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.
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.
These architectural gems in particular are early examples of the innovative design and daring for which Rudolph would be known. A variety of vintage photographic and architectural material will be exhibited.
Royal Taste offers a unique glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles and religious practices of princely courts in early- and mid-Ming China (1368-1644). This exhibition reveals some lesser-known aspects of palatial lives, religious patronage, and afterlife beliefs of Ming princes, whose world has long been a mystery.
The Ringling's recognized that they had the ability to increase attendance by including a different kind of spectacle in their traveling shows. These “spec” displays were created on such a grand scale that they frequently rated several different poster designs each season.
This evocative exhibition features some 70 exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warriors - full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs.