Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/31 – 6/03

Your weekend begins tonight!  Don’t worry: I’ve already worked everything out with your boss to get your weekend started early.  They may act a bit surprised (and maybe a little upset) when you return Monday.  However, rest assured – it’s only a ruse to prevent your workmates from becoming jealous.  You’re welcome.  Tonight, we’re headed to the FMoPA!

Cube at Rivergate, 2012 © Chip Weiner

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – The Secret Paris of the 1930s: Vintage Photographs by Brassaï    5/31 6pm-8pm

The FMoPA brings the work of legendary photographer Brassaï, to Tampa tonight.  The museum opens its doors at 10am with an opening reception tonight beginning at 6pm.

I’m sufficiently excited to describe myself as “totally stoked” to see this exhibit .  Perhaps mostly because the photography of Brassaï operates as a starting line for a sort of gritty ultra-modern aesthetic that nearly always catches me off guard.  Brassaï’s gloomy urban landscapes seem to anticipate Film Noir that would flourish ten to fifteen years later after he first rose to fame.  It’s difficult to see Vienna depicted in the film The Third Man without Brassaï depicting Paris in his particular style fifteen years prior.

More important (and perhaps more recognizable) is Brassaï’s subject matter.  Photography at the time was still relatively new as an art form.  Leaving behind still-lifes and studios for bordellos and opium dens is significant.  His photos, at times, can be downright gritty, even by today’s standards.  In a strange way this always made his 1930’s Paris much more real to me, his subjects that much more relatable, and his work always relevant.  Brassaï’s Paris isn’t the Paris of silent films but rather marginalized individuals that are so familiar it’s eery.  Though nearly eighty years old, I’m sure you’ll find Brassai’s photography relevant in a way that’s rare even for contemporary work.  Make sure to stop by the FMoPA while the exhibit is in town.

Off the Wagon – Your Weekend Art Binge 5/31 – 6/03

Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Andy Warhol and (Facebook) Friends

Cube at Rivergate, 2012 © Chip Weiner

Dial-up internet had just sprouted legs and began to crawl out of the water when Andy Warhol died.  Yet, somehow, he pegged the Facebook aesthetic while Mark Zuckerberg was still learning how to speak in complete sentences.  Saying “Warhol was ahead of his time” isn’t so much a cliché compliment as pointing out some sort of cosmic mistake.

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Art@Bay at Sarasota Visual Art: Andy Warhol and (Facebook) Friends

If You’re Feeling Philanthropic… Art to Check Out Thursday!

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay – Boca Hyde Park    Thurs 5/10  7pm-9pm

The merry band of culture patrons known as Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay descend on Boca Hyde Park tonight, May 10th.  You can join the gang with an admission fee of $5.

Boca is the latest in locally sourced restaurants that have been trending lately.  In addition to great fresh food, with admission you’ll find snacks and drink specials.

Also, the evening will be featuring the work of the talented local photographer Rion Sabean.  His Men-Ups series makes use of the visual language vintage pin-ups.  However, photographing male models makes for both a funny product and a thought-provoking one.  When I stopped giggling, the psychological fetish in the structure of pin-ups, the faux innocence intrinsic to the form, becomes clear.  Check out his work at the Huffington Post here or at Juxtapoz here.

All of this fun is geared toward sponsoring the first exhibition at the new home of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  Check out the Facebook event page here.

If You’re Feeling Philanthropic… Art to Check Out Thursday!

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday

Boxfotos

This Thursday the monsters of mobile art converge on Mermaid TavernPhilanthropic Young Tampa Bay organized this event to raise money for the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts as they move to their new location.

Boxfotos, a gallery pulled around town in a shiny Airstream trailer,  will be stopping by the tavern.  The husband and wife team of Matt Larson and Rebecca Sexton Larson are the curators/artists for this traveling alternative space.  Boxfotos features photographic work at a generally affordable price, making it easier for Joe Six Pack to become Joe Art Collector (and also to become Joe Philanthropist this Thursday).  Additionally, if you’re feeling especially philanthropic and have been looking for a way to show your love for Art at Bay, you can pick me up one of Boxfotos’ awesome Starbucks pinhole cameras.

Bluebird Books will also be rolling in for the fundraiser.    If you haven’t yet climbed into the bright blue short bus you’ll quickly notice Mitzi Gordon of Bluebird acts more like a book curator than a book seller.  Bluebird serves up a particularly appealing selection of books in a visually pleasing arrangement (or rad books that look rad).  There’s something about used books that culls money out of my wallet and if you’re reading this blog chances are you’ll feel similarly.  The collection on the bus is chosen carefully and is likely to focus on photography this Thursday.  The Sasha Rae photobooth will also be joining the fun for the Bluebird Undercover project.

I know it isn’t exactly the weekend but I encourage you to reach deep down into your Id and pull out the wild child that’ll bring you out on a Thursday.  It’s encouraging to see the art scene support its own.   Add to your art collection, your library, and long list of good deeds.  The event takes place this Thursday, 2/09 at 7pm-9pm at the Mermaid Tavern.

The Monsters of Mobile Art! Art to Check Out Thursday