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Programs

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Virtual Talks & Lectures

When:
Mar 15, 2021 – Aug 3, 2021
Ticket Required
Where:
Virtual Via Zoom
We’ve designed a dynamic line-up of live, conversational, virtual programs for you to enjoy from anywhere! Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each program. Tickets are limited, but only 1 ticket is required for each household, for regardless of how many in your household will participate. You can access previous programs any time on our YouTube page.

April 20, 10:30 am | "Circus Women Model Wives" : Performing Domesticity At The Circus | Kat Vecchio​ | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

There was little a circus press agent couldn’t craft into a good story, even laundry. Join writer and filmmaker Kat duPont Vecchio to learn how and why circus women’s daily domestic tasks occasionally became the subject of newspaper articles and circus press photos.

This program is part of the series New Perspectives on Women and the Historic Circus presented by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts.

April 29, 10:30 am | Glitz, Glamour, and Grit: Exploring the History of Female Aerial Costumes | Jenny Leigh Du Puis | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

This presentation will explore the costumes of female aerialists from the late 1800s to the present day. From aesthetics to functional considerations for movement, these garments require special attention to detail and are designed to complement the performance. From corsets and crinolines to leotards and Lycra, aerial costumes have evolved considerably while maintaining the glamour and prestige of the performance. Join circus costume designer and researcher Jenny Leigh Du Puis for a tour through the wardrobe of female aerialists past and present.

This program is part of the series New Perspectives on Women and the Historic Circus presented by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts

May 6, 10:30 am | Lavinia Warren, the "Fairy Wedding" and the Birth of Celebrity Culture | Betsy Golden Kellem | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Lavinia Warren, a Massachusetts schoolteacher who as an adult stood shy of three feet tall, was one of America’s first bona fide celebrities. With the wit and the fire to stand up to media, showmen and dignitaries alike, she became “Mrs. Tom Thumb” but was wildly famous in her own right; traveled the world; and died a Countess. She was in many ways part of how mass media created the celebrity machine.  

This program is part of the series New Perspectives on Women and the Historic Circus presented by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts.

May 11, 10:30 am | Virtual Discussion: Arts Advocacy in Sarasota County | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Arts advocates have been working tirelessly for over thirty years to ensure that all students in Sarasota County have access to quality arts education. Hear from community leader and arts champion Nancy Roucher as she recounts the history of arts advocacy in Sarasota County, explaining how the school district went from cutting arts funding to making it an integral aspect of student education.

May 20, 10:30 am | The Stories We Tell : Presenting Tattooed Ladies to the Audience | Amelia Osterud​ | $5 / Free for Members  Buy Tickets

Join author Amelia Klem Osterud to learn about the stories behind the stories that tattooed ladies told to the world. From stories of capture and torture to tales of true love, these stories were often what remained behind after the performer was gone, coloring what was understood about these women by modern audiences.

This program is part of the series New Perspectives on Women and the Historic Circus presented by Circus and Cultural Historians whose research has brought them to The Ringling, learn about the experiences, contributions, and documentation of women in the circus and allied arts. 

May 21, 8:00 pm | The Blood is at the Doorstep: Panel Discussion with Maria Hamilton, Angela Harrelson, Paris Stevens , and Natasha Clemons; facilitated by Queen Zabriskie | $5 / Free for Members  Buy Tickets

Join us for a powerful virtual panel discussion with Maria Hamilton, founder of Mothers for Justice United and the mother of Dontre Hamilton, who was murdered on April 30, 2014 by the Milwaukee police and Angela Harrelson, Co-Chairman for George Floyd Global Memorial in Minneapolis and the Aunt of George Floyd who was murdered on May 25, 2020 by Minneapolis police, Paris Stevens, Co-Chair for the George Floyd Global Memorial and first cousin on George Floyd and Natasha Clemons, CEO of the Rodney Mitchell Foundation and Mother of Rodney Mitchell. You may also attend this event in the Historic Asolo Theater; click here for more information.

