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.
In 2016 The Ringling purchased ten photographs from Hank Willis Thomas’s provocative series Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915–2015.
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.
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
This summer light and sound come into play with a special installation by the artist Ezra Masch. VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation will feature a 3-d grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda Gallery.
Storytelling unites two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art: Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration from The Horvitz Collection, and Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century French Paintings from The Horvitz Collection.
This solo exhibition presents recent video projects by internationally-acclaimed Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco. This exhibition presents works exploring the current political and social climate in Cuba as the Revolution enters its twilight years.