The Ringling and Thomas Chimes have had a long history together as the museum organized the first survey exhibition of his work in 1968. On view will be the impressive Ringling Mural measuring some 17 feet across accompanied by preparatory studies and a selection of characteristic portraits.
This exhibition displays works on paper that represent the significance of human and animal exhibition, as well as balloon flight - domains where this crossover between education and entertainment was most palpable.
Ethnological congresses, menageries and side shows were among the attractions associated with the tented traveling circuses from their earliest days. An astounding group of lithographs illustrate the importance of such secondary attractions to the advertising of American traveling shows.
This ground-breaking exhibition spotlights some of the world's most notorious con artists, illuminating their dubious legacies, and examining how their talents, charm, and audacity beguiled and assaulted the art world for much of the 20th century through the present day
In the Streets: Photographing Urban Spaces explores the many ways in which 20th century photographers responded to the rise of the modern metropolis.
Featuring posters from the Tibbals Collection, this exhibition examines the life of a circus poster. Printed and posted to announce the coming of the circus, for some posters, a second life began after the circus left town.
Typically classed as a “new media” artist, this survey of his work will demonstrate that DuBois operates at the intersections of the visual, the performative, and the time-based mirroring our collective 21st century experience in a world dominated by the hypertext of globalized information.
Picturing Japan Special Exhibition In the second half of the nineteenth century Japan’s last years as an isolated pre-industrial society were witnessed and documented by early photographers.
Optical Impulses presents the art of pivotal artists who explore both the phenomenal and psychological aspects of visual perception. The prints and sculpture multiples in this exhibition introduce viewers to some of the challenging modes of abstraction en vogue during the heady days of the late 1960s and early 70s.
Special Exhibition, Unfamiliar Realities provides an opportunity for viewers to explore the ways in which photographers have exploited the particular characteristics of the medium to reframe, manipulate, or reimagine the world as captured by the lens.