The museum admission is $15 adults $7.50 seniors Free for college students with ID $5/students.
Mon – Thurs: 11am – 7pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 11am – 5pm
Address Cornelia Corbett Center 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602
Telephoto Florida visited the Tampa Museum of Art. Despite getting in for free with the Bank of America Museum program we were so disappointed we wanted our money back. We recognize that not appreciating the Tampa Museum of Art, a local icon may be blasphemous to some but unfortunately we were truly dissatisfied.
We began the tour of the facility in the Antiquities Lounge. This was by far the most interesting of the galleries. We saw pottery and sculptures from periods between 680BC and 600AD. Anything that old has to be cool just because it survived.
Where the museum tanked was at the contemporary gallery and an exhibition they called Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration. We here at Telephoto Florida have never been much in favor of Modern Art but the offerings in this gallery left much to be desired. The Museum web site advises that artists were selected
based on a variety of factors and criteria: strong, clear artist statements; unique uses of materials; engaging subject matter and conceptual vision; and highly developed aesthetic decisions. We hope that our visitors will come away from the exhibition inspired and impressed by the artwork created all around us.
Sorry, we were majorly and sadly disappointed. One artist photographed a grouping of a used napkin, a cactus, a popcorn spackled ceiling and a towel. The artistic relevance of the piece as stated was “images of Florida that could also been found elsewhere” and “a closer look at the curious nature of the mundane”. Mundane indeed. We are looking elsewhere for an art fix.
Now to be fair, half of the museum was closed for installing new exhibits. Unfortunately, we will not be back to find out what they are.