Paradise Found: LRMA Celebrates 15 Years
June 4 – September 24, 2017 • CHANGING EXHIBITION GALLERIES
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art turned 15 this year and to celebrate, we are showcasing the best of the collection, new acquisitions, honoring collectors and artists, and digging into the vault to unearth never-before-seen works. This two-part series will begin with summer-themed exhibitions that pay tribute to our beautiful area in Paradise Found. The celebration continues October through December with Fall into Greatness, including themed exhibitions, activities and an installation of Rattner’s studio.
Habits & Habitats Series: Working in Paradise & Postcards from the Edge with Allen Leepa
June 4 – September 24, 2017 • CENTER GALLERY
Working in Paradise offers a unique glimpse into the life of Allen Leepa through an installation of his art studio, vibrant paintings and sketches inspired by summer hues, and his adventures around the world. Through postcards sent to Abe Rattner and Esther Gentle’s Paris apartment in the 1960s, Leepa shares in his own words various tales of his summer travels while working on paintings and sketches abroad. The postcards shed light on Leepa’s artistic process, as well as his devotion to Esther and Abe.
East Meets West: New Japanese Traditions
Keisuke Teshima, One Stroke Dragon Painting & Tokuma Takebe, Wood Sculpture
January 15 – August 27, 2017 • WORKS ON PAPER GALLERY
Keisuke Teshima was born in 1975 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is one of only four artists in the world to master the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique. He trained in traditional Buddhist art techniques in 2003 and began studying the “One-Stroke Dragon” style in 2011, while working as a craftsman restoring Buddhist altars. Honing his skills through daily devotion at the Buddhist monastery in Nikko, Japan, he studied with three masters of the “One-Stroke Dragon” technique. He has exhibited worldwide, with solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan and with much recent success has relocated to Kyoto, Japan, where he has opened his own gallery.
Rattner’s Contemporaries in Paris
December 6 – December 3, 2017 • RATTNER PERMANENT GALLERY
Paris was considered the hub of creative expression in the 1920s and 1930s, and Abraham Rattner was in the middle of it all. Well-known artists influenced Rattner’s burgeoning style and worked alongside him. This exhibit showcases how the Parisian artists of the time influenced Rattner’s works, as well as art history as a whole, featuring works by Paul Signac, Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró and Abraham Rattner.
From the Collection: Artists of Hillsborough County
On view through August 2018 • Made in Florida Gallery
Following the success of the Artists of Pinellas County exhibition, the museum proudly presents a companion show, Artists of Hillsborough County. Tampa, the principal city of Hillsborough County, largely advances visual arts through its centers of higher education, including the University of Tampa and the nationally known Graphicstudio program at the University of South Florida. These institutions attract leading artists as educators, produce successful students who find their own artistic expression and foster exploration of technical and aesthetic skills in contemporary art.
On view indefinitely • Rattner/Leepa/Gentle Galleries
Permanent collection of works by Abraham Rattner, Esther Gentle and Allen Leepa. These galleries chronicle a family of artists and their responses to the cultural and political events of the 20th century.