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Fact Sheet: Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan

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 of Japanese prints has continued to grow through the generosity of discerning and passionate individuals. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Kōshirō, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saitō Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko and Hoshi Jōshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never before exhibited pieces. See all

‘I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100″, co-published by the Columbus Museum of Art and Rizzoli Electa, celebrates landmark of American culture

A new book, published to accompany a major exhibition organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, surveys the sweeping accomplishments and astonishing creativity of the Harlem Renaissance on the occasion of the movement’s centenary. The book shares a title with the exhibition – I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 – which derives from a 1926 poem by Langston Hughes entitled I, Too. The exhibition runs Oct. 19, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019. See all

The Ringling’s Center for Asian Art to Be Named in Honor of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Florida State University announce a new leadership gift to The Ringling from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, which combined with existing support from the foundation, will establish the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art including an endowment for the acquisition, exhibition and programs of Asian art in perpetuity. The gift represents progress toward The Ringling Inspires: Honoring the Legacy and Building for the Future current $100 million comprehensive campaign and FSU’s $1 billion Raise the Torch campaign.See all

300 Years of American Art Reinterpreted in Major Exhibition Organized by Princeton University Art Museum

This fall, the story of our changing relationship with the natural world will be comprehensively told through a groundbreaking exhibition encompassing three centuries of American art. Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment presents more than 120 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos and works of decorative art, from the colonial period to the present, exploring for the first time how American artists of different traditions and backgrounds have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the development of a modern ecological consciousness. See all

Matthew Duvall / Transient Landscapes Debuts at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Oct. 18-20, 2018

Matthew Duvall is a co-artistic director, founding member and percussionist of the GRAMMY© award-winning chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2016. Transient Landscapes is a day-long series of percussive performances that simultaneously celebrate and utilize the Ringling arboretum as an instrument of sound.See all

New Princeton University Art Museum Envisioned as ‘Cultural Gateway’; Architects Selected

Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates has been selected as design architect, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson as executive architect, for the new Princeton University Art Museum. See all

The Ringling Joins Largest Creative Collaboration in US History: For Freedoms 50 State Initiative

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is partnering with For Freedoms, a platform created for civic engagement, discourse and direct action for artists in the United States. This year, For Freedoms launched its 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. On Sept. 17, The Ringling will install Vote and Continue to Dream, a 10- by 40-foot image by renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems on a billboard in Sarasota. See all

Paul Gauguin’s Artistic Innovations Installed in Tropical Setting Reflecting Their Inspiration

Next year Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will offer a rare opportunity to experience a selection of captivating images by Post-Impressionist legend Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), alongside lush horticultural displays of some of the rare plants that inspired him. Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will explore the botanical world that the artist encountered during his life and travels in the late 19th century by presenting dramatic woodcuts and other seldom seen works that Gauguin created on his journeys to French Polynesia, Brittany and Martinique. See all

Importance of Place in Japanese Art is Explored Through Special Exhibition Opening This Fall

The representation of place has been a dominant subject of Japanese painting throughout history. Sometimes these scenes evoke the topography of an actual location, but often the place depicted was imagined or based primarily on past images. Featuring a number of significant loans from the Gitter-Yelen Collection of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and Alice Yelen Gitter, along with past Museum acquisitions from that collection and works drawn from the holdings of the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton’s Marquand Library and East Asian Library, and the Gest Collection, Picturing Place in Japan will take viewers on a journey through space and time. The exhibition includes nearly forty paintings, prints, books and photographs, from the 16th through the 21st centuries, that collectively explore the varied meaning of place to Japanese artistic practice over these epochs. For Japanese artists, pictures of place were a means of exploring brushwork and form, as well as evoking poetry, paradise, distant China, sacred locations and the familiar or remote famous places of Japan. See all

Toledo Museum of Art to Host Public Dedication of Interactive Installation with Special Guest Contemporary Artist Mel Chin

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will host a public dedication in front of Two Me, an experiential installation by renowned American artist Mel Chin, on Sept. 26, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Monroe Street terrace. Chin will provide remarks during the event and light refreshments will be provided. The community event coincides with the annual Sculpture X symposium, a Midwest arts conference, which this year is co-hosted by Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Contemporary Art Toledo, Owens Community College and the Toledo Museum of Art and takes place Sept. 27-30. See all

