What’s happening in Tampa Bay art: Iconic portraits at Mize Gallery, Dalí exhibition openings

Four galleries are looking for artists to include in “Skyway 2020” as well.
Published June 12

INSPIRING PEOPLE: Icons at Mize Gallery

It’s Pride month, which means it’s time for Chad Mize to throw an art show celebrating the LGBTQ community at his gallery. “Icons” features 50 artists celebrating 50 iconic figures through portraits. The number is significant because this is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in gay rights history. A sneak peek of images revealed excellent work, including Johannah O’Donnell’s Cyndi Lauper, Robert Holmes’ David Hockney and Mize’s portrait of Keith Haring. Get to Friday’s opening reception early if you’re looking to purchase. Runs through July 6. Free. 6-10 p.m. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. chadmize.com.

DALÍ EXHIBITION OPENINGS: Goya, Visual Magic

The Dalí Museum opens its highly anticipated exhibitions on Saturday. Following the museum’s high-tech trend (an artificial intelligence Dalí greets you in the Dalí Lives installations), Dalí’s paintings get the digital treatment with “Visual Magic: Dalí’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality.” The exhibition aims to get a more in-depth look and understanding of his most famous paintings.

One of Dalí’s greatest influences is the subject of “Before Dalí: Goya — Visions and Inventions.” The exhibit will feature two suites of prints and three paintings by Spanish icon Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. Goya’s practice of introducing democratic themes into elite artwork is considered, by scholars, a basis for modern art. His approach to printmaking was also inventive and a new art form in his day. The museum will stagger the showing of the suites of rare, first-edition prints. “Los Caprichos (1799)” runs through mid-September, and then the second set, “La Tauromaquia (1816),” will go up and remain through Nov. 2. Also on display is “Bronzes From the Vault,” featuring 20 of Dalí’s bronze sculptures from the 1970s in the James Family Gallery, and four large-format sculptures are on display in the Avant-garden. $10-$24. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Skyway 2020

Perhaps you recall 2017’s “Skyway” exhibition featuring local artists’ work in three museums: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. It was an important move to include work being made in Tampa Bay in the area’s institutions. Entries for next year’s “Skyway” are now being accepted. “Skyway 2020” has expanded to include the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum and is now open to artists in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties. Artists working in all media can apply, and artists who focus on social practice or community-based art initiatives are especially encouraged. The deadline is Sept. 3. The jury is composed of representatives from each museum, as well as guest juror Claire Tancons, who has curated biennials around the world. Find more information at skywaytampabay.com. Applications will only be accepted through callforentry.com.

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