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Theo Wujcik, American (1936–2014) Canto II, 1997

Polymer emulsion and charcoal on canvas, Gift of Bonita L. Cobb in memory of Nikki C. Cobb

ST. PETERSBURG — To celebrate “Theo Wujcik: Cantos,” The Contemporaries of the Museum of Fine Arts will host a punk rock dance party — one that befits the legacy of late Tampa Bay artist Theo Wujcik — Friday, May 17, 7 to 10 p.m., in the Marly Room at the museum, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

VIP tickets grant early entry to the exhibition at 6:30 p.m., with a private gallery talk by Wujcik’s widow, Susan Johnson, as well as Katherine Pill, MFA curator of contemporary art. VIP tickets cost $60 a person. General admission tickets cost $45. General admission tickets for members of The Contemporaries are $30.

In addition to his roles as an innovative master printer and distinguished painter, Wujcik was known for his love of late-night dance parties and his punk rock DOINK parties of the 1980s. DJ Gabe Echazabal will spin Wujcik’s favorite punk and new wave tunes. Ybor City-themed food will be provided, along with an open beer bar.

The Contemporaries is the MFA’s support group. Proceeds from the event will benefit contemporary programming at the Museum of Fine Arts. Visit www.mfastpete.org/event/theos-inferno to learn more about the party and purchase tickets.