TBAE Network gets a bird’s eye view at Duke Riley: Flights of Fancy art exhibit.

TAMPA, FLA – TBAE staff and interns caught a glimpse of the world through the eyes of carrier pigeons while visiting Duke Riley: Flight of Fancy art exhibition at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM). The exhibit showcases two of Riley’s most esteemed projects Trading with the Enemy and Fly by Night, which both feature sculptures, drawings and the breath-taking images captured by the pigeons.

Host Mario Núñez of the Tampa Natives Show, which airs live every Thursday at 2 p.m. on TBAE, recently profiled the exhibit, and on the show, spoke with Sara Howard, USFCAM’s Curator of Public Art and Social Practice, as well as Susana Weymouth, Executive Director of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and Arts (TBBCA). During the interview, Weymouth praised the exhibit and noted the cultural connections to Tampa Bay. 

“It’s very different, and it’s very edgy,” said Weymouth. “It could be in New York, it could be in LA, but (the exhibit) here we are in Tampa.”

While during the interview with Núñez, Howard suggests that Riley’s work provides attendees an alternative view of the world.

“He’s allowing us to shift our perspective and see things in a new light through pigeons of all things,” said Howard.

The exhibit, which opened Jan. 13, 2017, feature events that highlight aspects of Riley’s work that are sure to enhance the attendee’s experience. Scheduled events include a curator’s tour Jan. 26, a concert featuring the music from Flight of Fancy Feb. 17. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through March 4, 2017.

“The exhibit was a really eye-opening experience,” said Jessica Sturges, TBAE Director of Business and Development. “The photos were absolutely extraordinary.”

To learn more about Duke Riley: Flight of Fancy Exhibit visit USFCAM website. Watch The Tampa Natives Show #1703: The Art of Duke Riley on TBAE.net to watch Núñez’s interview with Susana Weymouth and Sara Howard.