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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.

Chivalry & Circus
Through May 13, 2019
Circus Museum: Tibbals Learning Center

Imagery of knights in shining armor are woven throughout the history of American popular culture. Founded with the democratic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, from its beginning, the United States has idealized the traits of courage, piety, and civility that are embodied in images of knights of the Middle Ages. The stories of heroes like King Arthur, St. George the dragon slayer, and Joan of Arc are still well-known today.

The term chivalry is derived from the French word cheval—horse. Given the central role of equestrian feats in the earliest circus performances, it is not surprising that show owners would happily incorporate the noble figure of the knight on horseback in their performances and advertising. The daring feats of bareback riders paralleled the bravery and combat skills of medieval knights as did the close relationship between a performer and their horse.

The lavish wardrobes and courtly settings that define the Middle Ages in the popular imagination were also well suited to the presentations of 19th and 20th century circuses. Many shows, such as James Robinson’s Champion Circus, opted to open their performance with a Grand Entrée which included the entire troupe in an organized equestrian dance. In the poster, men and women costumed in courtly outfits of pantaloons and gowns circle together in an organized choreographed scene.

The spectacle of medieval scenes was also incorporated into the grand street parades that American circuses staged from the 1840s through the 1910s. Whether it was riders in full armor like the knight depicted on the Barnum & Bailey poster proclaiming the pageants of the show or more courtly heralds announcing the beginning of the parade, the visual references to chivalric figures were regal additions to the spectacle. Some circuses even added extraordinary wagons with glittering gold gilding and awe-inspiring figures out of mythology to entrance the townspeople with the richness of their production.

Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan
Through May 5, 2019
Chao Gallery

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Japan’s print artists found new patrons among members of the Allied occupation. Exchange programs aimed at rehabilitating the war-torn nation enabled Japanese artists to travel abroad to teach and study, and newly established exhibitions introduced their work to audiences all over the world. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century.

This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. Established in the 1960s, the Ringling’s collection has continued to grow through the generosity of successive generations of discerning and passionate individuals. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

Special thank you to Douglas B. Thweatt for the establishment of the Paul Grootkerk Memorial Endowment for exhibition support. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided in part by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Ringling Museum and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation.

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