The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College is pleased to announce that it has received a Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grant to support a panel discussion titled, “Goya, Picasso & the Heritage of Spain: Exploring Spanish Culture in Florida from 1513 to Today.”
The free program takes place at the museum on April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This project is among six selected to receive funding out of 19 applicants.
Presenters from four institutions collaboratively developed the humanities-focused program to coincide with the museum’s “Masters of Spain: Goya & Picasso” exhibition on view March 17 through June 17. Included in this show that will be open for viewing prior to the program are Goya’s iconic Tauromaquia (Bullfighting) series of etchings and Picasso’s ceramic plates – one of which depicts a bullfighting scene – among other works.
Using the exhibition as inspiration for the discussion theme, PMA Curator and FSC Art History Professor Dr. H. Alexander Rich, who will serve as panel moderator, invited University of South Florida Spanish Professor David Arbesú, FSC Spanish Literature Professor Melissa Garr, Polk State College Ceramics Professor Andrew Coombs, and Centro Español de Tampa President John A. Rañon to consider the question: If Goya and Picasso identified the bullfight as the most potent symbol of Spanish tradition, what can we identify as essentially Spanish in Florida?
Their collective responses formed the content of this 90-minute program that includes a 30-minute audience Q & A. Rich will introduce the panel, present the thesis, and set the context for subsequent presentations. Arbesú will focus on the historical presence of Spain in Florida from Juan Ponce de León’s first expedition in 1513 to Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ founding of St. Augustine in 1565. Garr will trace cultural encounters that took place throughout Florida’s history beginning with Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca’s text “Shipwrecked” in 1528 and ending with Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in 1940. Coombs will discuss the art of pottery, Picasso’s ceramics, and the recent pottery discovered at Tristan de Luna’s 1559 Settlement site in Pensacola. Rañon will present the history of Spanish immigration to Tampa and the Spanish heritage that is embedded in Tampa today.
To learn more about this public program funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, contact Director of Arts Advancement Suzanne Grossberg at 863-688-7743 x298 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College
The Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a private, not-for-profit academic museum dedicated to promoting inspirational and engaging arts experiences for all. It is one of the Top 10 art museums in the State of Florida, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the only art museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums serving the 666,000 residents of Polk County. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays June 1 through Labor Day) and closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free for everyone year-round, thanks to the following organizations: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation; and the Share Foundation. The museum is fully accessible.