Love is Calling at Tampa Museum of Art
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), LOVE IS CALLING, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting element, speakers, and sound. 174 1/2 x 340 5/8 x 239 3/8 inches. Vinik Family Foundation Collection. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice.


Fall is a great time to head inside to view the beauty of art. Opened in late August, Patricia Cronin’s commissioned sculpture Aphrodite Reimagined, was unveiled to explore the Greek goddess of love and beauty inspired by an ancient marble torso, from the Museum’s renowned antiquities collection.

“Through the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation, the Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to present the Season of Love with a fall lineup of three outstanding special exhibitions,” said Michael Tomor, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Each exhibition explores the theme of love at a different point in art history and, in so doing, contributes to the Museum’s mission of providing opportunities to discover ancient, modern and contemporary art.”

Art takes on all forms and Yoaoi Kusama; LOVE IS CALLING opens on September 26, with one of the artist’s iconic Infinity Rooms. Guests will enter a mirrored room with tentacle-like soft sculptures hanging from the ceiling and positioned on the floor. These forms glow with bright, changing colors, and feature Kusama’s signature polka dots. The multi-media, kaleidoscope installation, allows guests to hear an audio of the artist reciting a love poem in Japanese, as they walk throughout the installation. The poem, titled Residing in a Castle of Shed Tears, reflects Kusama’s musings on love, life, and death.

“We are especially excited to share our recently acquired Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room, LOVE IS CALLING,” said Jeff and Penny Vinik. “The Vinik Family Foundation is dedicated to bringing world-class experiences to Tampa Bay and presenting inclusive and interactive exhibits and installations.”

In October, a retrospective of Robert Indiana’s sculpture will feature never- before-exhibited examples of the artist’s iconic artwork LOVE, in celebration of  the American artist’s 90th birthday. The exhibition is organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

Robert Indiana (American, 1928-2018). LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966-1998. Polychrome aluminum, edition AP 2 of 2; 96 x 96 x 48 inches (243.8 x 243.8 x 121.9 cm). Private Collection. © 2018 Morgan Art
Foundation Ltd. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph courtesy of the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

The Tampa Museum of Art exhibition’s Season of Love is sponsored and made possible by the Vinik Family Foundation. Patricia Cronin Responds to Classical Antiquity: Conversations with the Collection will be on view through January 6, 2019. Yayoki Kusama LOVE IS CALLING will be on view through February 14, 2019. Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective will be on view through March 17, 2019.


Tampa Museum of Art is located in downtown Tampa at 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza.
For more information, visit or call 813.274.8130.




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