The Ringling's Director of Collections, Marian Carpenter, discusses the role of museums in recording and sharing the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and as a place for inclusive discussion and expression. Photographs from The Ringling's collection present a look at the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
John and Mable believed in sharing their treasures, whether it was the art they spent decades travelling Europe to collect or the music of visiting guest artists at Ca’ d’Zan sent out across the bay on local radio airwaves. The Museum celebrates the importance of the local community to the Ringling’s by remaining dedicated to creating a dynamic place where there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Preserving Ca’ d’Zan for future generations is one of the fundamental goals of The Ringling Inspires Campaign. To date we have raised $2.5 million of the $5 million that will enable us to restore the historic swimming and rare Aeolian organ, as well as establish a preservation and curatorial endowment.
On April 12th PBS's 15-time Emmy® Award-nominated show, Antiques Roadshow will be filming at the Ca’ d’Zan from 7:00am-7:00pm. We are thrilled to welcome PBS to our campus. In order to accommodate the taping we will be closing Ca’ d’Zan from Monday, April 9th through Friday, April 13th.
As part of the $100 million comprehensive Ringling Inspires campaign, the Monda family has provided an extraordinary gift of $5 million. The funds will endow a curator for Modern and Contemporary Art and includes four significant works from the Mondas’ noted collection.
To celebrate The Ringling’s nearly 100-year history, the museum has embarked on an historic $100 million fundraising campaign to ensure the legacy of John and Mable Ringling remains preserved for future generations.
Vanessa German refers to her sculpture as “power figures.” The accumulation of objects that she collects from her neighborhood or the “flea-tique” markets she frequents are attached to the body parts of dolls in a manner that in some way recalls the Nkisi Nkondi religious idols made by the Kongo people of the Congo region in Africa.
Who was Chick Austin? Although he passed away before his plans for the Historic Asolo Theater came to fruition, The Ringling's first director succeeded in making the performing arts an integral part of The Ringling to this day.
Sanford Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.