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Tampa Museum of Art Announces Fall Exhibitions, A Season of Love

The Tampa Museum of Art announced today an exciting slate of exhibitions for Fall 2018 focused on the theme of love. Sponsored by the Vinik Family Foundation, the Season of Love begins in August with the unveiling of Patricia Cronin’s commissioned sculpture Aphrodite Reimagined. This work is a contemporary look at the Greek goddess of love and beauty inspired by an ancient marble torso from the Museum’s renowned antiquities collection. On loan from the collection of the Vinik Family Foundation, Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING, one of the artist’s celebrated Infinity Rooms, opens in late September and features an immersive mirrored environment with audio of Kusama reciting a love poem she composed. Finally, in October, a retrospective of Robert Indiana’s sculpture will feature never-before-exhibited examples of the artist’s iconic artwork LOVE.  These special exhibitions reflect the Museum’s longstanding commitment to presenting outstanding works from classical antiquity as well as modern and contemporary art.

“Through the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation, the Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present the Season of Love with a fall lineup of three outstanding special exhibitions,” said Michael Tomor, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Each exhibition explores the theme of love at a different point in art history and, in so doing, contributes to the Museum’s mission of providing opportunities to discover ancient, modern and contemporary art.”

“We are pleased to sponsor the Season of Love and to support the Tampa Museum of Art,” said Jeff and Penny Vinik. “We are especially excited to share our recently acquired Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, LOVE IS CALLING.  The Vinik Family Foundation is dedicated to bringing world-class experiences to Tampa Bay and presenting inclusive and interactive exhibits and installations.”


Vinik Family Foundation (VFF) is a private foundation created and managed by Jeff and Penny Vinik. Founded in 1997, VFF has donated over $75 million to nonprofits working in the areas of education, human services, healthcare, and the arts. VFF is especially dedicated to broadening the public’s understanding of art through inclusive, interactive exhibits and installations. In August of 2016, VFF presented The Beach Tampa by Snarkitecture, an immersive artinstallation featuring a 10,000 square foot, all-white beach environment with an ‘ocean’ of 1.2 million recyclable white balls, in AMALIE Arena. Last summer, VFF hosted THE ART OF THE BRICK, the world’s largest display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.


Fall 2018 | Exhibitions on View

Patricia Cronin Responds to Classical Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection

On view August 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Patricia Cronin Responds to Classical Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection is the inaugural exhibition in a biennial series exploring synergy between collections that may initially strike visitors as wholly separate from one another – namely, classical antiquities and modern and contemporary art. Patricia Cronin (American, b. 1963) is an internationally recognized Brooklyn-based artist uniquely positioned for such a visual conversation. Winner of a Rome Prize in Visual Art in 2006-2007, and past Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, Cronin is deeply interested in the ancient world, which she frequently references in her work. For the first commission in our biennial series, Cronin has created a large outdoor sculpture of Aphrodite inspired by a fragmentary 1st-century AD marble torso of Aphrodite in the Museum’s collection. Entitled Aphrodite Reimagined, Cronin’s sculpture re-envisions the Museum’s Aphrodite fragment as a monumental “complete” sculpture with a stone torso and translucent head, arms, and legs. The sculpture invites viewers to reconsider the narrative of an ancient work heavily restored after its rediscovery, and acts as a metaphor for shifting certainties about human history. Cronin and Museum curators will also pair an Etruscan cinerary urn from the Museum’s collection with multiple iterations of Cronin’s 2002 sculpture Memorial to a Marriage, a powerful artwork that references ancient and neoclassical funerary monuments as well as contemporary issues of social justice. The final gallery of the exhibition will comprise a visual dialogue between figural works by Cronin and several antiquities from the Museum’s permanent collection.



From the Collection of the Vinik Family Foundation

On view September 26, 2018 – February 14, 2019

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present Yayoi Kusama’s LOVE IS CALLING, one of the artist’s iconic Infinity Rooms, on loan from the Collection of the Vinik Family Foundation. An immersive, experiential work of art, LOVE IS CALLING invites visitors to enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These forms glow with bright, changing colors, and feature Kusama’s signature polka dots. Visitors hear audio of the artist reciting a love poem in Japanese as they walk throughout the installation. The poem, titled Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears, reflects Kusama’s musings on love, life, and death, recurring themes in the artist’s work. 

Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929) is one of today’s most recognized and celebrated artists. In addition to her widely popular Infinity Rooms, such as LOVE IS CALLING, Kusama creates vibrant paintings, works on paper, and sculpture with abstract imagery. Her artwork has been shown and collected by leading institutions across the globe, and she is considered the world’s most popular artist.  A comprehensive retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is currently travelling around the US and Canada. In October 2017, the Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in Tokyo. The artist lives and works in Tokyo.


Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective

On view October 24, 2018 – March 17, 2019

On the occasion of the American artist Robert Indiana’s ninetieth birthday and in recognition of his broad and enduring achievement in sculpture, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will mount Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective in Summer 2018. The exhibition will then travel to the Tampa Museum of Art, its only other venue.

Having gained international prominence in the early 1960s, Indiana (b. Robert Clark in 1928) has created some of the world’s most recognized works of art. Populated with intensely personal combinations of universal symbols—letters and numbers, stars and wheels—his artwork is closely associated with the Pop art movement. Indiana’s work in sculpture offers a unique opportunity to consider the paradoxes inherent in his practice of creating objects of significance and permanence from common emotions and material.

Much of Indiana’s sculpture has never been publicly exhibited in the United States, and some of the most extraordinary examples of his career-defining and iconic LOVE sculpture have never been shown anywhere. Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective offers a thorough survey of the artist’s work in sculpture, from his earliest assemblages from the late 1950s to his most recent series of remarkable painted bronzes. This exhibition is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.


The Classical World


The Classical World showcases the Museum’s notable antiquities collection, supplemented with important loans from local private collectors. Ranging from prehistoric pottery and sculpture from Cyprus, Greece, and Italy (dating from as early as 3000 BC) to marble sculpture and terracotta from the Roman Empire (dating to as late as the 5th century AD), the exhibition includes a particularly fine assortment of painted pottery. Produced mainly in Greece and South Italy during the sixth, fifth, and fourth centuries BC, these black-figure and red-figure vases comprise the most significant segment of the Museum’s permanent collection of classical antiquities. Also included in the exhibition are important works of sculpture in terracotta, stone, and precious metal, as well as ancient coins, jewelry, and glass vessels. Altogether, nearly 200 Greek, Etruscan, and Roman artworks and artifacts are on view in the Lemonopoulos Gallery, providing a fascinating overview of art and culture in classical antiquity.

About the Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new building in 2010 with a commitment to provide innovative public programs with a focus on ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. The region’s largest institution devoted to the art of our time, the Museum has fostered a reputation for presenting contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), a 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its south façade, has become an iconic landmark for 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. The Museum is home to Sono Café, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events.

General Hours and Information

The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday* from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Museum will remain open until  8 p.m. for Fourth Friday scheduled events. The Museum’s phone number is 813.274.8130 and the website is The Museum’s address is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.