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Director's Welcome

Welcome to The Ringling!

Steven High, Executive Director

While autumn at The Ringling may not bring a beautiful array of falling leaves, it does bring a robust offering of exciting new exhibitions and performances. 

This fall, The Ringling will present an exhibition that expands on a favorite installation from several years ago, Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. In this new work, Zodiac (2018) LEGO, the artist returns to his iconic Zodiac animal heads, now presented as large, colorful images comprised of thousands of LEGO blocks. The exhibition will be presented in the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Also on view this fall, in the Searing Wing, will be a new look at The Ringling’s modern collection by Ola Wlusek, the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition, Remaking the World: Abstraction from the Permanent Collection, samples over 50 years of collecting and will include several recent bequests from Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman. 

In December, we will welcome an exhibition with a wonderful local connection, Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed. Conceived as a centenary celebration of Solomon’s birth, the exhibition presents works from the late 30s to the early 90s and includes the first work of a living artist to be acquired by The Ringling, Syd’s Silent World of 1962. Solomon moved to Sarasota in 1946 with his wife Annie and was a seminal figure in Sarasota’s arts and cultural community.

An intriguing photography exhibition of the works of Manuel Álvarez Bravo will open in December. Bravo, who lived and worked in Mexico City, integrated elements of Mexican culture, landscape, and lifeways into his photography.

Our Art of Performance Fall Season debuts this October with a very diverse and energetic schedule, featuring dance and theater artists from India, Mexico, Cuba, and Spain. Many of the artists will also participate in lectures, conversations, and master classes in our community. 

Last, but certainly not least, The Ringling is thrilled to bring back the iconic event, UnGala. This year’s theme will celebrate the incredible evolution that The Ringling has undergone over the past decade. I hope to see you there.

Steven High
Executive Director

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