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.
The exhibition Re:Purposed displays the work of artists who use materials many would consider junk. Join museum staff for a consideration of the challenges posed by an exhibition that includes works with such diverse materials.
Join us for fun and dancing in the beautiful Museum of Art Courtyard. Live music will be provided by the Jerry White Swing Band. This event is included with Art After 5 Admission. Food and Beverages will be available for purchase.
Did you know that the average museum visitor spends just 30 seconds looking at a work of art? Today, The Ringling is joining museums all over the world to slow down and focus on the art of seeing. You are invited to s l o w l y explore works in the Ringling collection with friends, museum staff, and volunteers.
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.
Throughout the world, the fan has served a variety of uses, from cooling device to fashionable accessory, reflecting functions and designs appropriate to their countries. In this Walk and Talk, we will discuss the exhibition Fan-tastic, a display of fans from Europe and Asia from the Ringling’s permanent collection.
Mother’s Day will be just around the corner; join museum staff in an exploration of motherly love in the Ringling’s permanent collection. We will examine the joys and the extremes of filial obligations, highlighting some famous—or notorious—mothers and children.
Walk along with Ringling Director of Library Services, Elisa Hansen, and explore several 17th century still life paintings with the subject of edible objects (aka food!), discuss their purpose, style, iconography, and learn something about the eating habits of the period.
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.
Join us for this in-gallery dialog between photographic artist Builder Levy and Curator Chris Jones. Together they will introduce you to Appalachia USA and discuss artistic and curatorial choices that shaped the exhibition.