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SOLD OUT! The Contemporaries Field Trip: Pretty Vacant – The Art and History of Vintage Motels

MIZE Gallery 689 Dr MLK Jr St N, St Petersburg, FL

The educational meets the social at The Contemporaries’ events. This lively group of contemporary art enthusiasts enjoys studio visits, curator-led museum tours, lectures, and other activities designed to highlight contemporary art and artists. The Contemporaries are excited to kick off a new season of programming with a very special private...

2nd Annual Zombie Thriller Rehearsals

Museum of Fine Arts - Conservatory

Practice your dance moves for the MFA's 2nd Annual Zombie Thriller Dance.  Rehearsals begin September 12 at the MFA, and will take place every Thursday evening from 6:30-830 pm until October 17. No zombie or dance experience required! All ages and dance/zombie abilities are invited. Rehearsals will be led by...

Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Agatha Christie

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Connect with the Arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Agatha Christie. Imaginative...

2nd Annual Zombie Thriller Rehearsals

Museum of Fine Arts - Conservatory

Practice your dance moves for the mfa's 2nd annual zombie thriller dance Rehearsals begin September 12 at the MFA, and will take place every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm until October 17. No zombie or dance experience required! At each rehearsal, let by St Pete's finest zombie choreographers, we'll provide...

Cocktails & Collections

Museum of Fine Arts - Membership Garden

  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...

2nd Annual Zombie Thriller Rehearsals

Museum of Fine Arts - Conservatory

Practice your dance moves for the mfa's 2nd annual zombie thriller dance Rehearsals begin September 12 at the MFA, and will take place every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm until October 17. No zombie or dance experience required! At each rehearsal, let by St Pete's finest zombie choreographers, we'll provide...

Conversation with the Collector: Straighten Up the World

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

Moderated by Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art, this talk features arts supporter Jim Sweeny whose many contributions of artworks by self-taught artists with his late wife, Martha Sweeny, comprise the exhibition Straighten Up the World.  Held in the Bayview Room, this discussion will deepen our understanding of the unique...

Smartly Dressed Fashion Show & Luncheon

The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

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

Field Trip with the MFA Collectors Circle: Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida

Offsite: Appleton Museum of Art Ocala

For our Friend, Benefactor, Sustainer & Advocate level members only. The MFA's support group, Collectors Circle, is taking a bus trip to Ocala to visit the Appleton Museum of Art, led by Senior Curator of Early Western Art Michael Bennett, PhD. The group will be introduced to the Appleton's permanent...

Mark Noll on Insects as Adornment: Friends of Decorative Arts Lecture Series:

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

Insects have been used in art and culture, both symbolically and physically, since ancient times. Insects, or sometimes just their wings, appeared in paintings, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry across the globe. At the same time, their bodies or wings — often brilliantly colored — have been made into jewelry or...

Coffee Talk with Nan Colton: Crystal Moments

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Connect with the Arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Crystal Moments. Sit...

Cocktails & Collections

Museum of Fine Arts - Membership Garden

  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...

Book Club at the MFA: “Mostly Dead Things” by Kristen Arnett

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

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 exhibition. November 14th: Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett Dysfunction flows through Florida families like...

Money, Beauty, Power: The Obsessive Opulence of America’s Gilded Age – Collectors Circle Lecture Series

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA's Collectors Circle series features some of the world’s foremost art historians, curators, artists, and collectors. Everyone is invited to these lectures. Free with admission. Come learn about the compulsive opulence of the Gilded Age that Jennifer Angus evokes and reacts to in 'The Grasshopper and the Ant' and...

Lecture with Artist Jennifer Angus

Jennifer Angus is a professor of textile design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, yet as an artist her medium is insects. She composes patterns using thousands of insects, placing them in arrangements that suggest wallpaper and textiles. Angus is interested in the way pattern functions as a kind of language....

Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett – Gallery Spotlight: The World is a Circle: Geometric Ornamentation at the MFA

PORTSPACE 3007 BEACH BLVD. S. , Gulfport, FL

Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett is a year-long series of lectures, gallery spotlights and intimate garden conversations centered on the MFA’s distinguished collection of antiquities. Ancient art has no expiration date; it abounds with lessons that remain relevant today. These discussions and lectures provide museum members and...

Deck the Great Hall 2019 – Holiday Open House

Each year, the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the holiday season with a holiday tree placed in the MFA's Great Hall, decorated by provisional members of The Stuart Society. This year, the Museum is thrilled to celebrate the second annual Deck the Great Hall event, wherein a leading contemporary artist...

Deck the Great Hall After-Party

Offsite: Private Home Downtown St Pete

Following the Museum's second annual Deck the Great Hall event, The Contemporaries invite you to join featured artist Brookhart Jonquil at the new downtown St. Pete home of Stanton Storer, dedicated supporter of contemporary art in the Tampa Bay area through his Embrace the Arts Foundation. An exhibition devoted to...

