Sarasota Art Museum Announces 2023-2024 Exhibitions

The season includes a blend of artists, from those presenting their first solo exhibitions to artists known worldwide.

By Staff September 14, 2023

Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design has announced its 2023-2024 season exhibitions.

The museum’s 2023-2024 season features a blend of artists presenting their first solo exhibitions, along with artists renowned worldwide for their work. This includes several exclusive exhibitions created and installed at the Museum from the ground up.

Here's what's on the schedule, from now through 2024.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Now-Sept. 17, 2023

This touring exhibition presents works by Black artists whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. It features select works from groundbreaking photographers including Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs and Stephen Tayo. Organized by Aperture and curated by Antwaun Sargent, a renowned writer, editor, and curator based in New York City, the exhibition completes its international tour at Sarasota Art Museum.

Stephanie J. Woods: my papa used to play checkers

Now-Sept. 17, 2023

Woods is a multimedia artist based in New Mexico, primarily working in the fields of photography, fiber, video and sculpture. Her work explores Black Southern American culture and identity and the impact of involuntary cultural assimilation. For her first museum solo exhibition, she presents a body of her recent work created after her artist residency at Black Rock Senegal in Dakar, Senegal in 2021, where she witnessed firsthand how much African culture and tradition has survived and continues to thrive in Black American communities.

Chakaia Booker: Surface Pressure

Now-Oct. 29, 2023

Chakaia Booker: Surface Pressure alludes to Booker's process of making—the literal force she exerts through the manipulation of raw materials including rubber, wood, steel, and paper. A hallmark of her artistic practice is her inventive use of recycled tires in the composition of her sculptures. Surface Pressure features more than a dozen works, including prints, paintings and monumental sculptures, from across Booker's extensive career. She has received numerous awards and honors including, a Guggenheim Fellowship and participation in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious biennial. Her works are housed in more than 40 public collections and have been exhibited across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Reassembling Spilt Light: An Immersive Installation by Carlos Bunga

Now-Oct. 29, 2023

Carlos Bunga is a multimedia artist, internationally renowned for his site-responsive installations built from mundane materials such as cardboard and adhesive tape. For this solo exhibition, he created a temporary cardboard structure in the 30-foot-high Koski Gallery, located on the Museum’s third floor. Beginning and ending as a dialogue with the existing architecture, this installation transforms the gallery’s spatial configuration for the duration of the exhibition. Accompanying Bunga’s site-responsive structure are selected photographs, videos, and paintings that further showcase the notion of light as a physical and phenomenological component, as well as a metaphor for reflection and hope in his own body of work. 

Contemporary/Traditional: Selections from the Basch Glass Collection

Oct. 22, 2023-Feb. 11, 2024

Drawn from the Richard and Barbara Basch Collection, Contemporary/Traditional gives a glimpse into the world of international contemporary glass art of the late 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition showcases a range of glasswork styles, from delicate figural sculptures to powerful abstract shapes. Featured artists include artist-duo Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, Lucio Bubacco, Dale Chihuly, Václav Cigler, Jun Kaneko, Carmen Lozar, married duo Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Dante Marioni, Debora Moore, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, Laura de Santillana, Livio Seguso, Preston Singletary and Lino Tagliapietra.

Juana Valdés: Embodied Memories, Ancestral Histories

Oct. 22, 2023-Feb. 11, 2024

Embodied Memories, Ancestral Histories, Valdés’ first solo exhibition at a museum, will showcase a range of works drawn from her three-decade career. Valdés’ work, anchored in history and narratives related to her Afro-Cuban heritage, addresses colonization’s history and migration’s impact, as well as the issues of gender, race, and the representation of the female body. Working in a range of both traditional and non-traditional media—from ceramics to new-media—Valdés communicates ideas of the personal and subjective while at the same time challenging the canon of art.

Judy Pfaff: Picking up the Pieces

Nov. 19, 2023-March 24, 2024

Judy Pfaff, widely regarded as a pioneer of installation art, has created work that spans disciplines, from painting to printmaking and sculpture to installation. Pfaff transmutes and transforms materials, including natural objects from her garden, hand-painted and digitally manipulated images, welded steel, aluminum, wood, expanded foam, melted plastic, blown glass, neon, and LED lights. Her largest installation since 2017, Picking up the Pieces will mix painting, sculpture and architecture. Her site-responsive installation at Sarasota Art Museum is her response to the Florida environment and the devastation of Hurricane Ian in September 2022, the destructive aftermath of which Pfaff saw in January 2023. The scenes she witnessed then, and her fond memories of her past visits here, are channeled through her artistic vision, which embraces the dualities of life and nature.

Molly Hatch Commission

TBD, spring 2024

Acclaimed ceramic artist Molly Hatch will create a brand-new commissioned site-responsive installation inspired by Sarasota’s rich cultural landscape. Hatch’s signature plate paintings—large-scale installations of hand-glazed ceramic plates—reimagine historical decorative arts through a contemporary lens, bridging the gap between decorative and fine art.

Impact! Contemporary Artists at the Hermitage Artist Retreat

March 10-July 7, 2024

Impact! presents recent works by 10 renowned contemporary U.S.-based artists, all alumni of the Hermitage Artist Retreat: Diana Al-Hadid, Sanford Biggers, Chitra Ganesh, Todd Gray, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Michelle Lopez, Ted Riederer, John Sims, Kukuli Velarde and William Villalongo. Dan Cameron, the exhibition’s guest curator, is a former Hermitage Curatorial Council member. The exhibition will feature works across a range of media, including sculpture, painting, installation, video, photography, printmaking, ceramics and performance.

The Truth of the Night Sky: Anne Patterson and Patrick Harlin

April 21-Sept. 29, 2024

Hermitage Artist Retreat fellows Anne Patterson and Patrick Harlin will collaborate to create a multimedia site-specific installation. Composer Harlin’s original orchestral work, Earthrise, will serve as an integral part of the immersive installation work by multidisciplinary artist Patterson, whoselarge-scale installations combine sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music and scent. As a synesthete (when she hears sound, she sees color and shape), Patterson seeks to transport audiences to a multi-sensory realm. Visitors will plunge into color-filled light or enveloping darkness and move in rhythm with exalting music or in ambient sound. 

More information about each exhibition will be available throughout the season. Click visit here for more information.

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