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Zombie Thriller Dance

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Put on your best Zombie face and join the MFA for our first annual Zombie Thriller Dance. Ghouls and zombies of all ages and dancing abilities are invited to take over the front steps of the museum for a fiendishly good time strutting your stuff to the famous Michal Jackson…

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DANCE: Air-Earth-Fire-Water

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Presented by St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts – SPF18  Artists explore the elements through movement in this joyous work. Created by playwright Sheila Cowley, dancer/choreographer Helen Hansen French, co-choreographer Paula Kramer, actors Eugenie Bondurant and Ned Averill-Snell , viola player A.J. Vaughan and dancers Erin Cardinal, Brian Fidalgo and…

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Behind The Scenes: Antioch Reclaimed

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

View the MFA’s “paintings in stone” in the Museum’s outdoor conservation lab through November 2018. The multi-phased project that began with the conservation and restoration of the mosaics will culminate in an exhibition, scheduled for 2020. The show will include other mosaics from the 1930s excavation, as well as complementary…

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Conversation with a Curator: Really! This is (So) Not a Selfie

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The special exhibition This is Not a Selfie is curated from a single collection, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This is Not a Selfie curator Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, will join us on October 25th…

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Behind The Scenes: Antioch Reclaimed

November 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  View the MFA’s “paintings in stone” in the Museum’s outdoor conservation lab through November 2018. The multi-phased project that began with the conservation and restoration of the mosaics will culminate in an exhibition, scheduled for 2020. The show will include other mosaics from the 1930s excavation, as well as…

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Exquisite Corpse 2018

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

It’s the unveiling of an exhibit created and based on the old surreal parlor game “Exquisite Corpse”.  The game has been played by many but, never like this version before. This will be the fourth year. Artists are sought out based on talent & invited to play. Once they accept…

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FODA Event, Studio Visit: Prism Yarn

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  FODA is visiting fiber artist Laura Bryant’s studio, Prism Yarn. Part of Bryant’s process begins with the meticulous task of dyeing fibers, which she does in her own studio. Visitors can see these first stages, and view some of the final creations hung throughout the studio. This event is…

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Behind The Scenes: Antioch Reclaimed

November 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  View the MFA’s “paintings in stone” in the Museum’s outdoor conservation lab through November 2018. The multi-phased project that began with the conservation and restoration of the mosaics will culminate in an exhibition, scheduled for 2020. The show will include other mosaics from the 1930s excavation, as well as…

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Book Club at the MFA – Self Portrait With Boy

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Keep St. Pete Lit, a local organization that supports the literary community, for a book club connecting the visual and literary arts.  Each month’s featured book will relate to the MFA’s collection or special exhibtions. November 8th:  Self Portrait With Boy, by Rachel Lyon We explore themes central to our This…

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Cinema @ the MFA – Egó Sympósion: Film by Yasumasa Morimura

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Egó Sympósion (2016) is the Florida debut of Morimura Yasumasa, the noted Japanese appropriation artist. Featured in our photography exhibition This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, Yasumasa borrows images from historical artists (ranging from Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman), and inserts his own face and body into them;…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: Highlights From the Asian Art Collection

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Conceptualizing Cindy

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled Conceptualizing…

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Collector’s Circle Fall Lecture: Ancient Art in Miniature: Masterworks of Ancient Jewelry

November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Fall Collector’s Circle Lecture features Max Bernheimer, speaking on ancient Greek art. Max Bernheimer organizes auctions in this specialized area of Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Egyptian and Near Eastern art and artifacts. Mr. Bernheimer has participated in archaeological excavations at Caesarea in Israel, sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland…

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Smartly Dressed Fashion Show & Luncheon – 40th Anniversary

November 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

  The Stuart Society’s 40th annual Smartly Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon is right around the corner. Sponsored by Dillard’s, this event will take place in The Grand Ballroom of The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club and will be a stunner. Doors open at 11:00 am during which…

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Cocktails & Collections

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events with connections to art. Each event focuses on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions, highlighting a different work in the collection. Each month features live music, a customized docent tour, light bites, and art-inspired…

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Behind The Scenes: Antioch Reclaimed

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

  View the MFA’s “paintings in stone” in the Museum’s outdoor conservation lab through November 2018. The multi-phased project that began with the conservation and restoration of the mosaics will culminate in an exhibition, scheduled for 2020. The show will include other mosaics from the 1930s excavation, as well as…

