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Here's What's Coming Up at The Sarasota Museum of Art

From films to artist talks, here's a look at what's coming up at the Sarasota Museum of Art this fall.

By Riley Board September 15, 2016

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A vintage photograph of Sarasota High School, now the Sarasota Museum of Art. 

The Sarasota Museum of Art has released its fall programming schedule, and from open houses to films to artist talks, there's something for everyone. 

Many of the events will be held at The Works, the former VisionWorks/Galloway Furniture building at 891 S. Tamiami Trail, which was acquired by Ringling College in 2014. 

“It’s not every day--or even every decade--that a community gets to build a new museum, and we are eager to involve the community in our evolution," says SMOA executive director Anne-Marie Russell. "Designing and building a cultural institution from the ground up is challenging, complex and rewarding work. We welcome you to join us on this journey this fall, as we begin to ramp up our programming.”

Here's a look at what's coming up this fall.  

Open House: Director’s Meet & Greet

Friday, October 21, 10–11 a.m.
Thursday, November 17, 5–6 p.m.
Location: The Works

SMOA invites the community to an open house to find out “everything you ever wanted to know about contemporary art and the art world, but were afraid to ask."

This is What Happened: Art Since the '60s

October 25, 6-7 p.m.
Location: The Works
$10 admission

The 1960s were a time of radical societal change, and art was both a reflection of the times and an instigator of change. Join SMOA for a salon-style conversation examining the avant-garde roots of contemporary art with Anne-Marie Russell and Dr. Matthew McLendon, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Ringling Museum.

Art on Film Series

The Art on Film Series features a diverse selection of films focused on art and the art world and deliver an insider’s glimpse into the intricate life of the art institution, the artist, and the art market. Each film will be screened at the Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium; there's a $10 admission fee. 

National Gallery

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
September 20 at 6 p.m.

National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes on a fascinating journey to the heart of a museum filled with masterpieces of Western art, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

Carmen Herrera: The 100 Years Show
Directed by Alison Klayman
October 18 at 6 p.m.

The film follows Cuban-American abstract painter Carmen Herrera, who went from relative obscurity to global art star, 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.

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Directed by James Crump
November 15 at 6 pm.

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art and features a group of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing works on a monumental scale in the desert spaces of the American Southwest.

Artist Talks

Joe Fig: Inside the Artist’s Studio

November 5 at 5 p.m.
Location: Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium
$10 admission

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. 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.

Tania Katan: Creative Trespasser: Disrupting Museums, Bathrooms and Other Public/Private Spaces

November 19 at 5 p.m.
Location: Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium
$10 admission

Tania Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and creative instigator who, in her words, “believes in storytelling at all costs.” Katan’s credits include Arm Wrestling for Art and the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress for Axosoft, of which she was co-creator. Now Katan is working on a book about the value of creatives in the business world called Creative Trespassing.

How to Survive an Art Fair

November 8 at 6 p.m.
Location: The Works
$10 admission

In preparation for the upcoming Miami Art Week, featuring dozens of fairs and an endless series of exciting events, come for a fun and informative session designed to help navigate the often chaotic and perplexing environment of the art fair. 

SarasotaMOD Weekend
November 11-13
Various locations

The museum partners with the Sarasota Architectural Foundation to present the third annual SarasotaMOD Weekend.  This year’s weekend will focus on the important architectural legacy of Victor Lundy; more information at

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