On the Radar: art across the Bay — One at MOSI and Studio-F at UT

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two decades and nearly 20 visiting artists have made the UT Scarfone/Hartley Gallery's studios one of the most stimulating spots to see internationally recognized art in an intimate setting. Studio-F is a retrospective of monoprints by the artists (including Audrey Flack, Joyce J. Scott and Sam Gilliam) who've contributed not only their craft, but also their knowledge, via gallery talks and workshops, over the years. (Pictured: “The Muse Appears” by Audrey Flack, 2004) One, opening reception, Fri., Jan. 29, 7-11 p.m., on display through Feb. 26, Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free, mosi.org; Studio-F, opening reception Thurs., Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m., on display through Feb. 25, R.K. Bailey Art Studios, University of Tampa, 310 N. Boulevard, Tampa, visit ut.edu or contact Dorothy Cowden at [email protected] or 813-253-6217 for more info.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview up-and-coming arts events to mark your calendar for. Tampa’s got a few fantastic fine arts venues, but next week brings the debut of two smaller-scale—albeit equally interesting—exhibits.

First, MOSI’s ARC Gallery hosts One. The concept of zero plagued ancient cultures; its recognition marked a leap in trade, industry and modern thought. I don't recall there ever being difficulty in mastering the idea of One, but this exhibit's dedicated to it, anyway. (It is the loneliest number, after all, maybe it deserves some love.)

The enlightening press release reveals that the exhibit tackles one "as a number, the integer between zero and two," (wow!) but also the more existential ideas of "the singular, a sole aim, a single life, a solitary system. One can be 'you,' One can be 'all'" I guess when you really think about it, the business of one isn't so simple, after all. Visual studies researchers and Tampa artists explore un, uno, ein in a multimedia exhibit, with an opening reception that includes screenings of conceptual films on the subject; the final US showing of Extra Large Shorts; live music by DJ Skull; and a bar stocked with absinthe. You didn't expect this beat-intellectual event to stick to PBR, did you?

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