FSU’S Museum of Fine Arts hosts three special exhibitions

Jiha Moon,
Jiha Moon, “Olijug,” earthware, underglaze, and glaze (2020). Photo credit: Eliza Schneider-Green.

The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) is featuring three unique exhibitions that display the talent and creative explorations of FSU’s Flying High Circus, photographer Bruce Davidson and ceramist Jiha Moon.

“The three shows we have in the museum right now offer something for everyone,” said Meredith Lynn, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts. “’75 Years of Flying High’ is a fun, engaging show that families will love. Bruce Davidson’s work is foundational in the development of an American approach to documentary photography. And Jiha Moon’s ceramics are beautiful entry points into vital conversations in contemporary culture.”

All three exhibitions are open to the public now through March 19.

“Trust & Transformation at the Circus: 75 Years of Flying High”

 J. Rillan Dasalla, Flying High, digital photograph (2019). Image courtesy of the artist.
J. Rillan Dasalla, “Flying High,” digital photograph (2019). Image courtesy of the artist.

MoFA Upper Galleries

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of FSU’s Flying High Circus, this exhibition features an array of photography and video installations, interactive displays, and historical and contemporary circus costumes together with original drawings by the celebrated costume designer Miles White, as well as vintage circus posters and works of art on loan from the Howard Tibbals Circus Collection and the Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota. The exhibit aims to highlight the dedication and trust circus performers put in year after year to transform their shows into extraordinary experiences.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the staff, students and alumni of the FSU Flying High Circus, The Ringling, Howard and Janice Tibbals, the Florida State Heritage & University Archives, the Council on Culture & Arts, the Florida Division of Arts & Culture and FSU’s Council on Research & Creativity.

“Bruce Davidson: Love and Longing”

MoFA Lower Gallery

As an homage to acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson, the “Bruce Davidson: Love and Longing” exhibition captures the photographer’s commitment to documenting people on the margins. The exhibit displays his ability to relay mood and nuance and will feature more than 50 original photographs from some of his most celebrated series, including “Brooklyn Gang,” “Subway,” “Chicago,” “Central Park,” “Florida-Daytona Biker Week” and the “Birmingham Museum Project.”

 Bruce Davidson, Central Park, Cibachrome print (1992). Anonymous donor. FSU Museum of Fine Arts Collection.
Bruce Davidson, “Central Park,” Cibachrome print (1992). Anonymous donor. FSU Museum of Fine Arts Collection.

This exhibition was made possible through the support of an anonymous donor, the Council on Culture & Arts, and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture.

“Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits”

MoFA Walmsley Gallery

Combining American pop culture and traditional Korean iconography, Jiha Moon’s ceramics explore issues of global identities and the construction of personal narratives. Moon builds her own rich visual language by utilizing humor and repeated icons and motifs. Many of the symbols in her work speak to the complex identities Moon navigates as a Korean-born, Atlanta-based artist.

The “Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits” exhibit is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Arts and Culture.

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