Columbus Museum of Art celebrates the legacy of a powerful African American artistic movement

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, social and artistic explosion of African American culture that erupted in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and spread across the cities of the greater Midwest, including Columbus, from 1918 to the 1950s. Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art with Guest Curator Wil Haygood, the exhibition I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 offers a fresh look at the visual art and material culture of this groundbreaking moment in American cultural history, and serves as an anchor in a citywide celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. See all

Legendary Composer and Pianist Harold Budd to Visit Toledo Museum of Art for World Premiere Performance and Engagement with Museum Collection and Architectural Spaces

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will welcome genre-defying artist Harold Budd to its classical concert hall and galleries for a one-of-a-kind artist residency this fall. Budd’s infrequent public concerts are intimate events that bring together music, visual art and spoken word within unique architectural settings. Considered a founder of minimalist, avant-garde, ambient and electronic music, Budd will give a master class, a rare career-spanning performance with string ensemble and a gallery talk. The master class will take place at Bowling Green State University Oct. 5, and the TMA programs will take place Oct. 6 and 7. See all

The Ringling Presents ‘Storytelling: French Art from The Horvitz Collection’

Storytelling: French Art from The Horvitz Collection unites two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art: Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration from The Horvitz Collection, and Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century French Paintings from The Horvitz Collection. The exhibition features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. With subjects ranging from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery, these stunning works offer a rich overview of the narrative tradition in French art. See all

‘Watercolors from the Permanent Collection’ on View at The Ringling

Watercolors will feature 14 watercolors by European and American artists from the late 18th through 20th centuries, presenting a variety of approaches to the medium. With subject matter ranging from landscapes to figure studies to architectural renderings, this exhibition will feature some favorites from The Ringling collection as well as several lesser-known gems. Watercolors will be on view in the Searing Wing.See all

Toledo Museum of Art Hosts International Exhibition of Paintings by Dutch Golden Age Master Frans Hals

In 2011 the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) added a remarkable Old Master painting to its magnificent collection – Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape (circa 1623-25) by Frans Hals. This acquisition, and the subsequent conservation of Hals’s Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) in Brussels, has led the two museums to collaborate on an historic exhibition. Bolstered by evidence from the conservation treatment on the latter painting, scholars verified that the canvases now in Toledo and Brussels, as well as a third in a private collection, once formed a single composition painted by Hals in the early 1620s. The original canvas was cut into sections more than two centuries ago. These spirited representations of the Van Campen family will now be reunited as a result of this significant international partnership. In addition, the four other family portraits painted by Hals, including his only double portrait of a married couple, will be brought together for the first time.See all

‘Unexpected O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings’ Premieres Oct. 19, 2018, at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents Unexpected O’Keeffe: The Virginia Watercolors and Later Paintings, on view Oct. 19, 2018-Jan. 27, 2019. This rare exhibition explores Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolor studies produced during her time at the University of Virginia (UVA) in the summers from 1912 to 1916, and will include several key sketches and paintings as well as other works demonstrating her developing style. This is the first time the watercolors have been on view outside the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.See all

‘VOLUMES’ by Ezra Masch to Open at The Ringling

VOLUMES is an immersive audio-visual installation by contemporary artist Ezra Masch. The piece uses live sound from a drum set to activate lights in a site specific 3-dimensional grid. Velocity and pitch will determine the amount of light that fills the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. The piece translates sound into a visual language and gives percussionists the opportunity to improvise and compose with light and space. The exhibition will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m., when nearly 60 participating drummers will give performances. While many performers are from the Sarasota region, several are traveling from around the country to participate, and range in age from 12 to 82 years old. As part of this installation, the Ringling is presenting four special evening performances highlighting influential and versatile percussionists.See all

Toledo Museum of Art Engages the Senses and the Natural World in New Gallery Installation

