Art+Dance Comes to the Polk Museum of Art

The art is coming “off the wall” in April when live commentary and interpretative dance converge for Art+Dance: Off the Wall at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College.

The event is April 19, 6:30-9 p.m. It costs $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages are provided, and a cash bar is available.

The featured exhibitions for this event are “Painting A Nation: Landscapes from the Hudson River School,” and “Masters of Spain: Goya and Picasso.” Live dance pieces choreographed and created by Ferdinand DeJesus of the FrediDance Project will bring the exhibitions to life through group and solo contemporary and hip-hop dance, as well as some acrobatics.

“I want to take the viewer inside the painting through rebellious, urban, interpretive dance,” DeJesus said.

DeJesus will collaborate with violinist Jason Baker for one of the performances.

Curator Alex Rich, who also is an art history professor and the art history program director at Florida Southern, will briefly discuss each featured work, and then the art will come off the wall in the form of dance.

Art+Dance is a fundraiser hosted by the Polk Museum of Art. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s education programs and exhibitions.

Purchase tickets at the door or online. For more information, call (863) 688-7743. The Polk Museum of Art is located at 800 E. Palmetto St.