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Found but not lost: New exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts

Bill DeYoung



Lonnie Holley: Without Skin, 2023, Fire hose, wooden chairs, and nails, Courtesy of the artist, BLUM Gallery (LA/NYC/Tokyo), and Edel Assanti Gallery (London).

Lizzi Bougatsos: Idolize the Burn, 2022, Brass chandelier, red wax, silver, candles, resin dipped toe shoes and wood. Courtesy of the artist and James Fuentes Gallery, NY.

Improvisation, the use of found objects, sustainability and environmental conservation are commonalities in the works of artists Lizzi Bougatsos and Lonnie Holley. Opening Saturday at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Never the Same Song brings together examples of “found” art from both of them.

Lizzi Bougatsos

Bougatsos, the lead singer for the band Gang Gang Dance, is an iconic figure in New York’s underground art and fashion universe.

Lonnie Holley

Holley works in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, music and filmmaking; his sculptures, according to the MFA website, are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture.

Viva Vadim, an independent curator, photographer and textile artist, co-curated the exhibit – on view through Sept. 15 – with MFA Senior Curator of Art Katherine Pill.

Special events

Saturday, May 18, 1-1:30 p.m., and 3-3:30 p.m. Gallery Talks/ Lonnie Holley and Viva Vadim

Tuesday, May 21, 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m.:  Listening Party/Lizzi Bougatsos and Lonnie Holley

Museum of Fine Arts website.

Lonnie Holley: Water Line (Made in America), 2020, Glass jar, metal statue, and water. Courtesy
of the artist, BLUM Gallery (LA/NYC/Tokyo), and Edel Assanti Gallery (London).

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