Nine Exciting Events with Renowned Guests at the Museum’s Pop-Up Space
SARASOTA, Florida—JANUARY 9, 2019—
The Sarasota Museum of Art announces its spring 2019 season, featuring a dynamic series of programs ranging from a collector’s master class and film screening to a live performance and several talks with artists and curators. Welcoming thought leaders in the art world to discuss an array of topics, season highlights include: Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director of the Cooper- Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, on design for all types of abilities; Amanda Hawkins, Curator at Design Museum Foundation, on the importance of play; Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, on Howardena Pindell; and a live music and video performance by the multi-disciplinary duo, Princess.
Kicking off the season on Thursday January 31st, artist Jean Shin will discuss her conceptually rich site-specific installations at 6 pm. This event and most of the spring line-up will be held at the Sarasota Museum of Art’s pop-up space, The Works, located at 891 South Tamiami Trail, with the exception of the film screening to be held at Burns Court Cinema.
The spring 2019 series includes the following events:
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 31 January 6 pm
Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object — prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters — which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos, and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of the community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 7 February 6 pm
What we learn through play impacts our physical, mental, social, and creative health — and designers, architects, and play advocates are taking notice. The exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. From towering treetop paths to hand-knit crochet playgrounds, co-curator Amanda Hawkins of Design Museum Foundation will share how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments.
Directed by Lucy Walker
Burns Court Cinema 506 Burns Court (map) Tuesday 12 February 7 pm (98 min.)
Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.
ACCESS + ABILITY
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 28 February 6 pm
There has been a surge of design with and by people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and co-curator of the exhibition Access + Ability, will explore how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable, from low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest cutting-edge technologies.
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Saturday 9 March 8 pm
The performance duo Princess, comprising Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neil (JD Samson & MEN), use music as the backbone of a multi-disciplinary practice that often explores issues of queerness and the concept of masculinity. Simultaneously gay, straight, queer, masculine, and feminine, Princess embodies the fluidity and coherence between the seemingly contradictory.Out There is a concept video album and live performance that explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. According to the artists, the science fiction narrative piece is likened to Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” meets “Hamilton” meets Kraftwerk, and builds on the long legacy of concept albums like Ziggy
Stardust and Deltron 3030.
The world premiere of Out There takes place at the Andy Warhol Museum on March 1, followed by a tour and the NYC premiere at the New Museum in April.
Master Class Part II:Collecting
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Tuesday 12 March 10am-12pm
Master Classes offer a deeper look at various subjects, though are designed for any level, so no advance training is required. The Connoisseurship Series is a 3-part series, and need not be done in order as the courses will rotate continuously.
We all gather things around us, but what makes a “collection”? What is the difference between “shopping” and “collecting”? An art collection is a highly personalized reflection of the collector
— one’s values, one’s interests, one’s ‘taste.’ Are you interested in starting a collection? Do you have art, but not sure if it constitutes a collection? This Master Class will look at some extraordinary collections and collectors, examine what makes a great collection, and offer insight into how to develop a collection, on any budget.
SHEILA HICKS: MATERIAL VOICES
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 21 March 6 pm
Drawing on global weaving traditions, the history of painting and sculpture, and architecture, Sheila Hicks has redefined how fiber is used to create art, influencing a generation of artists. Curator Karin Campbell of Joslyn Art Museum will share how Hick’s oeuvre has taken shape over time and discuss the essential links between the artist’s work and lived experience.
Valerie Cassel Oliver
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 4 April 6 pm
Join us for a conversation with Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Previously the Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, she also co-curated the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial Exhibition in 2000 and directed the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will be speaking on her curatorial practice and her most recent project co-curating the first major survey of the work of Howardena Pindell.
Dr. Alicia Longwell
The Works 891 South Tamiami Trail (map) Thursday 18 April 6 pm
Dr. Longwell, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, will discuss the curatorial program of the Parrish, developed over her thirty-five year tenure at the Museum. She has organized numerous survey and solo exhibitions on Marsden Hartley, Frederick Kiesler, Dorothea Rockburne, Alan Shields, and Jack Youngerman. Longwell received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where her dissertation topic was John Graham, the subject of a retrospective she organized for the Parrish Art Museum in 2017.
With the exception of the Master Class and Art On Film, all programs are $10 for the general public and free for Museum donors, Cross College Alliance Students, and Ringling College employees. Space is limited. Tickets and reservations available through the website: www.ringling.edu/museum
About the Sarasota Museum of 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 globally-renowned 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 art.
Having no permanent collection, the Museum will be flexible and timely through a 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.