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JUNE 2019 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS AT THE JOHN & MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART
New and Continuing Exhibitions
The Fabric of India
Jul 7, 2019-Oct 13, 2019
This exhibition showcases over 140 superb examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and private collections. The Fabric of India illustrates the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a stunning range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics, and global trade for centuries. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, their Indomitable Spirit April 13-July 21, 2019
This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For his latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett has spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges us to rethink our notions of what aging means in the 21st century.
Interpolations: Artwork from The Ringling and Monda Collections Through Sept. 8, 2019 This new exhibition presented inside the Arthur F. Searing Wing in the Museum of Art brings together artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. In spring 2018, the Museum added to its grounds Beverly Pepper’s Curvae in Curvae (2012), the lyrical sculpture in Cor-ten steel, which is a part of four promised gifts from the Monda family. The other three promised gifts are compelling works by artists Teo González, Yayoi Kusama, and Richard Serra. These gifts significantly enrich The Ringling's holdings of works by important artists working today, some new to the collection. The artworks enable the Museum to present a broader, and more complex history of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.
Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems
Through Sept. 29, 2019
Order Systems, the first US solo museum exhibition by Natasha Mazurka, debuts a new body of paintings, embossings, and site-specific installations using textured layers of colored vinyl. Mazurka’s work centers on the communicative potential of pattern by sampling and combining visual references from a spectrum of disciplines, including architecture and biology, data analytics, and instructional code. The resulting visual syntax seen in her work stems from intense research looking into different pattern languages and ways they are designed to lend order to our experiences. Through processes of manipulation and synthesis, her projects flatter and disturb concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all around us.
Special Events and Tours
Summer Circus Spectacular
Jun 11, 2019 – Aug 3, 2019
The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling are happy to partner once again to present the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Don’t miss this family-friendly show that runs Tuesday, June 11 through Saturday, August 3! The Summer Circus Spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages.
The Summer Circus Spectacular takes place at the Historic Asolo Theatre at The Ringling (5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota). Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.
Opening Night Performance & Celebration Friday, June 14 7:00 PM Join us for the opening night of Summer Circus Spectacular 2019! The fun begins at 7:00 PM with a performance of this year's show followed by a gala reception with the artists at 8:00 PM. Hors d'oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. A cash bar will be available.
Summer Circus Spectacular for Camps Groups The Ringling's Summer Circus Spectacular is a fun way to keep your campers cool this summer. Campers will experience an entertaining circus show, the Circus Museum and the beautiful Bayfront Gardens. Schedule your group visit today. To schedule your camp group visit, please call the Historic Asolo Theater Box Office at 941-360-7399.
June 16 10:30 am
Ringling Reflections programs are designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners. They are relaxed, conversation-based gallery tours in the Museum of Art. The tour routes will be wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for use free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Listening devices, including induction loops for t-coil hearing aids, will be provided. Portable stools will be available for all participants.
Tours take place on select Sundays at 10:30–11:30 AM. Please plan on arriving to the museum’s Visitors Pavilion at 10:00 to check in. The tours are free of charge but advance registration is required and space is limited. Registration will open approximately 30 days prior to each program.
Art and a Movie: A Film by Ai Weiwei
Jun 20, 2019 5:00 pm Chao Lecture Hall
Join us in the Chao Lecture Hall for a film screening followed by an informal topical discussion. Last year, The Ringling hosted Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. Please join us this World Refugee Day to see one of Ai's latest projects: a film documenting the plight of refugees world-wide. The film, Human Flow, is an epic journey that gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
Yoga @ The Ringling
June 21, 2019 7:00 pm
Our summer solstice is a celebration of life being at full bloom. Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Sarasota Bay. Participants are invited to arrive early and enjoy the Museum of Art and Circus Museum during Art After 5. 108 sun salutations are practiced traditionally at the change of seasons. Practicing 108 vinyasas links our breath, mind, and body. This builds an internal fire that is not only physically cleansing, but mentally detoxifying, and creates a deeper connection to yourself.
Gallery Walk & Talks
June 27 @ 10:00 AM & 6:00 PM | Journeys in Art Join us to explore stories of travel and migration represented in the museum collection.
Turrell Skyspace: Joseph’s Coat
Thursdays & Fridays at sunset, Museum of Art Joseph’s Coat Skyspace is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation, and sustained experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which you view the sky and can radically change your perception of the color of the sky and its spatial relation to you. As you gaze up at the sky through the 24 foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Yoga mats are encouraged. Dress for outdoor conditions. Arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset. The program will last one hour. Tickets are $10/Free for Members, available at ringling.org.
Conversation: Behind the Scenes with the Education Department June 12, 2019 10:30 am The Education Department at The Ringling is responsible for all of the programs that help visitors engage with the museum collections. From family programs to school field trips to professional development sessions to gallery talks to lectures to community outreach, Ringling educators do it all! Join Education staff for an informal discussion of their field, including an explanation of their day-to-day tasks, highlights of their favorite parts of the job, trade secrets of the profession, and what they wish the average museum visitor knew about the work that they do.
Tuesdays, 10 am, Museum of Art
Join a museum educator to stroll the museum in a one-hour, interactive tour for infants and their caregivers on Tuesday mornings. This tour is designed for the caregivers of children under 2 who can visit the museum using a stroller or front baby carrier. This is a free program but tickets are required, available in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the program. Tickets include up to two caregivers and provides admission to the Museum of Art and Circus Museum for the day.
Jun 8, 2019 – Aug 3, 2019 10 am
Join us for a creative project relating to our collections: we will rotate themes weekly to cover the Circus, Ca d’Zan, Museum of Art, and Grounds and Gardens! Each week, we will have a making component in our Education Building classrooms as well as a special handout to help you locate and learn more about the objects and places that inspired each project.
Free for Kids; Up to 2 Adults are included with each child ticket. Ticket includes Museum Admission (Art and Tibbals Education Center) for the day.
June 8: Circus Posters
June 15: Ca d'Zan Stained Glass Windows
June 22: Rainbow Eucalyptus
June 29: Sticker Still Life
NO PROGRAM JULY 6
July 13: Circus Costumes
July 20: Terracotta molds
July 27: Pond-themed sensory bottles
August 3: Colorful Classical Sculpture
Homeschool Third Thursday | Summer Edition Jun 20, 2019 – Jul 18, 2019 3:00 pm We are happy to announce a special offer this summer just for homeschoolers! We invite your family join us at The Ringling on June 20 or July 18 to explore the first floor of the Ca d’Zan between 3:00 and 5:00pm. There will be docents stationed around the mansion to answer your questions, and we will be distributing a student guide to help your children learn more about both the Ca d’Zan and John and Mable Ringling.
Please note: This program is free of charge but tickets are required. Tickets are limited. Two accompanying adults per family will be admitted at no charge. Any additional adults must purchase Museum Admission. Tickets will be available online on June 3 and July 1 respectively.
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About The Ringling
The Ringling is a center for art, history and learning situated on 66 acres on Sarasota Bay. It is built on the legacy of circus entrepreneur, collector of art and financier John Ringling and his wife Mable.
The Ringling inspires visitors with an acclaimed collection of Old Master paintings, explores with them the diverse cultures and art of Asia, delights them with the story of the American circus, and transports them to the Roaring Twenties during a tour of the magnificent Ca’ d’Zan mansion.
The Ringling is also committed to exhibiting the work of an emerging community of living artists that moves beyond traditional practice and features dynamic and engaging contemporary visual and performing arts, including a diverse roster of theater, music and dance.
The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida. Affiliated with Florida State University, it is one of the largest university art centers in the nation.
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