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Date(s) - 01/01/2018 - 01/31/2018
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New and Continuing Exhibitions

Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion
Opens January 22
The Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion showcases The Ringling’s growing permanent collection of American and European studio glass, including major gifts donated by Nancy and Philip Kotler and Margot and Warren Coville. Designed by Lewis + Whitlock, a regional architectural firm recognized for its commitment to innovative and sustainable design, this newest addition to The Ringling grounds is the first building that visitors will encounter upon entering. The Pavilion provides a backdrop for the glass collection including recently acquired Sideboard with Blue China, a monumental and intricate wood and glass art work by renowned American artist Beth Lipman and will serve as the formal entrance to The Ringling’s Historic Asolo Theater. It will also provide reception areas, rehearsal spaces and artist accommodations.

Aftermath: The Fallout of War – America and the Middle East
Through Jan. 21, 2018
Active in the U.S. and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine and Israel from a variety of perspectives. The artists included in Aftermath are Lynsey Addario, Jananne Al-Ani, Jennifer Karady, Gloriann Liu, Rania Matar, Eman Mohammed, Farah Nosh, Suzanne Opton, Michal Rovner, Stephen Dupont, Ben Lowy and Simon Norfolk. Free with admission.

Approaching the Border
Nov. 5-Jan. 21, 2018
Approaching the Border will feature video works by five international artists that challenge us to examine our thinking about the U.S./Mexico border. As a group, these videos meditate on the social phenomena and politics of the border in an era when migration and the reemergence of nationalism are key global issues. Some artists situate their work in the actual space of the borderlands, in either México or the U.S., and thus bear the different inflections that the politics of the boundary manifest on each side. Other projects meditate on the power of borders as powerful signifiers and means of shaping our perceptions of identity and belonging. Free with admission.

Alfred Eisenstaedt: Defining Moments
Nov. 18-March 18, 2018
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of the luminaries of American photojournalism. German-born Eisenstaedt learned his craft in Europe in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering the use of the small Leica 35mm camera to get closer to his subjects and create more candid pictures. Eisenstaedt’s skillful reportage for the Associated Press earned him praise and recognition as he recorded countless historically significant events and people around the world. Fleeing the rise of fascism in the 1930s, Eisenstaedt came to the U.S. where he became one of the first photojournalists of LIFE Magazine, the weekly newsmagazine that chronicled the 20th century in pictures. His career at LIFE photographing the notable and newsworthy spanned nearly forty years and resulted in some of the most iconic images of the era. The photographs on view, part of The Ringling’s permanent collection, present subjects both notable and obscure. While only a fraction of the thousands of images Eisenstaedt created in his lifetime, they offer a glimpse into the work of one of the most celebrated photojournalists. Free with admission.

Extraordinary Animals
Through Jan. 14, 2018
Although not as highly advertised as their exotic counterparts, domesticated animals including dogs, cats and birds have always been popular performers in the circus ring. Horses, pigs and goats also have been trained to perform astonishing displays of intelligence and feats of skill. These animal acts rely on the combination of the familiar with the unexpected to entertain. Posters celebrating the remarkable intelligence and highly developed skills of these four-legged performers once covered walls and fences across America. Today these historic posters can be seen as part of the exhibit Extraordinary Animals on view in the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center. 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. 

Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads
Through June 1, 2018
The Ringling is pleased to announce the presentation of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. A sculptor, photographer, installation artist, architect and social activist, Ai is one of the most renowned artists working today. Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was inspired by the fabled fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, an 18th-century imperial retreat just outside Beijing. Designed in the 18th century by two European Jesuits at the behest of the Manchu Emperor Qianlong, the fountain-clock featured the animals of the Chinese zodiac, each spouting water at two hour intervals. In 1860, the Yuanming Yuan was ransacked by French and British troops, and the heads were pillaged. In re-interpreting these objects on an oversized scale, Ai Weiwei focuses attention on questions of looting and repatriation, while extending his ongoing exploration of the ‘fake’ and the copy in relation to the original. He states that each piece is “a copy of an original, but not an exact copy – something that has its own sensitive layer of languages, which are different, and that bears the mark of our time.” The 12 bronze Zodiac Heads stand on bronze columns. Each animal head measures approximately 4 feet high and 3 feet wide. The animal heads on their columns reach between 9.8 and 12 feet high, with each one weighing approximately 800 lbs. This group of works (including a smaller copy in gold) has been exhibited worldwide since the official launch of the Zodiac Heads in 2011, making it one of the most viewed sculpture projects in the history of contemporary art. The sculptures will be on The Ringling’s grounds which are free and open to the public. 

Special Events and Tours

ETHEL: Circus: Wandering City
Jan. 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., Historic Asolo Theater
A world premiere by the esteemed string quartet, ETHEL. Created in partnership with The Ringling and designer/director Grant McDonald, Circus: Wandering City is multi-media performance program inspired by the heroes behind the magic of the Big Top. The work combines stunning images and films from The Ringling’s legendary archives, intricate projection mapping and original music composed by members of ETHEL. Together, they illuminate and reveal a larger-than-life performing culture of global traditions and origins while celebrating the wonderment and excitement of one of America’s most iconographic popular culture experiences. This performance is part of The Ringling’s New Stages contemporary performance series. $30/$10 student w/ID

Deck the Halls at Ca’ d’Zan
Jan. 4, 5-8 p.m.
All decked out for the Holidays, Ca’ d’Zan will be open during special extended hours for you to enjoy a self-guided walk-through the first floor. $15, included with Art After 5 Admission.

Ringling by the Bay
Jan. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Join us on the Bolger Campiello for live music and dancing. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on the bayfront. $15/$5 for members, we recommend tickets be bought in advance at ringling.org.

Yoga Nights
Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15, 5:30-6:30  p.m., Museum of Art
Join us for a yoga session! In this exciting new series, three classes will be offered in different locations throughout the estate. January’s class will be held in the West Courtyard. After the class, we hope that you will explore the galleries and visit with friends in the yoga lounge. A cash bar will be available. A ticket is required and includes admission to Art After 5. Art After 5 includes entrance to the Museum of Art and Circus Museum until 8 PM. $15/ Members save 10%.

ROAR! Ringling Order of Art Readers
Select Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m., Education Center
Stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. ROAR! is The Ringling’s family story time designed to engage toddlers and preschoolers in activities that connect art with early literacy. Join us in for a story and an accompanying activity.  This program is free and no registration is required.

Family Activities at Art After Five
Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, Drop-in between 5-7 p.m., Visitors Pavilion
Join us Thursday nights to receive discounted admission to the museum as well as a special art-making program relating to works of art you can find in the galleries. Art Making takes place in the Visitor’s Pavilion. All ages are encouraged to participate! Art making is free, with the option of adding Art After Five discounted admission adult $15/ Children 6-17 $5/ Members are Free.

Stroller Tour
Jan. 30, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Museum of Art
Join a museum educator to stroll the museum in a one-hour, interactive tour for infants and their caregivers. This tour is designed for the caregivers of children under 2 who can visit the museum using a stroller or front baby carrier. Tickets are $2 per child, which includes up to 2 caregivers.


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