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3/21/2016 Member News
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Celebrates Artist Christian Marclay and Another Year of Exciting Programs Offered by The Contemporaries

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, ST. PETERSBURG CELEBRATES ARTIST CHRISTIAN MARCLAY AND ANOTHER YEAR OF EXCITING PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE CONTEMPORARIES

MEDIA CONTACT: David Connelly, dconnelly@mfastpete.org or 727.896.2667, ext. 224

St. Petersburg, Fla.--Dial In!: The Contemporaries Celebrate Christian Marclay begins the group’s spring season on Friday, April 1, from 7-10 p.m. in the Marly Room and Membership Garden. Christian Marclay: Telephones and Sound Holes continues in the MFA’s Helen and Dick Minck Gallery of New Media through Sunday, May 1.

Tickets are free for members of The Contemporaries and $20 for nonmembers. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment courtesy of DJ Oblivion. Curator Jade Dellinger, an expert on Marclay’s work, will also be in attendance.

Christian Marclay is a world-renowned artist, known for his playful, yet meticulous film appropriations and his ability to render sound in surprising ways. He has been likened to a DJ and has indeed performed regularly in that role. His use of sampling is a unique form of appropriation that mines popular culture—most famously films—allowing him to create new narratives that are at once familiar and strange. The MFA thanks the lenders to this exhibition—the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and Graphicstudio, University of South Florida Collection—and the sponsor of the event, DeLoach + Hofstra, PA.

The Contemporaries was formed to build engagement among contemporary art enthusiasts at the MFA and throughout the area. Simone Bennett DeLoach, a longtime Museum supporter and founder of the original Contemporaries in 2001, is the new President.

Dr. Jerry N. Smith, Hazel and William Hough Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director, said: “The MFA is excited by the community’s strong interest in contemporary art. The Contemporaries is a wonderful support organization that helps us foster this interest, as well as knowledge and understanding of the art of our time.”

The educational meets the social at The Contemporaries’ events, which include visits to artists’ studios and collectors’ homes, trips to other museums and contemporary institutions, a lively conversation series focused on local artists, and other educational and fundraising events. Dues to join The Contemporaries are only $20, plus MFA membership.

UPCOMING CONTEMPORARIES EVENTS

Field Trip: Great Bay Distributors
Saturday, April 30|7-10 p.m.
$10 for members of The Contemporaries, $20 for nonmembers of the group


The Contemporaries will visit the offices of Great Bay Distributors, which has a fascinating collection of contemporary art curated by Chad Mize. Represented are such local artists as Bask, Todd Bates, Nathan Beard, Jules Cozine, Chris Parks, Xina Scuderi, Frank Strunk III, and Tes One. Many of the works are site-specific. Some of the artists will be on hand, as will art patron Jennifer Petrini Lovelady of Great Bay Distributors. Beverages will be provided by Great Bay Distributors and food by Eat This!

Lunchtime Lectures
Lunchtime Lectures is a grab bag of artist talks, panel discussions, and art historical lectures that focus on contemporary themes during the lunch hour, usually on the first Monday of the month. Lunch is always included, but reservations must be made by 3 p.m. Friday before the lecture.
$10 for members of The Contemporaries
$15 for non-members of The Contemporaries
$5 plus MFA admission, lecture only (no lunch)

April 11|Babs Reingold
Ms. Reingold, an accomplished multidisciplinary artist residing in St. Petersburg, will discuss her compelling work, particularly her Hair Doodle series, currently on view in the Lee Malone Gallery. Her work has been shown across the country and abroad and is marked by both introspection and a social conscience. She examines such issues as stereotypes of female beauty, aging, and poverty and has created room-sized installations. She holds her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Her Lunchtime Lecture is held in conjunction with the final day of Art in Bloom 2016. Floral designer Gretchen Ward Warren has devised an Ikebana arrangement in response to two of Ms. Reingold’s Hair Doodles.

May 2|Contemporary Tiki Culture
Dean Hurst, Director of Spirits at the Haven in Tampa and artist Jeffrey Chouinard will explore Tiki culture In advance of the annual Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Teresa Wilkins of the MFA staff will moderate the panel.

June 6|Ya La’ford
Self-described “artivist” Ms. La’ford will discuss her socially engaged artwork, particularly her Blue Sunnel, created during the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, St. Petersburg College. She holds her BFA in painting from Florida State University, an interdisciplinary MFA from the Art Institute of Boston, and a JD from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

MORE EXHIBITIONS AT THE MFA

Visual Metaphor (Pinellas County High School Art Exhibition)
Through Sunday, April 24

Contemplating Character: Drawings & Oil Sketches from Jacques-Louis David to Lucian Freud
and
The Art of the Classical Guitar
Through Sunday, May 29

Measured Life: Works by Vicky Colombet, Babs Reingold, and Tip Toland
Through Sunday, June 26

Vanessa Diaz: Beginning at the Cornice, Not the Foundation
Opening Wednesday, April 20

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