Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State

Nov. 13, 2018–Mar. 24, 2019
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Philip Pearlstein, Swamp, Camp Blanding, Florida, 1943, Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Betty Cuningham Gallery.

The most comprehensive and all-embracing Florida themed show of its kind, Imagining Florida: History and Myth in the Sunshine State presents a remarkable assemblage of 200+ works of art that celebrate how the Sunshine State has inspired artists across three centuries.

This stunning exhibition is a major anthology of art made in and inspired by Florida and its people, places, flora, and fauna. The Boca Raton Museum of Art brings together America’s leading masters and some of the world’s most renowned painters – who visited Florida and were spellbound by the exotic beauty surrounding them.

Visitors will feel transported through Florida’s history via the paintings, photographs, drawings, and material culture from the 18th to the mid-20th century, from naturalists to modernists. From natural landscapes to frontier outposts to burgeoning towns, the scenes featured in Imagining Florida portray many different aspects of the state- its deep rooted Seminole and Miccosukee heritage, its historic African American communities, and its identity as a tourist destination.

Three years in the making, the exhibition was guest-curated by Dr. Jennifer Hardin and Mr. Gary Monroe. Many of their selections have rarely been seen and are from some of the leading museums and collections throughout the United States. Artists and photographers include: Milton Avery, Martin Johnson Heade, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Laura Woodward, Purvis Young, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Bunny Yeager, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Doris Lee, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, William Bartram, Sally Michel, Thomas Moran, George Catlin, Frederick Frieseke, and George de Forest Brush. Imagining Florida is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.

In conjunction with Imagining Florida, the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will present Imagining Boca Raton, an exhibition presenting paintings, posters, and other illustrations of Boca Raton from the museum’s collections. Enjoy landmarks past and present as envisioned by local artists. The exhibition runs from November 13, 2018 through March 24, 2019. Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Original post appearing on the Boca Raton Museum of Art website:
https://www.bocamuseum.org/exhibitions/imagining-florida-history-and-myth-sunshine-state

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Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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