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Journeys To Places Known and Unknown
Moving Images by Janet Biggs and peter campus
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Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh
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Sarasota Art Museum

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Hank Willis Thomas
Ernest and Ruth (Exuberant Pink)
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Xaviera Simmons
May 2021- November 2022
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On the Grounds
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Barbara Banks : Worker
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Journeys to Places Known and Unknown: Moving Images by Janet Biggs and peter campus

October 16 – January 15, 2023

Journeys to Places Known and Unknown looks at the contrasting ways two artists of different generations—Janet Biggs and peter campus—use moving images to explore intersections of science, philosophy, and spirituality.
peter campus, "barrier," videograph, 6:26 minutes, looped, edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof, installation view of "when the hurly burly's done" at Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY), Courtesy of the artist
peter campus
barrier
videograph, 6:26 minutes, looped, edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof, installation view of when the hurly burly's doneat Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY)

Courtesy of the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York

"In the Cold Edge" (video still), 2010. Single channel HD video with sound. Courtesy of the artist and Cristin Tierney, NYC
Janet Biggs
In the Cold Edge(video still)
2010
Single channel HD video with sound.

Courtesy of the artist and Cristin Tierney, New York

Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

September 4 – February 5, 2023

Steven and William Ladd create collaboratively, pulling from childhood stories and experiences to transform materials, such as textiles and beads, into microcosms of memory. The exhibition will include past works and new works being exhibited for the first time, including a work created with members of the Sarasota community during Scrollathon.
Steven and William Ladd, "Shaboygen," 2012, Board, plywood, metal, fiber, beads, paper, tulle, Angora bunny hair, and pins, 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 x 102 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artists and Cristina Grajales Gallery
Steven and William Ladd
Shaboygen
2012
Board, plywood, metal, fiber, beads, paper, tulle, Angora bunny hair, and pins
40 ½ x 60 ¾ x 15 ½ in. (each)

Courtesy of the artists

Xaviera Simmons

May 2021- Early 2023

Xaviera Simmons engages her sweeping practice of photography, painting, video, sound, sculpture, and installation to explore the construction of landscape, language, and complex histories in the United States and its empire building globally.
Xaviera Simmons, The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause (2020) Steel, wood, concrete, and acrylic, in three parts: a. 17 × 4 × 12 ft.; b. 14.8 ft. × 10 in. × 7.5 ft.; c. 12.5 × 9 × 26 ft. Courtesy of the Artist, Socrates Sculpture Park, and David Castillo, Miami Photo: Sara Morgan
Xaviera Simmons, The structure the labor the foundation the escape the pause , 2020
Steel, wood, concrete, and acrylic
in three parts: a. 17 × 4 × 12 ft.; b. 14.8 ft. × 10 in. × 7.5 ft.; c. 12.5 × 9 × 26 ft.

Courtesy of the Artist, Socrates Sculpture Park, and David Castillo, Miami
Photo: Sara Morgan

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"Newfoundland (Green Boat)," c. 2006, by Richard Benson (American, 1943–2017). Multiple impression pigment print, image: 11 9/16 × 17 3/8 inches.; sheet: 12 15/16 × 19 inches. © Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Collection of Barbara Benson. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.
"Newfoundland (Green Boat)," c. 2006
by Richard Benson (American, 1943–2017)
Multiple impression pigment print, image: 11 9/16 × 17 3/8 inches.; sheet: 12 15/16 × 19 inches.

© Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Collection of Barbara Benson. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

February 5 – May 7, 2023

“Go out into the world with the camera and photograph and find out that the world is smarter than you are.” – Richard Benson

This exhibition surveys nearly fifty years of Benson’s photography, a wide-ranging body of work that reflects his humility and boundless curiosity about the world and his tireless exploration of how to make photographs. A selection of artworks by ten artists who studied and worked with Benson will also be included in this exhibition.
Sara ironed everything, including her socks. From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet. Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.
Sara ironed everything, including her socks.
From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet.

Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.

Sara Berman's Closet

February 5 – May 7, 2023

Sara Berman’s Closet is a rumination on the essential meaning of life. A recreation of a humble closet. A visual essay on the search we all engage in. For beauty, order and meaning. This faithfully presented archive serves not only to demonstrate the care Sara Berman took in organizing her personal belongings, but also the freedom she experienced in crafting her own private yet magnificent life.

Kirsten Hassenfeld, Millefleur (detail), 2019, salvaged textiles with mixed media, 78 inches diameter
Kirsten Hassenfeld
Millefleur (detail)
2019
Salvaged textiles with mixed media
78 inches diameter

A Beautiful Mess:
Weavers & Knotters of the Vanguard

February 25 – June 25, 2023

From micro artworks the size of your hand to mammoth room-sized installations, the national roster of women artists in A Beautiful Mess push the boundaries of their textile-based medium. Using rope, yarn, clay and wire, this group of conceptual artists knot and twist their media into sculptures that range from minimal and hyper-organized to utter pandemonium.

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Sarasota High School, M. Leo Elliott Building

M. Leo Elliott – Former Sarasota High School
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Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma

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