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 January 19, 2020
With some of the biggest names in mid-twentieth-century Modernism represented, this exhibition highlights the Pop Art and Op Art movements so popular in the U.S. and around the world in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Indiana, Oldenburg, and Rosenquist join many other of their contemporaries to highlight this vibrant, fun, and colorful period in Western art where everything from Campbell soup cans to rusted metal to optical illusions made with linear abstraction were all the rage in the art world.
Photo Credit: James Rosenquist, American, 1933-2017, Short Ends, 1970, Lithograph
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.