Exhibition Spans USF’s Graphicstudio Forty-Five Year History
(December 19, 2013 – Tampa, FL) The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice at USF, a new exhibition featuring forty-five years of more than 110 original works by an international array of 45 of the 108 artists who have worked in residence at Graphicstudio, an atelier (workshop) located on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
On view February 1 through May 18, 2014, this exhibition was co-organized by the Tampa Museum of Art and the USF Contemporary Art Museum and curated by Jade Dellinger. Uncommon Practice is the most ambitious and comprehensive show to feature works from the workshop since the survey exhibition of the early years of Graphicstudio at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. in 1991. This exhibition represents the most significant and far-reaching collaboration to-date between the Tampa Museum of Art and the University of South Florida. A catalogue to commemorate the exhibition and the partnership will be published by D. Giles, Ltd of London, England.
Museum Executive Director, Todd D. Smith, remarked, “We are thrilled to showcase the exemplary artist collaborations and work developed at USF’s Graphicstudio. Co-organizing this exhibition with our colleagues at U.S.F. seemed a natural fit in showcasing the finest visual art projects at the forefront of contemporary art produced at this boundary-pushing atelier/research center.”
Margaret Miller, Director, Institute for Research in Art: Contemporary Art Museum | Graphicstudio Public Art adds, this exhibition is an opportunity for viewers to see a survey of works that represent leading international artists and affirms that printmaking is a primary medium for many contemporary artists.
The exhibition chronicles several aesthetic and technical conversations among artists of different generations. Often times, it is the invention of a new technology that transfixes the artists in residence. As former director, Alan Eaker noted, “It has always been the primary concern of Graphicstudio to make art that was phenomenal and along the way develop the technology to accomplish it.”
Highlighting both technical and conceptual breakthroughs, the exhibition includes seminal works spanning Graphicstudio’s forty-five year history (by Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Allan McCollum, Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, and others) with some of its most recent collaborative endeavors (by Christian Marclay, Mark Dion, Teresita Fernández, Los Carpinteros, and Trenton Doyle Hancock).
About USF’s Institute for Research in Art
The Institute for Research in Art (IRA) is part of the College of The Arts and is comprised of three active units: the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Graphicstudio, and the Public Art Program.
The USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) opened its current facility in 1989, and is recognized for its ambitious exhibition program of advanced international art. It houses a collection of over 5,000 works with a focus on prints and photography. The Institute for Research in Art is continually challenged to respond and fulfill its promise to disseminate knowledge, innovate new methods of engaging audiences and to serve as a portal for interdisciplinary inquiry.
Founded in 1968 as a non-profit, university-based, collaborative art making facility, Graphicstudio remains unique in its commitment to aesthetic and technical research in the visual arts. Leading artists are invited to work in the state-of-the-art studios in collaboration with expert artisans to create works on paper – including lithographs, etchings, photogravures, digital images, books – and sculpture multiples in a variety of materials. Graphicstudio is acclaimed for its research in advanced printing techniques. In recognition of its excellence, many major U.S. museums, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., actively collect its output. Most of the works in the exhibition are on loan from the archive of Graphicstudio productions housed by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.
About the Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) (the Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade) has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Cafe, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premiere venue for special events.
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