Three New FSU MoFA Exhibits Explore Themes of Nature, Love and Form

Douglas Baulos, [detail of] Things look different from afar, multimedia installation, 2022; part of “Terrain without limits”.

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) presents three exhibitions this semester that explore the themes of nature, love, and form.

The exhibits underscore MoFA’s mission to connect FSU and the wider community to the arts.

“Since its inception in 1971, MoFA has been a major contributor to the region’s arts community and has served FSU and the community at large free of charge,” said James Frazier, Dean of FSU’s College of Fine Arts. “As an exhibition and collecting entity, MoFA houses and exhibits historical and contemporary works, which we share and make accessible through creative and informative programming. In this way, it serves as a gateway into the world of art and FSU.

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All MoFA exhibits are free and open to the public.


“It’s Kind of Like Falling in Love: The Legacies of Naiad Press and Tallahassee’s Lesbian Community”

MoFA’s Walmsley Gallery
Now until October 29

“It’s A Lot Like Falling in Love: Legacies of Naiad Press and the Tallahassee Lesbian Community” is inspired by interviews, personal photographs, local news reports, a lending library of exhibits, and other documents and artifacts historical.

When Naiad Press – a women-run publishing company based in Tallahassee – closed in 2003, it was one of the largest publishers of lesbian fiction and non-fiction literature in the country. To give visitors a comprehensive look at Naiad’s legacy and the history of Tallahassee’s LGBT community, FSU Libraries and the FSU Honors Program have collaborated to create this exhibit.

The exhibit draws on interviews, personal photographs, local news coverage, a lending library of exhibits, and other historical documents and artifacts collected by Honors Faculty Member Michael Franklin from the honors program, and students from her LGBTQ Oral History Methods class.

“The oral histories collected by Franklin and his students are important additions to the record, but their collaborative process also models the type of community Naiad envisions,” said Meredith Lynn, curator and acting director of MoFA. “We are honored to be able to present this work to our audience.”

This exhibition is made possible by funding from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and a grant from the FSU Libraries Project Enhancement Network & Incubator for the purchase of the Naiad Press books in the library of the exhibition.

“Change in Form: 35 Years of Late Modernist Prints”

MoFA Lower Gallery
Until December 10

This exhibition explores the flourishing printmaking scene of the mid to late 20th century. Featuring selections from MoFA’s permanent collection, “Shape Shifting” includes the abstract, brightly colored and geometric styles that have become synonymous with late modern art movements such as Pop, Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. This fair also includes new acquisitions from Edival Ramosa, José Luis Rochet, Domingo López and Elí Barreto. Visitors can create abstract compositions at the creative station in a gallery.

“Seeing people of all ages having fun in the museum is always a pleasure,” said Annie Booth, curatorial assistant and visitor engagement coordinator at MoFA. “This exhibition, in particular, allowed our visitors to reflect on the process of artistic creation and experience for themselves.”

“Boundless Land”

MoFA Upper Galleries
Now through December 10 with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 25

“Boundless Terrain” explores the natural world as a site of connection across time and space through video, photography, sculpture and installation.

“We are thrilled to open ‘Boundless Terrain’,” Lynn said. “We started this project during the pandemic when the outdoors became an even more integral site of community building for so many of us. The landscape has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and the work in this exhibition draws on traditional approaches to depicting the natural world to consider how places bring us together.

“Boundless Terrain” will feature the work of Tiffany Shaw, Doug Baulos, Sky Hopinka, Allison Janae Hamilton, Shoog McDaniel, Caroline Monnet, Laura Ortman, Erin Ethridge and Colleen Marie Foley, as well as selected works from MoFA’s permanent collection.

As part of the expo, MoFA will provide guides, maps and other resources to educate visitors about outdoor activities in the Tallahassee area and to encourage people to spend more time outdoors. .

Throughout the fall, MoFA will host a series of free public programs related to the exhibition, including talks by artists, creators, events, and workshops.

For more information, visit mofa.fsu.edu.

Julia P. Cluff