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.
A work of art is sometimes attributed to the workshop of an Old Master painter. How do art historians determine this, and what does it mean when we look at a work from a workshop of an artist such as Rubens or Rembrandt?
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.
In 2017 The Ringling conservation staff began a major restoration treatment of the "Watermelon Regatta." Find out about the conservation process for this unique work, created in Italy in the early 1700s.
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.
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.