Around the globe, some aspects of circus performance remain universal, while others take on a local personality. Audiences are always thrilled by the high-flying feats of an aerialist, the danger of an exotic animal act, or the comedic antics of a clown.
This exhibition features approximately one hundred great works of Islamic art never before presented in a dedicated exhibition, this collection covers virtually all aspects of Islamic art in almost all media, ranging from the eighth to the twenty-first century and from Spain to Indonesia.
This evocative exhibition features some 70 exquisite objects related to the legendary Samurai warriors - full suits of armor, helmets, swords, sword-hilts, and saddles, as well as exquisite objects intended for personal use such as lacquered writing boxes, incense trays and foldable chairs.
The Ringlings recognized that they had the ability to increase attendance by including a different kind of spectacle in their traveling shows. These “spec” displays were created on such a grand scale that they frequently rated several different poster designs each season.
This replica by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation of the 1952 Walker Guest House, designed by Paul Rudolph, presents one of the hallmarks of the "Sarasota School" of modernism.
Royal Taste offers a unique glimpse into the luxurious lifestyles and religious practices of princely courts in early- and mid-Ming China (1368-1644). This exhibition reveals some lesser-known aspects of palatial lives, religious patronage, and afterlife beliefs of Ming princes, whose world has long been a mystery.
These architectural gems in particular are early examples of the innovative design and daring for which Rudolph would be known. A variety of vintage photographic and architectural material will be exhibited.
While the styles of clowns have evolved since the circus debuted, the role of the clown as a visual symbol of the circus is still strong. This exhibition examines the use of the clown image in circus advertising from the 1850's to present day.
This exhibition is a dialog between contemporary painting and The Ringling's esteemed permanent collection. This is the first exhibition of any current faculty from Florida State University to exhibit at The Ringling and will feature the painting faculty of the College of Fine Arts.
Appalachia USA, is an epic documentary project by the New York-based photographer Builder Levy that presents life and labor in coal mining communities through lush black and white photographs.