Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh
Installation view of Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Photo: Ryan Gamma

Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

September 4, 2022 - 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.
Underpinning Steven and William Ladd’s imaginative creations are their three core principles:

  • Spend your life doing what you love.
  • Be focused and disciplined.
  • Collaborate.

Staying true to these core principles has enabled Steven and William Ladd to create—focused, yet freely—a spectrum of works that vary in technique, color, texture, and form. The exhibition will include past works, as well as new works being exhibited for the first time, that embody this range and the artistic evolutions along the way.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

Platinum Sponsors
Shari and John Hicks

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Logo

Gold Sponsors
Elaine and Bill Crouse
Mary Ann and John Meyer

Silver Sponsors

Huisking Foundation

Ernie Kretzmer and the Kretzmer Family Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth Moore

John and Charlotte Suhler

Tourist Development Tax Logo

Scrollathon

October 17, 2022 - February 5, 2023

Community groups in Sarasota will be invited to create from their own stories and memories during Scrollathon. The Scrollathon was founded in 2006 out of the brothers’ belief in the extraordinary capacities of every human being and the awesome power of community. Empowering and engaging underserved communities through artistic collaborations, Scrollathon has served over 10,000 people from diverse ages, backgrounds and abilities to create public artworks at locations including the commercial development City Point in Brooklyn, NY, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Through partnerships, the program has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Knight Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The collaborative artwork created between community members and Steven and William Ladd during Scrollathon will be on view from October 17, 2022 – February 5, 2023 in the Museum’s John & Charlotte Suhler Gallery.

PROGRAMS

Steven and William Ladd, Massa’s, 2012, Wool boxes, Hawaiian shirts, scrolls, ants, pins, 7 ½ x 7 ½ x 5 ¼ in., Courtesy of the artists and Cristina Grajales Gallery
Steven and William Ladd
Massa’s
2011
Wool boxes, Hawaiian shirts, scrolls, ants, pins
7 ½ x 7 ½ x 5 ¼ in.

Courtesy of the artists

MEMBER MORNING

Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Saturday, September 3
10:30 am – 1 pm

Join us for your Member Morning and be the first to experience
Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Member Coffee
Stop by for free coffee for Members between 10:30 am – 12 pm at Bistro

Member Tours
Tour the exhibition with our Museum Guides at 11 am and 12 pm

Join Our Gallery Talk
Join Executive Director, Virginia Shearer at 1 pm to learn more about the exhibition.

Steven and William Ladd, Purple Maquette, 2013 Archival board, fiber, and metal,10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 in. Courtesy of the artists and Cristina Grajales Gallery
Steven and William Ladd
Purple Maquette
2013
Archival board, fiber, and metal
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 in.

Courtesy of the artists

GALLERY TALK

Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Saturday, September 3
1 pm – 2pm

Meet in the Wendy G. Surkis & Peppi Elona Lobby

FREE for Museum Members
$20 Not-Yet Museum Members

Executive Director, Virginia Shearer, will offer an introduction to the Museum’s newest exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh. Learn about the underlying themes and ideas that inform the exhibition, as well as the evolving studio practice of the artist duo.

Visit the exhibition first
Be one of the first visitors to experience Stephen and William Ladd: Lead with a Laugh. Members receive early access before the program.

Join us for a drop-in studio activity after the talk from 2 – 4 pm (see description below).

Steven and William Ladd, Purple Maquette, 2013 Archival board, fiber, and metal,10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 in. Courtesy of the artists and Cristina Grajales Gallery
Steven and William Ladd
Purple Maquette
2013
Archival board, fiber, and metal
10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 3 in.

Courtesy of the artists

DROP-IN ART-MAKING STUDIO

Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh

Saturday, September 3
2 pm – 4 pm

Peggy A. Hall Classroom, 134

FREE for ALL

Curious about some of the techniques used by Steven and William Ladd in the Museum’s newest exhibition, Steven and William Ladd: Lead With a Laugh?

 

Join us for a drop-in studio to create your own work with similar materials! Before you drop in, experience the exhibition on its opening day and learn more just before at the Curator Talk from 1 – 2 pm.

Join us for a talk with our Executive Director, Virginia Shearer, before this activity (see description above).