Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

Exhibitions, events that will be catching our eye in the coming season.

Don’t miss …

SHINE Mural Festival. The City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance are teaming up to create the ’Burg’s first ever mural fest, celebrating the vivid street art that has become one of downtown’s calling cards thanks to artists including Sebastian Coolidge and Chad Mize. Local design genius Tes One curates, bringing together more than 10 artists to produce new murals including 123Klan (Montreal), Greg Mike (Atlanta), Morning Breath (New York), Ricky Watts (California), Hoxxoh and Michael Vasquez (both of Miami), and St. Pete-based dynamos Ya La’Ford, Vitale Brothers, Bask and Pale Horse. A slate of events, from live painting at Green Bench Brewing Co. to the September installment of Second Saturday Gallery Walk, will spotlight the new murals and existing favorites. SHINE also ushers in the new St. Petersburg Festival, or SPF 15, a citywide arts and cultural festival launching on Sept. 10. Sept. 1-12, various locations in downtown St. Petersburg. shineonstpete.com. facebook.com/shineonstpete

XTO + J-C: Christo and Jeanne-Claude featuring works from the bequest of David C. Copley. Two of the 20th century’s most innovative artists, Christo and Jeanne-Claude transformed familiar and iconic landscapes with their environmental interventions. From wrapping Berlin’s parliament building, the Reichstag, in silvery fabric in 1995, to constructing 7,503 saffron-hued fabric gates in Central Park in 2005, their seminal projects helped recast ideas about art in the public realm. A traveling exhibition of more than 50 works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego sheds light on their collaborative practice, which might also constitute one of the greatest love stories of contemporary art. (The couple, who were born on the same day in 1935, spent more than 50 years living and working together before Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.) Sept. 26-Jan. 3, Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 813-274-8130, tampamuseum.org.

Marks Made: Prints By American Women Artists from the 1960s to the Present. This highly anticipated exhibition showcases the results of a multi-year collaboration between the St. Petersburg MFA and collectors Martha and Jim Sweeny, whose support has enabled the museum to acquire more than 75 prints by American women. The selection spans the gamut of printmaking techniques and aesthetic styles, encompassing lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio prints and more, by key artists of the 20th and 21st centuries such as Vija Celmins, Helen Frankenthaler, Barbara Kruger, Joan Mitchell and Elizabeth Murray. In honor of the occasion, Bleu Acier, the Tampa-based printmaking studio helmed by Erika Greenberg-Schneider, will release two new print editions by artists Elisabeth Condon and Jane Hammond, created in collaboration with USF St. Petersburg. Oct. 17-Jan. 24, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Pete, 727-896-2667, fine-arts.org.

Also on the radar …

Escher at the Dalí. The Dalí Museum features Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, famed for his mathematically inspired illusions and drawings of impossible architectural spaces, with 135 works on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece. Aug. 22-Jan. 3, 2016, Dalí Museum, One Dalí Blvd., St. Pete, 727-823-3767,

Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty. Fountain of Pythons, a collective of nine photographers including Selina Roman, Becky Flanders, Kym O’Donnell and Chris Otten, debuts new work exploring place as a theme. Aug. 29-Oct. 9, Tempus Projects, 4636 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, tempus-projects.com.

Wearable Art 11. Always sexy and surprising, DFAC’s latest Wearable Art show highlights 10 runway designers including Lina Teixeira and Mark Byrne along with an exhibition of paintings by Steven Kenny. Aug. 29, 8:30 p.m. with pre-party at 7; Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, dfac.org
Leave a Message. The Morean offers a follow-up to its popular 2012 exhibition of artists who fuse street art sensibilities with painting, installation, graphic design, illustration and more. Featuring many of the artists participating in SHINE Mural Festival and curated by Tes One. Sept. 12-Oct. 30, Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Pete, moreanartscenter.org.

Paul Rudolph: The Guest Houses. The Ringling devotes a small focus exhibition to local guest houses designed by Rudolph, the well-known modernist architect who helped pioneer the style known as Sarasota Modern. Sept. 25-Dec. 6, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Tampa, ringling.org.

Lisa Law: Witness to the Revolution, Iconic Photographs from the 1960s. Law’s photographs chronicle the ’60s rock music scene and legends including Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Peter, Paul and Mary. Oct. 1-29, HCC Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery, Palm. Ave. at 15th St., Tampa, hccfl.edu/yc/art-gallery.aspx.

Hotel Room Portraits: Richard Renaldi & Seth Boyd. Part travelogue, part invitation to intimacy, Renaldi’s color photographs document places around the world where he and partner Boyd have bedded down. Oct. 2-Dec. 28, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200, Tampa, fmopa.org.  

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