july, 2022

16jul11:00 am12:00 pmFeaturedOutsider Art in the Museum: A Conversation with Joanna Robotham, curator, and Gary Monroe, collector11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Event Details

Join MMAA as we sit down with curator Joanna Robotham and photographer Gary Monroe for a conversation on collecting and scholarship in “An Irresistible Urge to Create.” The conversation will be moderated with Katherine Page, Mennello
Admission $10; $5 for Mennello Museum Members
About Joanna Robotham
Joanna Robotham joined the staff of the Tampa Museum of Art as the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in 2016. Ms. Robotham was part of the inaugural 2017 curatorial team for Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration, a triennial of local artists working in the Tampa Bay area and mounted at museums across the region and in 2021, was one of five curators collaborating on the second presentation of Skyway. In June 2020, Ms. Robotham curated the exhibition Frank Stella: What You See, an intimate survey of the artist’s printmaking oeuvre and organized a series of exhibitions celebrating the Tampa Museum of Art’s 100th anniversary. She curated the Fall 2019 exhibition series Ordinary/Extraordinary: Assemblage in Three Acts: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Purvis Young, and Haitian Vodou Flags. Past original curatorial projects at the Tampa Museum of Art include Vapor and Vibration: The Art of Larry Bell and Jesús Rafael Soto (2018), as well as Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured, 1957-2017 (2017), a retrospective of Mernet Larsen’s paintings. Ms. Robotham previously held the Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator position at the Jewish Museum in New York City, where she worked for over 10 years. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and earned a B.A. in Art History and Political Science from the University of Washington.
About Gary Monroe
Gary Monroe is a Florida photographer and author. He received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Monroe has photographed people and culture in numerous countries and throughout Florida, including the endings of the old-world Jewry that once characterized Miami’s South Beach, with extensive travels throughout Haiti, tourists on their “rite of passage” at Disney World, and corporate effects on the landscape. In addition, Mr. Monroe has written ten books about Florida art, including the seminal book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, which explore uncharted cultural territories and constitute a meaningful part of our social history.


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Mennello Museum

900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32832