Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza, Photo: Ryan Gamma
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza
Photo: Ryan Gamma

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Program Guide

Weekly Programs

HIGHLIGHTS TOURS

Wednesdays and Fridays at 11 am

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

Learn more about the art on view by taking a tour! Our conversational tours are led by Museum Docents eager to share their knowledge and insight. We strive to personalize each experience, so no two tours will be the same.

YOUR WEDNESDAY PLAYDATE

Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission
Peggy A. Hall Classroom, 134

For early learners with an adult, Your Wednesday Playdates deliver an art project led by a professional teaching artist and interactive story times.

SATURDAY STUDIOS

Saturdays 1 pm - 3 pm

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission
Peggy A. Hall Classroom, 134
Saturday Studios are inspired by works of art in Sarasota Art Museum’s special exhibitions. These drop-in studio workshops are designed for children and their families and caregivers, and are open to all ages.

TALKS AND TOURS

HIGHLIGHTS TOURS

Free for Members, Free with Museum Admission

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby.

Learn more about the art on view by taking a tour! Our conversational tours are led by Museum Docents eager to share their knowledge and insight. We strive to personalize each experience, so no two tours will be the same.

CURATOR TALK

Peter Barberie

Saturday, February 4,  from 10 am – 11 am

AN AFTERNOON WITH

Alex and Maira Kalman

Saturday, February 4,  from 1 pm – 2 pm

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Sunday, February 5  from 1 – 2 pm

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Sunday, February 5  from 3 – 4 pm

KIDS AND FAMILIES

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, February 12 from 11 am – 5 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, March 12 from 11 am – 5 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, April 9 from 11 am – 5 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, May 14 from 11 am – 5 pm

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays at SAM

Sunday, June 11 from 11 am – 5 pm

PERFORMANCES AND MORE

JAZZ THURSDAY

HOT CLUB OF SRQ

Thursday, February 9 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

LISTEN HEAR

Max Tan, Sam Boutris, and Chelsea Wang:
Textures and Timbres

Saturday, April 15 from 2 pm

JAZZ THURSDAY

Synia Carroll and Friends

Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

JAZZ THURSDAY

Thursday, April 13 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

JAZZ THURSDAY

Thursday, May 11 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

JAZZ THURSDAY

Thursday, June 8 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

MEMBER EXCLUSIVES

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY

Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Saturday, February 4 from 10 am – 5 pm 

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY

Sara Berman’s Closet

Saturday, February 4 from 10 am – 5 pm 

February

"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.

CURATOR TALK

Peter Barberie

Saturday, February 4
10 am
Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium

Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members

Exhibition curator, Peter Barberie, will discuss the life and work of Richard Benson, an extraordinary photographer, master printer, and mentor who helped shape many of the greatest photography books of the past fifty years.

Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, originated the first major survey of Benson’s photography and edited the book that accompanies the exhibition, a volume which features works from the exhibition and comparative illustrations from several of the photography books Benson helped produce in his career.

This program is made possible, in part, with generous support from:
Dr. Eloise A. Werlin Endowed Fund

"Puerto Rico Landscape," c. 1980, by Richard Benson (American, 1943–2017). Gelatin silver print, image and sheet: 7 1/2 × 9 1/2 inches.; mount: 18 × 14 inches. © Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Promised gift of Elizabeth and William Kahane. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.
"Puerto Rico Landscape," c. 1980
by Richard Benson (American, 1943–2017).
Gelatin silver print, image and sheet: 7 1/2 × 9 1/2 inches.; mount: 18 × 14 inches.

© Estate of Richard M. A. Benson. Promised gift of Elizabeth and William Kahane. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY

Richard Benson
The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Saturday, February 4
10 am – 5pm
2nd Floor Galleries

Free for Members – Member Exclusive

Be the first to view Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are.  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.

First join us for the talk with Exhibition curator, Peter Barberie, the Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 10 am and then tour the exhibition.
Maira Kalman (American, born 1949) and Alex Kalman (American, born 1985). Installation view of Sara Berman’s Closet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. Courtesy of the artists. Photograph by Katherine Finkelstein.

