Cultural Snapshots

Art Tuesday, October 16

Arte 2007 — a Bay area-wide, multidisciplinary celebration of Latin American and Caribbean arts and culture — officially takes place during the first two weeks of November, but plenty of local museums and galleries are getting into the game early. St. Pete's Museum of Fine Arts weighs in with a small but potent exhibition of Latin American photography from its permanent collection. Allegorical and documentary photographs showcasing Mexican culture by 20th-century master Manuel Alvarez Bravo mingle with works by Manuel Carrillo, Mariana Yampolksy and Graciela Iturbide. The show-stealer is Cuban artist Liset Castillo's evocative triptych of three quotidian objects (rice, garlic and an aluminum spoon) lined up on a rustic wooden table and rendered in the velvety detail of photogravure. (The prints were made in 2000 at USF's Graphicstudio, natch.) Poetry of the Commonplace: A Selection of Latin American Photographs, Oct. 16-Jan. 6, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-896-2667, fine-arts.org.

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