Deck the Great Hall Artist Talk: Brookhart Jonquil

Great Hall: Museum of Fine Arts

Each year, the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the season with a holiday tree placed in the Great Hall, decorated with original pieces created by a leading contemporary artist commissioned for the Museum’s holiday celebration. Join this year’s selected artist, Miami-based sculptor Brookhart Jonquil, who uses industrial materials and geometric...

Chorus Angelorum – Winter Concert 2019

Chorus Angelorum is a premier a cappella vocal ensemble of male and female voices, formed in 2001 for the purpose of offering exceptional performances of vocal music throughout the Tampa Bay area. As an ensemble under the direction of Rick Smith and Michael Davis, they are dedicated to the study...

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Connect with the Arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun.  Vigee-LeBrun's...

Book Club at the MFA: Five Days Gone

Bayview Room: Museum of Fine Arts

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 exhibition.  Free with admission. December: Five Days Gone by Laura Cummings In the fall of 1929,...

Cocktails & Collections

Museum of Fine Arts - Membership Garden

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...

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Explore the Vaults: Visions of France

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Connect with the Arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Explore the...

Ancient Theater and the Cinema Film Series – Electra

In connection with Ancient Theater and the Cinema (November 9, 2019–April 5, 2020), we are screening 3 films offering contrasting treatments of stories taken from ancient plays. Jules Dassin’s 1962 Phaedra is a retelling of Euripides’ Hippolytus starring Melina Mercouri (Phaedra) and a young Anthony Perkins. (December 12) Electra, directed...

Cocktails & Collections

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...

Member Preview – Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney

Museum of Fine Arts - Conservatory

MFA Members are invited to a special preview of Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney. The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is noted for its holdings of works by major painters who also designed for the stage, including Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, Louise Nevelson,...

Cinema at the MFA: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this film was made in conjunction with the exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music. The impresario Serge Diaghilev was the creator and driving force of the Ballets Russes. He persuaded, cajoled, and charmed the greatest talents of the early twentieth...

Party of the Strange

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Party of the Strange: A celebration of the dramatic! 6:46 pm - 9:16 pm Marly Room and Gardens The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society has a one-of-a-kind party planned in celebration of the MFA exhibition,  Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney.  ANYTHING can happen at this party — unlike any...

Designing the Stage with Katherine Pill – Friends of Decorative Arts Lecture Series

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

The MFA's Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill will explore works in the Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney — the Museum's special exhibition of paintings, costumes, prints, and drawings of design for ballet and opera. Highlights include splendid designs and stage sets for the fabeled Ballets Russes. Drawn...

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Dora Maar – Picasso, the Drama and the Tears

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: DORA MAAR...

Book Club at the MFA: A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

In 2020, the Book Club at the MFA joins in the national celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the US the right to vote. Join us for an exciting monthly reading and discussion centered on topical issues and themes universal to all: empowerment, artistic...

Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett – Antiquities History 101: Dionysus and his World

  Back to the Future with Dr. Michael Bennett is a year-long series of lectures, gallery spotlights and intimate garden conversations centered on the MFA’s distinguished collection of antiquities. Ancient art has no expiration date; it abounds with lessons that remain relevant today. These discussions and lectures provide museum members and...

Cocktails & Collections

Museum of Fine Arts - Conservatory

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 entertainment, a customized docent tour, light bites...

Cinema at the MFA presents: Make More Noise!

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

This selection of silent films from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside. The suffragettes’ tactic was to stand up at every public event and cry 'votes for women!' As leader Emmeline Pankhurst...

Live Sketching with The Sarasota Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA and ballet students from The Sarasota Ballet Conservatory invite artists to our Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney exhibition to explore live drawing and the different skills required to capture the moving body. We'll have sketch pads and pencils available, or bring your own for a drawing...

Opera Through the Ages

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

St. Pete Opera celebrates opera through the ages in this 50-minute program featuring three voice types (soprano, mezzo and tenor). Performing pieces featured in Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, Opera Through The Ages spans nearly 200 years of opera, touching upon themes and styles beloved by audiences around...

Ashley Thunder: Opera in the Gallery

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Come enjoy a vocal and visual avant-garde experience inside the special exhibition, Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney! Enjoy the clash of natural elegance and female rebellion, with selections from French and Russian composers. Featuring two great area musicians: operatic talent Ashley Thunder and piano virtuoso Violet Mandese! A...

Cutting Edge, with Philomena Marano (studio assistant to artist Robert Indiana)

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Philomena Marano, studio assistant to artist Robert Indiana, joins us for a discussion about the unique medium of paper used to create costumes and sets for The Mother of Us All (1976). Robert Indiana's work on The Mother of Us All is featured in the special exhibition Art of the...