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The Contemporaries Field Trip: Craig Kaths at Tempus Projects

November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  The Contemporaries are hosting a private preview of New York-based artist Craig Kath’s solo exhibition Like a Bucket of Herbs Before a Pressing at Tempus Projects, a leading artist-run, non-profit gallery space in Tampa. Kaths will explain his approach to his printmaking and sculptural practices, which explore the structures…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: West African Textiles

December 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level…

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Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: A Self-Portrait

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular performing artist-in-residence Nan Colton invites us to meet an artist or historical figure in a 30-minute presentation that includes a cup of coffee and delectable pastries. Today’s program is entitled A…

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Member Preview – Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

One of the benefits of an MFA Membership is access to preview events for exhibitions in advance of their opening. The Member Preview for two exhibitions, “Jewels of the Imagination: Radiant Masterworks by Jean Schlumberger and “Drawn to Beauty: The Art and Atelier of Jean Schlumberger” will open at 7:00pm, with exhibition opening remarks at 7:15pm.…

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Cocktails & Collections

December 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events with connections to art. Each event focuses on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions, highlighting a different work in the collection. Each month features live music, a customized docent tour,…

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NYE@MFA: Mid-Century Magic – New Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

  Ring in 2019 at NYE@MFA, a premier all-inclusive New Year’s Eve celebration. This year’s theme is “Mid-Century Magic”, inspired by the winter exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Choose the Dinner + The Party ticket for the entire event, or come for The Party: Dinner + The Party $300…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: Jean Schlumberger

January 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level…

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Cocktails & Collections

January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events with connections to art. Each event focuses on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions, highlighting a different work in the collection. Each month features live music, a customized docent tour,…

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Conversation with Annamarie Sandecki, Tiffany & Co. Archivist

January 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tiffany & Co., one of the most storied jewelry purveyors in the world, has a long and rich history. Since the mid-1800s they have been linked in the public’s mind with glamour and graceful living. Join Annamarie Sandecki, Tiffany archivist, for an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Tiffany story, including…

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Barnhill Gallery Talk With Robin O’Dell

January 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join Robin O’Dell, Curator of the Photographic Collection, for a discussion centered around the practice and influence of E.G. Barnhill, noted photographer who painstakingly hand-colored photos of the Florida landscape; selling these invaluable touchstones to tourists and visitors. FREE with Admission    

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Cinema @ the MFA: At Long Last Love

February 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich pays homage to the lavish musical comedies of the 1930s musicals in this lushly extravagant film. Set amidst gorgeous sets and stylish costumes, and filled with the songs of Cole Porter, At Long Last Love follows the romantic misadventures of four wealthy, young sophisticates. Starring Burt…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: Fairyland Lustre

February 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level…

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Book Club at the MFA – Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

February 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

What better way to celebrate the month of love than with a gripping tale of obsession and desire.  In Aja Raden’s fast-paced Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World, we dive into the social, economic and, cultural history of eight iconic jewels and how they shaped history.  Stoned…

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Friends of Decorative Arts Handling Session: A Closer Look at Dutch and American Furniture

February 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  This program will feature the careful examination of two pieces of purportedly 18th century furniture—one Dutch and one American— to learn about construction methods, style, finish, and ultimately, authenticity. We will also discuss what makes a piece museum worthy, and how the museum both acquires and de-accessions works. Lead…

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Cocktails & Collections

February 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events with connections to art. Each event focuses on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions, highlighting a different work in the collection. Each month features live music, a customized docent tour,…

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Friends of Decorative Arts: Antioch Mosaics at the MFA: Past, Present, and Future

March 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $50 in addition to a minimum of a Dual Level Museum…

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In Conversation: Yann Weymouth and Amy McHugh

March 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  Architect Yann Weymouth and Amy McHugh, Assistant Curator for Tiffany & Co. discuss the friendships and relationships of Jean Schlumberger and his longtime partner, photographer Luc Bouchage , Weymouth’s uncle. This intimate look at the lives of two renowned artists will be presented with rarely seen photographs of the…

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Cocktails & Collections

March 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events with connections to art. Each event focuses on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions, highlighting a different work in the collection. Each month features live music, a customized docent tour, light…

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