Tarpon Springs

United States


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Leepa-Rattner Museum Of Art

At the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, you and your family will be able
to revisit the 20th century through art while exploring your creativity.

Walk Through a Painting - Visitors will be able to step - literally - into one of Rattner's paintings to a zone where sight and touch are used for learning what art is.

Preconceptions - Hanging signs feature questions and comments regarding art. Visitors can learn the responses to those comments and questions.

Elements & Principles - Standing within a semicircular structure, visitors can view panels depicting the six elements and six principles of design from Leepa's book The Challenge of Modern Art, as well as view paintings that are interpreted in these elements and principles.

Activity Area - Visitors have an opportunity to create art through various media such as colored panels and magnetic string as well as have a sensory experience with art at a demonstration table.

GuernicaGuernica - In this theater-like space, visitors will find a full-size reproduction of Picasso's Guernica accompanied by a 15-minute light and sound analysis of the work.

20th Century Time Line - Visitors can experience a time line of major cultural and historical events set against art movements of the 20th century.

Permanent Collection

Galleries of Artistic Journeys
Artistic Journeys is a section of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art focusing on how individual and world events of the 20th century shaped the careers for a family of artists. Abraham Rattner, was a figurative expressionist who became one of the country’s leading colorists; his second wife, Esther Gentle, was a printmaker, sculptor and painter; and Allen Leepa, son of Esther Gentle, is a noted author, art critic and prize-winning abstract expressionist painter.

Museum DocentsRattner: The Early Years
This gallery serves as an introduction to Abraham Rattner’s early life – from his birth in Poughkeepsie NY to his artistic training at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. The artwork featured in this gallery was created before 1920, and includes portrait studies, life drawings and life studies.

Rattner: The Paris Years
After a traveling fellowship to Europe to study art, Rattner settled in Paris where he exhibited in famed salons and was associated with the avant-garde - especially through surrealist artists known as the Minotaure group. This gallery features some of Rattner's salon and surrealist work and his drawings and watercolors of the 1920s and 1930s.

Rattner: New York
Rattner returned to the United States because of the conflicts of World War II. Upon his return, he became recognized as a superb colorist and one of America’s leading avant-garde artists of the time. He exhibited at prestigious galleries and collectors sought his works. However, this period of Rattner’s work also reflects two tragic events – World War II and the death of his wife, Bett...+ [ Read all ]


Reflections: Abraham Rattner
Fragments: Portraits of Survivors from the Collection of the Florida Holocaust Museum,
at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Reflections represents an artistic response to the genocidal persecution of European Jewry during the 1930s and 1940s created by Abraham Rattner (American, 1893 – 1978) during the early 1960s, 20 years after the Allies’ discovery of Belsen, Buchenwald, Treblinka and Auschwitz. Some of the works in Reflections are black and white paintings that demonstrate Rattner’s insistence upon his vision. Others are visceral creations, torn from the heart of grief – spontaneous, yet ruminative expressions of horror and emotion.Gomorrah

Fragments is comprised of 50 16 x 20 in. portraits of Holocaust survivors, each containing a handwritten statement. The portraits, taken by Jason Schwartz of Toronto, Canada, capture the expressions of memories of Holocaust survivors: a sliver of time encapsulated in a photograph and a short statement of triumph, “I survived . . . I beat Hitler.


$5.00 adults
$4.00 Seniors

Opening hours


2, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
Museum Auditorium

3, Thursday – 6, Sunday
Museum Trip to Washington, D. C.
Bon Voyage!

5, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Dance Video: Paris Dances Diaghliev
Museum Auditorium
Free to all

9, Wednesday, noon
On the Easel: Vladimir Yoffe, Homo Ominous, 1983
Free to members; included in Museum admission for non-members

13, Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Opera Video: Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man
Museum Auditorium
Free to all

24, Thursday, May 24, 7 p.m.
Fragments: A Survivor’s Talk, Lisl Schick
Changing Exhibition Gallery
Free to Museum members; included in Museum admission for non-members

28, Monday
Happy Memorial Day!
Museum closed

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