Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive N.E., 727.896.2667, www.fine-arts.org
Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, $5 admission after 5
Family Tours, Saturdays, 11 a.m.
Enjoy the spectacular Christmas tree in The Junior League Great Hall.
Dinner & Jazz: Ray Biscoglia Duo, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
$5 members and guests, $10 each nonmembers
Dinner extra, limited seating
Reservations: 727.896.2667, ext. 258, or 727.822.1032
Escape the holiday stress and begin your weekend in one of the most spectacular settings in the city. Enjoy an exquisite buffet prepared by the MFA Café, while listening to the smooth sounds of jazz. Pianist Ray Biscoglia and bassist Glenn Stevenson have earned a following throughout the area. The galleries and the Museum Store will be open and you can mingle on the terrace.
Kidding Around Yoga, 10-11 a.m.
First and third Saturday of the month
Ages three and older. $5 per person (includes admission to the entire Museum).
Bring a towel or yoga mat.
Kidding Around Yoga has become a hit. It utilizes the yoga poses or asanas creatively tucked into partner yoga, games and activities, original music, stories, and more. The class is designed for children, but families are welcome. Practicing yoga with family and friends creates a special bond.
Art Bite: Bob Devin Jones, Artistic Director of the Studio@620, on works in Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, 1 p.m. Free with MFA admission.
Friends of Decorative Arts: Sarah Nisenson, a guide at the Walter Gropius House, on the legendary architect and his influence, 2 p.m. $5 plus MFA admission.
Coffee Talk: “Let It Snow—Nan Colton as Isabella Snodgrass,” tour, and refreshments,
10 a.m.-noon, Free with MFA admission.
UNCHartED: Random Acts of Culture—Opera Tampa Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10. For advanced tickets, please call 727.896.2667, ext. 210.
The talented Opera Tampa Singers perform your favorites, along with many surprises. They celebrate the season on a high note.
Collectors Circle Lecture: Dr. Joan Cummins of the Brooklyn Museum on “Temporary Bodies: Religious Sculpture of India,” 6:30 p.m. Free.
A distinguished scholar of the art of India, Dr. Cummins, the Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art, has been at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007. She will focus on “Temporary Bodies: Religious Sculpture of India” in her Collectors Circle Lecture.
Dr. Cummins is currently working on a major reinstallation of the Brooklyn’s galleries of Asian and Middle Eastern art. In 2011, she curated an international loan exhibition, Vishnu: Hindu’s Blue-Skinned Savior, which traveled to the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville.
Prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum, Dr. Cummins was Assistant Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, she wrote Indian Painting from Cave Temples to the Colonial Period, based on the museum’s collection. She also curated Buddhist Arts of Asia for the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Japan.
A noted lecturer, Dr. Cummins holds her BA from Brown University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University. Her dissertation examined temples dedicated to the Hindu sun god, Surya.
Waiting Up for Santa Party with breakfast and early visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, 9-11 a.m.
You can’t spend a “Night at the Museum,” but your favorite stuffed animal can. Imagine his adventures as the paintings and sculpture come alive!
●Friday, December 13: Drop off your stuffed animal between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
●Saturday, December 14, 9-11 a.m.: Pick up animals and enjoy a child-friendly continental breakfast, while watching a slide-show of your buddies’ adventures. Then receive an early visit from Santa Claus and savor story time with Mrs. Claus at 10:30.
Children are $10 and adults, $15. Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 11. Please call 727.896.2667, ext. 210.
Hot Gatherings, Cool Conversations with Artists from The Duncan McClellan Glass Project Special Holiday Exhibition featuring the work of visiting artist Chuck Savoie and Jacob Stout,
2 p.m. Free with MFA admission.
Master glassblower Charles Savoie is known for his Italian-style series of Zanfirico goblets, made of colored glass rods that are twisted together to create fascinating patterns. Mr. Savoie makes all of his glass from scratch. He holds his BS in studio art from Southern Connecticut University and two Master of Fine Arts degrees, one in studio glass from Illinois State University and the other in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Savoie completed further study at the Pilchuck Glass School where he studied with the likes of Dale Chihuly, William Morris, and Lino Tagliapietra. He has shown his work widely, has won numerous awards, and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others
Kidding Around Yoga, 10-11 a.m.
MFA: Make and Take Saturday—Going Crafty with Collage, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., for ages five and up, no registration necessary. Free with MFA admission.
Mixed-media works and collages in the collection and special exhibitions will lead to your next masterpiece.
MFA closed for Christmas.
Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection
Through Sunday, January 5, 2014
Recent Acquisitions: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Through Sunday, March 2, 2014
New Mexico and the Arts of Enchantment featuring The Raymond James Financial Collection
Opening Saturday, January 18, 2014