productions and exhibitions
Paradoxes Portrayed: Drawings and Assemblages by Ummarid Eitharong
(Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, continues through Feb. 28 at Florida Museum of Art, 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand; $3; 386-734-4371; www.MuseumofFloridaArt.org)
Jekyll & Hyde
To its credit, GOAT has managed to cram the expansive creation into its less-than-cavernous Cherry Street space with a cast of 30 well-costumed performers who sing acceptably and move comfortably in the small acting area. But the seams show â?? awkward transitions on the stage, the lighting set too dark for the audience to see properly and way-too-loud vocals (thanks to mic'd actors performing only 10 feet away from the audience). (final shows 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, 669 Cherry St., Winter Park; $18; 407-872-8451; www.goatgroup.com)
Airborne, Grounded and a Polar Bear
The menacing black eyes of the polar bear look up into the sky in Andrew Whiteâ??s painting on display in the impromptu gallery at the back of Juicy Temples/Shoot graphic design shop. The crowd need not fear becoming the bearâ??s cuisine; it is likely those tasty bunnies typically painted by the local artist that he is after. Whiteâ??s solo exhibition is a reprise of his 2007 rabbit series, advancing plush-toy vulnerability to new levels, yet they never quite get eaten. Instead, the furballs return, personifying alienation and disintegration of the ego, bending surrealism, Hitchcock-like, into a dark storyline about innocence in a dangerous world. (through Dec. 31 at Juicy Temples/Shoot, 1807 E. Winter Park Road; free; 407-332-7348; www.juicytemples.com/shoot)
Andy Warhol: Personalities
This tiny exhibition of Polaroids used as figure studies for Andy Warholâ??s register-ringing assembly line of society portraits is valuable as a window into the fastidious methods of a man who (disingenuously) presented his work as a casual toss-off. (through Jan. 3 at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526; www.rollins.edu/cfam)
AndrÃ© KertÃ©sz: On Reading
The images taken by photojournalist AndrÃ© KertÃ©sz â?? one of the most influential photographers of the century â?? capture a timeless depiction of book lust, from a sunbathing reader on a New York rooftop to a Venetian gondolier drowsing under the arch of a bridge. The collection of more than 100 prints has been simply installed to allow total focus on the black-and-white photos, made between 1915 and 1970. (through Jan. 3 at Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park; $5; 407-646-2526; www.rollins.edu/cfam)
Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Bellies will jiggle with laughter at this extremely amusing conflation of two of our culture's best-loved Christmas narratives â?? Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, directed by Jim Helsinger. Watching comedic actor Tim Williams richochet between the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge and George Bailey, with Mark Lainer playing both the angel Clarence and the Ghost of Chrismas something-or-other is one of this â?? or for that matter, any â?? season's great comic gifts. (through Dec. 27 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St.; $14-$38; 407-447-1700; www.orlandoshakes.org)
Fables of the Equinox
There is a look to Patrick Fatica's big-eyed women that takes from our global subculture, but still they have a life of their own in the artist's hands, as he operates on the edge between street and highbrow art. Faticaâ??s world is dark and devoid of highbrow puffery, instead depicting a surreal, nihilistic future inspired more by David Lynchâ??s Eraserhead than the bright futurism explored at the 1939 Worldâ??s Fair. His is a post-capitalistic vision, an urban feudalism, in which lurks the new, recurring figure of the child-woman, emerging in these current times as a metaphor for the transition into the post-recessionary world. (through Dec. 19 at the Peacock Room, 1321 N. Mills Ave.; free; 407-228-0048; www.thepeacockroom.com)
The biographies of the 18 artists in the group exhibition â?? all recipients of an United Arts of Central Florida grant â?? confirms that these artists are indeed the "arts intelligentsia," with heavy representation by local professors, MFAs and members of the professional gallery and museum scene. The resulting show is fine, if somewhat safe in its scope. The artists include: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, Jolie Spelman, Cathy Hempel, Craig Richards, Doug Rhodehamel, Donne Bitner, Fatima Lotfi Rice and Hye Shin. (through Jan. 9 at CrealdÃ© School of Art, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park; donations; 407-671-1886; www.crealde.org)
The Japan Craze and Western Art 1880-1920
Dragonflies, fish, and other animals were seen anew by American artists through Japanese culture, and joining in the fun was Louis Comfort Tiffany. Indeed, Tiffany lamps flank the tea table set with an exquisite porcelain tea service in the detailed vignette. Also, Tiffany rival John La Fargeâ??s stained-glass Gothic cathedral window is added for depth, as are historic photos of Japan. (continuing at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park; $3; 407-645-5311; www.morsemuseum.org)
Linda SchÃ¤pper: Central Florida Folk Art Painter of Historic and Sacred Scenes
Linda SchÃ¤pperâ??s visual approach to the west Winter Park community has yielded a rich story line; the individuals, their hardships and involvement with their churches connect on human and spiritual levels to the viewer, reminding us that the sacred is everywhere. (through Dec. 19 at Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park; donations; 407-539-2680; www.hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org)
Maidens and Monsters: The Art of Science Fiction, Adventure and Fantasy
The debut of local attorney Stephen D. Korshakâ??s collection of original vintage artworks are displayed alongside copies of the aging pulp magazines and books that originally featured them as illustrations, dating from 1914 to 1995. Renowned artists include Frank Frazetta, Kelly Freas, James Allen St. John and N.C. Wyeth. (through April 18 at Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park; 407-647-6294; www.maidensandmonsters.com)
Salt Water Taffy
At first the exhibition appears to be all fun and visual games. Barbie-pink vintage cars seem poised over inviting surf in Tammy Rejimbal's pastels, and stormy clouds are boldly decorative bands in Lesley Giles' oils. Edges curl gently upward in boat-shaped vessels by ceramist Robert LaWarre, the varied textures of their quiltlike surfaces begging for the visitor's touch. But the show is serious while still lively and accessible, and at the same time it's a satisfying look at current Florida art. (through Dec. 18 at Atlantic Center for the Arts at Harris House, 214 S. Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach; free; 386-423-1753; www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org)
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