Actors of kabuki, Japan’s distinctive form of popular theater, were superstars between the 17th and early 20th centuries, and continue to command cultural and celebrity status today. Their fame was fueled by mass-produced woodblock-printed actor portraits, or yakusha-e, that were sold as affordable mementos.
For Real This Time features video-based works that examine the current state of American society and pose uncomfortable yet vital questions about personal and collective attitudes toward issues of race and inequality.
Olycan, by the Dutch Baroque master Frans Hals, is one of The Ringling's treasures. In this exhibition, organized by the Dallas Museum of Art, The Ringling’s painting, which was executed about 1639, will be displayed with a second portrait by Hals painted about ten years earlier.
In this series of thirteen mixed-media prints, Larry Rivers, one of the pioneers of Pop Art, reimagines the tragedy of the Boston Massacre. This exhibition presents the Boston Massacre portfolio from The Ringling’s permanent collection.
Hippodrome races were staged as part of the entertainments offered following the traditional circus performance. The earliest such competitions were flat races held between performers, sometime on foot, but more usually on horseback.
The Ringling is pleased to announce a new exhibition of the work of Sam Gilliam. The exhibition is being drawn primarily from local collections and features work from the early 1970s to 2010.
Saitō Kiyoshi’s (1907–1997) keen sense of design, superb technique, and engagement with an appealing variety of themes made him one of the best-known and most-popular Japanese print artists of the twentieth century.
Skyway is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.
Dancer/choreographer Rhodnie Désir explores the dances and rhythms that enslaved people produced, understanding these dances as a means of surviving enslavement, evading cultural genocide, and cultivating strategies that would lead to liberty and emancipation.