With selfie sticks poking around at every attraction and Vine-capturing iPhones held overhead during concerts and sports events, photography is ever-present. Artists have bigger challenges in today’s image-saturated culture to engage people and make them think about what’s in front of them.
In this spirit, we urge you to see USF Contemporary Art Museum’s Enhanced! Photographic Works from the Drapkin Collections with Contemporary Light-Based Media before it's gone this weekend (two days left!). The free exhibition presents a selection of vintage and contemporary manipulated photographs that span the history of photography curated by the brilliant Noel Smith. See the show today and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m or Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; March 7 is last day! Also, catch Oscar Muñoz: Sedimentaciones. Muñoz’s three-part video installation is a poetic meditation on the photographic image and its power to evoke memory, loss and mortality, and to create, alter and erase history. Presented courtesy of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami; also curated by Noel Smith. 3821 USF Holley Drive, Tampa. ira.usf.edu.
In Tampa Heights, Bleu Acier will present Some Towers, an exhibition of the new pigment print work of Thom O’Connor (pictured). Reception is Thurs., March 5, 5-8 p.m.; the show can be seen Saturday afternoon 1-5 p.m. through March 22. bleuacier.com.
Emerging, unstoppable Pinellas-based artist Nathan Beard is making it across the bay to show his work Exit Music #26 (Sipapu) in this month's exhibition Beyond Architecture at GalleryAIA in Tampa, 200 N. Tampa St.. The American Institute of Architects host monthly events with engaging conversations and impeccable art each month and today's happy hour event once again offers hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Email [email protected] to RSVP and for more information.
Dunedin Fine Art Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and you can celebrate the milestone at DFAC’s huge annual trifecta, Contain It!/Trashy Treasures/Eat It! On Friday night, the Trashy Treasures art auction sets up shop with food trucks, craft brews and live music. On both Friday and Saturday, Pods transform into storytelling art installations curated by Ann Feldshue. Admission is $5 to Friday night's event; free on Saturday. dfac.org.
If you love photography, pop in on the First Fridays @ FMoPA, where stunning images by Ezra Stoller, Elger Esser and the exhibition We Are the Music Makers will rescue you from the clutches of selfie hell. 6-8 p.m., fmopa.org.
Also this Friday, in St. Pete, The Bends presents graphic wonder Pale Horse’s Golden Black, a series of one-of-a-kind etchings 5 p.m.- 3 a.m. facebook.com/thebendsbar.
First Fridays Seminole Heights invites all to the art galleries in and around Seminole Heights 7-10 p.m. — which includes Artists William Downs and George Long's collaboration at Tempus Projects, Bewareness and Pyramid Tampa's Taking Flight, showcasing works by artists with developmental disabilities and locals Angela Azmitia, Cory Robinson, Daniel Mrgan and Jeremy Rivera (pictured). 6-9 p.m. — and the Gulfport Art Walk is always a pleasant time, 5-10 p.m. More info at facebook.com/ffseminoleheights, gulfportma.com/gma-events/art-walks.
On Saturday, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell — a traveling exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum — spotlights the granddaddy of painted Americana through May 31 at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Dalí & da Vinci: Minds, Machines and Masterpieces: Both Salvador and Leonardo sought to explore the human experience, including math, anatomy, motion devices, religion and visual perspective, through their art. They both imagined fantastical devices and inventions, some of which became reality, while others remained sealed in sketches and manuscripts. Visitors will explore five major thematic groupings that demonstrate the range of shared themes, interests, and ongoing dialogue between the two across the centuries, these are: Youthful Scientific Dispositions, Psychology, Invention, the Power of Mathematics, and Painting. Opens March 8 and runs through July 26.