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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling

This spring, The Ringling continues to present diverse opportunities for you to explore and discover through art—from contemporary visual art and performance, to the history of the medieval knight, to the cultures of India.

In February, Knights brings medieval arms and armor from the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy, to Florida for the first time. This extraordinary collection of objects will reveal the character of the knight in medieval and Renaissance Europe. On view February 3–April 21, this exhibition will be augmented by a robust roster of programs for adults and families to delve further into the art and culture of medieval Europe.

Four monumental contemporary works, gifted by Keith D. and Linda L. Monda, will be installed in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing in March—including works by Teo González, Richard Serra, Beverly Pepper, and Yayoi Kusama. Order Systems, the first US solo exhibition by Canadian artist Natasha Mazurka, will also open in March, in the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. This new body of work includes paintings, embossings, and site-specific vinyl installations that reference architecture, biology, data analytics, Art Deco, and sci-fi, both referencing and disrupting pattern systems that exist all around us.

The New Stages contemporary performance series continues with an exciting line-up, including the comedy of Bill Bowers, an eclectic repertoire by cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, dance by Union Tanguera & Kate Weare, and the premiere of a new work by local dance theater company, Moving Ethos—the culmination of Spotlight Florida, their 6-month residency in the new Charlotte and Charles Perret Studio.
Finally, we are excited to have you join us on A Journey Through India, April 26–28. During this three-day festival, you will experience the many cultures of India through performance, lectures, family activities, food, yoga, and a Bollywood party.

I look forward to sharing these journeys with you, made possible through your continued support and loyalty to The Ringling.

Steven High
Executive Director

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