New Tampa Museum of Art breaks ground

SketchbookPlus, black-and-white masters at FMoPA

Downtown Tampa reaches a long awaited milestone this week with the official groundbreaking of the new Tampa Museum of Art building on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony (which a museum staffer says will take place promptly at the allotted time) will include appearances by Mayor Pam Iorio and architect Stanley Saitowitz, free lunch from Mise en Place for the first 500 attendees and a performance by the Busch Gardens Men of Note starting at 11:15 a.m.

The sleek new riverfront building, made of pre-cast concrete and glass and skinned with perforated metal, is expected to open in late 2009. (A model is on display at the museum's interim location on N. Howard Avenue) For more information, go to

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts' latest exhibit, Masters of Black and White, showcases a survey of 20th-century black-and-white photographs by some of the medium's best-known practitioners. The show is strong on landscapes — a bird's-eye perspective of Manhattan's prewar skyscrapers at night by Berenice Abbott; the crisscrossing rivulets of Paul Caponigro's "Tidepool, Nahant, Massachussetts"; Aaron Siskind's abstract, megalithic rendition of Martha's Vineyard — and portraits: Diane Arbus's quirky masked ball dancer; the demure Japanese beauty of Morris Lane's Ayumi Nude; Judy Dater's portrait of photography legend Minor White.

On Saturday, join Jennifer Hardin, chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, for a lecture on "Looking at Masters of Black and White" at 1 p.m. For more information, go to

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