The Methods Behind the Meaning


If you've ever wandered the halls of a gallery or museum and found yourself puzzling over a work of art, not sure of its meaning or what the artist is trying to convey, then you may be interested in checking out the Tampa Museum of Art's What Does This Mean? The Narrative Tradition. The finale of a three-part series featuring works from the museum's permanent collection, What Does This Mean? encourages visitors to take an active look at how a message is relayed via images, words, associations and metaphors. Basically, the works on display are supposed to stimulate the processes of construction and deconstruction that regularly take place when a person is attempting to understand a work of art. Due to the range of methods artists use to communicate their ideas, sub-themes like "What are the Ways to Construct a Story?" "What Happened?" and "Fact or Fiction: Is It Real, Imaginary, or Fake?" are also examined. July 23-Oct. 1, 600 N. Ashley Drive, downtown Tampa, 813-274-8732,

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