Christopher Merrill is an American poet, essayist, journalist, and translator currently serving as director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He will read from works that highlight discoveries he has made on the page, in his travels, and in his work at the International Writing Program.
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, join museum staff in a celebration of adoration and devotion. We’ll examine all types of love—from doting mothers to amorous couples—that give us a history of emotion through art.
Paul Binder took an unconventional route to the circus, at least by circus standards. Educated at Dartmouth and Columbia, he eventually made his way to San Francisco, the breeding ground of the counter culture movement in the sixties.
Many artists today regularly use materials that can be considered “garbage” or “trash.” This talk will explore the history of this artistic practice now over one hundred years old and still a mystery to many.
Don’t miss our first quarterly lecture this year, Inside the Vault: Fabulous French Fashion. We’ll flutter through the pages of historical French fashion, as seen in our rare costume books from the 17th century to the present.
Seeing the Unseen presents the work of contemporary photo and video in China, examining the challenges of technology, urban development, and tradition. In this Walk and Talk, we will consider the challenges of artistic development in modern-day China.
The Rose Garden and the Secret Garden at The Ringling provide great opportunities for the staff to work with different varieties of plants as well as the latest methods of ecological pest control. This series of workshops provides the homeowner the knowledge and the know-how to create Florida-friendly landscapes.
The Ringling offers Saturday for Educators throughout the school year. Educators may attend this program to learn about the Ringling's permanent collection and special exhibitions, network with other educators, and refresh their creative spirit.
In 1944, at the age of 14, Ward Hall literally ran away with the circus and has never looked back. In a career that spans 70 years and counting, Ward has earned the title of King of the Sideshow.
The human form has been the preoccupation of countless artists over time. Join museum staff for an introduction to the special exhibition Expressive Bodies, a selection of four centuries of works on paper and photographs from the Ringling’s permanent collection.