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Venturing out to new exhibits at Boca museum

Ceramics and video aficionados will find new exhibits on display at Boca Raton Museum of Art on the north end of Mizner Park.

And with high ceilings and plenty of open space for social distancing, it’s a great way to start venturing out. Here’s a link to the days and hours and admission cost: https://bocamuseum.org/visit If you’re new to the museum, parking is free in all four parking garages.

Delray Beach ceramic artist Jeff Whyman was there to greet the press and introduce his one-man show on the second floor. This is not your grandmother’s stonewear. Whyman takes the art form to the next level. In “Out of Nature,” he incorporates everything from teacups to sea glass into sculpture, large and small. A student of renown ceramicist Peter Voulkas, he was glad to see a Voulkas work in the museum’s permanent collection.

While you’re up there, take time to see the museum’s glassware and other works including a colorful Don Quixote astride his horse, holding a mirror with a paintbrush handle.

Back on the first floor is the new “My Thirteen Presidents,” by Benjamin Patterson. He features presidents from Roosevelt to Obama. His work shows decisions they each made during their presidency through popular astrology.

Before you watch the videos, check out two shows that will continue until Jan. 3. Edward Steichen’s gorgeous Art Nouveau “In Exaltation of Flowers” are on view in one large gallery. If the name sounds familiar, the photography giant painted seven 10-foot panels that never made into a New York townhouse.

“Works on Paper” include 75 works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Georges Seurat,  George Segal and New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg.

The videos include “The Mask,” by the video artist Trine Lise Nedreaas, eerily shows clown characters gradually creating their makeup and costumes. Her “The Entertainers” are eight video installations, among them a contortionist, sword swallower and a maestro of smoke-filled bubbles. A panel describes them aptly as “dispensing with the usual theatrical set props, sound effects and costumes. Her subjects perform in front of a neutral backdrop.” The exhibit was curated by Kathleen Goncharov, the museum’s senior curator, who said she knew the artist’s work and has always been a video enthusiast.

Before you leave, check out the new Wolgin space that opened a former meeting room into the outdoors. And of course holiday shop in the museum’s gift store for everything from jewelry to colorful items for the home.

By Marci Shatzman

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