Welcome to The Ringling
The Ringling is always exploring new ways of engaging our diverse audience through exhibitions, performances, and programming. This fall that mission is clearly evident.In October, we present Twilight, an exhibition of work by interdisciplinary contemporary artist Coco Fusco. The exhibition will be shown in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art, where we will feature several video projects as well as the premiere of To Live in June with Your Tongue Hanging Out.Additionally, a larger-than-life sculpture, Tin Man of the Twenty-First Century, will be installed on the estate, and is sure to inspire lively debate. Both new pieces were the result of a commission awarded to Fusco as winner of the 2016 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Visitors will also be able to see new work from our permanent collection, as well as old works in a new light. This past summer, The Ringling continued the reinstallation of the original twenty-one galleries in the Museum of Art. The reimagined spaces highlight British art, Neoclassical art, and Italian art of the eighteenth century. The galleries utilize modern wall colors, improved lighting, and updated labels and didactics to enhance our visitors’ experience. November marks the opening of Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan, located in the Center for Asian Art. This focused show will be the first opportunity for visitors to view The Ringling’s outstanding collection of prints.
This season also debuts our newly expanded Art of Performance programming. Our contemporary performance series, New Stages, will now feature multiple productions—across genres—throughout the year. Each will incorporate a level of community engagement through lectures, classes, and more. You may learn more about the 2018–2019 New Stages Season in the enclosed insert. The Season officially kicks off October 19 and 20 with percussive performances by Matthew Duvall, followed by a courtyard celebration on October 20—complete with fanfare and fireworks! Thank you for your continued support and loyalty. These dynamic exhibitions, programs, and events are made possible by your support. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon!