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This season at The Ringling is a strong testament to our dedication in presenting the best in art and performance to the widest possible audience. 2018 begins with the anticipated unveiling of the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion. The building not only has galleries that are open to the public free of charge, but also rehearsal space for our guest artists, allowing the museum to work more collaboratively with performers. It is fitting that the first performers to use it will be the quartet, ETHEL, presenting Circus—Wandering City, a world premiere work commissioned by The Ringling and inspired by the magic of the circus.
In February two exciting exhibitions open which highlight our commitment to the Art of Our Time. Embodied Machines presents Toni Dove’s genre defying works of visual and performance art, while Branded/Unbranded, a collection of Hank Willis Thomas’s photographs, questions the role of advertising in the stereotyping of women. Later in the year, the fascinating costume designs of Miles White come to our galleries. During the 1940s White and others created a completely new look and feel to the circus.
We are always looking for new ways to engage with our visitors. In this issue you can read about a state-of-the-art interactive play experience coming to the Museum, the incredible expansion of our online collections, and a new induction loop installed in the theater to better serve our hearing impaired guests.
As we enter a new year I want to thank each of you for your commitment to The Ringling. Your membership helps make everything we do here possible. I look forward to sharing an inspiring 2018 with you.