Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Collaborate for Groundbreaking 2014 Exhibition
(Tampa, FL. February 4, 2014) The Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) are pleased to announce the first U.S. exhibition to focus solely on the post-Mao generation of Chinese artists that offers a look at how China’s mega-development has impacted its youth culture and spawned new art trends. My Generation: Young Chinese Artists, will be on view June 7 through September 21, 2014.
My Generation: Young Chinese Artists is an extended look at the new generation of artists emerging in mainland China since 2000, the year that China opened wide its doors to international artists and that Chinese artists began to command attention on the world’s stage. All of the artists in this exhibition were born after 1976 and the end of the Cultural Revolution. Almost all of them are products of the One Child Policy and have grown up in a country with a high-powered market economy. All of them, whether educated in the West or not, have been exposed to global art movements through the Internet and increasingly liberalized education at China’s art academies.
My Generation is the first exhibition in the US and Europe to showcase these emerging artists and is a collaboration between the Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Curated by Barbara Pollack, this exhibition is being conceived as a single show divided between the Tampa Museum of Art and Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, and will be on view at both museums concurrently.
“My Generation allows us to explore the role these emerging Chinese contemporary artists have in a globalized art world,” said Todd D. Smith, executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “With its breadth and scope of artists, media, and approaches to art making, The exhibition provides an unprecedented look inside one of the most fascinating developments in the art world today: Chinese art of our time. This exhibition represents a milestone in the life of this institution, and our partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is an important step forward for the nature of regional partnerships.”
A leading arts journalist who has covered the Chinese art scene since the late 1990s, the exhibition’s curator Barbara Pollack states, “Young Chinese artists are breaking out in ways that challenge and defy the styles of an older generation of Chinese artists already known in the west,” She interviewed over 100 young artists from every region of China in preparation for this exhibition. “Despite language barriers and cultural differences, these artists work in a truly global vocabulary which will be readily understood by American audiences.”
Kent Lydecker, MFA executive director commented, “Contemporary art in China is fascinating and vastly important. The collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art underscores the mutual commitment in enriching our nation’s understanding of global diversity and engaging museum visitor’s in international dialogue. We are honored to have these artists on view. We are honored to present the work of these exciting young artists.”
This exhibition is made possible with the support of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. It will travel to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art where it will be on view from October 24, 2014 through January 18, 2015.
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 classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities acquisitions in the southeast, and provides 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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The Museum opens daily at 11 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. General admission prices are: adult $10.00; seniors, groups, military plus one guest $7.50; students $5; and children ages 6 and under free-of-charge. A Pay-What-You-Will fee structure is offered every Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Museum’s address is 120 Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.
About the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has a world-class collection, with works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cézanne, Rodin, O’Keeffe, and many others. Also displayed are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, and Native American art. The photography collection is one of the largest and most significant in the Southeast. The galleries, The Junior League Great Hall, and the Marly Room in the original building have just been renovated, completely transforming the experience of the art on view. The MFA Café is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The Museum Store has been named the area’s best by the duPont Registry. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit the website at www.fine-arts.org. For café reservations, please call 727.822.1032.
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Hours and Admission
The Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is only “5 after 5” on Thursday. Regular admission is $17 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, and $10 for students seven and older, including college students with current I.D. Children under seven and Museum members are admitted free. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $12 per person and children $4 each with prior reservations.