A multisensory art installation of video, new media and works on paper by artists from around the world launches a recently renovated gallery dedicated to contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA). Sights and Sounds: Art, Nature and the Senses presents modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media that explore and relate to the natural world. Many of the works are recent acquisitions installed for the first time, while others from TMA’s acclaimed collection have only been shown occasionally. See all

Recent Works on Cuba by Coco Fusco in Exclusive Exhibition at The Ringling

A selection of recent video projects by internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco will be on view this fall at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Organized by The Ringling, Coco Fusco: Twilight will feature several signature video works, including the world premiere of two new works – one video and one outdoor sculpture – that explore the current political and social climate in Cuba as it transitions to a post-Castro era. See all

Unique Opportunity to Experience Paul Gauguin’s Artwork in Presence of Tropical Plants That Inspired Him

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was an innovative and influential artist, known for his unconventional lifestyle, personality and embrace of nature and a simpler way of life. Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will explore the botanical world that the Post-Impressionist artist encountered during his life and global travels in the late 19th century. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience a selection of captivating images by the artist, alongside lush horticultural displays of some of the tropical plants that inspired him. Through its inventive point of entry to Gauguin’s life and work, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise returns the artist’s visions of a utopian paradise to the natural context in which they were created.See all

New Hilliard Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, Transformed by DesignGroup, Opens June 21 with Community Celebration

DesignGroup’s expansive interior renovation of Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Hilliard Branch will be officially unveiled Thursday, June 21, at a community-wide dedication and celebration. DesignGroup’s experiential
approach focused on creating a light-filled retreat in a wooded setting by introducing more opportunities for natural lighting, implementing strategic and colorful wayfinding. See all

‘Picturing Protest’ Captures Era of Upheaval 50 Years Ago in the U.S.

The civil rights movement and the movement against the U.S. war in Vietnam came to a head in the 1960s, inspiring protests across the country. Fifty years after the watershed events of 1968, Picturing Protest examines the visual framing of political demonstrations around the country and on Princeton’s campus. At a time when the coverage and circulation of news media were rapidly expanding, many of these photographs became icons of social struggle, fundamentally changing the ways people have visualized the United States ever since. Drawn from Princeton University collections, the images on view compel us to contemplate the capacity of protest, and of art, to imagine, interpret and cultivate change. See all

Major Traveling Exhibition Offers Expansive New Vision of American Art through the Lens of Environmental History and Changing Ideas about Nature

Reframing more than 300 years of diverse artistic practice in North America, from the colonial period to the present, Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment examines for the first time how American artists have both reflected and shaped environmental understanding while contributing to the emergence of a modern ecological consciousness. See all

‘Rebecca Louise Law: Community’, a floral representation of northwest Ohio, on view June 16, 2018-Jan. 13, 2019

British installation artist Rebecca Louise Law uses flowers and natural materials as her medium to “paint in the air.” The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has commissioned this vanguard contemporary artist to design and implement her largest site-specific installation to date exploring the relationship between humanity and nature. Sourcing approximately 150,000 plants and flowers native to the Toledo region and requiring 1,000 volunteer hours of assistance from community members over 15 days, Law will create an immersive environment that will thematically and literally represent northwest Ohio. A proponent of sustainability, Law also plans to reuse flowers from her previous installations around the world for the TMA project. See all

Exhibition Explores the Inverse of the Landscape

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950-Now, May 18-Sept. 30, 2018. The exhibition looks at the inverse of the landscape: the interior. See all

Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois-based David James Group Acquires Blue Water Communications, LLC, Leading Boutique Communications Agency

Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois-based David James Group has acquired Bradenton, Florida-based Blue Water Communications, a leading boutique communications agency serving museum, architecture, performing arts and destination clients.
The David James Group is an integrated marketing communications agency that specializes in associations and non-profit organizations. See all

PR Boutiques International™ Announces Three New Members

PR Boutiques International™ (PRBI) , the worldwide collaborative network of PR firms, welcomes three new members, Blue Water Communications (based in Bradenton, Florida and Perrysburg, Ohio), Encanto Public Relations (based in Milan, Italy) and vom Hoff Kommunikation GmbH (based in Düsseldorf, Germany). PRBI now includes 31 member agencies in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. See all

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