As part of the $100 million comprehensive Ringling Inspires campaign to preserve and expand the legacy of The Ringling for the 21st century and beyond, the Monda family has provided an extraordinary gift of $5 million. The funds will endow the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and includes four significant works of contemporary art from the Mondas’ noted collection. The works of art – Teo González’s mixed media Untitled #406 (2006), Yayoi Kusama’s monumental painting Infinity Dots (1993), Beverly Pepper’s steel sculpture Curve in Curve (2012) and Richard Serra’s print Untitled (1990) – will be included in a future exhibition at The Ringling.
The Mondas’ gift supports a key priority of The Ringling Inspires campaign, to enhance its global impact through strategic acquisition, innovative exhibitions and scholarship. Their investment in the Art of Our Time initiative strengthens the museum’s reimagined dialogue with contemporary and modern art based on experimentation and collaboration, in which visual art, sound art, installation, group projects and performance can be nurtured, supported and presented in partnership without boundaries or departmental silos. This innovative programming, combined with extensive community outreach, has allowed The Ringling to play a vital role in developing an emerging international network of living artists whose work transcends traditional practices.
This visionary leadership gift from the Monda family, facilitated with assistance from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is an important investment in The Ringling’s modern and contemporary exhibitions, programs and scholarship. Keith Monda stated, “Our approach to philanthropy focuses on three key areas; children, education and conservation. The Ringling is clearly invested in creating opportunities for children with a mission to educate the public through its diverse collections. We feel strongly that this community should have a platform for modern and contemporary art and are happy to help reinvigorate and sustain the Art of Our Time program at The Ringling. We began by providing dedicated gallery space, and through this endowed curatorship and gifts of art, we look to ensure the leading-edge scholarship and collections growth necessary to chart new directions within the global contemporary art conversation. We believe wholeheartedly in the arts as a powerful catalyst for creativity and motivation, particularly for young people.”
Thanks to Keith and Linda Monda’s far-reaching and inspiring support, The Ringling is able to create a permanent, prominent and ambitious program of modern and contemporary art. Their championing of the values of excellence and inclusion makes a difference in countless lives throughout our region and around the world.
Infinity Dots (1993), Yayoi Kusama