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6 Must-See Orlando Museum Exhibitions In 2017

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Updated: 31 January 2017

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” said writer Thomas Merton. Experiencing the most challenging and marvelous art a city has to offer can be one of the best ways to spend a vacation. While Orlando may not be an artist’s destination like New York City or Paris, France, it certainly has some wonderful annual exhibits for those who want to add a creative excursion to their Florida trip. To satisfy those imaginative minds, here are the must-see museum exhibitions coming to Orlando in 2017.

AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience (January 14–April 2, 2017)

One of the latest exhibitions by Rollins College students and staff, AfroFantastic will investigate the sociopolitical forces around black imagination in the American experience from the 19th century to present day. The exhibit will look at significant historical works over the last two centuries, focusing on how each work influenced imagined and real circumstances in the African-American experience.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL, USA, +1 407 646 2526

Bo Bartlett: American Artist (January 27–May 7, 2017)

A new solo exhibition by the Mennello Museum of Art is dedicated to Bo Bartlett, one of America’s most well-known realist painters. His large-scale oil paintings will be represented in the collection.

Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 246 4278

Astronaut: The Journey Begins On Earth (January 28–May 14, 2017)

The Orlando Science Center’s traveling exhibit called Astronaut: The Journey Begin On Earth consists of 26 interactive exhibitions that allow museum guests to explore the realities of being an astronaut in space. Each exhibition follows an astronaut’s journey from initial training on Earth through take-off and life in space. Guests can experience a centrifuge capsule that mimics the G-force felt in space as well as learn the answers to some of the most asked questions of astronauts (namely, “How do you use a toilet in space?”) This exhibit will be perfect for families visiting the area.

Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 514 2000

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Plastics Unwrapped (February 4–April 23, 2017)

Plastic has become a part of our daily lives. An upcoming exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center explores just how plastic went from being a rarity in the 1950s to a everyday essential for manufacturing goods. Plastics Unwrapped investigates life pre-plastics and what a life post-plastics could look like.

Orlando County Regional History Center, 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 836 8500

The Influx Series: Matthew Weinstein (March 17–June 11, 2017)

The Influx Series at the Orlando Museum of Art will debut the intricate visual work of Matthew Weinstein. Weinstein is a New York-based artist who comes from a diverse background of theater, film, design, and painting. Influx showcases his 3D animation skills as in videos, paintings, drawings, and sculptures to express an ornate cross between entertainment and art.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 896 4231

Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art (June 2–August 20, 2017)

This upcoming OMArt exhibit is the fourth installment of the Florida Prize in Contemporary Art annual series and features ten of the most progressive artists all around the state of Florida. One will be selected to receive a monetary award. The purpose of the invitational exhibition is to acknowledge and showcase the potential of these Floridian artists and to encourage the continued creation and innovation of exceptional work by other artists.

Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL, USA, +1 407 896 4231