Museum Of Fine Arts St. Pete Reopens After March COVID-19 Closure

Noble Horvath

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The public can view the “Derrick Adams: Buoyant” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, which has reopened to the public after closing in March due to safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. There are safety guidelines the museum wants patrons to be aware […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The public can view the “Derrick Adams: Buoyant” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, which has reopened to the public after closing in March due to safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

There are safety guidelines the museum wants patrons to be aware of before they arrive. But let’s talk about the exhibit first, and then we’ll get to the guidelines.

According to the museum’s website, Derrick Adams, the artist, examines the power of popular culture on one’s self-image, and mines his personal, as well as broader, Black histories to celebrate under-recognized, often prosaic, aspects of Black life.

“Derrick Adams: Buoyant” features the artist’s Floaters series created between 2016-2019, wherein the Baltimore-born artist depicts Black men, women, and children relaxing on bright blue waters in colorful plastic floaties. There are no architectural or landscape references in the paintings, emphasizing a calm sense of buoyancy.

These are the coronavirus safety precaution guidelines set forth by the museum:

  • Face masks must be worn by all visitors 5 years and older, and by all staff members, at all times while inside the museum.

  • If face masks cannot be worn due to medical reasons, a sanitized face shield will be provided. Please return the shield upon exiting.

  • Advance timed tickets required. If you arrive at the MFA but do not have a ticket, Visitor Services will help you purchase a ticket in the next available time slot.

  • Temperature checks will be required for visitors and staff prior to entry, using a socially distanced reader at the MFA’s entrance.

  • Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date. If you are not feeling well when your ticket-day/time arrives, please contact us to reschedule.

  • Social-distancing markers are in place at the designated visitor entrance and throughout the MFA; parties should remain together; children must stay with adults at all times

  • Visitor capacity is reduced to below 25 percent capacity at all times.

  • Visitors will enter the museum via Beach Drive entrance, and depart using Bayshore Drive entrance.

  • If parking on Bayshore Drive, please walk around to the Beach Drive entrance.

  • Acrylic panels are installed at the Visitor Services Desk.

  • A no-touch or low-touch visitor experience; MFA staff will operate entry and gallery doors.

  • Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day; hand-sanitizer units stationed throughout the building

  • Docent tours are not available at this time.

  • Coat check is not available; large bags (more than 11×15 inches) are not permitted; no baby backpacks or children on shoulders; soft front-facing carriers and strollers are allowed.

  • The MFA Café and MFA Store are closed at this time; outside food and drink are not permitted, and drinking fountains are not available.

  • Wheelchairs are available for temporary use during your visit.

  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is extremely contagious.

  • In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed above.

For more information about the exhibit, museum hours and ticket purchases, click the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete.

This article originally appeared on the St. Pete Patch

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