Precarious Possessions is an installation of life-sized Victorian furniture recreated in glass sculpture. Each of the three works, Crib, Cradle, and Sideboard with Blue China represents a particular moment in our lifespan and reminds us of our ties to the objects which define us through societal conventions.
Through circus posters, explore the changing nature of commercial printing from wood block to the modern offset lithography process.
The Ringling Museum of Art has a noteworthy collection of more than 250 fans, some of which are exhibited in these two galleries reflecting the heritage of fans from many parts of the world. One gallery focuses on Asian fan traditions, and one on European fan traditions.
Trenton Doyle Hancock is best known for his extended series of visual work that develops the intricate personal mythology of the Mounds and the Vegans, two diametrically opposed universal forces that play out the archetypal battle between good and evil.
The printed advertising that was the dominant media for circuses of the 19th and early 20th centuries offers a fascinating glimpse at how American attitudes slowly evolved, becoming increasingly informed and interested in the cultures and experiences of people from around the globe.
Appalachia USA, is an epic documentary project by the New York-based photographer Builder Levy that presents life and labor in coal mining communities through lush black and white photographs.
This exhibition is a dialog between contemporary painting and The Ringling's esteemed permanent collection. This is the first exhibition of any current faculty from Florida State University to exhibit at The Ringling and will feature the painting faculty of the College of Fine Arts.
While the styles of clowns have evolved since the circus debuted, the role of the clown as a visual symbol of the circus is still strong. This exhibition examines the use of the clown image in circus advertising from the 1850's to present day.
Complementing the installation of the full-scale replica of Paul Rudolph’s famed Walker Guest House on the grounds of The Ringling, a small focus exhibition on the guest houses Rudolph designed and built in Sarasota will be on display.
This exhibition features recent finds of court treasures from the tombs of provincial princes of the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), showcasing the luxurious life at provincial courts in 15th-century South China.