Working Conditions

Exploring Labor through The Ringling’s Photography Collection

August 26, 2023-March 3, 2024

Photography was introduced during the Industrial Revolution as a time- and labor-saving means of recording images. In addition to the camera’s technical use as an instrument to record, photographers have created images over the decades that have shaped how we think about work and the politics of labor. This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which photographs have communicated ideas about labor since the nineteenth century.

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Mountains of the Mind: Scholars’ Rocks from China and Beyond

August 5, 2023-June 23, 2024

Scholars’ rocks are admired for their interesting appearances, which inspire imaginative reflection. Mountains of the Mind features scholars’ rocks of various shapes, textures, and materials, accompanied by paintings, prints, and texts that illuminate their great cultural importance for scholars across the centuries.

Red Taihu Stone
9 13/16 × 12 5/8 × 4 3/4 in.
Gift of Stan and Nancy Kaplan, 2019, SN11681.46

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Lorna Bieber: Natural World

May 20-October 15, 2023

Bieber’s artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in the principles of appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery.

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Art Deco Lacquer and Textiles from Japan

April 8-October 22, 2023

In the decades between World War I (1914–1918) and World War II (1939–1945), the Art Deco movement emerged as a new global artistic style. Characterized by clean lines and abstract forms evocative of the machine age, Art Deco also responded to modernist art movements such as Cubism, Futurism, and Constructivism.

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As long as there is sun, as long as there is light.

November 21, 2021-January 7, 2024

Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The exhibition brings together artworks that probe the themes of spirituality, nature, and perception through explorations in abstraction, minimalism, geometry, and form.

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Community Gallery

The Ringling Community Gallery is a free public exhibition space dedicated to displaying works of art produced by community-based, non-profit, or student groups in the local Sarasota/Manatee area.

To visit, ask for a Community Gallery wristband at the Visitors Pavilion.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Guercino’s Friar with a Gold Earring: Fra Bonaventura Bisi, Painter and Art Dealer

October 14, 2023-January 7, 2024

Who is the intriguing man wearing a religious habit and a gold hoop earring in The Ringling’s portrait by Italian Baroque master Il Guercino? And why does he point to a stack of drawings?

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500 Years of Italian Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum

October 14, 2023-January 21, 2024

This exhibition showcases ninety-five works from the late fifteenth to early twentieth centuries by numerous artists including Parmigianino, Guercino, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Amedeo Modigliani.

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Michele Oka Doner: The True Story Of Eve

November 18, 2023-June 2, 2024

Michele Oka Doner (American, b. 1945) is an author and multimedia artist whose work is informed by her lifelong passion for the natural world. This solo exhibition of Oka Doner’s work will include a selection of sculptures and work on paper offering reflections on climate and ecology.

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Shinique Smith: Parade

December 16, 2023-January 5, 2025

Parade speaks to the European artistic tradition while also foregrounding notions of Black femininity and the history of the circus.

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Past Exhibitions

Explore exhibitions displayed at The Ringling dating from the earliest record in 1947 to the present.

Please note: This project is a work in progress. More images and information will be added over time. Please visit often.

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