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The best art exhibitions coming to Orlando this fall 

Painting, performance, video, installation, photography, cakefights and more

Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Soul of Graffiti: Jan Kalàb, through Dec. 2; Contemporary Prague artist Jan Kalàb is known internationally for his innovative 3-D graffiti.

Meet & Greet with Jan Kalàb; 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; Meet the exhibiting artist from Prague during the final day of his show in the Polasek Museum gallery.

Art & History Museums Maitland

Indigo Waves, through March 31, 2019; An interactive public art project that incorporates the growing of plants into an installation designed for the creation of art.

Central Florida Yellow Ribbon Project, through Nov. 30; "Fiber bombing" community-based art installations that aim to usher awareness about homeless veterans and their needs.

Soldier's Home: Veterans' Art in Central Florida, through Jan. 6, 2019; A&H founder J. André Smith's works about his experience serving in World War I.

J. André Smith and the Art of Camouflage, through Jan. 7, 2019; An overview of Smith's experimentation with camouflage, with objects re-created to bring several of his ideas to life.

Maitland and African American Experiences, Jan. 24-May 12, 2019; Work that explores Maitland's African American experiences in relation to neighboring Eatonville.

Pressed Editions: Experimental Contemporary Prints, May 23-Sept. 1, 2019; Showcases works by innovative individual printmakers based in Central Florida and by UCF's Flying Horse Editions, a nationally acclaimed printmaking-publishing research studio that has collaborated with internationally renowned artists.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes, through Jan. 27, 2019; A selection of landscape paintings that illustrate the affinity between the ideas of the French Barbizon School and American painting at the turn of the 20th century.

The Art Machine, through Jan. 27, 2019; A look at Hugh F. McKean's pre-digital exhibit designed to encourage a long, thoughtful look at Thomas Sully's 1871 canvas, "Study of the Queen Victoria."

Celebrating 75 Years – Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum, through Sept. 30; The works selected for this exhibition and their presentation illustrate the Museum's dedication to pedagogy and its respect for the creativity of all artists and artistic contributions.

Earth Into Art: The Flowering of American Art Pottery, opens Oct. 16; The Morse has drawn from its extensive collection of pottery to show the shapes, glazes, themes, techniques, and finishing methods that were second to none in the world.

American Arts and Crafts, opens Oct. 16; Works in this gallery, all selected from the Morse collection, illustrate the simple beauty of the objects created by American art potteries, furniture makers, metalworkers, and others who took up the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Art Nouveau from Europe and America, opens Oct. 16; This exhibition, assembled entirely from the Museum’s collection, includes fine examples of Art Nouveau from the hands and hearts of artists, designers, and artisans from Europe and America.

Iridescence in Glass and Pottery: A Celebration, opens Feb. 12, 2019; In this exhibition, the Museum celebrates iridescence through diverse examples from these and other companies of the era represented in its collection.

Charles Hosmer Morse’s Arts and Crafts Study at Osceola Lodge, opens Feb. 12, 2019; Objects from the Winter Park home of Charles Hosmer Morse.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Forging Modern American Identities: Recent Acquisitions, through Dec. 12; Newly acquired works of modern American art from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art.

Jamilah Sabur: Ibine Ela Acu / Water Sun Moon, through Dec. 12; The Miami-based artist's first solo exhibition at a museum focuses on Central and Northern Florida history and traditions.

Fake News? Some Artistic Responses, through Dec. 12; Selections from the museum's permanent collection of work by American artists contemplate the way we consume, perceive and transmit information in society.

Dangerous Women: Selections from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, through Dec. 12; More than 20 works from the rich holdings of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art which explore different artists' responses to the women of the Bible.

De La Torre Brothers: Rococolab, Jan. 17-May 12, 2019; A selection of works that bring together art historical imagery, religious symbolism, and pop culture in unexpected dialogue.

The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations, Jan. 17-May 12, 2019; Featuring a mixture of collection favorites, works that have not been on view in a long time, and debuting new acquisitions.

Body Snatchers: Death in Culture, Jan. 17-March 31, 2019; This exhibition tells the story of shifting meanings attached to dead bodies, from religious reverence to medical authority.

20th Century Mexican Art from the Zapanta Collection, May 25-Sept. 8, 2019; The evolution of Mexico's cultural landscape unfolds with paintings ranging from religious iconography to scenes of the everyday.

