Monday, October 10, 2011

Straz Center and Tampa Museum of Art form partnership

Straz Center and Tampa Museum of Art form partnership

Works from the Museum’s permanent collection on display at The Straz through August 2012


The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to partner with the Tampa Museum of Art to present studio glass and contemporary paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection. The glass exhibition, which includes works by Dale Chihuly, Toots Zynsky and Dante Marioni, is on view through August 2012 in the lobby of the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall.

In addition to the glass works, the Tampa Museum of Art has loaned a collection of large contemporary paintings by William Pachner and Richard Protovin that are on view on the mezzanine level of the Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall.

“We are so thrilled to partner with the Tampa Museum of Art,” said Judy Lisi, president and CEO of the Straz Center. “This kind of collaboration is important for the cultural identity and health of our city. We look forward to future projects and an expanded relationship.” Todd D. Smith, executive director of the Museum, added that “this loan of works continues the Museum’s commitment to providing access to its collections, exhibitions and educational programs in a wide variety of locations for a growing audience.”

The exhibitions are open before all Ferguson Hall and Morsani Hall performances, during regularly scheduled tours and by scheduled appointment.

The studio glass exhibition includes:

Chihuly’s Cranberry Seaform Set with Green Lip, blown glass, 1987

Jon Kuhn’s Rainbow Bloom, glass, 1992

Marioni’s Whopper, blown glass, 1993

Michael Pavlik’s Gate to Blue Illusion, cut, polished and laminated glass, 1995

Zynsky’s Night Street Chaos from the series Chaos, fused and thermo-formed glass threads,1998

The contemporary painting exhibition includes:

Pachner’s Great Sunday Beach from the Florida Series, oil on canvas, 1963; Landscape of Crisis, oil on

canvas, 1965; and Landscape, oil on canvas, 1976.

Protovin’s The Garden of Tops, oil on canvas, 1990; The Flag, oil on canvas, 1990; and Light-Kami, oil

on canvas, 1990.

The Straz Center consists of five theaters, three restaurants and the Patel Conservatory. The 335,000 square-foot facility, which opened in 1987, provides an environment for a wide variety of world-class events. It boasts one of the nation’s leading Broadway series and is nationally respected for presenting a wide variety of concerts, performances and events and for its resident company Opera Tampa.

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media.

The Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade [Sky (Tampa)] is on its way to becoming an iconic image for the city of Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. More information about the Tampa Museum of Art can be found at

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