These galleries present an overview of some of the major projects with artists that have taken place in the first five years of the Art of Our Time program. In addition to the significant acquisitions of art for the permanent collection made by the museum, a number of important donations have also been included.
The Ringling is pleased to announce the presentation of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 12 monumental bronze sculptures, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads. A sculptor, photographer, installation artist, architect, and social activist, Ai is one of the most renowned artists working today.
Active in the US and Middle East, the artists in the exhibition depict the conditions and people caught in the crossfire of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, and Israel from a variety of perspectives.
This exhibition presents five international artists who explore the complicated facets of the US-Mexico border, a zone where the political is intensely palpable. Their works meditate on the social and political phenomena in an era when migration and the reemergence of nationalism are key global issues.
Alfred Eisenstaedt was one of the luminaries of American photojournalism. The German-born Eisenstaedt learned his craft in Europe in the 1920s and 30s, pioneering the use of the small Leica 35mm camera to get closer to his subjects and create more candid pictures.
Posters celebrating the remarkable intelligence and highly developed skills of these four-legged performers once covered walls and fences across America. Today these historic posters can be seen as part of the exhibit Amazing Animals on display in the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center
In 2016 The Ringling purchased ten photographs from Hank Willis Thomas’s provocative series Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015.
Dove’s pioneering work, operates at the crossroads of live performance, interactive narrative, and virtual reality. The exhibition will explore more than 20 years of the artist’s projects, from early installations through her interactive cinema and stage performances and concluding with her most recent experiments.
Elephants transformed into swans, beautiful girls turned into birthday cakes, and clowns became kings. This exhibition will include original sketches, watercolors, swatchbooks, and ther production documents. Some drawings will be paired with actual wardrobe pieces and historic photographs.