A new exhibition at the Tampa Bay History Center titled “The Art of Piracy: Pirates in Modern Culture” will display more than 50 works of art and artifacts that showcase the area’s long infatuation with those fabled swashbucklers. The exhibit opens Jan. 24 to coincide with the start of Gasparilla season.
“Stories of pirates ―both true and false― have always been part of this region’s charm,” History Center curator, Rodney Kite-Powell said in a news release.
Artifacts from the early years of the Gasparilla festival, including Ye Mystic Krewe dance cards, decorative invitations and sketches of early parade floats will be on display, as will the early illustrations that led to the first Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo.
The exhibition will also examine the role of artists in creating the iconic images associated with 17th and 18th century pirates who sailed the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It will feature works by contemporary artists Don Maitz, Rick Reeves and Alberto DeLama, along with original art and reproductions by 19th and early 20th century artists Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and Frank Earle Schoonover.
The exhibit will run through April 26. Admission to the History Center runs $7.95 to $12.95.