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Virtual Talks & Lectures

When:
Jan 12, 2020 – Jun 1, 2021
Ticket Required
Where:
Museum of Art
We’ve designed a dynamic line-up of live, conversational, virtual programs for you to enjoy from anywhere! You can access previous programs any time on our YouTube page.  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.

Jan 12, 1:00 pm | Music in the Circus | $5 / Free for Members  Buy Tickets

Join Jennifer Lemmer Posey, Tibbals Curator of Circus, and representatives from the circus music historical society Windjammers Unlimited, Inc., as they discuss the integral role that circus musicians played in the success of the show.

Jan 26, 1:00 pm | Equity at The Ringling | $5 / Free for Members  Buy Tickets

The Ringling Museum has long been committed to inclusivity and community outreach.  This commitment was formalized in 2018 when we created our IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, access) Team to address our efforts in a more systematic way.  This year, the IDEA Team developed a museum-wide equity statement, which was formally adopted by the museum’s board of directors on October 16, 2020.  During this virtual program, we will discuss the content of the statement, providing an overview of how it was developed and where we go from here.  We will also leave time for program attendees to share feedback and ideas.

Feb 2, 1:00 pm | Virtual Lecture: Challenges to Inclusivity in Museum Collections | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Throughout her long career in the museum field, Marian Carpenter, currently Associate Director of Collections/Chief Registrar at The Ringling, has experienced several occasions where she had to defend appropriate cultural representation in object interpretation, documentation, and care. In this conversation, she will share what she learned from these instances, as well as provide insight into ongoing challenges faced by the museum field as it tries to become more inclusive and equitable.

Feb 16, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Lots of Love | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Love is in the air! In this virtual conversation, we’ll examine all types of love—from doting mothers to amorous couples—that give us a wide-ranging look at how the emotion manifests in art.

Feb 23, 10:30 am | Virtual Conversation: Images of Conflict | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Join curators Ola Wlusek and Sarah Cartwright in a conversation about artworks depicting conflict and trauma in The Ringling’s collection. While focusing on the exhibition Larry Rivers: Boston Massacre, in consideration with examples of European Renaissance and Baroque art, we will examine how power and violence are represented across time and explore how these images can help us understand conflict and address societal change today.

March 2, 1:00 pm | Contemporary Questions about the Historic Circus: The Story of Millie-Christine McCoy​ | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

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 and scholar Betsey Kellum, we learn more about Millie-Christine McCoy, conjoined twins born into slavery who ultimately took agency over her own identity and used it to become wealthy and influential in her community.

March 9, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Strong Women​ | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Women have been making history since the beginning of time. On this tour, you'll meet some of the heroines in the Ringling's collection and hear their stories.

March 18, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Conversation: Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade​ | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Join Dr. Sarah Cartwright, Ulla R. Searing Curator of Collections, as she provides an overview of the focus exhibition Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade

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

It’s April Fool’s Day! Come laugh with us as we look at the silly side of the collection and add our own jokes to favorite objects.

April 6, 10:30 am | New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Kristin Lee​ | $5 / Free for Members 

In a series of virtual presentations 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 13, 10:30 am | Parks, Promenades, and Plants: Bertha Palmers Garden and Gardening Books  | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Few people have been as influential in Sarasota’s history as Bertha Palmer: early pioneer, wealthy philanthropist, Chicago socialite, art collector, cattle rancher, and successful businesswoman. As the widow of Chicago multi-millionaire, Potter Palmer, she moved to Sarasota in 1910 and built an elegant home on Sarasota Bay in Osprey. The gardens Bertha Palmer created there were inspired by her many European travels and the excellent collection of gardening books she owned, now housed in The Ringling’s Art Library.

April 15, 10:30 am | Virtual Gallery Talk: Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening​  | $5 / Free for Members Buy Tickets

Join Dr. Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art, for an introduction to her exhibition Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening.

April 20, 10:30 am | New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Kat Vecchio​ | $5 / Free for Members 

In a series of virtual presentations 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 | New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Jenny Leigh Du Puis | $5 / Free for Members 

In a series of virtual presentations 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 | New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Betsy Kellem | $5 / Free for Members 

In a series of virtual presentations 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 Panel 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 arts advocates then and now as they remember the history of arts advocacy in Sarasota County and how the school district went from cutting arts funding to making it an integral aspect of student education.

May 20, 10:30 am | New Perspectives on Women & the Historic Circus: Amelia Osterud​ | $5 / Free for Members 

In a series of virtual presentations 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 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.

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.


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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