The Sarasota Museum of Art

 

SEASON.

There are many different concepts of what constitutes a “season.” In the Hindu calendar, there are six seasons, and a particular ancient Japanese calendar recounts seventy-two different “micro seasons,” with poetic names such as “Mist starts to linger” and “Distant Thunder.” However you choose to categorize time over the course of the year, “season” in Sarasota means something quite specific. It is both a common noun and a proper noun, at times a verb, and often a one-word answer explaining everything from traffic to ticket sales to tourists. As we enter the season known as “Season” in Sarasota, it makes sense to reflect on the origin of the word, meaning, “to sow.” The Sarasota Museum of Art began as a seed many years ago, and has been cultivated by the immeasurable efforts of the founding board, by the extraordinary generosity of the community, and by the mindful stewardship of Ringling College. Each year it has continued to flourish, and each year we come closer to our full expression. We offer our deep gratitude to each and every one who has tended this garden.

We are excited to welcome you to our Spring programming season with a diverse selection of offerings, ranging from marine biology to spirituality in architecture to a history of the department store. We will also continue our “Meet & Greet” events—casual, drop-in gatherings where you can mingle with fellow Museum enthusiasts and ask “anything you ever wanted to know about art but were afraid to ask.” We look forward to your meeting our new crew members and learning more about what’s in store for the Museum.

We’ll close with a simple version of a common sentiment: “To reap, sow.” We look forward to more sowing and reaping with you this season!

Please take careful note of locations of events and please sign up early as many events sold out last Fall. 

 

February
February 16th -- 6pm: In Memoriam: The Architecture of Memory

March
March 12th -- 5pm: Magic, Myth and Memory: The Life Aquatic
March 15th -- 10am: Open House: Meet & Greet
March 25th -- 5pm: The Price of Illusion:  An Evening with Joan Juliet Buck

April
 April 12th -- 6pm: The Art (and Science) of Camouflage
 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars 

 

 

 

In Memoriam: The Architecture of Memory 
Dr. Paul Ivey

In partnership with UF CityLab Sarasota and the Center for Architecture Sarasota
16 February 6pm
261 S. Orange Avenue, Sarasota FL
$10 General admission; FREE for Sarasota Museum of Art donors, UF CityLab and Ringling College students, faculty, staff, and Center for Architecture Sarasota Members

 

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How does one give shape and form to an abstract idea? What does grieving look like? How do we use space and objects to remember those who have passed? Throughout time and across the globe, different cultures and religions have created spaces and rituals around the one thing common to all human beings:  the inevitability of death. Join us for a discussion on memorial architecture with Dr. Paul Ivey, author of Prayers in Stone and Radiance from Halcyon, and a leading expert in matters of spirituality and the built environment. 

 

     

 

 

 

     

 


Art & Science Series

"Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature." Cicero

The Art & Science Series features a partnership between the Museum and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.
The series celebrates the shared passions and praxis of artists and scientists and finds commonalities among their seemingly disparate pursuits.

In partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory 

Mote Marine Laboratory
Wave Center
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL
$10 General admission; FREE for Sarasota Museum of Art donors, Ringling College students, faculty, staff and Mote Members

 

 

 

Magic, Myth and Memory: The Life Aquatic
Janaina Tschäpe and David Gruber
Sunday 12 March 5pm

Artist Janaina Tschäpe works in a variety of media—painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance.  Her work explores landscape through a wide range of scale--from the microscopic to the cosmic—all engaged with the myth and meaning of water. She collaborates with marine biologist David Gruber, who searches the undersea world for bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals. Gruber's discoveries are providing a wealth of new insights into a secret "language" of shining colors and patterns that help many marine creatures communicate, interact, and avoid enemies. 

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The Art (and Science) of Camouflage

Dr. Noam Josef and Anne-Marie Russell
Wednesday 12 April 6pm

The history of camouflage as visual strategy is a fascinating aspect of the history of art. The science of camouflage as an evolutionary strategy in the natural world is an equally fascinating aspect of natural history. Join Anne-Marie Russell and Dr. Noam Josef for an entertaining and informative tour of camouflage among both human and non-human animals. 

Dr. Josef studies the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods: octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and related species. He joined Mote last Spring to develop algorithms for predicting camouflage patterns in cephalopods and will also study how octopuses interact with the local stone crab population.

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Open House: Meet & Greet 

 

Open House: Meet & Greet 
Wednesday 15 March 10am
The Works 891 S. Tamiami Trail
FREE; No reservation required

The rich diversity and pluralistic nature of contemporary art, with its wide-ranging chorus of voices, represents the whole of the human experience. We hope the Museum becomes a place that feels both comfortable and familiar, but that also encourages the exploration of new territory. Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex, and rewarding work, and we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Every few weeks leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch, – whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation – designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. Take this opportunity to engage with fellow Museum enthusiasts and find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask!” 