Opera Through the Ages

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

St. Pete Opera celebrates opera through the ages in this 50-minute program featuring three voice types (soprano, mezzo and tenor). Performing pieces featured in Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, Opera Through The Ages spans nearly 200 years of opera, touching upon themes and styles beloved by audiences around...

Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Catherine the Great – Theater Arts and Authority

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Catherine The...

CANCELED Andrea Assaf Residency: Scheherazade to Salome

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Live Writing Installation & Performance: Scheherazade to Salome April 1-9, 2020 As part of Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, poet and theatre-maker Andrea Assaf will be in residence, creating new work that responds to pieces in the exhibit. How does a contemporary Arab American woman artist encounter Leon...

CANCELED Ashley Thunder: Opera in the Gallery

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Come enjoy a vocal and visual avant-garde experience inside the special exhibition, Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney! Enjoy the clash of natural elegance and female rebellion, with selections from French and Russian composers. Featuring two great area musicians: operatic talent Ashley Thunder and piano virtuoso Violet Mandese! A...

CANCELED Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Sarah Bernhardt – The Art of the Theater

Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Sarah Bernhardt...

CANCELED Andrea Assaf Final Performance: Scheherazade to Salome

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Live Writing Installation & Performance: Scheherazade to Salome April 1-9, 2020 As part of Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, poet and theater-maker Andrea Assaf will be in residence, creating new work that responds to pieces in the exhibit. How does a contemporary Arab American woman artist encounter Leon...

CANCELED Cinema at the MFA presents: Make More Noise!

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

This selection of silent films from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside. The suffragettes’ tactic was to stand up at every public event and cry 'votes for women!' As leader Emmeline Pankhurst...

CANCELED Native American Art: Tradition and Transformation with Stephanie Chill – Friends of Decorative Arts Lecture Series

Museum of Fine Arts - Bayview Room

This talk will explore how modern and contemporary Native American artists transform traditional techniques and designs to reflect the world around them. It will focus upon works in the MFA's permanent collections, including the lustrous polished black pottery of Maria Martinez of the San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the massive wooden...

CANCELED Pinellas County Center for the Arts Performs: Putting it Together

Museum of Fine Arts - Marly Room

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney is inspired largely by the spirit of collaboration. Collaboration is the backbone of the program at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Students in the highly acclaimed arts magnet come together on the museum stage to create pieces...

Virtual Book Club: Old Baggage with author Lissa Evans

MFA from Home

In 2020, the Book Club at the MFA joins in the national celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the US the right to vote. And now we're doing it virtually, with Zoom. Author Lissa Evans will be joining us online all the way from...

CANCELED Cocktails & Collections

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 entertainment, a customized docent tour, light bites...

CANCELED Cinema at the MFA: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this film was made in conjunction with the exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music. The impresario Serge Diaghilev was the creator and driving force of the Ballets Russes. He persuaded, cajoled, and charmed the greatest talents of the early twentieth...

CANCELED Live Sketching with The Sarasota Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA and ballet students from the Sarasota Ballet Conservatory invite artists to our Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney exhibition to explore live drawing and the different skills required to capture the moving body. We'll have sketch pads and pencils available, or bring your own for a drawing...

CANCELED Process is Product with Open/Space Collective

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Process is Product is a multi-tiered creative project involving 4 dancers/performance artists from across a diverse spectrum of age, race, gender, and (dis) abilities, who will work together, improvising and thinking about improvisation in relation to performance in a museum setting. This project takes its inspiration from the ballet Jeux...

CANCELED Process is Product with Open/Space Collective: Final Performance

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Process is Product is a multi-tiered creative project involving 4 dancers/performance artists from across a diverse spectrum of age, race, gender, and (dis) abilities, who will work together, improvising and thinking about improvisation in relation to performance in a museum setting. This project takes its inspiration from the ballet Jeux...

CANCELED Ashley Thunder: Opera in the Gallery

Hazel Hough Wing: Museum of Fine Arts

Come enjoy a vocal and visual avant-garde experience inside the special exhibition, Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney! Enjoy the clash of natural elegance and female rebellion, with selections from French and Russian composers. Featuring two great area musicians: operatic talent Ashley Thunder and piano virtuoso Violet Mandese! A...

CANCELED Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. ...

Virtual Book Club at the MFA: Optic Nerve

In 2020, the Book Club at the MFA joins in the national celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote. Join us for exciting monthly readings by or about female authors, artists and activists, with discussions centered on topical...

CANCELED Cocktails & Collections

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...

CANCELED – Coffee Talks with Nan Colton: Julia Margaret Cameron – It’s My Birthday

Connect with the arts through monthly performances that give voice and embodiment to the two-dimensional. The MFA’s ever popular 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: Julia Margaret...

Virtual Book Club: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Online via Zoom

In 2020, the monthly Book Club with the MFA discussions are centered on topical issues and themes universal to all: empowerment, artistic and creative excellence, and the push for equality for all. For October, we are reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, and will join together on Zoom to explore...