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Seeing the Unseen exhibit opens
at The Ringling
The Ringling explores contemporary Chinese art in the exhibition Seeing the Unseen showing through Feb. 28.
The exhibition will feature photographic and video works by eight renowned Chinese artists including Cao Fei, Li Wei, Wang Qingsong, and Miao Xiaochun. Reflecting the artistic innovations of our media age, their works provide a fresh view of China’s rapidly changing socio-cultural landscape. These Chinese artists apply new concepts and technology to record and present inspiring moments veiled in daily life.
“Connecting with the vibrant Chinese contemporary art community presents The Ringling with a spectacular opportunity,” Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringling said. “This exhibition displays The Ringling’s commitment to contemporary art and our increasing focus on the art of Asia.”
The artists featured in the exhibition explore approaches, subjects, and styles, while mixing aesthetic ideas, cultural expressions, and commercial inspiration in their works. Individually and as a group, they use art photography and video to tackle issues of identity and experience, youth culture and urban development, history and memory, and the conflicts of tradition and commercialization in contemporary China.
Imagine the tantalizing merger of two totally opposite forms of art, Realism and Abstraction and you will have a good idea of the nature of the work included in Land Escapes, a solo exhibition of paintings by Sarasota-based artist Mike Hodges. The artist, a Ringling College of Art + Design professor and former The New Yorker cover artist explores the marriage of geometric shapes and amazing landscapes, all inspired by his travels in Florida, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.
In this on-going series of works, referred to as “contextual abstraction”, Hodges’ dynamic use of complementary hues and expressive texturing within shapes created from randomly arranged, deconstructed circles and squares echoes the rhythms and structural harmonies found in natural forms and references the mathematical ratios found in geometry.
The exhibition opens on August 15 and runs through Friday, Sept. 19. A reception to meet the artist will be held Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. in the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery located on thecampus of Ringling College.
The Banyan TheaterCompany presents Collected Stories by Donald Margulies through August 24.
Ruth Steiner is a celebrated writer having burst on to the literary scene with a book of short stories when she was in her early 20s. Her fame and promise were short lived as she quickly faded as a published writer. She has maintained her place in the literary society of New York as a teacher of writing and a nurturer of writing talent. Lisa Morrison is Ruths student turned confidante turned competitor for her first novel, Lisa has cannibalized Ruth’s experiences, most specifically her youthful, shattering affair with the poet Delmore Schwartz. This story will keep you engaged to the surprising conclusion.
Sarasota County School Board Elections are August 26
The Arts Education Task Force asked the 2014-15 School Board Candidates for their views on arts education. One of our goals at the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is to help promote arts education for the youth of Sarasota County. We hope these surveys will help inform the citizens of Sarasota County about their candidates.
To read the answers to the candidates surveys click here.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is now accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the panel for Sarasota Countys Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grants program. TDC/A grants are administered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance, and approximately $1.5 million is distributed annually through the TDC/A grant program to Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations who meet the criteria for artistic excellence and tourism appeal.
Grant panelists must live in Sarasota County and should have a broad range of expertise and experience in the arts and/or management such as visual arts, performing arts, arts and cultural administration, business, finance, marketing or tourism.
The Last Waltz
August 15 at 7 p.m.
Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the 1976 final performance of the legendary 1960s rock group The Band is at once a show featuring some of the greatest rock performers of their generation and a bittersweet look back at an era that was just beginning to fade. Appearances by Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, an all-star tech crew and superb sound create what is considered to be of the best-looking and sounding rock films ever. Music will be performed by The Billy Rice Band. Light bites will be provided by Renaissance on 9th and available for purchase.
Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walks
August 15 at 6 p.m.
All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Live from Downtown – It’s Friday Night, Towles Court Art Walk. You will find various styles and mediums of art in a unique and beautiful setting. Dirty Ice will be playing music in the courtyard.Learn More!
Until We Finally Sleep
August 18 at 7 p.m. Little Grey Hat Productions will present a reading of a brand new play, Until We Finally Sleep. There will be a brief talkback after the reading. This sci-fi drama deals with questions of humanity, love, and mortality in the face of impossible odds, and explores the relationship between the last man and last android left alive on a Moon base after a future nuclear apocalypse on Earth. With three acts and only two characters, played by Dylan Jones and Anna Trinci, along with a reader, Zoe Verbil, it hearkens back to classic Space Age epics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running, Solaris, and I, Robot. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and seating is limited. NOTE: This play contains pervasive adult language and themes, not suitable for children. Parental/Viewer discretion is advised.