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David Claerbout, August 21 – OCtober 28, 2017, USFCAM. Critic's Lecture and Exhibition Reception, August 25.Image: David Claerbout, Radio Piece (Hong Kong), 2015single channel video projection, color, binaural sound over headphones11:40 collaboration with RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain© David ClaerboutCourtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York
Pledges of Allegiance, July, 2017 – July 2018, USFCAM
Art & Ice Week of Welcome Student Event

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Cotton Comes to HarlemCotton Comes to Harlem

On June 22, 2017, USFCAM presented a free film screening of Cotton Comes to Harlem as part of its programming for Black Pulp! Noel Smith, USFCAM’s Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Art, provided a biographical sketch of Chester Himes, the author of the book on which the film was based, and Cheryl Rodriguez, Director of the USF Institute on Black Life, introduced and contextualized the film.

Angel Acosta Leon, Christo, 1959Cuban Art Impressions: Guest Post by Eric Ondina

I am not a naturally talented artist. My talent was inherited from a privileged upbringing which granted me the time to selfishly pursue egotistic fancies such as the visual arts. Yet I am not a thief. I am the progeny of a society preoccupied by the fulfilment of middle class comfort, and permeated by a culture synonymous with cynicism, sensual excess, rootless cosmopolitism, and materialistic obsession. My culture is a dark one, which as an artist I strive to illuminate.

The Black Panther Party Newspaper, March 9, 1969Prints Providing a Catalyst for Change: Guest Post by Erin Hughes

On June 2nd, two new exhibitions opened at USF’s Contemporary Art Museum, bringing with them a full schedule of events throughout their stay in Tampa. Black Pulp! and Woke! bring with them endless opportunities to engage with and discuss the current status of race relations in our nation. Between the two galleries, all who enter are sure to be engaged by the striking works from over a century of print.

Brandon Geurts, Gumming For A Sound Bite, 2017To Be Faceless: Caricature & Racial Identity. Guest Post by Tyra Mishell

Whenever I see black face or any racist caricature of black people, I am reminded of how the world has perceived and continues to perceive black people. It does not shock me as much now as when I was small and was first made aware of my blackness as spectacle. Upon looking, I am usually greeted with the same feeling of grossness and humiliation as I would if someone were to catch me in the most unflattering position. However, when I went to see the Black Pulp! exhibition and came across Felandus Thames’ I'm Neutral, I felt the warmth that one experiences when they look upon the beautiful thing.

Brandon Geurts, Gumming For A Sound Bite, 2017Writing for Disaster: Guest Post by James Cartwright

To commemorate the 2017 MFA exhibition Every Disaster Made Us Wish For More, the USF graduate artists and art historians collaborated to produce an exhibition catalogue. I was fortunate to be the art historian responsible for coordinating essays, which was a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience.

InsideART: USFCAM’s Art and Social Studies Curriculum

As part of its mission, the USF Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) has developed an innovative web-based visual literacy program that integrates social studies and contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.

The Music Box: Tampa Bay, Community Stepping Stones at Mann-Wagnon Park, Tampa. Photo: Sarah Howard
The Music Box: Tampa Bay

Musical architecture, conceived as invented structures embedded with musical instrumentation, was developed in 2010 when New Orleans Airlift founder and artistic director Delaney Martin, Airlift lead sound artist Taylor Lee Shepherd, and artist Swoon, were considering how to transform the materials and site of a disintegrating 250-year-old cottage into a collaborative space for public art.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60Sandra Cinto at Graphicstudio

While in New York City for the 2013 IFPDA Print Fair, Margaret Miller encountered the work of Sandra Cinto at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Piece of Silence included cellos and violins painted white and intricately decorated with black ink line drawings, mounted to the gallery walls that had been covered with music staves. Struck with the delicate beauty of the sculptures, drawings and paintings, Margaret invited Cinto to Graphicstudio to make prints.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Tampa Orchid, 1986. photogravure/screenprint; 21-1/2 x 35-1/4 inches; Edition 60Robert Mapplethorpe at Graphicstudio

Robert Mapplethorpe is the subject of much renewed interest as the J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA present complementary exhibitions which form Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium. This retrospective in two parts coincides with the release of HBO Pictures documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.

Upcoming Events

August 23
Art & Ice Week of Welcome Student Event

August 25
Art Lecture - Slow Pictures: Christian Viveros-Fauné on the Art of David Claerbout

August 25
David Claerbout Exhibition Reception

September 14
Art Thursday: Free Film Screening Last Year at Marienbad

October 5
Art Thursday: David Claerbout Curator's Tour

October 12
David Claerbout Exhibition Tour

October 14
Public Art Walking Tour

October 26
Art Thursday: Student Showcase

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> Art In Health
In partnership with USF Health, USFCAM's Art In Health program explores intersections between the arts and healthcare.

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This innovative web-based visual literacy program integrates secondary school social studies and science with contemporary art in an examination and discussion of critical societal issues.

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