MEMBER PREVIEW DAY

Sara Berman's Closet

Saturday, February 4
10 am – 5pm
2nd Floor
B. Claire Rusen Gallery

Free for Members – Member Exclusive

Be the first to view Sara Berman’s Closet. 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.

After you have visited the exhibition, join us for An Afternoon with the artists Alex and Maira Kalman. Reserve your spot below.
Sara ironed everything, including her socks. From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet. Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.
Maira Kalman (American, born 1949) and Alex Kalman (American, born 1985), Installation detail of socks, with Maira Kalman’s handwritten label, “Sara ironed everything, including her socks,” from Sara Berman’s Closet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

SOLD OUT

An Afternoon with

Alex and Maira Kalman

Saturday, February 4
1 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

TICKET ONLY:
Free for Members; $20 Not-Yet Members
BOOK + TICKET:
$29 Museum Members | $53 Not-Yet Members

Join internationally acclaimed artists and authors Maira and Alex Kalman for an afternoon of artful conversation and an insider look at their exhibition and visual memoir Sara Berman’s Closet.

Maira Kalman, who was born in Tel Aviv and lives in New York City, has written and illustrated over 30 adult and children’s books, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker. She has created textiles for Isaac Mizrahi and Kate Spade and sets for Mark Morris along with other fruitful collaborations with Nico Muhly, Michael Pollan, Alex Kalman, David Byrne, John Heginbotham, and Lemony Snicket. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Alex Kalman is a designer, curator, editor and artist born in New York City. He is the co-founder of Mmuseumm, a small museum in NYC, and the director of What Studio?

SOLD OUT

Installation view of "Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh", Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Sunday, February 5
1-2 pm
3rd Floor Galleries

FREE for Members; Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a conversation with Steven and William Ladd. The artists, who are brothers, will talk about their exhibitions, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh and National Scrollathon: Florida, their inspiration, their fascination with materials and process, and their commitment to community and society.

Installation view of "Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh", Photo: Ryan Gamma
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma

ARTIST TALK

Steven and William Ladd

Sunday, February 5
3-4 pm
3rd Floor Galleries

FREE for Members; Free with Museum Admission

Join us for a conversation with Steven and William Ladd. The artists, who are brothers, will talk about their exhibitions, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh and National Scrollathon: Florida, their inspiration, their fascination with materials and process, and their commitment to community and society.

Hot Club of SRQ

JAZZ THURSDAY

Hot Club of SRQ

Thursday, February 9
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, featuring Hot Club of SRQ and extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP!

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:
  • Enjoy Hot Club of SRQ‘s performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!
Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro. Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.  
ABOUT HOT CLUB OF SRQ
Hot Club of SRQ plays Gypsy Jazz deeply rooted in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their music simply swings and is full of beauty and romance! Hot Club of SRQ emulates the style of what the French call “Jazz Manouche” and “Le Jazz Hot” in the style of Sinti virtuosos and the “Quintette du Hot Club de France” circa 1934-1948.

The heart of this ensemble is the violin and vocals of Keven Aland, the guitar of Jon McLaughlin, and bass playing of Glenn Stevenson. Their unique acoustic string jazz ensemble has been cultivated and crafted for over a decade. Beyond the genre of Gypsy Jazz, their vast repertoire includes Rumba Flamenco, Bossa Nova, Samba, Tango, Bebop, Modern Jazz, Swing, Afro Cuban, and tunes from the great American songbook.

Tickets will be available on 1/12/23.

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, February 12
11 am – 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 am to 4 pm
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza for Sarah Santiago & Big Z , Musical shape shifters, Sarah Santiago (vocalist) and Big Z (percussionist), will rock with melody and rhythm.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 pm to 2:45 pm Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends. February’s featured story is: How to Catch A Star – By Oliver Jeffers
Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be.

Educational Film and Exhibit Debut – IMPACT THEATRE – 2 pm to 5 pm

Join us for the premier of an enlightening short film documenting how IMPACT THEATRE inspires a more peaceful and respectful community.

Impact Theatre is a community-wide educational program that shines a light on the common history of oppression and persecution of Jewish and African American peoples.

 

High school students hear powerful eyewitness accounts from local survivors of the Holocaust and African American elders who lived through segregation and racial discrimination.

 

Becoming “Agents of Impact,” these teens reach out to community schools and organizations to stress the importance of recognizing and resisting all forms of hatred.

 

After the film, view the exhibit displaying portraits of African American and Holocaust survivor participants created by local Sarasota students in the Community Gallery.

 

The film will be on a continuous loop in the auditorium through 5pm

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

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March

Synia Carroll and Friends

JAZZ THURSDAY

Synia Carroll and Friends

Thursday, March 9
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, featuring Synia Carroll and Friends and extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP!

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:
  • Enjoy Synia Carroll and Friends‘s performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!
Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro. Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.  
ABOUT SYNIA CARROLL AND FRIENDS
Empowering, entertaining, and effervescent…these words only begin to describe the breath of fresh air Synia Carroll brings to the music scene. Smooth and soulful, Synia Carroll and Friends will take you on a journey that is unique and refreshing.

Tickets will be available on 2/10/23.

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, March 12
11 am to 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 am to 4 pm
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo

April

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, April 9
11 am to 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 am to 4 pm
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Activating Words – 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo
Jazz Thursdays

JAZZ THURSDAY

To be Announced

Thursday, April 13
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, with extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP!

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:

  • Enjoy our featured Jazz Thursday Band’s  performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!

Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro. Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.

 

Tickets will be available on 3/10/23.

Max Tan, Sam Boutris, Chelsea Wang

Listen Hear

Max Tan, Sam Boutris, and Chelsea Wang: Textures and Timbres

Saturday, April 15
2 pm
Thomas McGuire Hall

$40 for Members; $55 Not-Yet Museum Members

Listen Hear, Sarasota Art Museum’s classical music program featuring world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting, presents a new roster of diverse music and musicians on Saturdays at 2 pm. Curated by concert violinist Max Tan, each salon-style event includes a short, classical music program, insights from the artists, and conversation. Join us on April 15 for Max Tan (viola), Sam Boutris (clarinet), and Chelsea Wang (piano).

April 15: Max Tan, Sam Boutris, and Chelsea Wang: Textures and Timbres Tan, Boutris, and Wang will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Bruch, and other gems of the chamber music repertoire revolving around the viola and clarinet. Elements of the instruments’ singing, breathing, and speaking characteristics will be compared as the artists discuss their interplay—and exchangeability—in classical music.

The concerts will be held in Thomas McGuire Hall; $40 for Members and $55 for Not-Yet Members; seating is limited; advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is recommended.

May

Jazz Thursdays

JAZZ THURSDAY

To be Announced

Thursday, May 11
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, with extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP!

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:

  • Enjoy our featured Jazz Thursday Band’s  performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!

Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro. Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.

 

Tickets will be available on 4/14/23.

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, May 14
11 am to 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 am to 4 pm
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo

June

Jazz Thursdays

JAZZ THURSDAY

To be Announced

Thursday, June 8
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Free for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Members

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, with extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP!

Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro. Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:

  • Enjoy our featured Jazz Thursday Band’s  performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!

Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP & Bistro. Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.

 

Tickets will be available on 5/12/23.

The Studios at SAM
Join us for free admission to galleries and free activities, and learn more about The Studios at SAM!

Photo: Daniel Perales

FREE DAY

Free Second Sundays @ SAM Activities

Sunday, June 11
11 am to 5 pm
FREE for ALL

Enjoy a day of art and family fun at Sarasota Art Museum! On the second Sunday of each month, we offer free admission for visitors, special performances and art-making activities for the whole family.

Art Making for ALL – 11 am to 4 pm
From ceramics, to figure drawing, to water color and more, get creative with us each month in The Studios @ SAM.

Music on the Plaza – 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us for music on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza.

Asolo Repertory Theatre’ s Activating Words – 2 pm to 2:45 pm
Experience a one of kind page to stage performance where you bring the characters to life. Each month we’ll feature a new story and meet new friends.

Support for Free Second Sundays @ SAM is provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo