Date(s) - 02/01/2017 - 05/15/2017
New and Continuing Exhibitions
A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe
Feb. 4–April 30, 2017
Curated by The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, in partnership with The Ringling, this major exhibition will feature more than 160 objects, many on loan from prestigious institutions across the U.S. and Europe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Louvre. The exhibition focuses on the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe (roughly 1300-1500), a time in which societal changes prompted a new interest in human experience, the enjoyment of nature and the pursuit of pleasure. As a result, the art of this period functioned in a rich sensory world that was integral to its appreciation. These works were not only seen, but also touched, smelled and heard. The exhibition will bring together sacred and secular art – including paintings, tapestries, metalwork and manuscripts – to reveal the role of the senses in courtly ritual and religious practice.
This exhibition received generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Arts; and anonymous donors. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Local support for this exhibition is provided in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues. Bank of America is a major sponsor for A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. Additional sponsor support provided by PNC Wealth Management. Free with admission.
Territories: Photography, Space, and Power
Feb. 10–May 14, 2017
This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which spaces are organized by cultural forces and political power. Visitors will be able to study the ways in which the camera can reveal how humans organize and encode the space they inhabit but also how the camera itself organizes the space into its own logic. Several large format works from The Ringling’s collection, rarely on display, will be on exhibition, such as works by Thomas Struth and Lewis Baltz. Territories will feature a wide assortment of approaches to and uses of photography in apprehending the spaces we inhabit, from military and aerial photography to contemporary fine art practice. Free with admission.
A Most Magnificent Sight
Feb. 17–May 15, 2017
One hundred years ago, in towns across the country, circus day began with a parade that filled the everyday streets with hundreds of exotically costumed performers, some elephants, camels and zebras, and powerful teams of horses pulling beautifully carved wagons. The free show was just a taste of the wonders that could be seen under the big top and the whistling sounds of the calliope, which was at the end of the procession, beckoned audiences to come to the circus.
As early as the 1840s, circus impresarios understood the importance of the parade as a way to impress potential audiences. Shows invested in magnificent chariots and bandwagons with delicately carved and brilliantly gilded figures to create a stunning spectacle in the streets. As soon as there were circus parades, there was circus advertising to bill them. Enjoy a selection of posters dating from 1848 to 1920 and imagine the excitement of the “The Most Magnificent Street Spectacle Ever Seen,” the circus parade. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Howard and Janice Tibbals, the Howard Tibbals Collection and the Howard Tibbals Endowment. Free with admission.
Through end of April 2017
In November 2016, the new Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art opened with a site-specific installation by American artist Anne Patterson. Pathless Woods is an interactive, multi-media installation in which the visitor is invited to walk through a forest of ribbons – sometimes the path is very clear and at other times it is not. The title is taken from a line of Byron’s poetry, “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods” and references that the visitor can find his or her own path through the installation with each choice determining outcome. Pathless Woods continues Patterson’s exploration into creating synesthetic environments begun with the 2013 project Graced With Light installed to great acclaim at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Free with admission.
First Permanent Installation of The Ringling’s Modern and Contemporary Art Collection
Opened Nov. 4, 2016
In conjunction with the opening of the Monda Gallery, The Ringling unveiled an installation of selections from its collection of modern and contemporary art. Galleries have been devoted to artists working in the 20th and 21st centuries. Many of these works have been acquired over the past five years from major exhibitions associated with The Ringling’s Art of Our Time initiative as well as through generous contributions from donors. Art of Our Time presents and commissions new works by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists in the visual and performance fields whose work transcends traditional barriers. The program helps fulfill The Ringling’s mission to serve as a powerful generator of creative ideas and innovative partnerships. This installation will present art in several media, highlighting not only the diversity of the collection but also the field of contemporary art. Free with admission.