Welcome to The Ringling
After the hot and humid summer months it is always a pleasure to welcome October and the start of Sarasota’s cultural season. Residents are drifting back to our community after time spent in the northern climes and tourists from throughout the world continue to enjoy our beaches and cultural offerings. The first significant event to launch this season is Icons of Style exhibition which opens in October and features wonderful designs from some of the most famous names on the runway. Organized by the MFA in Boston, the Sarasota showing is the only one, so far, in the U.S. so you have to visit The Ringling to see couture by such designers as Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, and Christian Lacroix.
The Ringling International Arts Festival opens a week later and this year marks the fifth anniversary and final year of the Baryshnikov Arts Center partnership. With over 20 performances by five different performance groups over three days, the festival is an intense way to experience contemporary international performance today. Check out the schedule in our calendar and try to catch some, or all, of the productions. We keep the individual performance ticket prices affordable for everyone, so I hope you will attend.
There are a number of other exhibitions ongoing on the Ringling campus. Check out the Circus Mural, a recent gift to The Ringling by the Feld Family, and the poster exhibition Wild West all in the Tibbals Learning Center. In the Searing Wing of the Museum of Art Picturing Ceylon explores the late 19th and early 20th century photography businesses that manufactured images of this picturesque country for the tourist trade. It is a fascinating look at this culture. Also in the Searing, Witness to War explores the professional and private photographs of the photographic divisions of the armed forces who were tasked with documenting the war. Intimate private photos culled from the collection of the Institute for WWII Studies and the Human Experience at Florida State University are a counterpoint to the documentary photos of troops, weapons, and destruction offering a more nuanced view of the experience of war.
Throughout the Fall we will have lectures, special events, youth activities, and performances that will keep you informed and engaged. Please review the calendar of events in our calendar section and mark those programs that capture your interest. In particular, I hope you will attend one of our Thursday evening programs such as Ringling by the Bay (3rd Thursday) or Ringling Underground (1st Thursday) to hear some interesting music and enjoy samplings of food and drink with friends.
I hope to see you soon at The Ringling.