ATTENTION: The Museum's West Wing will be closing early at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 for a private event.
The MOAS West Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The West Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
On Display through August 18, 2019
Marvel at the wonders of the universe through the stunning space photography by nationally renowned astrophotographer, and director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, Derek Demeter. With his work featured in numerous astronomy and space publications, Mr. Demeter's prints on display show the breathtaking views that can be captured through a small telescope and digital SLR camera. Capturing the Cosmos covers three major areas of astrophotography, all uniquely shot from Florida: scenic nightscapes that juxtapose the natural environment of Earth and the night sky, celestial neighbors we find within our Solar System, and wondrous deep-sky phenomena of colorful nebulae and expansive galaxies.
Image: Astrophotographer, Derek Demeter, is seen here peering into the arching Milky Way over the Canaveral National Seashore. Image Credit: Derek Demeter
West Wing and Root Hall
On Display through July 21, 2019
Gardens reside at the heart of Persian culture, serving as a physical space for social interaction, religious devotion, and scholarly contemplation as well as an intangible ideal of artistry and beauty. This exhibition of over 60 rare 18th
and 19th Century Persian textiles from the private collection of Mahin Ghanbari brings together two of the strongest artistic traditions in historic Persia – lush and beautifully cultivated gardens and gorgeously embroidered and woven textiles. Ms. Ghanbari is one of the preeminent collectors of this art form and her collection represents the Persian aesthetic and longstanding tradition of excellence in handcrafted textile production at its finest.
Image: Velvet Embroidery (detail); possible garment fragment, silk velvet with metal and silk embroidery; 19th Century, Kashan Region, Iran, 18 x 21”
The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.