Traveling Exhibitions

The Museum of Fine Arts has a growing and diverse selection of original exhibitions available for travel. Please check back often as we continue to add to our traveling exhibitions program. To inquire further about our traveling exhibitions or to receive a prospectus and checklist for specific exhibitions, please contact bbryson@mfastpete.org

On the road

 

From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection

Curator(s): Michael Bennett, Senior Curator of Early Western Art, St. Petersburg
Number of objects: 57
Catalogue: Available for purchase

From Chaos to Order is the first exhibition to focus on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art, and the first to demonstrate how stylistic principles in visual art during the Geometric period reflect a characteristically Greek idea of “the beautiful” (kallos). From 900-700 BC, Greek art was reborn after a two-centuries-long Dark Age. During this period one can trace the development of a new visual vocabulary that stressed clarity, balance, and symmetry. These design principles appear surprisingly contemporary, yet constituted the structural DNA of all subsequent Greek art, the essential and irreducible foundation that would give it its special character throughout classical antiquity.

Past, current, and upcoming exhibitions:
Museum of Fine Arts (Saint Petersburg, FL) November 7, 2020 – April 11, 2021
The Rollins Museum of Art (Winter Park, FL) January 15 – May 8, 2022

If you have questions please contact Bridget Bryson, MFA Manager of Curatorial Affairs & Communications.


Available (November 2022 – March 2023; December 2023 – March 2024)

Gio Swaby: Fresh up

Curator(s): Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; Melinda Watt, Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles, Art Institute of Chicago
Number of objects: 44
Catalogue: Available for purchase
Exhibition travel package: Available here

Swaby works in series form, and the exhibition will feature bodies of work spanning 2017 through 2021. Growing up surrounded by the threads and fabrics of her mother, a seamstress, Swaby chooses to work in mediums traditionally associated with domesticity as a means to imbue her works with familiarity, labor, and care. Swaby upends tradition, however, and gives the sewing medium a sense of monumentality with the life-size series Pretty Pretty. The subjects are intricately rendered in freehand lines of thread, and shown on the reverse side of the canvas so that the stitching process—its knots and loose threads, so often hidden—is visible. There’s a vulnerability to “showing the back,” but Swaby embraces and elevates the imperfections.

Past, current, and upcoming exhibitions:
Museum of Fine Arts (Saint Petersburg, FL), May 28 – October 9, 2022
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL), April 8 – October 9, 2023
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), August – November 2023

If you have questions please contact Bridget Bryson, MFA Manager of Curatorial Affairs & Communications.

Available (Fall 2022; Winter 2023; Spring 2023; Summer 2023)

DEFINING LINES: THE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS OF MAXIME LALANNE

Curator(s): Erin Wilson, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Number of objects: 77
Exhibition travel package: Available here

Maxime Lalanne’s (1827-1886) highly refined etchings, with their subtle use of line and delicate sense of shading, exemplify the scope and depth of a medium that underwent a significant revival in the mid-nineteenth century. Inspired by the highly detailed prints of earlier practitioners such as Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), artists like Lalanne sought to reassert the medium’s dominance as a fine art over its more mundane uses as a method for reproduction. Working alongside the publisher Alfred Cadart, Lalanne diligently worked to raise the profile of printmaking. As a founding member of the Société des Aquafortistes, he was a central figure of the etching revival, serving simultaneously as a fine artist, an intrepid entrepreneur, and a teacher.

Past, current, and upcoming exhibitions:
Museum of Fine Arts, (Saint Petersburg, FL) February 26 – July 17, 2022

If you have questions please contact Bridget Bryson, MFA Manager of Curatorial Affairs & Communications.