May 25, 10:30 am | Virtual Artist Talk: John Pinderhughes | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Join Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art, for a virtual conversation with artist John Pinderhughes. Pinderhuges will share his memories and stories from his long and celebrated career as a professional photographer and fine artist and his experiences as a member of Kamoinge Workshop, the famed collective of African American photographers.

May 29, 10:30 am | Learn from a Grad: Carlee Sachs-Krook | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

In this lecture, Carlee Sachs-Krook, an MA candidate in Florida State University’s American Dance Studies program, dives into the world of the USPSF’s Pole Classique competition to consider the race and class politics of women’s sexual self-display in the age of “raunch culture.” She strips away the judging criteria to expose the aesthetic hierarchies wrapped around this form of pole and considers the politics enacted by Classique competitors’ performances as they propose what is classic and classy about pole as they flaunt and saunter. You may also attend this event in the Historic Asolo Theater; click here to learn more.

June 1, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Memorials in the Collection | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

After the Memorial Day weekend, we’ll gather to look at objects that reflect the idea or spirit of memorials in some way.

June 14, 10:30 am | Virtual Lecture: The Sheridan Tapestries, Taste and Taxes in Turn-of-the Century America | $5 / Free for Members 

Join Curatorial Fellow Kyle Mancuso for a discussion of the curious history of three Baroque tapestries in The Ringling’s collection. Following these tapestries from Brussels to Italy and finally to the United States reveal changing attitudes toward art in late-19th and early-20th-century America and cast new light on some of the most critical developments of the period, from the Civil War to the Smithsonian, from tax reform to the taste for textiles.

June 22 & 29, 10:30 am | Virtual Artist Panel: Skyway 2021 | $5 / Free for Members 

Hear from the artists featured in Skyway 2021. During this group discussion, each artist will introduce their work and then share reflections on the show as a whole.
   
Note: this program will be offered twice because there will be different artists featured in each session. Participants who want to attend both should register separately for each.

June 24, 1:00 pm | Contemporary Questions about Historic Circus: Variable Bodies | $5 / Free for Members 

As a both a unique community and a business built on providing entertainment to the masses, the circus and its history can serve as a fascinating lens to explore cultural values and how they evolve over time. Issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility all have rich, and sometimes difficult, places in the history of the circus. In this conversation with Tibbals Curator of Circus Jennifer Lemmer Posey, we'll explore the role that disability and variable bodies played in circus culture.

July 12, 1:00 pm | Museum Mixer Monday: The Ringling + The James | $5 / Free for Members 

Discover unexpected connections between two very different art museums. Join Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Educational Programs at The Ringling Museum, and Julie Matus, Director of Education at The James Museum, as they explore relationships between their museums’ collections by putting select works of art in dialogue. 
   
This program celebrates reciprocal membership benefits between The James and The Ringling in the month of July..

July 16, 10:30 am | Collaboration in Practice: Curating Sam Gilliam: Selections​ | $5 / Free for Members 

Join Executive Director Steven High and Associate Director of Collections/Chief Registrar Marian Carpenter for a behind-the-scenes look at their collaborative efforts as co-curators of Sam Gilliam: Selections. Steven and Marian will provide an overview of the exhibition and its genesis, the challenges they experienced curating during COVID, and what they’ve learned from each other throughout the process.

July 27, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Dog Days of Summer | $5 / Free for Members 

It’s a dog’s life! Join us as we meet some of the furry friends found in the museum’s art collection.

Aug 3, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Summertime Fun | $5 / Free for Members 

How did you spend your summer vacation? We’ll look at favorite leisure activities and pastimes represented in the museum’s collection in this virtual conversation.


To attend virtual programs you will need to access ZOOM on a personal digital device; a computer, tablet, or cell phone will work!  Here are instructions to help you get started with ZOOM:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193  Please note, these live programs will be recorded and may be shared online upon their conclusion. By attending a live virtual program, you acknowledge and consent to the incidental filming of your likeness and voice as may be captured.

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