The MFA welcomes Moulton’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States
St. Petersburg, FL (June 10, 2016) – On Friday, June 17th at 5:30 p.m., Tampa Bay BCA (“TBBCA”) and Chair’s Circle pARTner Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP (“Shumaker”) together with TBBCA Cultural pARTner the Museum of Fine Arts, (“MFA”) St. Petersburg, will present a Cultural Encounter with acclaimed video/performance artist Shana Moulton, and MFA Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill. This invitation-only event will be held in conjunction with “Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body,” the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Curator Pill invited Ms. Moulton to bring her fantastic and fantastical work to the MFA.
“TBBCA is thrilled to join once again with our pARTners to create an opportunity for invited business leaders to connect with and enjoy our vibrant and rich cultural assets like the MFA,” said Susana Weymouth, TBBCA Executive Director. “TBBCA Chair’s Circle pARTner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, and MFA Trustee Erin Smith Aebel, Shumaker attorney, are co-hosts and generous sponsors of this by-invitation reception and special artistic presentation by Shana Moulton and dialogue with Katherine Pill.”
“Our pARTnership support for TBBCA helps create new opportunities for the business community, artists and the MFA to interact more closely, which helps develop a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of the arts,” said Shumaker’s Erin Smith Aebel. “The Cultural Encounter promises to be a unique experience.”
Katherine Pill noted, “Shana Moulton’s work deals with the universal theme of self-improvement. Using her alter ego Cynthia as a protagonist, Moulton combines humor and an earnest desire for self-betterment to explore the world of commercial wellness therapies. Moulton has shown her work and performed around the world, at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and most recently the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. We are thrilled to host her first solo museum exhibition in the United States.”
She added, “Throughout the exhibition, the MFA is featuring all nine installments of Moulton’s ‘Whispering Pines’ series, as well as other videos, sculpture, and an opera/performance piece.”
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About Shana Moulton
Born in 1976, Shana Moulton earned her BA in art and anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Minnesota, Harvestworks in New York, De Ateliers in Amsterdam, and The Sommerakademie in Berne.
“Whispering Pines,” Moulton’s best-known video series, takes its name from the California mobile home park, chiefly comprised of seniors, where she grew up. With very few children around, she turned to her elderly neighbors for companionship and was fascinated with the knickknacks lining their shelves. Her videos are full of such objects, carefully arranged for the camera, which she views as part of the cast. The artist notes that the serial format of “Whispering Pines” and its production quality are inspired by both soap operas and home movies. “Whispering Pines” will unfold, appropriately, on television sets. A life-size anatomical theater in the central gallery of the Hazel Hough Wing will display the 2008 video “Repetitive Stress Injuries.” Ms. Moulton has also created a site-specific video for this exhibition and is premiering another, “All Angles are Angels.”
About The MFA
The MFA at 255 Beach Drive N.E. has an encyclopedic, world-class collection, with works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cézanne, Rodin, O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, and many other great artists. 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 finest in the Southeast. “Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body” opens to the public Saturday, June 18, and continues through Sunday, October 9, in the Hazel Hough Wing. This is one of the most inventive exhibitions ever presented/staged at the MFA. The Tampa Bay Times is the Media Sponsor. For more information, please call 727.896.2667 or visit www.mfastpete.org.
About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 245 lawyers and five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services. Whether it is commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives.
Tampa Bay BCA (“TBBCA”) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1989, one of 11 national “Business Committees for the Arts,” part of the Private Sector Network of Americans for the Arts. TBBCA’s mission is to unite area businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community with the philosophy that “the arts are good for business and business is good for the arts.” TBBCA programs, including Cultural Encounters, are made possible by the generous support of TBBCA pARTners, including Chair’s Circle pARTners Premier Eye Care; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Stephen Gay & Associates, Realtors; The Beaux-Arts Group; DeBartolo Family Foundation; B2 Communications; Linda and Michael Connelly; The Wilson Company; The Tampa Bay Times/tbt*; Tampa Bay Magazine; Alex McKnight Archival Images, and all TBBCA pARTners and supporters. To join the TBBCA – Americans for the Arts pARTnership movement go to www.tbbca.org. For more information contact TBBCA 813-221-2787.