 

The WorkShop Presents:

The WorkShop is our nascent retail operation at The Works. As we lead up to the opening of the Museum and our full retail operation, The WorkShop will present trunk shows, book-signings, and mission-driven retail events to give a you sense of what’s in store for the store!

 

The Price of Illusion:  An Evening with Joan Juliet Buck

Reading and book-signing
Saturday 25 March 5pm

The Works 891 S. Tamiami Trail
$10 General admission; FREE for Sarasota Museum of Art donors and Ringling College students, faculty, and staff

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Joan Juliet Buck is a novelist, critic, essayist, editor and actor. The only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, Joan was born into a world of make-believe.  Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality.  When Joan became the first and only U.S. woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor in Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty.  In The Price of Illusion, Joan offers up a dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more.  But when her fantasy life at Vogue came to an end, she had to find out who she was after all those years of make-believe.  Now Buck chronicles her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, fantasy and reality, and what merely looks like happiness from the thing itself.

Limited copies of The Price of Illusion will be available for sale.


 

 

Greenfield Prize Creative Conversations

In partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat
Sunday 23 April 2-4pm
The Works 891 S. Tamiami Trail
FREE; Reservations suggested due to limited seating. RSVP to Reservations@HermitageArtistRetreat.org or call (941) 475-2098 ext. 8

2pm My Life, My Work
Artist talk by the winner of the 2017 Greenfield Prize in photography, to be announced.

3pm The State of the Art of Photography
Panel discussion with national photography curators including Anthony Bannon, former Director of the George Eastman House, and Robert Pledge, President and Editorial Director of Contact Press Images, an international photojournalism agency.

 

 

 

 

 

Art on Film:
National Gallery
Directed by Frederick Wiseman

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium (MAP)
September 20, 6pm
$10 admission, FREE for Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Limited seating; please register online to ensure ticket availability.

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National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a world-renowned institution, on a fascinating journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Tag along with Director Frederick Wiseman as he listens to docents decode the great canvases of our time, watches restorers wield tiny eye-droppers and scalpels to make repairs, and glimpses the internal battle of public perception voiced by the leadership.


 

Open House: Director’s Meet & Greet

The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (MAP)
Friday, October 21st, 10–11am
Thursday, November 17th, 5–6pm

The rich diversity and pluralistic nature of contemporary art, with its wide-ranging chorus of voices, represents the whole of the human experience. We hope the Museum becomes a place that feels both comfortable and familiar, but also encourages the exploration of new territory. 

Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex, and rewarding work, and starting this fall, we’d like to bring you on this journey with us. Every few weeks leading up to our opening, we’ll have an open house, a cafecito, a kaffeelatsch—whichever your preferred term for a casual community gathering cum lively conversation—designed to engage you with our process and progress. It’s not every day (or even every decade!) that a community gets to build a new museum, and we don’t want you to miss a moment of our evolution. 

Take this opportunity to find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask!” 

 


 

 

Art on Film:
Carmen Herrera: The 100 Years Show 
Directed by Alison Klayman

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium (MAP)
October 18, 6pm
$10 admission, FREE for Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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Meet the vibrant and productive Cuban-American abstract painter Carmen Herrera, an artist who—now 101 years old—went from relative obscurity to global art stardom in recent years (“Better late than never,” she quips).The film follows Carmen as she prepares for her 100th birthday exhibition at Lisson Gallery in New York City. A major retrospective of her work opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art this fall.


 

This is What Happened: Art Since the 60s

The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (MAP)
Tuesday, October 25, 6–7pm
$10 admission, limited seating; please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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The 1960s were a time of radical societal change. Art was both a reflection of the times, and often an instigator of change. Leading up to the opening of the Museum exhibitions program, we will have a series of talks and lectures examining the avant-garde roots of contemporary art, to shed some light on the origins of art production today. This series will be a casual, salon-style conversation. So whether you’re an expert, or new to contemporary art, everyone is welcome and encouraged to share thoughts and engage in the conversation. Join Executive Director Anne-Marie Russell and special guest Dr. Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.


 

 

Artist Talk: Joe Fig
Inside the Artist’s Studio

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium (MAP)
Saturday, November 5, 5pm
$10 admission, FREE for Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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Born in 1968, Joe Fig received both his BFA and MFA from the School of Visual Arts. His body of work encompasses painting, sculpture, photography, and drawing, in which he examines the role of the artist, the creative process, and the self-made universe of the artist’s studio. Fig’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Bruce Museum, Bass Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and New Britain Museum of American Art. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books Inside the Artist’s Studio (2015) and Inside the Painter’s Studio (2009), which include his interviews and documentary photographs of today’s leading contemporary artists. Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York. He works and lives in Connecticut’s Farmington River Valley.

www.joefig.com 


 

How to Survive an Art Fair

The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (MAP)
Wednesday, November 9, 6–7pm
$10 admission, limited seating; please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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In preparation for the upcoming Miami Art Week, featuring dozens of fairs and an endless series of exciting events, join us for a fun and informative session designed to help you navigate the often chaotic and perplexing environment of the art fair. (Helpful tip: sensible shoes!)


