Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.
Museum of Art
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you are invited to 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.
Over 100 years after Marcel Duchamp changed the course of Western art by joining two ordinary objects, a bicycle wheel and a stool, together, contemporary artists make widespread use of the everyday.
In celebration of International Museum Day you will enjoy free admission to the Museum of Art.
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.
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.