James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, Marcus Bleasdale and Lynsey Addario; a reading by author Anita Shreve from her latest novel, A Change in Altitude, set in Kenya; and a panel discussion on the role of artists as catalysts for social change. The program continues into spring with events including a performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and talks by activist John Prendergast and Elie Wiesel. (Pictured: Soldiers of General Ngodjolo's Movement for the Revolution of Congo. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale/VII Zumbe, 2006) Congo/Women Portraits of War: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 11-Feb. 20, Poynter Institute, 801 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-821-9494, poynter.org. Anita Shreve: A Change in Altitude, Sat., Jan. 16, 8 p.m., Miller Auditorium, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, 727-867-1166, eckerd.edu. At Home and Abroad: the Role of Art and Artists in Creating Social Change, Wed., Jan. 20, 5:30-8 p.m., Poynter Institute, reservations required by calling 727-864-7979 or emailing [email protected] For more information about the entire Plight & Promise of Africa series, visit africa.eckerd.edu. Megan Voeller
So maybe the title is a crappy rip-off of one of my favorite shows (reality TV is my weakness), but the So You Think You Can Paint? exhibit is actually pretty cool. Heres the gimmick: any (wo)man off the street can submit works for display. Maybe itll be the next Picasso; maybe its just a waste of canvas. Who knows? Thats the exciting part. Just drop off a painting of any size, format or subject to the Centre Gallery, and a panel of judges decide who managed the medium with the most finesse and originality. A video of the judging process screens at the opening reception, where the best of the test also receive prizes. Jan. 11-21 submission dates, opening reception Fri., Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m., Centre Gallery, USF Marshall Student Center Room 2700, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, free; visit ctr.usf.edu/gallery or contact [email protected] for submission guidelines. Franki Weddington
It's not often that we face the dilemma of the desire to enjoy art while simultaneously struggling with the desire to eat it, but the Gummie Bears: Outside The Package exhibit does just that. See those ooey gooey tasty little ursines imitating human behavior and emotions (gummi see, gummi do?) in photographer and painter Mauricio Murillo's whimsical works. On display through Jan. 31; Visit rawvibesart.com for more info. RAW Vibes Art and Performance Space, St. Petersburg, free.