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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling!

Steven High, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As we enter into fall and winter in Sarasota, it is a relief to leave the hot and humid days of summer behind and look forward to an exciting season of new exhibitions, programs, and the return of Art of Performance. This fall, we return to celebrating live theater in the Historic Asolo Theater with the Art of Performance. This season’s diverse offerings range from dance to mariachi to percussion and will include the acclaimed Isabella Rossellini in a new performance piece, Darwin’s Smile.

Opening October 31 in the Searing Wing, Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture reinvents a tradition dating back to the Neolithic era. The 16 contemporary Japanese artists represented in this exhibition organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art push a notoriously difficult medium to a new scale and new sculptural forms. Hard Bodies showcases some of the most innovative and imaginative work in lacquerware today.

Also this fall, dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Rhodnie Désir presents the installation Conversations in the Monda Gallery followed by a performance of BOW’T Trail Retrospek in the Historic Asolo Theater. Rhodnie’s work explores the dances and rhythms that enslaved people produced, understanding these dances as a means of survival. These works interpret the historical moment that creates culture and community within systems of oppression. She will also work with local students as part of The Ringling’s continuing efforts to bring the arts into our local communities.

Last year, The Ringling was very fortunate to receive a generous gift of contemporary sculptures and paintings from Sarasota residents Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring. Selections from this significant gift, combined with a special selection of works from The Ringling’s contemporary collection will be on display when As long as there is sun, as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art opens November 21 in the Searing galleries.

On behalf of the entire staff, we want to thank you for your continued support through your membership, donations and engagement. I look forward to seeing you at The Ringling. 

Steven High
Executive Director

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