 

 

 

SarasotaMOD Weekend

November 11–13
www.sarasotamod.com

The Museum is proud to partner with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation to co-present the third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend. This year’s MOD weekend will focus on the important architectural legacy of Victor Lundy. 


 

 

 

 

Art on Film:
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Directed by James Crump

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium (MAP)
November 15, 6pm
$10 admission, FREE for Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms.


 

 

 

Artist Talks: Tania Katan
Creative Trespasser: Disrupting Museums, Bathrooms and Other Public/Private Space

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium (MAP)
Saturday, November 19
$10 admission, FREE for Ringling College students, faculty & staff. Please register online to ensure ticket availability.
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Tania Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and creative instigator who, in her words, “believes in storytelling at all costs!” Katan has performed her stories at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, NPR, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, GLAMOUR, and others. She has been a featured speaker at Etsy, i.d.e.a. Museum, S.H.E. Summit, Social Innovation Summit, American Alliance of Museums and other national and international conferences and events. Katan’s instigations include Arm Wrestling for Art and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress for Axosoft. Katan is a Certified Anti-Bias & Diversity Trainer through the Anti-Defamation League and well-respected advocate in the breast cancer community.

Formerly the Curator of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Katan made the audacious leap into technology and is the Evangelist at Axosoft, because every rock star company needs a punk! She is currently working on a book about the astounding value of creatives in the business world called Creative Trespassing.

www.taniakatan.com 

 


 

 

 

Curator Talk: Dan Cameron
The Useful Curator

The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (MAP)
Wednesday, December 14, 6pm 
FREE admission. Limited seating; please email Museum@ringling.edu to RSVP.
 

Dan Cameron served as Senior Curator at the New Museum in New York from 1995 to 2006, and as Chief Curator at Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California, from 2012 to 2015. As an independent curator, Cameron was Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial in 2003 and Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial in 2006. He is currently Curator for the XIII Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador. Cameron is also currently guest curator for the Palm Springs Museum of Art, where he is preparing an exhibition for 2017 on Latin American kinetic art of the 1950s and 1960s. Cameron is the founder of Prospect New Orleans, a triennial of international contemporary art, and directed the organization and exhibition program from 2006-2011, while also serving as Director of Visual Arts for New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center. Dan is a member of the Hermitage National Curatorial Council.

In partnership with  The Hermitage Artist Retreat

 

 

 

 

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The Sarasota Museum of Art

Changing perspectives through contemporary art. 

The Sarasota Museum of Art, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, will serve as a catalyst for appreciation and understanding of world-class contemporary art by artists both established and emerging. A platform for education and exposure, the Museum will be a haven of the avant-garde for audiences of all levels of experience with contemporary artwork. Having no permanent collection, the Museum will be flexible and timely through an endless rotation of transformative, relevant, and pioneering new exhibitions and programs. At its core a learning institution, the Sarasota Museum of Art will host community education programs and courses to immerse audiences in the conceptual power of contemporary art.

The Sarasota Museum of Art
museum@ringling.edu
941.309.7662

    

 


 

About the Museum

 

A place for contemporary ideas to converge.

In 2003, a group of 13 forward-thinking Sarasotans came together to further their goal of enhancing Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape with a contemporary art museum. After a two-year dialogue with area arts, educational and community leaders, the Sarasota Museum of Art partnered with Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the historic Sarasota High School into a state-of-the-art visual arts destination with the art museum as its centerpiece.

As the region's first museum dedicated to contemporary art, the Museum will offer visitors from around the world a place to see thought-provoking, boundary-pushing exhibitions, participate in educational programming, and take community courses with Ringling College instructors. The facility will be a resource for learning about contemporary concepts and deepening appreciation for 21st century art and artists through world-class gallery spaces, an auditorium, an outdoor sculpture garden, a cafe, and a number of classrooms and work spaces for students and visiting artists. 

Much more than a museum, the Sarasota Museum of Art will be a site for contemporary creation and dialogue.

 

Breathing new life into an architectural landmark.

Built in 1926 in the Collegiate-Gothic style, the Sarasota High School was designed by esteemed Florida architect, M. Leo Elliott. The 57,000 square foot building opened its doors to students from the 7th-12th grade in the fall of 1927 and flourished for almost 70 years. In 1984 the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although the school closed its doors in 1996, members of the community felt attached to the building and inspired to find its new purpose.

Fast-forward to 2002, the start of a two-year process of community involvement and consensus-building known as the Sarasota High School New Life Initiative. Funders of the New Life Initiative included the School Board, the City of Sarasota, Sarasota County, the Selby Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and private donors. More than 200 potential uses of the historic building were considered.

In October 2004, the School Board voted to lease the historic Sarasota High School to Ringling College of Art and Design to transform the building into the Sarasota Museum of Art.

 

 

 

 

 

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