Of this photograuve, artist Lorna Simpson said: "My work over the past few months is about looking: looking, but not being close enough to know exactly what you're seeing, but piecing together what it is that you see."
The Ringling Archives preserves copies of all of the printed material the museum creates, including brochures, gallery guides, maps, invitations, and much more. However, the Archive’s records of these materials from 1946 to 1995 are incomplete.
Ringling Conservation staff and contracted conservators have been hard at work treating the "Watermelon Regatta" allegorical painting. In this latest step, an isolating varnish was applied to the entire canvas.
The original hardwood floor in Gallery 2 of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has long been in need of major restoration. This work began in early January, 2019, and will continue through March 8th, during which time Galleries 1 and 2 will be closed to the public. But these are no ordinary floors...
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access - Museums across the country are devoting themselves to these four essential commitments, and The Ringling is no different. As we move into the next five years of our strategic plan, the entire institution will be making a concerted effort to infuse the principles of IDEA into our work at every level.
Three more galleries in the Museum of Art have been reinstalled during the summer of 2018, as the major project to re-envision all 21 museum galleries continues. This exciting work is transforming the visitor experience of The Ringling’s collections of European art through new arrangements of artworks, updated labels and didactics, much improved lighting, and modern wall colors.
Selina Román's photographs have a keen sense of the unique surfaces and textures of her native state. For her 2016 series Please Disturb, hotel and motel rooms served as her temporary studio and models served as her collaborators.
Even the Bayfront grounds and gardens are entering the digital age at The Ringling. A tree management software is helping the Grounds and Gardens staff care for the hundreds of trees on the 66-acre campus and share the wealth of botanical knowledge with visitors and anyone with access to the internet.