‘Fourth Fridays at FMoPA:’ Tampa photography museum opens new exhibition, artist lecture

USF Faculty Show: There is a Light That Never Goes Out to open Friday, September 23
(PR NewsChannel) / September 22, 2016 / TAMPA, Fla. 

fmopa-logo-squareThe Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is pleased to announce their latest Fourth Friday exhibition, the “USF Faculty Show: There is a Light That Never Goes Out.” The reception opens Friday, September 23rd from 4pm – 7pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

In his seminal book Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes examines a photograph of condemned assassin Lewis Payne by the photographer Alexander Gardner.  The photograph shows Payne in his cell awaiting execution.  For Barthes this illustrates the essential paradox of photography that, a photograph is always a picture of the past in the present, Payne is both “dead and going to die.”

The title of the exhibition, There is a light that never goes out, is taken from a song of the same name by the band The Smiths, and describes a moment so perfect that the author is content to die. For the exhibition at The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, There is a light…  references the ability of photography to create an image through light and effectively extend the past into the future.

Wendy Babcox, Jason Lazarus, and Noelle Mason are members of faculty at the University of South Florida’s School of Art and Art History. As colleagues, friends, and collaborators in this exhibition, they explore their mutual interest in the performative act of making a photograph and its subsequent potential in the world.

Featured works consider the material properties of photography as it continually reimagines itself in technological terms, and also examine photography’s unique and persistent capacity to collapse time and space, recording traces of our lives.  For the artists in this exhibition, a light that never goes out is the opportunity to infuse living histories into the chaos of our contemporary moment–death need not interrupt profundity.

This exhibition opening and artist talk is part of Downtown Tampa’s Fourth Friday initiative, where local arts and culture institutions and businesses have collaborated successfully for the past six months.

Executive Director of FMoPA, Zora Carrier, PhD, says “We are proud to be a platform for Tampa based artists; serving USF faculty as well as students and are excited to share this exciting new exhibition with the community.”

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is one of fewer than ten museums in the United States dedicated exclusively to photography and one of two such museums in the state of Florida. FMoPA seeks to enrich the lives of the citizens of the Tampa Bay area by providing rare, specialized access to the wonders of photography not only as an aesthetic form but also as a multi-faceted historical and contemporary document of our world through exhibitions, education, outreach programs, and local collaborations.

About FMoPA: The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs for children and adults and by offering an extensive array of photography classes. For more information, visit www.FMoPA.org


Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

400 North Ashley, Cube 200
Tampa, FL 33602 813.221.2222 | fmopa.org

M – TH: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
F: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat – Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.
Docent tours every Sunday @ 2 p.m.

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SOURCE:  The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

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