personal. Included in his works are art history references alongside depictions of classic toys and cartoons, showing his range of contrasting influences. This one-man exhibition showcases Michaels’ ability and vision to work in a variety of styles over his decades-long career.

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Cultural Connections of Edward S. Curtis

April 6, 2019 – July 21, 2019

In the first decades of the 20th century, American photographer Edward S. Curtis traveled the country to document “vanishing” Native American cultures with his cameras, producing thousands of images. Expressive portraits and scenes from daily life captured a humanity and a romanticized view that appealed to the Anglo-American public of the day. His respect for Native people was ahead of his time, and the relationships he nurtured allowed for information gathering that would have otherwise been lost to history. Step back in time to explore tribal traditions and early photographic processes with premiere images on loan from the Robb and Susan Hough collection.

Edward S. Curtis, Mosa, Mohave Girl, Photogravure, 1903

 

 

Florida Shines On: PARC Artists

September 2019

The Inspired Artist Studios @ PARC is a career advancement initiative for artists of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities wishing to participate in Florida’s thriving creative industry. The James Museum proudly supports PARC’s artists with this traveling exhibition.

 

 

Environmental Impact

August 24, 2019 – December 1, 2019

This traveling exhibition of dramatic paintings and sculptures heightens public attention about environmental issues and unintended consequences of human interaction with nature. Topics covered include global warming, the Gulf oil spill, unabated logging and mining, loss of bee populations, and more. Discover the fragility and hopeful resiliency of our world through the eyes of over 20 artists.

Robert Bateman, Carmanah Contrasts, 1989, Acrylic on canvas

 

Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved

December 21, 2019 – March 1, 2020

The colorful copper plate etchings of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin (1943-1984) celebrate her Native heritage as well as modern interpretations and techniques. Hardin’s art is featured alongside paintings by her mother, Pablita Velarde, and sculptures by contemporary Santa Clara Pueblo artist Tammy Garcia.

Helen Hardin, Changing Woman, Copper plate etching, 1980

 

 

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