  • photo by Michael Alfonso
  • Red Bull B Boys at IMMERSE

Creative City Project presents Immerse
Acrobats swinging on silks suspended over Orange Avenue, trumpeters emptying their spit valves on the sidewalk, sweat flying off ballerinas’ false eyelashes ... Immerse is, truly, immersive, allowing spectators to get up-close and personal with the working artists of their community. This year the CCP has expanded their massive annual event across two days, so there’s almost no excuse to miss it. Go for the zero-dollar experience and simply wander and gawk at hundreds of live performances and art installations, or upgrade to add on various levels of extras: interactives like a giant ball pit or a special photobooth; VIP treatment like a curated guide and reserved viewing areas; a cocktail party, a dinner party and more.
5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20 | Downtown Orlando | | free-$150

Mennello Museum of American Art

The Collectors Passion: Paintings by Laurence A. Campbell, through Oct. 7; Campbell's scenes of his native Philadelphia and New York City extoll his admiration for the historic architecture established in the American city.

Our Orlando: Making Sense of Our World & American Youth: Our Future, through Oct. 7; Showcase of work by four Orlando artists: Sarah M. Bender, Peterson Guerrier, Boy Kong and Kelly Ladd, along with a juried art exhibition of work by Seminole and Orange county public school students.

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of the Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art, Oct. 19-Jan. 13, 2019; Local powerhouse art collector Robert Feldman loans work by 25 artists to the Mennello Museum for this powerfully resonant exhibition. As the nation grapples with rapidly changing norms of identity – some struggling to accept what feels sudden; others fed up of waiting for acceptance – this group of work gathers a broad range of visual representations commenting on the past, fluidly shaping a future, and observing the challenges of the volatile present.

Modernism Museum Mount Dora

Space Oddities: Bowie | Sottsass | Memphis, through October; The most comprehensive exhibition of work by the Italian design group Memphis ever shown in a museum, including several pieces from David Bowie's personal collection.

Orlando Museum of Art

  • Soundsuit photo by James Prinz

Nick Cave: FEAT.
through Dec. 30; Chicago-based artist Nick Cave comes off like a merry prankster, but at the center of his work there’s a radioactive kernel of hard, bright rage. Those Soundsuits assembled from stuffed toys, buttons and Easter baskets? Cave built them after the Rodney King beatings, feeling the need to disguise his race, his gender, his very shape in order to be safe. The psychedelic forest of neon-bright bamboo beads? It’s a safe space in which to enact protective rituals. Like the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, FEAT. will draw you in with technical skill and seductive textures, but if you’re paying attention, it will whomp you over the head with barely contained grief and fury.

Purvis Young and His Angels, through March 3, 2019; Working on materials such as discarded scraps of wood, metal and cardboard found on neighboring streets, Young developed an expressive and visionary style of painting rooted in his experience as an African American living in an economically distressed community.

Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth, through Oct. 8; A retrospective featuring original art from the 2006 Caldecott honoree Jon J. Muth whose watercolor art has been called "quietly life-changing" by The New York Times.

A Trek From North to South, through Oct. 30; The artwork presented in this gallery reveals the symbolism, artistic techniques, and styles of many of the ancient peoples of the Americas.

J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Collection, through Oct. 30; The J. Hyde Crawford gift of art is the single most important collection the Orlando Museum of Art has received in its history.

People and Places, through Oct. 30; This exhibition features paintings and sculptures spanning a period of over two hundred years, exploring themes of portraiture and landscape that have continued to interest artists over time.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Southeast x Southeast, through Oct. 27; This international exhibition focuses on the contemporary works of photographers living and working in Thailand.

UCF Art Gallery

Time Stretch, Elizabeth/Sidebotham
through Nov. 2; Unless you make it to the Sept. 27 opening, it may be a time stretch of a different sort to catch this exhibition – admission is free, but parking is not, and the gallery’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It would be a stretch worth making, though. Artists Erin Elizabeth and Harry Sidebotham share a marriage, two children and a studio practice, and, fittingly, their collaborative work as Elizabeth/Sidebotham explores the intersection of domesticity and artistic productivity. While Sidebotham is a traditional painter, Elizabeth works in materials such as cake, candy sprinkles and gold leaf, and hence what could be heavy is a joyful memory in the making. The artists also discuss their work at an artist talk 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

The SVAD Biannual BFA Exhibition, Nov. 15-Dec. 6, also April 4-25, 2019; Provides the opportunity for undergraduate students majoring in book arts, ceramics, drawing, experimental animation, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture to share their research and artistic practice.

Silent Lines, Jan. 10-Feb. 15, 2019; Art by Yvette Cummings Arendt that thematically explores child abuse, adolescence and maternal struggles.

2019 Annual MFA Exhibition, Feb. 28-March 22, 2019; A group exhibition showcasing the thesis work of Master of Fine Arts candidates in the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.

Specters of Capital: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity, June 13-July 12, 2019; Work by Morgan Craig dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape.


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