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Sun Xun: Time Spy
Aug 11, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020

Free with Museum Admission

Time Spy (2016) is a mesmerizing 3D animated film by Chinese artist Sun Xun (b.1980). A superb painter and draughtsman, Sun Xun incorporates traditional techniques including ink painting, charcoal drawing, and woodblock printing into his films. His masterful use of analog and digital technologies to explore pressing concerns of our time makes him one of the most compelling artists working in new media.

Based in Beijing, Sun Xun was born in Fuxin, northeast China. He studied printmaking at the China Academy of Fine Arts, and founded Pi animation studio in 2006. Growing up in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, he has long been interested in how history is constructed for official purposes, as opposed to how it is lived and experienced by ordinary people. He has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at major museums worldwide, and has received numerous honors.

Time Spy was conceived as part of a project called Reconstruction of the Universe, a multimedia installation Sun Xun made for the second edition of the Audemars Piguet Art Commission, a prestigious program that supports artists in the creation of works of “exceptional complexity, precision, and experiential impact.” A shortened version was screened at midnight at Times Square in July 2017.

Sun Xun’s Time Spy will be on view in the Pavilion Gallery, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art, August 11, 2019–February 16, 2020.Time Spy comes to The Ringling Museum of Art courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Ringling Museum Endowment, and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Ringling Museum Endowment.

The Fabric of India
July 7, 2019 – Oct 13, 2019
Searing Galleries

This exhibition showcases over 140 superb examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. The Fabric of India illustrates the variety, technical sophistication, and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a stunning range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics, and global trade for centuries.

Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

​Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

Support for this exhibition was generously provided by the Arthur F. and Ulla R. Searing Endowment, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Endowment, Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Ringling Museum Endowment, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.

Natasha Mazurka: Order Systems
Through Sep 29, 2019
Museum of Art: Monda Gallery

Order Systems, the first US solo museum exhibition by Natasha Mazurka, debuts a new body of paintings, embossings, and site-specific installations using textured layers of colored vinyl. Mazurka’s work centers on the communicative potential of pattern by sampling and combining visual references from a spectrum of disciplines, including architecture and biology, data analytics, and instructional code. The resulting visual syntax seen in her work stems from intense research looking into different pattern languages and ways they are designed to lend order to our experiences. Through processes of manipulation and synthesis, her projects flatter and disturb concepts of certainty and stability residing within pattern systems existing all around us.

Interpolations: Artworks from The Ringling and Monda Collections
Through Sep 8, 2019
Searing Galleries

Free with Museum Admission

This new exhibition presented inside the Arthur F. Searing Wing in the Museum of Art brings together artworks from The Ringling’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and selections from Keith D. and Linda L. Monda’s collection. In spring 2018, the Museum added to its grounds Beverly Pepper’s Curvae in Curvae (2012), the lyrical sculpture in Cor-ten steel, which is a part of four promised gifts from the Monda family. The other three promised gifts are compelling works by artists Teo González, Yayoi Kusama, and Richard Serra. These gifts significantly enrich The Ringling's holdings of works by important artists working today, some new to the collection. The artworks enable the Museum to present a broader, and more complex history of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century art. These new promised gifts will be featured along with other selections from Monda’s collection and key works from the Ringling’s own growing collection of modern and contemporary art.

The exhibition is part of The Ringling’s ongoing Art of Our Time initiative, enacting our dedication to present diverse voices and perspectives to our visitors.

Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, Their Indomitable Spirit
Through Jul 21, 2019
Museum of Art: Searing Galleries

Free with Museum Admission

This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For his latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett has spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges us to rethink our notions of what aging means in the 21st century.

This exhibition was supported, in part, by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.

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