May 2, 2012
The Florida Museum Of Photographic Arts Presents Andy Warhol and Friends
Come and see the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and all that it has to offer in its new home in the Cube at the Rivergate Plaza in downtown Tampa. A fabulous collection of Andy Warhol’s work is on display now through Sunday, May 27.
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts’ (FMoPA) newest photographic art exhibit is “Andy Warhol and Friends.” The exhibit features hued screen prints as well as photographs and photo booth strips from the 60s, 70s and 80s. They feature celebrities such as John Wayne, Liza Minelli, Sting, Mick Jagger and more. There are also self-portraits of Warhol himself who famously said, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”
This is FMoPA’s inaugural exhibition in its new home at the Cube at the Rivergate Plaza, located at 400 N. Ashley Dr. in downtown Tampa. The space is impressive. The museum occupies the second and third levels of the open six-story atrium.
The second level of the museum is home to the changing exhibits such as “Andy Warhol and Friends.” The third level will house the museum’s permanent collection as well as small exhibits. The pieces on the third level, including the permanent collection, will change quarterly.
The FMoPA, founded in 2001, is dedicated to the art of photography. According to Museum Curator, Joanne Milani, “Andy Warhol is by many accounts the most significant artist of the 20th century. His work is based on photographs.” Milani added, “Our new home is a great place for the arts. It is located in the center of Tampa’s Cultural District.” Just steps away from FMoPA is the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art.
The FMoPA is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members (the museum has more than 800 members). A $10 donation is requested for adults and $8 for students and military.
The museum offers children and youth opportunities to explore life through the lens of a camera through its award winning Outreach Program. Classes and workshops are offered for adults. The museum also offers fun photo safaris, and the facilities are available for weddings and other events. For more information, please visit www.fmopa.org or call 221-2222.