Top reasons Tampa did a bang up job on this years NCECA. (Due to Jet lag I'm going for snippets on this post. More to come later.)
-The Tampa Museum of Art hosted the most interesting line up I've seen in a small public museum. Every show was a heavy hitter. The Biennial had great exposure beside a Degas show, the Greek pots in the Worlds Apart show were fantastic, and the Herb Snitzer retrospective featured rare pictures of Jazz greats in their prime. Click to read more.NCECA Biennial, Degas: Form, Movement, and the Antique, Worlds Apart: Myth and History, Gods and Mortals, Heroes and Hybrids, Herb Snitzer: A Jazz Memoir, Realism: Selections from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection
- The conference center was located two blocks from Whiting Street (CaC03). It was our destiny to hold NCECA there.
-Great venues for shows. My favorite was the St. Pete Pier. It looks like a giant inverted lego pyramid. Check it out here.
-Good show titles for this years theme shows. Mindy Solomon Gallery hosted Florida Souvenirs: Sand, Surf, and Sin in the Sunshine State. (Top image Matt Shaeffers The Greatest Generation) The Gallery at the St. Pete Pier hosted Dead Reckoning: Boats, Buoy, and Beyond. I am a big fan of catchy exhibition titles.
-Ybor City, known for its hand rolled cigars, had streets lined with terra cotta facades. Click here for more.
-Tampa offered a variety of good food. Local restaurants served Thai, Cuban, Greek, and all sorts of Americana. I spent an evening at The Acropolis Taverna eating Gyro and Hummus with a large group of friends. Not only did they seat 20 of us at 10:00 pm, they did it while dancing, throwing napkins and smashing plates in a festive Greek style. (check it out on youtube)